Where does the front bow supposed to rest, on top of the windshield or in front? My top has been down for at least 25 years before I bought the car so I don't know how it is supposed to fit. It has also shrunk making it very difficult to handle (needs to be replaced). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks Jerry
We have a '14 Touring also and it doesn't really rest on anything - there is tension between the bows & top material and the straps going to the w.s. hinges hold it in place.
Set the car in the hot sun and it should help with stretching the top out. After it sets for awhile then try to hook up the latches.
Dennis, I did that to get it close to fitting but didn't know where the front bow is supposed to fit. My top has "pocket" in front of the front bow, don't know if this kinda hooks over the windshield or the bow rests on the top of the windshield, I know the straps hold it in place, just don't know how it is supposed to fit.
Jerry.. It doesn't "fit" into anything. It hangs in the open air, just a few inches in front of, and slightly above, the top of the windshield frame. When you hook the straps, it will be pulled tight, with the front bow suspended above the windshield frame.
Ok, got it!! Thanks for all your replies and information!
Its probably not original, but we had a flap added inside the front bow to block wind coming under the top and over the top of the windshield.
Makes things much nicer inside the car on a long trip.
We also have a "wind deflector" on the front of ours.
When you put the top up, are you detaching the front bow from its mounting points on the vertical bow, to which it's attached, and reattaching it to the higher mounts? I hope that's clear, wish I had pictures...
Yes: Front bow goes in upper mount on vertical bow when top is in up position.
Jerry, Tim... Yes, I attached the support in the upper point and I am in the process of letting Mister Sun help me stretch the top a bit. I think I now understand how the top is supposed to attach. Thanks to all for your help, this forum and members are the best!!
As others have said, the top "just hangs there"...you might want to consider an extra piece of material a windflap to help reduce rain penetration.
(Picture captured from the 'net - another member's auto)
I made a flap for my '13 that is secured to the top part of the front bow instead of the bottom. It has a flap attached to it just like the original 22-25 front bows have. It is a lot less noticeable.