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Alright, I have never been satisfied by the write up in Spyder Magazine, so here is my more detailed and picture intensive write up on how to fix your cars ears.
Now we have your spyder, with the top up, it doesn't quite look right. So lets put it down

But whats those folds over the back of the top sticking up? Those my friends, are the dreaded ears.


Ears happen because the top strap is missing. A top strap is a bit of nylon with snaps on both ends that was supposed to come with your car. It appears that many peoples cars were supplied without this part, or it was not installed during the dealer prep. I found my OEM strap in the toolbag, so check around your car for it, often it simply becomes disconnected, and at worst, the top assembly crushed the snap while being closed and needs to be replaced.
Here's the OEM Top Strap


So lets say you've found your OEM Top Strap, have gotten a aftermarket Top Strap, or have made your own. Here's how you would go about installing it.

First prop the top up half way with a book, box or something similar. Prop it up on the lower bar that runs across the top, if you use the upper one you'll pinch the tunnel that you need to run the strap through.


Now here's the connector strap, there's one on each side of the top. Connect the top strap to this, if using an Outofthebox Top Strap, bend the other end of the strap in half and tape. (This will make threading it through the strap tunnel easier.)

Here's the strap connected

Now thread the strap around the back curved beam in the soft top assembly.

Now insert the other end into the small stretchy tunnel that runs across the top of the soft top. The finger on the left is pulling the larger tunnel aside, and the right finger is on the smaller tunnel. The white tape is the Outofthebox Top Strap end halfway inserted into the tunnel.

Now using a broom handle and GENTLY push the strap through the top, it should come out the other side.

Remove the broom handle and step to the other side of the car. Here you can see the end of the strap out of the tunnel and the connector strap that it needs to be connected to. If using an Outofthebox Top Strap, remove the tape.

Run the strap through the curved beam as on the other side, and connect.

Now remove the support keeping the top halfway up and lower the top, making sure everything is connected properly and clearing any parts. Step back and enjoy never tucking the ears in again.



 

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Brilliant write-up!

Mine did have the top strap when I bought it (second owner), but it was never connected until I found spyderchat... So when I went to connect it, what did I find? A broken snap.

Fixed it once, using Automotive Goop (glue). Came loose last week. This afternoon, I went out with my Leatherman, drilled a couple little holes through the reinforced ends of each part of the strap, ran some speaker wire (I know, I know...) through, twisted it tight, tucked it in, then Gooped it again.

Hoping that holds.

Short of sewing the ends together, I don't know how to fix it with busted snaps...
 

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Great write up!


Just to clarify a bit- with the tunnels, I had originally installed mine through the ~8" wide tunnel. While it worked, it didn't work like it was supposed to. Only with a further inspection and a hint was I able to discover that there is a ~2.5" Tunnel inside of the 8" tunnel, and that is where the strap should be threaded through.
 

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Best write up on this issue I have seen so far.
 

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i would have liked to see a few x-ray shots of the tunnels, but i guess.... :roll:



J/k very excelent :mrgreen:
 

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Excellent. Just a note, I was able to just slide my strap through the tunnel without usinga broom handle or anything else. This was with the stock strap.

Nice pics to go along with the writeup too. :mrgreen:
 

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Barkingspyder: Please move this one to the library. It covers re-installation of the OEM strap, the OTB and the Argioppe's. Excellent resource.
 

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Thanks! I hope I never need this write-up, but it's nice to know it's here. Nice job.
 

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Nice one! I developed ears a few months ago and found that my OEM strap didn't want to stay snapped on the driver's side. I ended up lining the snaps and Velcro up, and sewing them together to keep them from unsnapping...
 

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Thank You!! I had the top-strap, but it didn't do anything for the ears. Now after some studying and a little readjustment of the strap it works perfectly! Thanks Again!
 

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Awesome! Thanks.
I just got the MR2 on Saturday and was wondering what that strap was in my glove compartment.
 

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great write up
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (heyshootyourself @ Apr 29 2008, 02:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
great write up[/b]
Thank you for bringing this back from the dead...really! I didn't know about the smaller "tunnel" for the strap. The driver side snap would come loose every 2-3 weeks, but when connected, the ears were ok. Well, I routed the strap through the smaller tunnel this afternoon, so we'll see how it works. By the way, I used a golf club shaft to move the strap from side to side.
 

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I'm bringing this back from the dead for another question. I didn't want to start a new thread
, so hopefully someone sees my question.

I have Dev's top strap and I think I'm installing it wrong. After following the instructions in this thread (and triple checking), the top strap seemed to work fine. It didn't fix the ears right away, but I could tell that with some use and some coaxing that the ears might "learn" their new position.

Here's my problem: When I put the top up, the tension from the strap was actually pulling the edges of the top inward and creating dimples on both sides of the top. I'm positive this was being caused by the strap, as it was fixed when the strap was removed. It seems like the strap is too tight.

Any suggestions? Does anyone else have this problem?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (charlatan brown @ May 2 2008, 02:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Here's my problem: When I put the top up, the tension from the strap was actually pulling the edges of the top inward and creating dimples on both sides of the top. I'm positive this was being caused by the strap, as it was fixed when the strap was removed. It seems like the strap is too tight.

Any suggestions? Does anyone else have this problem?[/b]
Is it possible you wrapped the strap around the frame more than once...or the wrong frame area?
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (bus-driver @ May 2 2008, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
this needs to go in the how-to section for sure![/b]
Definitely! And an update on the "newly found roof tunnel"; my ears are GONE...the Spyder-top ears, that is
I did this Thursday, and they just flat disappeared! Remarkable!
 
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