Hi I wonder if you can explain or even take pictures of the cylinder or latches you disconnected. That would be super helpful . I have tried lifting the top manually and it doesn’t move at all I loosened up the hydraulic pressure screw and I have a leak of fluid in the pump so I would think that it would be okay to just lift but I was totally wrong. It’s supper hard and I don’t know what to do, because winter and rain is coming and my top is down. Please help .Thanks for the reply. My deck lid never attempted to open backwards so I opened it the regular direction and removed it. the top was still latched at the front and held by the rear latch/hinge. In the front I pulled some pins that released the latches. At the rear I disconnected the cylinder attached to the latch/hinge then pivoted that out of the way releasing the rear of the top assembly. I then disconnected the cylinders the would raise the top. I was able to raise the top by myself then manually latch it. I didn't bother to reconnect the cylinders except the latch/hinge jut to keep it from moving. I don't plan on ever putting the top down again so it should fine. Hopefully this will of help to someone in the same position I was.