The Rear Latch Replacement is intended to be used the fixed hardtop brackets we offer. They exist on our original idea and work only with the fixed hardtop brackets - do not get dodged by copies, which sell them on their own, claiming functionality.
They have the following advantages vs. the OEM rear latch:
- allow much easier positioning of the hardtop closer to the front windshield frame (as the frankenstein (or mushroom) bolt prevents this in the OEM configuration)
- provide additional fixing now in both horizontal and vertical directions
- provide vertical fix and by pushing the hardtop slightly down minimises the potential squeaks caused by the lower hardtop seal
The set consists of everything needed to replace the OEM plates.
We have now two options depending on the spacers material - the featured set is with stainless steel spacers. Alternatively, there is an option with lighter and rust proof plastic washers instead of the metal ones, replicating the very same functionality.
There is a handy video on removing the Frankenstein bolt from our friends at mazdamenders.net. The later Frankenstein bolts are one piece and their removal procedure is reduced to unscrewing the bolt only.
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