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Hardtop fitment issues

Anyone's hardtop have a 1/8 -3/16" step up at the rear seal? Mine does not sit completely even with the roll hoop roofline even when fully tightened...
Normal?
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Anyone's hardtop have a 1/8 -3/16" step up at the rear seal? Mine does not sit completely even with the roll hoop roofline even when fully tightened...
Normal?
I think it is typical that the rear sticks up a bit. Mine does. There is a $200 bracket that Lotus sells that supposedly helps. My hardtop doesn't leak so I never considered the bracket.
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Yup, the early ones didn't fit quite perfect, though it varied car to car. Ours has a gap in the middle of the back, makes some greatly annoying whistling at speed if we don't put something there. You can get the bracket that was added to later model year cars that should hold it down correctly.
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Ah Hah! I thought about making one, but no need to reinvent the wheel...
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The bracket on my 2007 definitely helps.

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The bracket on my 2007 definitely helps.
Where'd ya get it? got a pic?
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Mine came with it.

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It is item 23 on the photo below:

http://www.lotusgarage.com/shop/imag...2.04_large.jpg

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You could check with members 'keinayo' or 'Dave'...there's a chance they could have one.

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I have one that I just bought, but have not installed. How much have dealers been charging to install them? I think it just involves a few nutserts or similar if I recall...
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I have one that I just bought, but have not installed. How much have dealers been charging to install them? I think it just involves a few nutserts or similar if I recall...
Yeah, it involves drilling holes in the rear underside of the top and using Wellnuts in those holes to attach the bracket. It is pretty straightforward as long as you don't put the holes in the wrong place or drill too far into the top.
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Yeah, it involves drilling holes in the rear underside of the top and using Wellnuts in those holes to attach the bracket. It is pretty straightforward as long as you don't put the holes in the wrong place or drill too far into the top.
I've done my share of this kind of thing, having drilled (and tapped where needed) the (16) holes required to fit a new Lotus replacement chassis on my old Elan during a total restoration. I'm just tired of doing much more than washing/waxing/driving my cars these days and would rather have someone else screw it up.
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