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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Soft Top Problem - What is Happening to my Top!?

So my soft top has started doing this recently on the Passenger's side, by the top center of the window.
What can I do to solve this? is this a common issue?



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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 12:00 PM
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Yep. The plastic rub tab has broken off. Ask @rob the elder ... he had some replacements made - not sure if he has any left.

See: Pinched top due to lost or damaged plastic tab , and also the 12 pages here () top ripping/pinching fix

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I do have a few left

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Thank you very much for the info
I have reached out to Rob and hopefully will get the tabs soon.
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I do have a few left
Enough to last til your next garage day? I was gonna pick up a set then. I don't need them but wanted to have some just in case.

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I have the same problem on my drivers side. Just figured it was a typical problem with the wear of the top. After looking at the two highlighted posted threads I went out and opened top and looked at the plastic rub tabs. Both tabs do not appear to be broken but the top looks like the OP's pictures. Should I replace both tabs anyway or is there something else I should try? Car is an 08.
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If the tabs are intact, lubricate the rubber strip on the underside of the top that slides over the plastic tab. It needs to slide smoothly over the tab to avoid sticking. I use dielectric grease a couple of times a year

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Enough to last til your next garage day? I was gonna pick up a set then. I don't need them but wanted to have some just in case.
Yes we have spares

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If the tabs are intact, lubricate the rubber strip on the underside of the top that slides over the plastic tab. It needs to slide smoothly over the tab to avoid sticking. I use dielectric grease a couple of times a year
Thanks Rob! I don't think I have any on hand, but will make a trip tomorrow to parts store and get some. I will let you know how it works out.
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In my case the tabs were still there, but the rubber was worn through and the steel substrate was grabbing. My lightswitch plate hack is still holding up, though I didn't lube it frequently enough and it twisted on my once.

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The first design top did not have the plastic wear parts and over time the rubber slide strip on the bottom of the top cover rubbed through the rubber seal on the top of the rear portion of the hinge. As they rubbed against each other the softer rubber of the seal was worn away to expose the metal tab that is embedded into the rubber seal to ensure that the joint is water tight. As the embedded metal tab is exposed, it acts like a knife, that grabs and pulls the top rubber rub strip into the hinge joint as it rotates and eventually this cutting action will penetrate the rub strip and the canvas.

The key is to return this joint to full service. That means lubricating it so the top rub strip slides over the rotating hinge and does not get pulled into the mechanism and damaged.

Keep the rub strip well lubricated and maintain the plastic tabs in the proper orientation and the top should perform as designed.

let the rub strip get dry and allow the plastic tab to fail and the result is as shown in the first post.

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In my case the tabs were still there, but the rubber was worn through and the steel substrate was grabbing. My lightswitch plate hack is still holding up, though I didn't lube it frequently enough and it twisted on my once.
I have been told on this forum that the embedded metal reinforcement is not steel. It is a highly active metal that can be ignited by drilling. I have not tried this but just something to consider.

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If the tabs are intact, lubricate the rubber strip on the underside of the top that slides over the plastic tab. It needs to slide smoothly over the tab to avoid sticking. I use dielectric grease a couple of times a year
Rob, I tried the dielectric grease and it appears to have helped the passenger side work better but the driver side still doesn't look right. If someone could Post a pick of the driver side area where the tab and top move together to compare with mine that may help me see what it's supposed to look like. It appears to me like there is part of the canvas top is gone in that area. Don't know if it's supposed to be or not.
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Rob, I could use two sets of the rub tabs. How do I get them. Thanks
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