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Old 09-16-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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clamshell does not close one side

One side of my clamshell is a little bit loose and does not lock completely on closed state (comparing to another side). I checked V lever and it’s identical both sides. “bad” side edge sits a little bit higher than good one. I think as “closed” lid position corresponds to two different V lever rotations it has to be either V lever transmission axis offset or some bad (weak spring?) rod. Eccentric bolt has almost zero effect on the situations. It fills like in both roof up and roof down scenarios there is not enough tension on “bad” side to hold lid down.

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Old 09-16-2015, 08:27 PM   #2
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You can adjust the position of the lid by using a drill directly connected to the transmission cable.
You will have to do that with the lid open though.
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:42 AM   #3
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It would help only if there is difference in roof up and down positions but there is no.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:43 AM   #4
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Wait I know this one! It just happened to me... Double check your cables from the top. One side of mine had popped off and that made the clamshell stick up a little when closing the top.
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no, roof cables seem to be ok
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:49 AM   #6
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After disconnecting all rods the clamshell does not lie flat on its own. I guess I need to untwist it back.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:10 AM   #7
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You had mentioned in an earlier post about the noise behind drivers shoulder, I am assuming the "bad" side is the drivers side.

Look at part labeled 21 in diagram, it is a plastic cover attaching to the glide rail.

It connects via two tabs that slide over the glide rail, you can either just slide off to remove and see if that may be the issue of them binding on the glide rail when closing.

When replacing my transmission and cables for the top I did not have one side correctly attached and it did bind a bit preventing top complete closure of the clam shell.

Takes quite a bit of force to bend the clam shell permanently as they are made to be flexible.



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I suspect "noise" is quite natural in my case as "bad" side is not completely flat/tight. So it moves a little under load. I have no idea what clamshell is bent. As many boxster owners I'm poor guy who bought it after many owners. I only removed cover to verify that transmission is original and bolted in factory and I did not find any trace on the body of some collision repair. But shell really looks skewed. There is visible gap difference between "good" and "bad" side.
I have very close to what in How do you straighten a bent clamshell? - 986 Boxster Top Issues and Solutions - RennTech.org Community
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:05 AM   #9
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an easy way to adjust would be to raise top enough so you can access the cable motor in the middle of clam shell near trunk lid (see photo).

whichever side is higher disconnect the opposite cable, then from inside the car using the top switch tap it a couple of times close then reconnect the cable and close all the way. Might have to do this a couple of times to adjust.


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