(Info from various owners and mechanics) 1. When garaged, put the top up to keep the materials from creasing. 2. Don't keep the top up for long periods of time since some of the material may stick to the frame and could cause ripping. 3. When folding the top down, don't force it... it should never feel that way. 4. The sequence to folding down the top is, in order is: a) wind all the windows down, b) un-buckle the top from the window frame, c) wind back the two guide pins at the buckles as far as they will go to make it easier to push the top up, d) yes, the first to push UP with ever so slightly back on the top rail that the buckles are fastened to so as to clear the guide pins, e) once you have cleared the gudie pins from the top of the windshield, fasten the buckles down using the leather straps that snap into place (catching the buckles on the top of the windshield on the way down is the #1 way to break the small arms on the buckles ($450+ part to replace- more on that later), f) once you have pused the top up, stand next to the car and smoothly push the top back while keeping the 2nd bar vertical. g) as the top folds backward, note how the sides fold neatly into the middle and that there is no material being caught in the joints h) if it doesn't go all the way down (normal) look for the elbow closest to the rear windshield that has probably caught on the rear deck or recessed cup. If so gently lift up on the elbow to release (check for the elbow on the other side of the car also), this should let the top fold all the way down to its lowest point, g) make sure to fold the rear windshield over the sides (that have collapsed into the middle) but under the front bar (that has the buckles), this will keep the the whole package slim and make the boot cover install super easy. h) when rolling the windows up, the glass tends to catch against the material. Help the window motors by gently pulling up on the glass as it comes up... if necessary, open the doors slightly if the glass doesn't go all the way up. On the boot cover, leather or canvas: make sure to periodically inspect the interior collar that winds on to the outer pull knob. The inner collars can unwind over time and result in the combo coming apart, usually at high speed usually when you least want to pull over. Never mind the money to replace the parts, it's the flapping that can cause damage to your paint job. The collars wind on like a golf spike. A split ring plier is the tool to use to check the collars. Also when the boot cover is on, make sure to pull up on the material at the knobs to make sure that the knobs are seated on the post under the material. Again, you don't want those knobs slapping agains your paint at speed. 5. Putting the top up: a) pull at a 45 deg angle on the middle strap at the middle of the first bar SMOOTHLY making sure that nothing seems like its caught, as the first bar nears the top of the windshield, the first bar will move downward, b) to get the guide pins back in place to buckle, extend the pins all the way by winding down on the adjustment knobs (the opposite of when putting the top down) c) guide both pins into their slots and buckle only one side at a time. After both sides have been buckled, unbuckle each side and wind the guide pins back until the top is snug and the pins are as retracted as they will go. Maintenance: Wash the top as often as you do the car. I use the same Boar's hair brush (Griotsgarage.com) as I do for the rest of the car. Make sure it's dry before you fold it down (it dry's quickly). Lubricate the joints (clean off the excess to avoid staining the inside of the top). Check the C-clips and pins periodically. That's it. It might seem like a lot, but with practice the whole show doesn't take more than 5 minutes, enough time for the car to warm up. If you want to drive top down but with all the windows up, you'll have to pull slightly inward the top frame to clear the path for the rear windows to come up.