Contact forum member Hoosier GXP. He has what you seek down to the finest piece of hardware. I know because I had two pairs of tulip doors and hardware (one set brand new perfect. The other set is a bit beat up "used" as pictured. I traded them to him for other things he had that I needed. He parts out Skys all the time. He is an excellent resource for all kinds of Sky Parts.
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I bought a new tulip panel assembly from an eBay seller, paying $350 some months ago. The seller has since raised his price to $400. The unit arrived with a crack in the main piece so he sent me a second new one. I also bought his cracked one for a settled upon agreement of $100. So when I installed the good new one, my old one and the new cracked one were surplus parts to me. That's how I quickly went from "starving for parts" to "having so many parts". One bonus was that during the mild restoration, I managed to find all the tiny metal parts. My plastic cable end retainers were broken so I bought new ones on eBay to complete the two original door kits for resale purposes. But then Hoosier GXP contacted me and the rest is history.The typical failure mode is the flaps get out of time with the top, the operator raises the top and the mechanism comes into contact with the flap, which results in the operator providing more force to raise the top and you have a bent hinge and / or a chipped or broken flap. My experience has been that nearly all the available stock has been bought and used so if you find a set buy them.
Ok I'm intrigued now, when you mentioned washers earlier I just assumed you were referring to the the washers mechanically attached to the nuts. However, now I see you are indicating they are behind the mounting brackets. Do you have any pictures of this? Are they just flat washers between the body and the mounting brackets?If your top is aligned well and has large washers behind the mounting brackets, leave them be. My original top did NOT have washers. My replacement top DID have them. I first tried the fit without them but in the end I used them.
Yes, yes, yes, and they are quite large, and close to 1/8" thick.Are they just flat washers between the body and the mounting brackets?
I'm still intrigued by this. Mine is a 2008 (manufactured late 2007) and had a plan b top from the factory, but didn't have any washers. I'm curious if this would help correct some of my alignment issues after my top swap (still a plan b)? Any pics of these washers though so I can try and procure some?Yes, yes, yes, and they are quite large, and close to 1/8" thick.
My 2007 plan-A top did not have them. When removing the top off the donor Sky at Hoosier GXPs house, it had those huge washers so I grabbed them. I originally did not use them in my Sky, but struggled with aligning the top to the car so I then installed them exactly like the donor Sky had, and it helped. I don't know the model year of the donor Sky but the top is a plan-B design. Maybe the washers work with a plan-B but not with a plan-A. I really don't know.