Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-12-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
hardtop is getting painted- need spinlocks

So excited! My hardtop is in the shop getting painted right now (Seal Grey Paint Code Y1)!!!

It should be ready by tomorrow night, my only question is--where can I buy the spin locks online? I dont have a porsche dealer near by so I figured maybe I should just buy it online- but I can't find any links except for one in amazon.

Thanks guys

after the hardtop is installed, its going in for 20% tints all around. I'll post up pics.
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 08:14 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Texarkana, Texas
Posts: 959
Suncoast Porsche and Sunset Porsche are the two dealers I order from. You'd never guess their websites:

www.suncoastporsche.com

www.sunsetporsche.com

Suncoast "may" have it on their website, if not, call them. Sunset doesn't have a parts website, you have to call them for pricing.

Congrats on the new top, just in time for winter!!!

Kirk
__________________
2000 Boxster S - Gemballa body kit, GT3 front bumper, JRZ coilovers, lower stress bars
2003 911 Carrera 4S - TechArt body kit, TechArt coilovers, HRE wheels
1986 911 Carrera Targa - 3.2L, Euro pistons, 964 cams, steel slant nose widebody
1975 911S Targa - undergoing a full restoration and engine rebuild
Also In The Garage - '66 912, '69 912, '72 914 Chalon wide body, '73 914
Kirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 10:59 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
thank you! Very helpful. Hopefully the top will not need much adjustment so I can just put it on and snap some pics.

Dan

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kirk
Suncoast Porsche and Sunset Porsche are the two dealers I order from. You'd never guess their websites:

www.suncoastporsche.com

www.sunsetporsche.com

Suncoast "may" have it on their website, if not, call them. Sunset doesn't have a parts website, you have to call them for pricing.

Congrats on the new top, just in time for winter!!!

Kirk
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Surf City, NC
Posts: 1,079
If the DIY is not on this site, it is on RennTech. Trick is to use a plastic bag (like for dog poop) to avoid dropping pieces into impossible places.

I love my hardtop, it changes the feel of the car and (IMO) looks great.

And make sure you buy a storage rack for it. Roller or wall mount. I like my wall mount cuz it takes up no floor space.

The top can deform if not stowed properly.

Do be very careful mounting or removing the top. Those spikes that fit into the spinlocks are deadly sharp and quite able to scratch the paint.

And +1 for either Sun for mailorders.
__________________
Mike
04 Boxster S - Basalt/Savanna, 6sp, Carrera lites, hardtop
70 914-6 - Black over tan, original/stock
PCA since 1970
70Sixter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 12:55 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 92
I was looking for those, but then I realized I had them on...

What I've found interesting is that suncoast works with Amazon now!

Spinlocks - Amazon

I haven't checked it, but I liked the idea
gstoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
2 interesting points

1. I should check first

2. Ahh, its cheaper on amazon then their own site..hmm I'll order from Amazon

Quote:
Originally Posted by gstoli
I was looking for those, but then I realized I had them on...

What I've found interesting is that suncoast works with Amazon now!

Spinlocks - Amazon

I haven't checked it, but I liked the idea
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
Registered User
 
KevinH1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by gstoli
I was looking for those, but then I realized I had them on...

I'm not sure I understand this part of your post. I am assuming you mean you are surprised to find that you car already had spin locks. That would be surprising since I think that only cars that came with the hard top option would have the spin locks. Maybe the previous owner of your car had a hard top and sold it.

Here's a post on Renntech showing a receiver with and without the spin locks:
http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=11122&hl=spinlocks

You may want to double check.
__________________
2000 Arctic Silver/Black, Hard Top, On Board Computer
PNP Rear Speakers, HAES 6-channel amp, Avic Z140BH,
Painted Bumperettes, 2004 (OEM) Top and Frame
Homelink transmitter integrated in dash with Targa switch
Carrera Gauge Cluster with silver gauge faces, heated seats, litronics, painted console
KevinH1990 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 92
Yes, most likely a previous owner... You never know about the extras unless you know what to look for... Selling the hardtop pays $1000-1500; having it on the car and asking a higher price... I don't think so...

