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Everything posted by porscheguy05

  1. I was one of the first few to order one, and as previously mentioned had it seperate. Since then it has been fine with normal use, although it has not seen the road much the past couple of months due to the nasty weather. It has been about 7-8 months since I replaced it.
  2. I have ordered an Aero II wing, and one I started doing some reading on installing it I found out that pre-2002 trunk lids are different. From what I understand, the 02 and up models have places to drill the holes that can be seen from the underside. Has anyone put the Aero II wing on a pre-02 model, and if so how did you determine where to drill the holes. If anyone has any pics or measurements that would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
  3. I heard back from them on Friday, the day after I contacted them and they stated that they have isolated the problem, and that it was only with some of the initial tops that went out. I bought one of the first few sold, and therefore it had that problem of seperation. They said that they are doing a series of tests on the new top and will ship me out a brand new top first thing monday morning pending the test results are still positive. I must say that while it will be a pain to replace this top again, I am very pleased with their customer service. They admited that it was there fault and accepted full blame. I will probably wait a few weeks before I install it to give their test vehicle a little more testing time to ensure that this will not happen again. I will keep everyone updated.
  4. Mine is doing the exact same thing, but is is on the top of the window instead of the bottom. It looks like the black glue they used was not strong enough to take the stress. I have left a message with them and am awaiting a call back. I must say that it looks pretty bad from the inside and the outside. I am hoping they have aq solution as I am located in rural Ohio, far from their shop. I will keep everyone updated.
  5. The aftermarket ones in the pic do not fully seat. I found this out by ordering them and testing them myself. Only about 1/5th of the supposed seating surface actually comes into contact with the wheel for seating purposes.
  6. No problem. I am glad that your install went as smoothly as mine. My top was also tight, but after letting it sit for a day or two with the top closed it is now at the same taughtness as the original. What I mean is that it does not require any undue pulling to get it to latch. I only need to use the center latch now. I like the idea of loosening the adjusters, but I did not think of that. Now I need to get the wire that goes from the rear defroster hookup point to the defrosters themselves. I may do some testing on the harness connection and find out which wire is triggered by the front switch and hook it up myself rather than order a wire from the factory. A wire is a wire, after all. I will let you know what I find out. Troy
  7. I do agree, and in most cases the average individual cannot do as good of a job as a professional. Maybe I should not recommend someone try this themselves as I have been doing such tasks for the past 10 years, but have not worked out of a shop. It has always been on the side for me. I guess to me it seems to be a simple proceedure, but in reality it does take skill to make it look perfect. On a side note though, there are people that can do a job as good as "Eric" and not own a business doing such. That is like saying a person cannot be a marksmen without being in the Military or being a police officer.
  8. My wife has done this twice, and both times a check engine light came on. THis is normal. Both time I had to reset the light with the OBDII reader, but it may go out on its own eventually, I am not sure. If you do not have a code reader, go to Autozone and they will hook you up for free and just ask them to read the code and explain to them about the cap. THey will confirm your diagnosis and reset it for you for free.
  9. That's crap... Many people have done it with great results. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> I agree. I have done this myself and nobody can tell that it is not factory. Painting plastic is different than painting metal, but it is not a mystery. I used a plastic bonding primer, regular sandable auto primer, sanded and reapplied several times to get a smooth finish as opposed to having the pebble grain look to it. Then I applied the appropriate color silver and then a glossy topcoat. I have not had any peeling or any problems at all.
  10. I also subscribe to the AllData Service, and think it is great. It gives me access to all 18 volumes and all TSB that the dealers have. I am getting ready to renew, and as long as I renew without letting the subscriptoin run out it only costs $15.00 to renew.
  11. In some cases the engine light will not illuminate due to a bad bulb. Rare, but it does happen.
  12. Any chance that you could pdf the factory convertible removal/installation instructions? I've been wanting to remove my softtop as I almost always have my hardtop on. It's the lacking in instructions that keeps me from doing it. The plastic window will form a permanent crease and eventually crack if I were to store it in the down position for months on end.... :( <{POST_SNAPBACK}> What I did was replace the soft-top fabric and window, not the entire frame and all. It sounds like you are wanting to remove the entire assembly, is this correct? What I did does not require a person remove the assembly from the car. However, if you are wnating to remove the entire assembly, I can probably look it up for you.
  13. I assume the photos you took were off the 987? The rear glass looks a lot larger than the ones pictured on cabrioworld.com.... Is the top by cabrioworld double layered? I'm told that on the original tops, the S gets the double layered top while the non-S gets the single layered one. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> From the factory there is no difference in the number of layers between the S and the non-S version. They are the same top. Maybe someone was referring to the later models having the headliner.
