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2G need new convertible top

2gEclips3

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119
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Aug 14, 2013
Lena, Europe
The top of my Spyder is leaky, and i need a new one.
Could i get any advice on where i can aquire one, website, vendors etc? There's no point in asking the brand dealership here in Norway, its cheaper to buy and identical car.

So any Spyder dudes here who can help med out?
 

1990TSIAWDTALON

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Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
Robbins Convertible tops are what I have used on my Camaro convertible in the past and they were identical to the original, so check out this link....I don't know what shipping might be since you are in Europe though.
https://www.robbinsautotopco.com/mitsubishi.php
 

Doubleot

10+ Year Contributor
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Mar 15, 2009
Spanish Fork, Utah
I bought a whole assembly from Miller import parts, it had been replaced recently and was extremely simple to unbolt the whole unit as one and Install the next. Would highly recommend going this route.
 

1990TSIAWDTALON

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Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
I bought a whole assembly from Miller import parts, it had been replaced recently and was extremely simple to unbolt the whole unit as one and Install the next. Would highly recommend going this route.
But he is "across the pond", so shipping a entire assembly might be cost prohibitive.
 

1990TSIAWDTALON

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Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
I gotta agree that Miller Import Parts is the go to place for good used parts!
Performance Partout is also a very good and reliable source.
 

2gEclips3

Proven Member
119
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Aug 14, 2013
Lena, Europe
shipping isnt the biggest issue, its the weight of package wich determines the price. Miller Import doesnt respond to my inquiries anymore, so i dont know.
With that said, i want the convertible top to be brand new, so getting one from a partout isnt an option.
Thank you vm for the replies tho, im gonna take a look ;)
 

b00st3d

Freelancer
602
387
Jan 13, 2005
Yukon, Oklahoma
i got mine from autotopsdirect.com for $399. exact oem replacement, couldnt be happier. installed myself as well
Any experience before doing this? Mine could use a top. None of the local shops will install a provided top. They want you to buy from them and pay $2000 installed. :(
 

b00zt3d spyd3r

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Feb 25, 2016
Lawton, Oklahoma
Any experience before doing this? Mine could use a top. None of the local shops will install a provided top. They want you to buy from them and pay $2000 installed. :(
Nope never done it before. If you have any mechanical skill you can do it yourself. It comes a Lil over sized so you'll have to trim it. Measure thrice cut once LOL
 

stillrunning

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Oct 10, 2013
brandon, Florida
It's a full day job really, it's not rocket science but it takes a bit to wrap your head around what needs to be done, more intimidating than anything.
I recently did mine and the toughest thing to me was getting the rear bow centered with the top, the very last rear bow that tucks under the rear cover by the trunk lid.
The top I bought had marking lines to help line it up but it still takes time to figure out how to approach it.
If you have good sensibility you can work through it, it's not easy but it's not too bad, experience definitely would help no question about it, allot to be learned from doing your first install.
Can't remember who I got mine through but I think it was tops online, I bought it a long time before I actually installed it, like 10 years ago.
 

2gEclips3

Proven Member
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Aug 14, 2013
Lena, Europe
This is awesome. Its one of the things i really love about this site, your passion for the car and that's always someone who had done the job earlier and can come with advice.

However, i dont remember wich site i read this, but that a stapler gun was "mandatory" for an install.
So... its not simply removing the old top and sliding on the new one and make it fit, there are some customization to this it seems...

Does anyone wanna tell how and wich tools are needed for the job?
 

2gEclips3

Proven Member
119
1
Aug 14, 2013
Lena, Europe
I used basic hand tools, a staple gun, self tapping screws for where you have to remove rivets and some 3m advesive spray
Oh... i also read that it followed intructions "manual" of some sort. Btw, did you buy the stayfast canvas or the twill vinyl at autotopsdirect? Any idea if its just a price or quality difference?
I also found another site called " convertibletopguys.com "... They also have the option to not have heated glass but just regular glass too.
 

DogWhistle

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Sep 13, 2012
St. Paul, Minnesota
Topsonline for us. I must have watched that YT video 7 times before I felt remote ready for the job. There are some pictures posted on our build thread.

Yes, staple gun, scissors, screw drivers and contact cement. Probably the best advice we got was to do the final pull taunt with the roof *slightly* open, so that when the new roof stretches, it won’t bag out in the back sections.

It was very satisfying to do it ourselves since you can closely inspect the health of all of the bows and hinge points. With basic mechanical skills, you can do this!
 

1990TSIAWDTALON

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Nov 14, 2013
Independence, Kansas
Good advice on the top stretching and leaving the top loose. ALSO, sit it out in the sun for a day, then latch it down tight. Thats what my convertible guy does. I use the factory canvas material for my IROC, they vinyl stuff is, well, cheap and cheap looking to me.
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Drop Top Road Trip

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Oct 13, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri
Question: Is your top just leaky...or do you REALLY need a new one (rips, tears, holes)? If your top is solid except for the leakyness and perhaps faded looks, you could do what I did and re-seal the inside. Loads less labor intensive!

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If the outside is looking faded you can freshen that up with black plastidip...again, like I did. It lasted about 18 months on my top before I could tell it could use another spray.

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