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Post by Manx69 on Sun May 19, 2019 6:12 pm

I have a 1989 Sebring. I love it. HO 3.0 V8. It’s new to me and I can’t wait to make it something special. I recently had to put the top up and now I can figure out how to efficiently put it back under it’s cover. Are the instructions anywhere on how it should be folded.?

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Post by David V. on Tue May 21, 2019 4:20 pm

Hello! Welcome to the forum! Agreed there isn't too much that compares with a Sebring for fun factor.

Unfortunately however, welcome to what is likely the most awkward convertible top in existence.

If your cover is anything like mine, I usually take out the aluminum strips that serve as weights inside the top (above and behind the side windows), then unsnap the back of the top from the rear clamshell, and move the arc forward just enough to unsnap from the windshield corners and pull the groove out from the top windshield bar. Then I fold the hoops down over where they sit on the rear deck lid and flip the whole front portion of the top back onto the trunk. I then fold that front portion on itself like an accordion until it's about the width of that rear deck.

I snap the tonneau-cover completely from the outside first, then while stuffing the top under it with one hand, snap the inside of it starting from the center. However, be careful if your cover is very tight, the top can pinch between the metal arcs and cause small tears.

Unless I'm on a long roadtrip, 99% of the time I just take the top off completely on sunny days. Less damaging. If I do have to fold it I don't always snap the inside of the tonneau completely. I've also made two small straps with snaps at either end to not have to bother with the tonneau at all.

Hope that helps
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Post by Manx69 on Thu May 23, 2019 1:00 pm

Great advice. Thank you. Taking it out for its first adventure this weekend. Atlanta area to Louisville. I put the top up for practice in case of storm and couldn’t get back under the cover in a manner that allowed all snaps to be fastened. Your method seems like it will work.
Keith

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Post by Jerry & Lisa Mills on Sat May 25, 2019 11:35 pm

Hi Keith,
Second what David said for folding.
I've had mine 16 years now. For 14 of those years
I've not used the aluminum stiffeners. Living in the Pacific NW we have the top up and down a lot. Have 22k miles on it with speeds upwards of 100 and multiple hour stretches on the freeway. Never had a problem or noticed a difference.

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Post by dannymax on Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:17 pm

Kind of off topic, sorry.  I have been looking for a tonneau (boot) cover to cover the convertible top and have had no joy whatsoever with this.  Does anyone have any info?  Thank you!

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