  14. Great post guys. My window just cracked yesterday, and I think I'll replace it with this top instead of replacing the plastic...especially if I can manage the install myself (PorscheGuy - is there a lot of adjustment and alignment involved?) Just got word from GAHH - $695 is a sale price for this month only (I was asking why the glass was cheaper than plastic). Also, (since it was mentioned concerning the BAS top) in addition to the service position question, can someone confirm the GAHH top works with the storage/speaker box in place? -f No, there was not really any adjustments to be made if you follow the directions. What I am trying to say is that the front portion already has the cardboard inserts installed at the proper length, the sides already have the holes drilled for the side aluminum plates, and the rear already has the fabric pre sewn and rubber insert installed in the correct position. So essentially for myself it was plug-and-play for lack of a better term. Also, the GAHH top can be used with the rear storage/speaker box in place. I have the Bose setup, and it does not interfere at all. By the way, I noticed that toolpants pic of the 986 with the factory glass looks identical in appearance to the GAHH glass. <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  15. Congrats PorscheGuy! Any pictures to post? If not a detailed description of how to install the Boxster top, could maybe you point out any unclear or difficult portions of the self install per the CabrioWorld installation instructions? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Here are some pics. The lighting was not the greatest, and these are actually pictures of the originalpitures I took. Evidentely I had the resolution set too high when I took them because when I went to upload them to this message it said the file size was too big. So I pulled them up on my computer screen and took lower quality shots. I will try to get some better shots that I can actually post sometime soon. Here are some general comments I made to questions on another forum that a member asked me regarding the install: "Did you need any special tools to install the top?" I needed, a T25 and a T15 screwdriver, a utility knife, heat shrink tubing and a hairdryer, a small blunt punch/hammer, 3m super trim adhesive, and about 8 small spring clamps. You probably have half of these items already, and can purchase the others for a few dollars. "What did you feel was the trickiest/hardest part of the install?" I would have to say that nothing was really extra hard, it was just tedious and time consuming. I would guess that maybe reinstalling the rear bow weatherstripping was the most frustrating, but just took perseverence. "Any other tips or tricks?" Yes, you will have to re-use the aluminum molded plates off of your old top if you don't want to buy new one. As long as you are careful there is no reason you cannot reuse your old ones by removing them and using the 3M adhesive to reapply to the new top. Also, I did not remove the side slide clamping rail that you will see in the install instructions if you buy the top from Cabrio world. I performed the tasks on this piece without removing it, but others may not. I just did not have new plastic plugs to re-install them if I would have broke on while removing the rail. Maybe someone else would go ahead and order these plastic pieces and just replace them. They cannot cost too much. "There was a guy on this board that installed his own top a little while back, and he recommended against doing it yourself mainly because he couldn't get it tight enough, so it was always flapping." I do not know what kind of top he put on. That may be the case. With the one that I installed the only way that I see I could have messed it up was to not get the rear section centered and it to be lop-sided. The entire setup is precut with specific places the top conects with holes drilled in the fabric so you know where to put the aluminum plates for alignment. If these holes were not pre-drilled then it would have been very hard to know how tight it needs to be. I used the holes they provided and it was a perfect fit. However, I do not want to encourage someone to do it themselves and then be upset with me because they screwed it up. I am just saying that given my limited experience with tops I was able to succesfully install the top with absolutely no flapping. It is as tight as the factory top.
  16. I got my GAHH top yesterday through cabrio world, and after receiving it and also instructions from the factory porsche manual on its installation, I decided to take the plunge and install it myself. This is my second top I have put on, so I was not going in totally blind, but the other one was on a 61 vette and was a two piece setup that required more adjustment and was a totally different setup. To make a long story short, the shop wanted 9-10 hours of labor, and in six hours of work I was done. It turned out great, and looks like it came from the factory with the glass window. GAHH did a really nice job. They use the same German material as the factory tops, and from the inside the pattern on the fabric even has the same tecture and design. If anyone is considering installing one, it was not too hard, but I would only attempt it if you have some mechanical know how. On my scale of 1 to 10 I would rate it a 5 as far as difficulty, just a little time consuming though. Cabrio World provides a copy of the installation instructions from a porsche factory repair manual, and I only paid 695.00 instead of the GAHH suggested retail of about 950.00 USD. Overall, I am very pleased and would recommend the product to anyone. Please let me know if anyone has any questions.
  17. Good point. Either way, it has the same look with the black lines instead of orange. I will just be excited to get rid of that plastic rear window.
  18. I ordered a new GAHH top with glass window, and I was going to add a headliner but they said that their headliner could not be used to add to a year that did not come with one from the factory. It was worth a try though.
  19. UPDATE I also contacted this seller because he posted what you said on the ebay listing, and then emailed me that they were black. He said that he just got off the phone with GAHH who provides these two tops for them and they said that the strips across are black, and the larger ones going down on the sides are mostly black. He said that in fact GAHH uses the factory porsche glass in these tops from the later model Boxsters. You can go to the dealer and at least take a look at the glass portion. By the way, at 695.00 for the GAHH top I could not resist. They told me that the top would be shipped directly from GAHH out in California. I ordered it today and will repost when I get it. If anyone has any questions feel free to ask me because I have probably already asked them as I have been in contact with both Cabrioworld and GAHH several times with many questions.
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