Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
You should be O.K. just putting the spacer back in place, that shouldn't matter at this point. Replace the pads one at a time, don't take both of them off. Then you can measure the other side and match them. I would think the spacing would be measured from the front of the rear bow to the back of the second bow, but I don't know that for sure.
Don't over analyze this whole process, some guy making $3.00 an hour put the original top on, and he was probably hung over when he did it.
LOL, how true.
What blew me away Dan was how little room for error there is when you get that top on. I had one side of the rear bow too far forward as you remember. Thank goodness I corrected that or the seam on the top would have been in front of the bow!
I looked at the old top and sure enough, that is how it was! The bead went in front of the wire-on!