I used this link to identify that what I was seeing in my car was indeed the spinlocks.

It is said in forums that they are a pain to install. I was lucky I guess
gstoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 05:43 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
stupid question.

I'm picking up the car tonight from the body shop and my spinlocks aren't here yet.

The body shop is less than 2 min from my place (local streets)

would it be safe to jsut put the hardtop on the car instead of my SUV (afraid of scratches)...

my car will be parked outside for 2-3 days, assuming it rains water will get in right?

I know its a silly question, but I'm just wondering
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 05:54 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 41
Suv

Hi - Check out this thread below:
Hardtop Question: Installation

..."If your driving the car without spinlocks, the hardtop can simply fly off."

I personally would not drive the car with out the correct hardware to secure it to the vehicle. You may damage the areas where the spin locks install, or worse.

Water may leak in as the spin locks pull the hard top down which creates the seal along the body. You can see in the photos from the thread above the top does not sit flush.

Hope you like your new hard top!


Last edited by pschaub; 10-13-2009 at 05:57 AM.
pschaub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 05:55 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by pschaub
Hi - Check out this thread below:
Hardtop Question: Installation

I personally would not drive the car with out the correct hardware to secure it to the vehicle. You may damage the areas where the spin locks install, or worse.

Water may leak in as the spin locks pull the hard top down which creates the seal along the body. You can see in the photos from the thread above the top does not sit flush.

Hope you like your new hard top!

Thanks for your input- I guess its a no-go. I'll put it in the SUV
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 06:55 AM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 92
Define SUV ... Would the hardtop fit in this SUV of yours without scratching it?
Maybe it's better to leave it where it is until you have the spinlocks installed and then it's a 30 seconds job to put the hardtop on and secure it...

BTW, even if it is locked you are not certain that it will not leak... Somewhere in PPBB.com there is a DIY to prevent this... (thanks Jim for the tip).
gstoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 08:07 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by gstoli
Define SUV ... Would the hardtop fit in this SUV of yours without scratching it?
Maybe it's better to leave it where it is until you have the spinlocks installed and then it's a 30 seconds job to put the hardtop on and secure it...

BTW, even if it is locked you are not certain that it will not leak... Somewhere in PPBB.com there is a DIY to prevent this... (thanks Jim for the tip).
Small Mazda Tribute- it may scratch ...

I'm wondering if I can should just put it on without the spin lock, let it sit in my driveway (assuming it doesnt rain) instead..

tough choice

right or leave it with the body shop...

Last edited by DANMKII; 10-13-2009 at 08:11 AM.
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 08:51 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 92
Hey this is small!!!



The Tribute is big .

I think it would be safe to drive your car with the hardtop on for 2 min, even without the spinlocks. Just drive really slow... It would fly as it was said if you were going to drive on a highway or something...

Since the bodyshop is so close to your house you can always take a friend and carry it. It's not heavy anyway...

Anyhow, it is safe to leave the top on the car without the spinlocks. It just sits in the holes (where the spinlocks go)
gstoli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 09:53 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 157
Driving home from the paint shop w/o spinlocks will be fine as long as you go slow, avoid sharp turns and sudden starts/stops. I drove home with my hardtop with out spinlocks on a ~20 mile drive after the seller didn't actually have the spinlocks he claimed to have. The top will be attached at the front windshield header so you should be ok for your short drive. I doubt if the top will be water tight w/o the spinlocks though. If you order them through Suncoast they should arrive pretty quickly.

Lastly, google "Boxster hardtop install DIY" to get all the good tips like the "baggie" trick that others have mentioned and give yourself plenty of time to install the spinlocks as takes time and some patients to get it set up the first time.
__________________
1997 Boxster
http://i40.tinypic.com/ax1qhz.jpg
Aron in Toronto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2009, 05:02 PM   #16
Registered User
 
KevinH1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,363
Quote:
Originally Posted by gstoli
Yes, most likely a previous owner... You never know about the extras unless you know what to look for... Selling the hardtop pays $1000-1500; having it on the car and asking a higher price... I don't think so...

