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Old 11-04-2016, 05:34 AM   #1
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WTB Conv. top w frame, glass window 2003, 2004

I want to buy a 2003 or 2004 convertible top with frame to upgrade my 2002 car. I prefer Black or Blue. I'm in New England (but I guess it can be shipped from anywhere in the U.S.).
Please let me know what you've got. Thanks, Tom

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You may have a typo in your message. I think you may have meant to ask for a 2003 or 2004 top and frame. A 2005 frame won't fit.
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Old 11-05-2016, 12:40 PM   #3
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I'll blame my fat fingers. Tom
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How much do you want to spend?
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:32 AM   #5
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What are you asking?
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Old 11-08-2016, 09:25 AM   #6
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How much do you want to spend?
Trendy,

If you have one for sale, I may be interested. I'm in Wake Forest, NC. Pls PM me if you have one you'd like to sell. Thx.
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They sell for 1k for a used top and frame
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Old 11-08-2016, 01:48 PM   #8
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The 1997 - 2002 Glass window tops mentioned here: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/58621-glass-window-retrofit-top-early-986-a.html are running about $500 on eBay. It still has to be installed on the frame which can cost well over $500 more to have professionally done. If you can manage to do it yourself, it's a good option.
In my case, I bought the whole car, swapped tops, then sold the top-donor car. Swapping the tops was the easiest part of the adventure.
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Buying a new glass top from eBay doesn't require a new frame. The fitment on those are horrible.
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Buying a new glass top from eBay doesn't require a new frame.
Right. I didn't mean to imply that it required a new frame. It does have to be installed on whatever frame you intend to use, presumably your old frame, and that will cost about $700 to have professional done. Wayne has an excellent tech article on how to install it yourself: Porsche Boxster Glass Window Convertible Top Installation - 986 / 987 (1997-08) - Pelican Parts Technical Article
I have swapped an engine and installed two IMS bearings and I cringe at the though of installing a top on the frame.
My point is that you can buy a good quality new top (on or off eBay) that will fit the 97-02 frame, rather than buying a 12+ year old top from an 03-04, but it will not be any cheaper unless you do the install yourself.

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The fitment on those are horrible.
Mine has no problems with fitment. It was supplied by the installer, but I think it is the same top that is available from the eBay vendors.
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