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Hi Guys new member here,

I've had my Solstice for about 4 years now, and I'm having an issue with the convertible top. There are two white marks right above the windows where the top folds. It appears that the pieces on either side are wearing down the top. Is this a problem others are having? Should I remove the pieces?
 

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This is a result of the hold down feet pressing on the top fabric. Some of us have made a blanket to cover the top. Others use microfiber towels to protect the top. Some have removed the feet. They are taped on.
 

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You may want to see if the rubber pads have come off of the hold down feet (they're mounted on the underside of the trunk lid.) I found one laying on the floor of the trunk about 3-4 months after we bought it.
 

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Check out Kappa Blanket threads. Several of us have them. Taylor Treads will make you one if you go to her website. With custom embroidery. :) Many of us have them.

The rubber feet are attached to the plastic bases with adhesive that is not the best for this application. I have many sets of newly manufactured rubber feet that have the proper glue for this use.

The problems are the rubber is soft and will peel and the adhesive is prone to failure. The feet will either come apart and expose the sharp edges of the plastic base, or rotate and do the same. Or worst case they will fall off.

Even when the rubber feet are in place, the rubber on constant contact with the canvas top will cause discoloration and eventual accelerated wear at these points. The top will also tend to wear in the center where it comes in contact with the trunk lid liner. On some cars, the trunk sides also come in contact with the folded edges of the canvas when stowed. The kappa blanket is designed to preclude all these wear points.
 

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Along the same lines, these are fabric tops, and will wear out. (GM tops seem to wear out faster than others) My question is: who can we trust to replace them when they do need replacing? GM did a fairly poor job installing them at the factory, and what dealer is going to have the experience to do it right, when the factory made a lot of mistakes.
 

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Another issue I'm having with my top is that the driver's side window is hitting the edge of the top and has worn through in a couple places. I bought my Solstice used and apparently the previous owner didn't care or didn't notice. I believe the fix is the adjust the window travel. I'm not sure how to fix the small damaged area. The rest of the top looks like new.
 

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A lot of this has been discussed several years ago and you can do a search to find it if you wish to read the entire discussion but here is a quick regurgitation.

The side glass is adjustable for travel (up), and cant (inward lean). There are ports in the bottom of the door that will give access to the adjustments. There are various manuals around that will show the procedure. Or you can find pictures and instructions in the above referenced threads. Suffice it to say that a poorly adjusted window will come in contact with the canvas and will wear a hole in the canvas material if not adjusted properly.

The hinge above the windows on each side are a source of problems as well. the top slides in the rear folding portion. When the track becomes resistant to sliding, the top will not slide forward into place properly and will become trapped in the hinge point, which will also wear or cut a hole in the top from the inside out.

The forward edge of the folding hinge has a metal plate that is designed to aid in the sliding action and close the joint at the fold. This plate is coated in plastic to enhance sliding action and retained with a single screw. If the screw becomes loose, the plate can rotate and / or chatter when closing, becoming a source of increased wear. There are several good instructions for repairing this issue.

When stowed in the trunk, the top is designed to hold the glass rear window firmly against the Mayan Temple. The down force is provided at the ends of the top by the two rubber feet, one on each side of the trunk, and in the center by the trunk lid liner. There is a groove there that captures the rib on the top and holds it in place.

The rubber feet will over time rub a smooth spot on each side of the top. Worst case the rubber feet will fail and wear a hole in the top.

On some cars, the folded top will rub against the side wall of the trunk on each side which can and will wear out the canvas prematurely.

It is essential that you maintain the top to assure its long life. Regular treatment of the rubber seals, lubrication of the moving parts, adjustment of the window and top tension along with treating the top regularly will go a long way to making the top last a long time.

We have two cars, one with a black top and one with a tan top. Both have been garaged kept but driven regularly. Both tops show no signs of wear and look the same as when they came out of the factory.

The key to long top life is keep everything adjusted and lubed, and protect the top from preventable wear sources.:grouphug:
 
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