I used this link to identify that what I was seeing in my car was indeed the spinlocks.

It is said in forums that they are a pain to install. I was lucky I guess

You were lucky to have the spinlocks installed. The job is not that difficult, but - at least for me - it was not relaxing. I just couldn't see a way to retrieve the bolt if I dropped it. The passenger side was the most difficult because I had to use my left hand and I am just better wrenching with my right. I remember breathing a sigh of relief when I was done.

Hardtops are rare in Virginia, but probably more common in your area. I have had other down here, Boxster owners ask to sit in my car when the hardtop is on just to see what it is like. Now that the new tops are more refined (glass window with defroster and headliner) I suspect they will become even less common.
__________________
2000 Arctic Silver/Black, Hard Top, On Board Computer
PNP Rear Speakers, HAES 6-channel amp, Avic Z140BH,
Painted Bumperettes, 2004 (OEM) Top and Frame
Homelink transmitter integrated in dash with Targa switch
Carrera Gauge Cluster with silver gauge faces, heated seats, litronics, painted console
KevinH1990 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 07:29 AM   #17
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Texarkana, Texas
Posts: 959
Take a friend with you to the body shop. Put the top on. Roll your windows down. Then drive home with you and your friend both extending one arm out the window and holding the top down.

Kirk
__________________
2000 Boxster S - Gemballa body kit, GT3 front bumper, JRZ coilovers, lower stress bars
2003 911 Carrera 4S - TechArt body kit, TechArt coilovers, HRE wheels
1986 911 Carrera Targa - 3.2L, Euro pistons, 964 cams, steel slant nose widebody
1975 911S Targa - undergoing a full restoration and engine rebuild
Also In The Garage - '66 912, '69 912, '72 914 Chalon wide body, '73 914
Kirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2009, 11:26 AM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 3,417
Send a message via AIM to blinkwatt
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kirk
Take a friend with you to the body shop. Put the top on. Roll your windows down. Then drive home with you and your friend both extending one arm out the window and holding the top down.

Kirk
+1.

Plus I would also bring a super super soft thick blanket and put it between the car and hardtop along where it would normally be held down by the spinlocks....just in case it bounces any. Heck maybe stack'em 2-3 blankets deep just to be extra cautious.

And yes watch out for those big sharp metal parts of the hardtop that drop and lock into the spinlocks.

I ditched my hard top for $1k when I got my car. It was helpful in super crappy weather and my old lady liked it cause she knew if the hardtop was on I would mess up her hair with the top down but other then that I found that thing a pain to store and put on and off.

I'm top down 12 months a year.
__________________
-99' Zenith Blue 5-spd...didn't agree with a center divider on the freeway
-01' S Orient Red Metallic 6-spd...money pit...sold to buy a house
blinkwatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 01:32 PM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 77
ok so after waiting 1 whole week for the hardtop toget painted.

my friend and I went to pick it up. We jsut put it on drove a few blocks while holding on to the hardtop with our arms out the window (this was VERY late at night)

the hardtop was VERY dusty, but I didnt pay any mind at the time, until we got home. To our SURPRISE the hardtop is painted SO POORLY, runs on paint, rough patches and bumps everywhere, underlying previous paint still showing alone the rubbing trimmings... We washed it down, clay barred it, polished it, waxed it and it still very bumpy everywhere. (chipped paint here and there)

$250 for a worst than maaco paint job...I'm going to take it back over the weekend to have him repaint it, but even so I dont trust that guy anymore.. anybody have similar horror stories when painting their hardtops? this is ridiculous.

I rather write this off as a lost and paint it myself than allow him to "repaint" it again..
ARGHH...

only good news is suncoast is sending me the spinlocks in 3 days.

Note, apologies for the bad grammar- I'm on my blackberry.

Last edited by DANMKII; 10-21-2009 at 01:42 PM.
DANMKII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 03:26 PM   #20
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 434
That sucks, man.
__________________
1999 Carrera 4 Aero kit 4" UD Pulley
My Corvette doesn't leak oil... it sweats horsepower.
sd_boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page