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#36 of 54 soft top shrank ? ? ? ?
Mar 20, 2011 (9:25 am)
Picked up a "91" Miata in mint condition/low miles. The old guy that sold it to me never put the soft top up, just kept the hard top on it all the time. So now I want to use the unused soft top and I think because it was folded up for 20 years without being used it might have shrunk. The top, like I said, is in brand new excellent condition, but when I try to put it up with the window zipped I need about two more inches to secure the front locks. I can get it to fit if I put it up with the window unzipped, but then I can't zip the window because I'm two inches short back there then. Forcing the zipper just makes it come apart. Any suggestions?
#37 of 54 Re: soft top shrank ? ? ? ? [terceltom]
Mar 21, 2011 (6:08 am)
I would try it on a hot day with the top exposed to the sun, but even that might not be enough.
Careful using any heat source because a top that old is likely brittle and tear-prone.
Is it an original top? They usually only last 10 years or so, so it may be overdue for replacement.
#38 of 54 Re: soft top shrank ? ? ? ? [ateixeira]
Mar 21, 2011 (11:05 am)
Thanks for the advice. The weird thing is that this top really looks cherry. I mean when I pulled it out it really looked brand new, not brittle at all, after being tucked away for 20 years. I sprayed some 303 Aerospace Protectant on it and it looked great. We had one really warm day (72 degrees) here in PA. so I thought I'd give it a try. Now here it is first day of spring and we had snow . . . . . . So when the weather finally warms up for good I'll leave it out in the sun and try again.
#39 of 54 Re: soft top shrank ? ? ? ? [terceltom]
Mar 21, 2011 (11:17 am)
I replaced my top with a Robbins top and it included special instructions to leave the top up (closed) for a few days to let the vinyl stretch. They may never have done that.
You could use heat but be very, very careful. Do you have a heated garage? Maybe try stretching it 1/2" at a time, slowly.
#40 of 54 Re: soft top shrank ? ? ? ? [ateixeira]
Mar 21, 2011 (11:42 am)
Did you put that Robbins top on yourself ? Was it hard ? What kind of window did it come with ?
#41 of 54 Re: soft top shrank ? ? ? ? [terceltom]
Mar 21, 2011 (12:52 pm)
You can buy one in all sorts of colors, materials, and vinyl or glass rear window.
I got glass as an upgrade. I converted it to an NB style top, so no zipper to fiddle with. I sort of regretted that - it's kind of nice to open it up but still have sun cover.
Gotta admit, though, it was pretty hard. I worked alone, but it took 2 good days. About a half day to remove the old one, and a good 5 hours or so the next day to install the new one plus convert to NB style. I told myself I'd never do it again.
Thing is, a pro install is a grand plus, and the top cost me $460. You also need a rivet gun and a good cordless drill. Search the miata.net garage for detailed instructions.
#42 of 54 Soft Top Rear Window Won't Zip
Apr 19, 2011 (7:24 am)
Have a 1996 Mazda Miata M-Edition. Have used the hard top exclusively for several years. Getting ready to sell the car and recently took a few photos to post online for the sale. Removed the hard top for the first time in years in order to get some photos with the top down and with the soft top up. While the soft top was up, I tried to zip up the rear window. As I pulled the zipper up from the right side, it was o.k., but then as I zipped closer to the middle of the window, it would not zip, as the zipper opening was too wide to close. It's almost as if the window has shrunk. I'm guessing this has something to do with the fact that the soft top has not been used for years. Can this be repaired or stretched? Would prefer to fix this before putting the car up for sale, but also hoping to not have to spend money on a soft top replacement since I am getting rid of the car. Thanks for any help.