rear top cable problem

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eric4321
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rear top cable problem

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Ok so I decided to replace the top on my 93. I have read the write ups and all was going well until now. I am having trouble geting the rear of the top to "pop" into the cable tray. The sides look perfect but no matter how tite I got the rear cable the rear won't seat. I have tried vice grips which worked for the side and I tried using a wood shim to push it into place and I tried it by hand as well. Do I need to undo the sides and start over? Also I did trim the exeses material from the side.
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Re: rear top cable problem

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The rear cable is a pain, but I have found a few tricks.

1. Trim all excess material on the back side of the top off (DO NOT CUT THE SEAM).

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Why? because the extra material binds the top and you are trying to stuff 2 layers of vinyl in to the tray instead of one.

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I have seen some previous installers widen the cable tray with a pry to expand it a wee bit. They insert the top then feed the cable and use clamps to hold it all in place.

Once it is in place, they use a block of wood and a hammer to close the tray tight by placing the wood over the top material and snacking the wood block.
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eric4321
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Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:14 pm
What year is your cabby?: 1993
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Location: Atlanta, GA

Re: rear top cable problem

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Brian thanks for the adivice. I thought it was just the side that needed to be trimed but when I saw that diagram it made all sense to me. Thanks for the great write up. My top is all installed I just need to put the window in. By the way is anyone going to BAP this year? I just got my top done in the nick of time to make it.
My Rabbit Rescue and Recovery Ranch
93 Cabriolet red. 5 speed
81 Rabbit 4 door auto bronze (project)
77 Rabbit 4 dr 4spd diesel
(Project next in line)
1987 Cabriolet parts car(may one day bring her back)
1993 Suburban green(used for Rabbit rescue)

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Briano1234
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Re: rear top cable problem

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No, the baby daughter is getting Married, and all spare time, effort, and Monies are going to the impending Nuptials. :)

Soon one of the cabbies is going to be his problem... :)
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