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I just purchased a 2001 Spyder MR2 and need to replace the soft top as there are a few leaks in it and its a bit faded. I found replacement on ebay but I was hoping for a little guidance on this purchase. I've searched the forum but couldn't find a thread on replacing the top. Any links or advice would be greatlt appreciated.

(if this is a repeat post, please don't crucify me..)
 

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I replaced mine myself, but went with a Robbins cloth top. The cloth just looks better in my opinion. Install is the same though. It's time consuming for sure, count on a whole day with two people going at it. The instructions provided weren't great, and neither is the BGB. But using the two of them and taking a long hard look at how the top functions before dissesembling it really helps. Recommend you take lots of photos before tearing it apart. Good Luck!
 

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Are you sure it is the top thats leaking? Where is the water?
 

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I have a harrtz stayfast top I got off ebay. Put is on myself in a day, and am very happy with it.
 

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I've done a solo install of two tops now. Both Robbin's vinyl. I'd suggest going with the cloth top personally.

It is a time consuming and sometimes maddening job. 8 hours the first time and 5.5 the second time. I don't want to do another one. haha
 

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I have a harrtz stayfast top I got off ebay. Put is on myself in a day, and am very happy with it.
Now I know who to call when that time comes.
 

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Seeing them side by side the cloth is just a much better looking material. More high end looking.
+1 On the cloth. top replacement is no joke from what i gather and im sure theres lots of room to mess up and maybe even take longer than usal to replace you want to get the fitment right. Ask away on your questions its not an easy job and most here who have chimed in are the most helpful at it. good luck with the install:thumbsup:
 

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Has anyone done a step by step walk-through on top replacement?
The best I know of is posted at mr2roc. Pictures of every step. I'd job it out to a specialist - it doesn't look like fun.
 

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If you go vinyl I'm 90% sure you will regret it. You are undertaking a major job when you decide to replace the convertible top and you don't want to look back on it at the end of a long, hard weekend and think the top looks like crap. Also, think about the marginal cost difference. You're talking about a $200 difference between a low end vinyl top or a Haartz Stayfast from these guys:

http://www.convertibletopguys.com/cgi-local/displaycat.cgi?cat=1159

Do you really want to look at a crappy vinyl top for the next few years because you wanted to save $200 now? Just think hard about it, because you have to live with your decision for a long time. I'm in the process of ordering my cloth replacement top now, so I've been through all the thoughts that you're going through. It's a big job, but you can do it with a little persistence and a lot of patience. Good luck!
 

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Just lots of little things that seeminly go together right but then you go to fold the top and it isn't just right. Back apart it comes to tweak this and tighten that. Now that I have done a pair I can say that it isn't hard. Just frustrating at times and time consuming.
 

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I just got my car back from the upholstery guy on Friday with a new Robbins top -- in time for Bear Mountain 2009.

The top had been torn and was hand-sewn by the PO. It was also separating where the top meets the window on the upper left and upper right -- it was getting worse with time, mostly due to me forcing it open when the weather wasn't quite warm enough and the vinyl was too stiff.

My upholstery guy has been working on tops and interiors for 50 years and specializes in high-end classic cars. He agreed to do my top as a learning experience, since he'd never done one before. I gave him the instructions that came with the roof and the BGB excerpt. He did a GREAT job, but told me he'd never do another MR2 because it's a real PITN -- so I can't recommend him.

The Robbins roof looks great.

Update: As some of you know, I'm having some issues with the roof installation (i.e., it looks great closed, but it won't open). As GreenStreak points out, "lots of little things that seeminly go together right but then you go to fold the top and it isn't just right". In my case, the window won't fold flat.

I've pulled away the lining and found a number of straps and springs that the installer missed but he has little interest in helping me resolve the situation. At this point, I'm calling this an expensive lesson and I'll try to fix it on my own once it warms up in the spring with help from GS and/or the local Spyder folks.

In summary, make sre you use someone who's done a Spyder top before or has enough patience and dedication to make sure they do a good job.
 

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If you do this yourself, I recommend buying the BGB. It outlined most of the steps perfectly.

karthwyne, I could help with putting on a new top. As long as the beer is cold :D
 

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karthwyne, I could help with putting on a new top. As long as the beer is cold :D
Thankfully, that day is not yet in sight, but I can certainly be sure to have cold brew.
 
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