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Old 01-08-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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Spin Lock Question

I have a 2001 S that I just purchased a hardtop for. My question, do I need to buy Spin Locks for this model and year?

There seems to be a hole already that is slotted to accept the posts on the hardtop. When I put the top on and tighten down the levers it isn't as tight to the body as I would have expected.

I looked at 9x6 Werks DVD preview pictures of a spin lock and my existing holes definetly do not look like what is shown there as a "spin lock".

Any help appreciated.
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Old 01-08-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Can you take a picture and show us? The size of the hole in the spin lock should be the same size as the posts from the hard top (maybe 1/4" in diameter).

When you push those 2 handles to lock down the top, is it easy or difficult? It should require a bit of effort.

Also, as you're turning/pusing those handles, does the rear of the top seem to attach itself -almost like a suction effect? It oughtta!

I presume you DO need to buy spin locks for your car.
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Attaching a couple of pictures, this is the driver's side.

When I put the levers in place it doesn't take much effort, but it does feel like the roof is secured. There is still a fairly big gap between the top and the body of the car though, enough that I can easily put my finger tips in and feelt he weatherstriping from the hardtop.

I took it out for a drive and outside of the small airflow noise coming from the drivers side window it seemed pretty secure.
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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Nope, you don't have them...

The blue below represents where you should have a) the spin lock & b) the screw that holds the spin lock in place.



These pieces came with my hardtop, but it's to my understanding that they cost less than $45 from a dealership. There should be some posts on this board about the install of the spin locks. For me, it took about 1.5 hours to do the first one, then 3 minutes to do the second. The reason it can be a tricky procedure is because you have to do a dance with putting the top up and down -and avoid dropping the screw while installing.
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Thank you, Jeph, really appreciate you taking the time to explain this.

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