Rain Rails get a beating when you take them out. They get brittle and crack from being bent out of their natual position. As long as the bottom rubber channel isnt torn you can fix the plastic with duct tape. You have to be sure the plastic is clean and dry and that the tape lays absolutely flat! No need to rivet it to the new top, that is just to make assembly at the factory easier. I have done 15 tops in the last year and not one has leaked. (tape goes to the outside of the rail)
One more thing... if the cables are good...DO NOT drill out the rivets! Use a coat hanger to pull the other end through the top. If you put the top about 1/2 way down and have a friend hold it there, you can go in through the side to remove the screw at the end of the spring tensioner. Once you have the cable fished through the top reinstall the screw and proceed with install as directed.
Last edited by Meierznutz; 02-12-2012 at 09:53 AM.