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    I need to chat with someone who has actually manually opened their xlr top. I have watched all of klaus videos, which are awesome, but run into an issue of the top not going deep enough into the trunk by about a half inch, and the top tonneau can not close. Trying to find someone who has done this process manually. There must be some reason (a required tilt, etc.) Why the top is not going deep enough. When relifting the top to try to correct the issue i saw there are back hinges that lock the top in place. Is the top not folding into these latches properly? And how should the top latch near the top tonneau latch in place? I tried recovering with the 8mm front claw latch in the fully open position. Not sure what else to try. I have a car cover and can leave the top down until I can get it repaired, if I could just get the top down. Any help is appreciated. I have watched all of the videos but none of them talk about how the top folds down and hooks inside the trunk.

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    You did turn the valve at the pump? I never didn't do that, but maybe if you don't the top can't retract all the way.

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    I did turn the pump for the trunk to unfold. Perhaps I turned it back too soon. Thanks for the idea. I will give it a try tomorrow. I am dying to get this top down so I can have some fun until I get the top fixed. I am going to give it a full overhaul so it will be expensive even using Top Hydrolics. I appreciate the idea...I was out of them. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_B View Post
    You did turn the valve at the pump? I never didn't do that, but maybe if you don't the top can't retract all the way.
    You have to relieve/bypass the builtin pressure of the hydraulic system to manually work the folding top

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    The hydrolic bypass was not the issue, it was the ceiling latch not fully open so the roof would not go all the way down. I used a 8mm ratchet wrench inside the car where I had removed the cd holder. The ratchet gave me enough torque to open the roof latch fully and I felt the roof drop the last half inch. Thanks for the suggestions. I had given up, destined to a summer with no top down fun...but the kind people on this site got me to give it one more try! Anyone need help in manually opening these things I am now a pro! Thanks again. My summer is saved! We need a car rally in So Cal!

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