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Old 05-03-2012, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, sorry, feeling like a post whore..

At long last I have a hard top! I now have a problem, the back right (looking from behind) clip is not sitting down properly and rattles whilst driving (pain in the ass) has anyone else experienced this? And if so how did you fix it?

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Frankenstein bolt or the latch? Take the top off and inspect it? Seriously?
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The latch, I took it off last night. Its like the latch isn't sitting/grabbing the bolt properly (I forgot the words :/)
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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stop asking stupid questions. if you cant figure it out, then you dont deserve to have a car or touch tools.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^ Wtf? Dude, I'm just learning, you can't say that right from the get go you knew EVERYTHING there is to know about cars? Sorry I am asking stupid questions, but I am LEARNING and doing my best to
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I assume you mean the chrome latch on the exterior of the hard top, if so there is a small screw pointing towards the center of the car, loosen that to gain access to the "grabber" housed inside. Adjust the grabber so it holds the stud tightly, the go backwards until it's back together. Very simple.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help! I will do that when I get home Makes sense now that I think about it.... :facepalm: Sorry :'(
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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stop asking stupid questions. if you cant figure it out, then you dont deserve to have a car or touch tools.
wow bro..what is wrong with you, the op was just asking a question instead of being super rude you can just help him out...
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stop asking stupid questions. if you cant figure it out, then you dont deserve to have a car or touch tools.
This is a prime example of how a forum becomes shitty. Sorry, but this is a place for helping other enthusiast with the same car as us. Not to tell them to figure shit out on their own. Some people need help along the way. so STFU unless you're going to post something worth reading dick.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help! I will do that when I get home Makes sense now that I think about it.... :facepalm: Sorry :'(
It's not a guarantee to solve the problem but it should help some. You may have to play with slightly adjusting the interior latches as well to get it to fit perfect. I bought a hard top that a guy had an a slightly bent chassis before and it took me weeks to get everything re-adjusted so it would stop squeeking and shit because he all the adjustments so out of wack to make it not rattle on his car.

As for the shit talkers ignore them, joking around is one thing but if they're going to act like that just ignore them. Having a small penis causes people to lash out at others.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks Everything is worth a try! haha I try to brush it off. not taken to the heart, just kinda laughed and thought he had nothing better to do..

List of jobs this w/e:
Fit hard top properly
get quote so that the car is one colour!
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's good you have a sense of humor. Anyway, I had the same issue, under the chrome brackets covers, there are hooks that have plastic covering that wrap around the F-Bolt. Mine were really worn down from all the times I took it on/off. You can adjusted like suggested, but if they are badly worn, they will probably still make some noise. If the metal is showing through, just get a new pair from Rosenthal Mazda.

Here is a link: http://parts.arlingtonmazda.com/prod...52d863%29.html

Good luck!
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Awesome! I will do that as soon as I get home - stupid work stopping me from playing with my car :'( That is awesome though thank you!
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If I understand you correctly, the top might not be seating on the frankenstein bolts. Try getting a friend to help you remove the top and resetting the rear feet on those bolts.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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When adjusting those hooks, should the hardtop be on the car? I was trying to get a perfect fit with mine (with the covers off) but it seemed like there was too little of a gap to get the hook under the frankenstein bolt.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #16 (permalink)
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stop asking stupid questions. if you cant figure it out, then you dont deserve to have a car or touch tools.

uh...you're a douche bag
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Kung Fu Jesus (love the name!) I think that may be what is happening.. Need to find someone willing to stand near the car, the three colours is really off putting!
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Becareful removing and reinstalling the hardtop. Those chrome feet have dragged over the garnish panel on my car during the maneuver a couple of times, scratching the paint.

My Kiwi geography is poor, but my friend Blues Boy lives there in NZ. He is an American ex pat and a longtime Miata owner both here and there. His name is Dave, maybe he can help you if you are nearby.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I actually questioned putting something like a velvet material on the bottom of the feet for that reason./... may or may not work.. Ill see if I can find your friend! Miata owners are all very (most of them) friendly..

I met an old lady that owned one on Tuesday night, she commented on my sticker (shocker sticker coming off) She said it was very nice.. I didn't know what to say
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:46 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I actually questioned putting something like a velvet material on the bottom of the feet for that reason.
that's why you should get these. Left and Right side.
http://parts.arlingtonmazda.com/prod...52d874%29.html
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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When adjusting those hooks, should the hardtop be on the car? I was trying to get a perfect fit with mine (with the covers off) but it seemed like there was too little of a gap to get the hook under the frankenstein bolt.
You should have the hardtop on the car, then adjust the latches from inside starting from the front. Then you can adjust the sides, and lastly the rear hooks around the franken-bolts. This will ensure you have a nice rattle free fit. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #22 (permalink)
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my inside latche screws have been FUC&ED to the max =[ this could be a mission
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:44 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Mine was doing the same thing... Upon closer inspection the two small nuts on the inside were missing and the bolts in there were just rattling around. I ghettorigged it with zipties until I buy some replacement nuts.
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