REMOVING THE SOFT-TOP
TAKING THE canvis tilt off is an obviously simple job that most of us do whenever the weather warrants it. But before removing or even releasing the tilt, carefully scrutinise the condition of the canvas for holes, signs of rot, failed stitching, and for holes developing where it’s worn against the frame and other parts. The best way to spot small holes and weak seam stitches is to look up from inside on a bright day, checking for daylight coming through. If the canvas is deteriorating, consider fitting a new one after the rebuild. They’re impractical to repair except for individual tears, and waterproofing is not a long term solution. After releasing the hood all round, it will pull off neatly from the rear. Fold it carefully and store in a dry place with nothing resting on it. This small hole near the front seam of the tilt could be patched, but nearby stitching is failing and the canvas is no longer waterproof.