Canopy Latch on Sting Sport

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Ted Gordon
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Canopy Latch on Sting Sport

Postby Ted Gordon » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:23 pm

I am a new owner of a 2006 Sting Sprort. The canopy latch is extremely hard to close on the passenger side. I talked with Bill Canino on this today and he advises lubrication of latch mechanism (grease), and slipping PVC tubing over the latch handle to increase leverage and save your palms. Also to look for a sprung canopy hinge. Anybody else have a suggestion?

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Re: Canopy Latch on Sting Sport

Postby drdehave » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:58 pm

I've closed mine 3,188 times. They are tough. Take Bill's advice and slip on some fuel line, or something--to save your palms.

Also, remember: the line of travel as you close is down and slightly INWARD. Knowing that helps.

I never ask the passenger to close the right one anymore; I just reach across and do it--with the correct line of travel.
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Re: Canopy Latch on Sting Sport

Postby Ted Gordon » Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:45 am

Thanks.I'll give it a try
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Re: Canopy Latch on Sting Sport

Postby dstclair » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:12 am

Definitely use white lithium grease. Also, check whether the latch itself is smooth to the touch and not ragged. if it is not smooth, file it a bit and that should help.
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