Convertible Top “Break In”

When a convertible top is replaced, it is necessary to have a "break-in" period for any new top. We recommend a break-in period of one to two weeks and is required for two reasons.


Once installed on the car, convertible top materials stretch.  Depending on the time of the year, this stretching time can vary. Once the top stretches out, it should have a nice tight look.  For best results, it is important for the stretch process to happen without interruption.   


Second, as the top stretches out in some places, it will tighten up in others. As the top changes, so will positions of the frame, pads, and seals – this is called the “break in” period. If the top is opened during the "break in" period, the following may be affected: effort to close the top, wind noise, and weather tightness. As a convertible top frame ages, links and joints wear and top frames do not have the same alignment as when the convertible top was new.  Leaving convertible tops and glass windows in the up position after installation allows them time to relax and adjust, or become "seasoned" to the top frame.  Always follow the instruction in the Owner's Manual for opening and closing the Convertible Top. 


Note: Always keep the well free of objects, even a harmless item such as a beach towel can cause glass windows to break.

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