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Old 10-30-2018, 02:55 PM
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Default Canopy Sticks Closed

My canopy does not like to release. I have installed a “handle” on the outside and that helps from the outside, but still not without a bit of a struggle. If I get in, close it up and latch, I have to bang on the upper support to get it to open.

I have stared at it a while and nothing seems to be out of order. It may be that the peg holes are too tight, but it would seem more likely that the plastic rider on the track is unhappy. It looks fine to my eye and once the canopy releases, it slides very nicely. The angle on the track seems to be as per specs.

Thought I would see if anyone else has had an issue and resolved before I start hacking away at stuff, which generally takes me to another disaster!

Thanks for any advice in advance
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:50 PM
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You shouldn't have to "bang" on anything. My slider is tight too but a gentle push and aft on the center frame bar just behind my head is enough to encourage it up the ramp and out of the pin holes. If yours is jamming its likely because the slide ramp is "Pushing" the frame up and the pins are "pulling" the frame down which is causing a bit of a sticking point. When you turn that forward latch you put a lot of pressure forward which makes those sticking points even tighter. You might try sanding the upper inside of the holes in the delrin pin blocks just a little to see if that helps.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:55 PM
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I use silicone lubricant on my slide ramp to help smooth the movement.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:05 PM
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Both excellent suggestions. Will try both.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:50 PM
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Same problem with my canopy. Wasn't sure what was sticking. I put Boelube on the pins and in the holes in the plastic blocks and that worked great!
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Old 10-30-2018, 06:48 PM
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Loosens up over time too.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:09 PM
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Caution, keep silicone spray lube away from any surfaces you plan to paint later!
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