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broken soft top tension wire

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by tonybelding, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    So, through some ignorant manipulation I managed to break the tension wire (or more of a thin cable, really) that seals the front edge of the soft top. It snapped, it's got to be replaced. The soft top is identical to a Lotus one, right? What's the best way for me to source a replacement for that wire?
     
  2. Panicopticon

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    #2 Panicopticon, Feb 26, 2019
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    I replaced mine with these, unlike the originals you can readily replace the cable. They also have the advantage of being a bit more robustly designed. Should that auction disappear, the magic search term is "VX220 Lotus ELISE EXIGE Soft Top Roof Cable adjuster tensioner Opel Speedster". I paid about $42 GPB each for my pair from the seller above.

    I have the persons email address, if you want to contact him directly, drop me a line and I'll pass it along.
     
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  3. djp

    djp Roadster 2.0 VIN939

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    I replaced mine with a length of non-stretch Spectra line. Cheaper than cable and available at any marine store.
     
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    I replaced mine with the stock Lotus soft top tension wire. Worked perfectly, easy swap. But I do like the ones Panicopticon suggested. May try those in the future.
     
  5. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    I'm going for that. Thanks for pointing me towards it!

    TMC forum proves its worth yet again.
     
  6. Panicopticon

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    My one complaint, and its a minor one, is that the thickness of the ends can make them a little more difficult to fit properly in the A and B hoop slots. Related, you might consider shrink tubing or tape wrapping the ends to keep them to keep them from rubbing against the hoop slots. I haven't noticed this to be any more of an issue than the original cables, but depending on your desired tension level, I could see how it might happen.
     
  7. Logticom

    Logticom Roadster Sport EU #243

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    @Panicopticon Thanks for the tip! Sounds and looks good. One of my tension wires is almost broken and I just ordered a new set through your link on eBay.
     
  8. jfischer

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    #8 jfischer, Feb 28, 2019
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    I ordered one directly from Tesla and got it without any difficulties. I also got the TESLA car cover as well from parts.

    Tesla Roadster invoice.JPG
     
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  9. ICON

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    Did you send up selling your car ?
     
  10. Timothy

    Timothy Driving on Sunshine

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    I just ordered--now $59.2 GBP so $77.22 USD with shipping. In the past eight yearsI have had the Tesla cables break 4 times--so I hope these last better!
     
  11. Timothy

    Timothy Driving on Sunshine

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    Oops. $49.95 GBP
     

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