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Top problem bent sheet metal


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After 5 days of owning a 1997 Boxster the right cable broke causing the clam shell to open incorrectly. Since I live 75 miles to the nearest Porsche dealer I took it to a Mechanic who now has his own shop after working for a foreign car dealership thats only 20 miles away. He replaced both cables with the upgrades and one upgraded tie rod (a white one) but could only get the roof to work 20 out 21 times and couldn't figure out why. I took it to the dealer who said I needed to install upgraded transmissions and the sheet metal holding the right transmission was weakened by the stress. They said I might have to take the car to a body shop as well. Well, the transmissions were replaced but after doing so the dealer had the same problem the original mechanic did. 20 out of 21 times. This was attributed to the bent sheet metal. I think this was the problem all along. When the clam shell was sealing the last thing your heard before the light went out was a clunk. I took the car to a local trusted body shop and they noticed a 1/16th" difference between the left and right tie rod mechanisms right away when the top was in the down position. The noise was the rod end making contact with the transmission arm. After removing the transmission and correcting the 1/16" problem in the sheet metal the top works beautifully. My big question is this. Can the updated cables be used with the old style transmissions or did I get taken for a ride?

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