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Old 01-28-2015, 04:53 PM   #1
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Front plastic clip for headliner

The front plastic clip that runs the length of my headliner has given up the ghost. Replacement headliners I've seen say that part has to be removed and re used. Anybody know of a fix?
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:51 PM   #2
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Does the clip you are talking about run the length of the headliner in the front where the top meets the windshield? If so mine is giving up the ghost too, about an inch or so on the right side is folded Down...
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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The plastic piece that is sewn to the headliner and clips to the front rib of the top is just a piece of crap. It is some kind of plastic that starts disintegrating after less than 10 years on the car while never being exposed to sunlight. Mine broke into small fragments when I tried to fiddle with it. I took it out completely and trying to figure out what to replace it with. For the time being the headliner is kept in place by some small clips.
Unfortunately this plastic piece cannot be replaced, you have to buy a complete new headliner.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:45 AM   #4
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Yes this is the plastic clip that runs the length of the front frame. I also had plastic pieces falling down on me. Porsche might have put a few pennies into using durable plastics in these cars. GRRR!. Looks like I'll have to come up with a fix. I'm not thrilled with a $600+ option for a new headliner!
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:00 PM   #5
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I had to replace the plastic clip when I changed for a newer top.

I bought a headliner off ebay (about 90$ CAD). As the clip was fine and the headliner from the new top was in better condition than the one I bought, I just transfered it from ont headliner to the other.

The clip is lightly glued and sewn to the headliner. As long as you're careful, it's a pretty easy fix
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:22 AM   #6
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The plastic piece that is sewn to the headliner and clips to the front rib of the top is just a piece of crap. It is some kind of plastic that starts disintegrating after less than 10 years on the car while never being exposed to sunlight. Mine broke into small fragments when I tried to fiddle with it. I took it out completely and trying to figure out what to replace it with. For the time being the headliner is kept in place by some small clips.
Unfortunately this plastic piece cannot be replaced, you have to buy a complete new headliner.
What kind of "small clips" are you using and how do you attach them to the front "rib"? My plastic clip has split longitudinally almost the entire way. I have to do something and frankly I would rather use something other than another plastic clip which is just too fragile in my opinion.
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I have this problem on my 01. Tried double stick tape and it didn't last. I have been thinking of just pulling the whole liner out. Does anyone know if I pull the liner out, is it just like the earlier tops without the liner?
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Mine too is an '01. I too have thought of just taking the headliner out. I'd like to keep it if at all possible. Some type of "clip" would work, I'm sure (think multiple small clips(?).) I am just not an expert when it come to that sort of thing.
I don't know exactly what is underneath.
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The 'small clips' that I'm using are the ones that are being used to clip name tags to lapels for conferences etc. It looks really awful but does the trick.
The problem with the liner is that there is quit a bit of tension on it. This is why something like double sided tape doesn't work. The original plastic piece of crap is stitched into the liner. No solution, other than full replacement of the liner. Anyway handy with a 3d printer?
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I have this problem on my 01. Tried double stick tape and it didn't last. I have been thinking of just pulling the whole liner out. Does anyone know if I pull the liner out, is it just like the earlier tops without the liner?
Don't quote me on this but I believe you can remove the headliner from the back and front pretty easy. I think it's sewn around the second bow though. I think you'll have to take a razor very carefully to that part and cut it out.
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Mine gave up the ghost so I simply tucked the fabric between the roof and metal frame. Looks ok and has held up.
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nieuwhzn and Jamesp: thanks. I am going to try both methods. Hopefully at least one will work for me.
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Mine has split on the driverís side, and has recently started falling off on top of my head.

Hereís what Iím going to try.

Thereís a 3M adhesive I got a while back for sticking the plastic behind the door panels on my old Lotus to the interior skin of the doors. I canít recall off the top of my head what the stuff is actually called, but it is strips of black adhesive goo about a foot long and maybe 1/4 inch thick, and itís pretty strong. That Lotus had carpet on the lower inside of the doors, and this stuff also worked well for that. It has a strong hold, can be squished to the form, and is removable, if with some effort. Iím going to try putting a bead of it along where the headliner clips to the top, then push the plastic headliner clip onto it and see how well that holds. Iíll try to remember to come back and report.
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Sorry I haven't been around in a while.
I hate to tell this, but I eventually ended up cutting the first section out, back to the first bow. I was much happier with this result, and to be honest, I don't even think about, or notice, it missing. It looks fine.
Yeah, that falling down headliner was a real pain.
Good luck with your adhesive, I hope it works for you.
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Seems to be fixed

The stupid thing fell down on me on a drive home from Nashville a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't get it to stay up again. I got off the interstate at the first exit where there was civilization and went to Walmart. I bought a small tube of clear trim adhesive for a couple of bucks and put a bead of it across the entire length of the metal piece the headliner's plastic clip clips onto. I put the clip in place and held it there for a couple of minutes, then I hit the road. I didn't put the top down until about an hour later.

That was almost three weeks ago now (19 days), and so far it's holding perfectly.
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The stupid thing fell down on me on a drive home from Nashville a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't get it to stay up again. I got off the interstate at the first exit where there was civilization and went to Walmart. I bought a small tube of clear trim adhesive for a couple of bucks and put a bead of it across the entire length of the metal piece the headliner's plastic clip clips onto. I put the clip in place and held it there for a couple of minutes, then I hit the road. I didn't put the top down until about an hour later.

That was almost three weeks ago now (19 days), and so far it's holding perfectly.
I'd like to hear a 1 year follow up on this from Tweet, or anything new from anyone else. My headliner decided to fall down on my head while I was driving up to a HPDE event a few days ago. Right now, I just have it taped up with heavy duty tape as a very temporary fix. The plastic is broken in numerous places.

Besides possibly gluing it back into place, doesn't seem that there's any decent fix. Can someone explain to me how it's supposed to attach. I can't quite figure it out from looking at it. It seems that the plastic clips onto the metal rib that runs along the top of the windshield, but I can't tell for sure.
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I don't remember how it attached; I think it just "clips", that is, friction and pressure. (Is that what you are asking?) I don't remember what it clips to. I could not repair my broken clip. I just cut the headliner away back to the first rib. I forget it is even gone; you can't tell by looking. That collapsing headliner is a real annoyance. Good luck!
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I don't remember how it attached; I think it just "clips", that is, friction and pressure. (Is that what you are asking?)
Yep, that's what I'm asking. So, if the plastic is broken in numerous places, there's no way of fixing it short of replacing the entire headliner? I might try gluing it, probably worth a shot. Hopefully, Tweet responds so I can see how it worked out for him.
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If you don't figure out a way to fix it, just remove it. The top will look a lot better without it than with it hanging or poorly attached.
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If you don't figure out a way to fix it, just remove it. The top will look a lot better without it than with it hanging or poorly attached.
I think that's going to be the plan. I'm going to try gluing it first. And if that fails, I may just remove/cut away the first section of the liner. Behind that, it's in place and fine.
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