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Is this an aftermarket top? If it is, and it is a 1999-2000, there are 2 different cable lengths or the cable pulled away or broke at the tension spring.
Peter Serbanica replied to dseif's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hey hows it going - I had the same issue with my 911. Its called delaminating - and its a pretty common thing. Unfortunately, any of the adhesive repairs won't last long. I had this guy fix my top - i think it was around 400-500 dollars and it looked great. He stitched in a new plastic window. You will see the thread around the outside of the window on top, but it doesn't look bad at all. I'd show you a pic of mine, but I actually had a new porsche top put on (after someone had cut through my top and stole my ipod). In my humble opinion - its the most reasonable way to go unless you want to spring for a new porsche top (mine was ~6k installed at the dealer) After market tops are cheaper, but from what I've heard the aftermarket tops don't fit too well. Best of luck! Xtreme Auto Upholstery 549 N Goldenrod Road, # 7, Orlando, FL 32807 (407) 447-9077 Aftermarket tops from GAHH fit very good. Plus the window is stitched in. Some new tops from Porsche come stitched in I am told but I never saw them.
I install these tops in NJ. The installer may have pulled too tight in the front. Some tops come with the cardboard strip stitched in the front and some must be glued. You could steal about 1/2 inch by ungluing or opening stitches and releasing top in front center to sides on front bow. Taper adjustment from center to side, because you are commited on sides. A good contact cement must be used and allowed to dry. I never had to do this recently.
It is a dust cover on soft top drain.
I have installed many of these tops in New Jersey. You need a helper to close top. Keep it closed for at least a week. Eventually it will stretch. Oem tops on all German tops are very tight. This is due to their driving excessive speeds on the Autobahn and avoiding flopping of top.
If your headliner header trim is warped, You will have to get an original Porsche headliner. The plastic must be transferred to aftermarket headliner. I have replaced over 100 plastic windows by removing canvas top from frame and sewing in a new window with no leaks.
Peter Serbanica replied to brimwin's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I have one. pm address and i will send you one I am in N.J.
It happens. Mostly from heat. If you peel back the soft top, you will see where the plastic trim has warped away from the frame. If you drill tiny holes on the plastic outer edge, and on the header, use bailing or stainless wire and pull tight enough so plastic trim reaches proper position. A new headliner will do the same thing eventually. BTW that top frame in made in Australia :D
Do you have the "Smart Top" module? If so, perhaps thats defictive.
I would feel the leather to see if it is stiff, if so, its getting wet. If there is enough leather, I would pull the windshield, soften leather with steam stretch it clamp it let dry and then glue it. Based on what I see from the picture. Then use Lexol regularly. 973-635-3443
I have replaced the cylinders and fluid. I did'nt have to calibrate anything. Perhaps he meant bleeding air out of system.