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The whole top adjustment thing is a PITA. I've been adjusting that rod with the 10mm bolt on and off for months. The whole non-linear things makes it frustration. Now I have it very close to the strikers mating so I am leaving it alone for now.
When I did this a few months ago, I removed a piece of black rubber/foamy piece that fits between the coolant pipes and hugs the tunnel down the center. I didn't have to loosen the brackets at all though the ground was a pain (I got it off with my fingers). BTW: good job on the success
Maurice, sorry missed this question earlier, yes, it is one of the same. I need to glue the plastic rivets in because every now and then it pops out. Honda: Is the "new" Robbins elastic strap system similar to the original system for the early 986's where there was a 5" long elastic strap that had a plastic rivet going through its end before it was pressed into one of the nubs of the clamping rail? There is a photo of the original elastic strings (labeled #3) in post #8 of the "jimyboyle" thread, here: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...amp;#entry94596 I'm wondering if Robbins put this in to compensate for the Porsche "return" to the shorter sliders, as described by jimyboyle at the end of that same thread? Regards, Maurice.
I just did this mod last night, didn't expect more power just wanted a little more sound for my ears :) In terms of sound, I liked the results, I don't really see water being too much of an issue given the actual setup, but then again, I wouldn't stand there and run the garden hose on the vent forever either. As far as the uninstallation of the snorkel, I'd recommend that you pull up and down because of the orientation of the two locking tabs. I actually broke the top one on the way out. But then again, I really don't plan on ever putting it back for it isn't an issue. (usually these things bother me, but I've learned that a 10 year old car can't really be perfect) Getting the vent off the ring proved to be hard for me this time. (For one, I couldn't see where the tabs were (4). I consulted my Bentley manual but it didn't have a good picture and only talked about "unclipping" the two clips on the back (as opposed to the ones up front, closer to front of car). I ordered a new vent from Sunset and will replace that shorly as I snapped one of the vent bars. no biggie.
In regards to the rivets you'll find that the Robbin's top has a "new" elastic scrap system in which you are supposed to push the rivet through the elastic and then into the factory plastic arm piece. I had a hard time getting them to stay in so I'll likely hot glue the rivets into place this weekend. You should see what I mean when you do the job.
I have a 99 986 Tip and just did the polybelt and fuel filter last weekend at 70k. The belt was $+- 30 and took all of 15 minutes to do (this was my first time, can likely do it faster next time). The fuel filter was a little bit more of a pain but got in done in less than 1 hour. For what it is worth, cheap insurance :)
Guys, Any advice on the replacement of the spark plug tubes? not the ones that connect the coil to the plug but the one that seals the valve covers. I have a leak on each bank. I have the tubes and the 12 sesls and the bentley book looks straight forward. Anyone done this? thanks, honda_nos
I put on a Robbin's Glass top on my 99TIP and am loving it. I don't mind too much the smaller "service" area because the top does not go into full service mode. Sean: The glass separation has been a problem with a number of the aftermarket glass-windowed tops, and I am not sure which one had more of a problem, GAHH or Robbins. From what I have read, it was more of a problem with the earlier production and they may have resolved or ameliorated it. Your best bet is to do a search on this forum and read all the threads you can find with that topic. I know that there were some threads that mentioned that the manufacturers made good on sending new tops, but this is probably not a job you want to do twice. I would also call the vendor and ask them about this issue specifically and what they would do if the glass indeed separates. While you are reading through those threads, you will also find out more information about some of the shortcomings of the glass windowed tops: smaller window, more restricted access to the engine compartment, etc... For most people having a glass window rather than a vinyl window outweighs any disadvantages that may exist. Regards, Maurice.
Thanks tool pants, sorry, do you have a picture or a diagram of which push rod you are referring too? Ok, so i saw in the other thread what it looks like. But I am still not sure if this will help me get the top properly aligned. I've moved the actual push rod from longest to shortest and a lot of different places in between...