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Hi Gang,
My question is convertible specific. How many of you unzip the back window when driving? What is the snap for? My rear bow has a snap on the front of the bow but the strap with the snap on the glass isn't long enough to reach it which brings up another question. Is the snap on your rear bow on the front of the bow or the back. Mine was on the front of the bow when I took it apart so that is how I put it back after restoring the top frame.

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Lip,

I do not unzip my back window, be honest with you, too much of a pain to zip back on. I just drop the top and drive.

Checked for the snap and my snap is on the front of the bow facing the front seat. My snap from the window is long enough to snap onto the front bow. The strap is about 5-6 inches from the window to the bow snap. Must be a back up support for a busted zipper?? Or are you suppose to unzip the window before dropping the top?? Thus, if you drop the top often, you can just unsnap, instead of zipping on and off every time??

Also, this got me looking, looks like the snap on the front bow is rubbing pretty good into the convt. top and showing some friction wear on the bottom of the convt top. I do ride often with the top down, wonder if the vibration of driving is causing this to rub/wear while in the down position.
 

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I suspected that my snap should be facing forward since that's how it came apart. I think the Haartz convertible top company sewed the wrong strap on my top. I figured that strap was supposed to snap to the bow. Thanks for the input.
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D-ski, I had input from another forum stating that you should unzip the top before dropping. Well, I did that a couple of times and now I have these cresent shaped wear marks on my new back window so forget about that. I made a little extension to snap the strap in the middle above the back window and it does take a lot of top flapping out of the rear but I too see snap pushing up on hte top. ??
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Rip,
I asked on the Fairlane Club of America forum and got mixed replies. The original manual states to unzip it before taking top down. Some guys said to do this while others stated not to. I think the most logical reply I received was to make sure to snap the top down with the cover so as to secure the top when in the down position. Then one fellow said he never secures the top down, he just drops and drives and he has never had a scratch or problem.

Go figure.........Yes, my window has the swirl mark that you state of, so I really do not worry too much. I just try to make sure the window is not crinkled when going down and most of the time I just drop and drive. Unless I am going to a car show, then I will snap the boot on for looks.

I am thinking about just putting some black electrical tape over the friction marks where it appears the buttons are rubbing. It is black and thick and would prevent any further friction rubbing. I have checked closely many time when dropping and raising and also stopped while driving to see the source of those friction marks. Cannot figure out why and when this is happening.

Oh well, I guess there is a friction gremelin out there somewhere that is doing this?!?!?! He also has my 3/8" wrench and extensions that have seemed to diappeared last week!!! Ha Ha!
 

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A follow up. I tried the recommended technique of unzipping the window. We left it down for the day and put the car back in the garage. When I raised the top the back window had a vinyl grain pattern etched into it. It won't come out. I think it is a chemical reaction between the well liner and th clear plastic window. When I called M & T manufacturing, the vender that the top kit came from when ordered through The Convertible Top Guys said that it must've been pressed against the well liner and picked up the vinyl textured pattern. They said this is not covered by warranty but they'd sell me another window. They recommended putting a pillow in the well or at least covering it with something . Can you believe that S#$*? the instructions tell you to keep that area clear of anything. Don't buy from M & T Manufacturing "review" and don't buy from The Convertible Top Guys "review" and don't unzip the effin back window, sigh..
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