If your convertible top looks like this…

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Apparently, because the top will not be tight if the [tension band] straps are unattached, not only will the top not stay clear off the rollbar hoops, but the rear glass window, headliner and outer skin will be unstable, and flop around in the wind.  It is reassuring to realize that this can be properly fixed though, without relying on the dealer! 

The referenced straps are shown in this Mopar parts view:

Convertible Top parts straps

Steve Kantner offers the cause and solution here:

I just fixed mine today. The straps weren’t securely attached at the factory. You can reach in and find the straps between the internal and external fabric. The bolt they attach to is behind the plastic trim in the roof compartment. There’s a slit in the fabric to allow the strap through.

Once you get the straps through the slits, remove the plastic trim panels, remove the 10mm nut, place the strap’s hole over the bolt, reinstall and tighten the nut, and finally – reinstall the plastic trim panels.

 

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courtesy of Steven Kantner; pulling the strap out from behind the headliner to show the attachment hole.

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Bonus: Convertible top sections in the Mazda Service Manual (not applicable for the task at hand though):

(See CONVERTIBLE TOP REMOVAL/INSTALLATION.)

(See CONVERTIBLE TOP DISASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY.)

(See CONVERTIBLE TOP ADJUSTMENT.)

(See CONVERTIBLE TOP SWITCH INSPECTION.)

(See TOP FABRIC REPAIR.)

This photo is invaluable!  Because one like it isn’t in the Fiat Service Manual, might explain why many dealers aren’t installing the straps, when replacing convertible tops in their shop.

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courtesy of Steven Kantner; “Attached strap. You’ll need to partially open the top to get enough slack to pull the strap far enough to secure it”

Matt (coast) provided many photos in an informative Mazda forum soft-top repair thread, that shows a properly installed bracket securing the top to the body, adding:

… you can see the black metal brackets. These fit over studs on the car and they are very difficult to get back on tightly – the new top does not want to stretch all the way. It was physically difficult to hold the top fabric tight, get the bracket on correctly, and then get the nuts on the studs. Then the nuts need to be tightened down.

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Here is where that last frame hoop is supposed to be:

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courtesy of arbid; FIXED

3 thoughts on “If your convertible top looks like this…

  1. Based on Steven Kantner’s photo/comments, no – just the trim in the well has to be removed so the dangling strap can be attached.

    I added a note to the Bonus links section, which may have lead you to think the top removal, etc. was part of the strap instructions: (not applicable for the task at hand though)

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