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Just recently I removed my soft top to change it for a dark blue one in better condition.

It is fairly straight forward to remove, but if it helps anyone, here is how I did it.

Firstly, if you have a windbreak, remove it. Mine is wired into the side lights so I removed it and laid it flat on the parcel shelf.



Next, unclip the two windscreen catch assemblies to release the soft top. This will make it easier to release the rear clips.



Now release the rear clips (x5) that hold the rear of the hood down.



The next step is to remove the bulkhead finisher (or T-bar cover if you prefer).

The cover is obstructed on either side by the door seals.



Open the doors and pull the door seal off until it is clear of the cover.



Next, you need to remove the 3 screws that hold the cover in place.



Just unscrew them with a cross point screwdriver and put them in a safe place.



The cover should then pull towards you. It will need a bit of a tug as it is held in place by plastic clips. Be careful as these are easy to break. I replaced mine with screws a long time ago as I have the cover on and off so often.



Once the cover is out of the way, you will find a bracket on each side. Each one is held on by 2 13mm bolts.
Undo these bolts



And remove the bolts and plate assembly on each side



The next bit is a 2 person operation.

Fold the soft top down and lift the rear upwards. You can unzip the window if you want to avoid it cracking or creasing. With one person each side, slowly lift the soft top clear of the car, taking care not to scratch the body work.

Place the soft top somewhere safe.




Fitting is a reverse of removal.
You may need to adjust the catch assemblies http://forums.mg-rover.org/showthread.php?p=3461825#post3461825 and side windows to achieve a good seal if you have fitted a different soft top.
 

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Clive, what colour was your original one and just how bad a state was it in? I'm after replacing mine which has some wire re-inforcement loose and a couple of minor tears in.... Dunno if you're interested in passing the old one on?
 

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Clive, what colour was your original one and just how bad a state was it in? I'm after replacing mine which has some wire re-inforcement loose and a couple of minor tears in.... Dunno if you're interested in passing the old one on?
I'm keeping it as a spare mate. Never know when someone wants to practice their knife skills and slash the top. Hasn't happened yet though.

It's black, it has a small repair and rear window needs a good clean.
 

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Thanks clive for the how to..... pity you didnt do it 3 weeks ago when I did mine,...doh...
also might want to add on that once unbolted it is quite heavy so to avoid damage to paint work its better to get 2 people to lift it clear of the car.
and of course putting the new one on.
 

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also might want to add on that once unbolted it is quite heavy so to avoid damage to paint work its better to get 2 people to lift it clear of the car.
and of course putting the new one on.
Err, I think I did. :bgrin:
 

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Two people to lift the hood??? Wuss! I managed to remove my old hood and refit a new (glass screened) hood all on my own :p

Nice how to though! When I got the new hood home (after an exchange with KrisFX) I had to think how those black brackets went back...
 

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Two people to lift the hood??? Wuss! I managed to remove my old hood and refit a new (glass screened) hood all on my own :p

Nice how to though! When I got the new hood home (after an exchange with KrisFX) I had to think how those black brackets went back...
And did you live in't middle of t'road and work down t'pit? :D

The main reason I say 2 people is so that you don't scratch your paintwork when it slipped, not for the weight.
 

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Two people to lift the hood??? Wuss! I managed to remove my old hood and refit a new (glass screened) hood all on my own :p

Nice how to though! When I got the new hood home (after an exchange with KrisFX) I had to think how those black brackets went back...
As the how to master (clive) says its to prevent the paintwork getting damaged really.
not so much heavy as akward to pick up.
wuss ??, wuss?? Tell you mate I can eat three shredded wheat me you know. :rofl:
 

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Just realised clive why I didnt see any text with the pictures,
It was because my settings were set to normal not the dark side.
Doh ! how silly..!
I thought it was strange just for you to post pictures and no explanation.!

Only one thing left to say .....:daft:
 

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You would say that :p Looks pretty easy, going to give it a go Thursday :) Have to pull the brother out of bed to help me lift it :lol:
 

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i have had my glass screen hood swopped with a normal plastic screen one 2day however the 2 hoods didn't fit on thier new cars.

on the donor car(mine) the hood seemed to be too low so the glass sat over the edges of the hood.

on the other car there was a massive gap between the glass and hood.

needless to say we swapped them back.

can these be adjusted or is there an issue with one of the hoods.

mine is a TF and the other is a mk2 F.
 
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