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post #1 of 15 Old 01-29-2013, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Spider Roof replacement

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The roof of my 02 spider is starting to age real bad and Ive been thinking of replacing it. Any friendly advice as to where I can order one? And also anyone have such experience as of the difficulty replacing the roof. Btw I am not talking about the mechanism just the cloth part.

I wonder how strong is the mechanical parts involving the roof as I always worry something will break during the replacement.....

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-29-2013, 03:20 PM
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Hi There

The roof of my 02 spider is starting to age real bad and Ive been thinking of replacing it. Any friendly advice as to where I can order one? And also anyone have such experience as of the difficulty replacing the roof. Btw I am not talking about the mechanism just the cloth part.

I wonder how strong is the mechanical parts involving the roof as I always worry something will break during the replacement.....

Thanks

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There are a couple of soft top manufacturers that have replacements for the 360. But before going that route I think it's worth considering the renovo dye, can you post a pic of the top?
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-05-2013, 06:52 AM
 
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The plastic attached at the soft top

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There are a couple of soft top manufacturers that have replacements for the 360. But before going that route I think it's worth considering the renovo dye, can you post a pic of the top?
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May I ask anymore knows where to get that little plastic attached to the soft top ??
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And is it easy to change that
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-18-2013, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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thx MOT

Didnt have a chance to take some photos until now. Please check them out.
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-18-2013, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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the opening is not as bad as it looks, I made the opening a little wider to show clearly where the damage is. I was told that it can be improve by using glass adhesive but not sure if that is valid. Please comment.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-18-2013, 10:41 AM
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If that picture indicates the worst part, I'd think the hood could be repaired.

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-19-2013, 07:35 AM
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Sure doesnt look that bad, you just need the right guy to work on the fix.

The top doesn't look in bad shape either, a redye and it will look like new.
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-07-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone here has experience of replacingthe top? Is it a diy job ? Any high risk of breaking something in the process?
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-09-2013, 05:25 AM
 
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It's most definitely not a DIY job. I've been told about 20 hours labour. Plus some parts that will undoubtedly require replacement.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-10-2013, 12:14 PM
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Should be able to get a good trimmer to repair that and then pep up the colour with a redye, will look like new
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post #11 of 15 Old 04-12-2013, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys

v8tdf can you tell me how they redye in your area? A shop sprayed a layer of paint designed for convertible top already, yes it improved but still not up to what I expected. The way the top folded seems to create a lot of wrinkle and discolor. And that plastic window!! Dont know what to do with it!!
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It's most definitely not a DIY job. I've been told about 20 hours labour. Plus some parts that will undoubtedly require replacement.
Yes. it's a very time consuming job. The car also has to sit for 24 hours and then be adjusted as required.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-12-2013, 02:31 PM
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The product range which I have experience of is Renovo which is available in the US - it is also marketed as a boat product available from chandlers, but is the same stuff in the bottle.

Full instructions are on the bottle, but basically you need to use the Soft Top Canvas Cleaner (500ml), Reviver (1 litre to be on the safe side but you may get away with 500ml) then weatherproof it with the Ultraproofer (500ml will do 2 coats).

It really is easy and will make the colour even, deeper and look like a new hood.

They also do a plastic rear screen cleaner but the best product for this is Hindsight, available from Hindsight in Scotland. I'm sure they will ship to the US.
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Thank you so much for the info V8! Will definitely give it a try. I wonder if I could use Black to my Blue top to convert the color? I find blue seems to be a bit "classic" to my taste
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Yes, you can recolour to black using this
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