I have had this in another forum and thought it would be a good thing for people who may want to know how hard tops are fitted and if anything needs to be removed to do so. Hopefully this will answer most people questions
This is a quick how to guide on fitting a hardtop.
Few FAQ's First.
Q. I have bought a hardtop, will it fit in an estate car?
A. Chances are that it will not fit (I think someone tried in a large Volvo estate and it wouldn't fit), if you are buying a hardtop then the best way to collect it is with your F/TF and I am sure the seller will put it on with you. If this is not an option then you will need a van.
Q. Do I need to remove the soft top so I can put the hard top on?
A. No, unzip the rear screen and fold the soft top down as the hard top fits over the top.
Q. Will I need to take my windstop off?
A. No, again the hardtop will fit over it, fold the roof down first then fold the windstop down.
Q. I have not got a switch in the dash for the heated rear window, what do I do or need to make it work?
A. All the wiring is already in place, you will need the switch, relay and maybe 20 -30 min to have it installed and working.
Fitting the Hardtop
Look for the wiring plug for the heated rear window(HRW) of the hard top.(this can be hidden uunderneath the carpet of the rear parcel shelf/engine access cover on the passenger side of the car.
Fold the soft top the same way as you would in the summer, I recommend you unzip the rear screen before lowering the roof. Make sure the HRW connector is not trapped(see first photo), you might not think this is long enough but your hard top should have the wires and female connector already on it which will be long enough to reach to the connector on the car.
Lower the electric windows, fold the sunvisors in the down position and remove the aerial by unscrewing it. *note the white connector near the folded hood
The next part requires two people.
With the hardtop(HT) at the rear of the car and facing the direction it will be placed on the car, lift the HT over the rear boot of the car keeping the rear slightly higher in order to place it on the front seals first, then lower the rear. I do this to stop the seals buldging when you latch the catches down.
On the inside of the car, make sure the hardtop is resting on the rear supports (just behind the passenger & drivers headrest) and then connect the HRW wiring up. Always do the front catches up first as this will pull the hardtop slightly forward, then move to the rear ones located on the inside rear of the Hardtop. (see photo's below)
Front catch the same as softtop ones.
Rear catches and connected HRW
Screw the aerial back on and the windows up and hey presto it should look like this
Hope this how to guide helps those who have never fitted one on their car