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Old 03-22-2017, 05:53 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Rear Plastic Window - CRACKED

Hey guys, well last night while I was investigating why my check engine light was on I lowered the roof of my car and sure enough the plastic was still cold that the plastic window busted with a large crack (plus couple small ones) down the side of the window. For now I was able to put good old grey duct tape to it but I am looking for a better solution to my issue.

I'm location in Ottawa Ontario Canada... anyone have any suggestions?

I've already kicked myself a few times over it...so no need for any more~!

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Old 03-22-2017, 06:20 AM   #2
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Any local upholstery shops? Try to find one that can do boat or Jeep roofs. If the canvas is still good they should be able to sew in a new one properly.
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:39 AM   #3
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Here in Montreal, I've had quotes from $250 to $425 to replace the plastic. A new window should be good for quite a few years if well maintained.
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I had my entire top replaced in order to get one with a glass rear window. It's significantly smaller, because of where the top folds, but I don't think I'll ever have to replace it again.
Clearly worth the cost, in my opinion.
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Depending on your budget, you may want to check out this company: Convertible Top Replacements | Auto Tops Direct Car Tops

My 02S plastic window cracked just like yours did. The top was also well-worn, so I opted for a replacement top with the glass window. It plugs into the outside mirrors for defrost, and the wiring is built in. Plug and play. I had a local auto upholstery company install it, and it's perfect now. Great looks on the car, and a good investment, as far as I'm concerned.

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This is what I got back from local PORSCHE dealer about my rear plastic window replacement:
$5424.00 with taxes !!!! That's half the value of the entire car!!! No way....crazy

Hello,

With the information provided, Porsche does not sell the rear window separately. They only sell a replacement soft top with new rear window as an assembly.
A replacement price on just the soft top is $3793.51

If you wish to further discuss this, please give me a call, if there are any other questions you might have.

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Cool Cracked plastic roof window

Hello DrCactus

I put a new one in myself. I took the roof off and did the job in my lounge. Here's one of the photos.
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DERFO - Great job, wow looks great. Do you have instructions on how I remove the roof like you did ?? What materials did you use.. any DIY ?
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DERFO - Great job, wow looks great. Do you have instructions on how I remove the roof like you did ?? What materials did you use.. any DIY ?
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Buy a used top and transmission. Is the cheapest and easiest route. I did mine on my old box with basic hand tools in under 3 hours and I was taking breaks in between to go over the instructions
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Cool Soft top window renewed

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DERFO - Great job, wow looks great. Do you have instructions on how I remove the roof like you did ?? What materials did you use.. any DIY ?
Hello DrCactus
If you go on the Pelican Boxster & Caymen forum I posted all the details on there a while ago now. Search under, derfo, "Soft top window renewed" you should find it helpful.
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Cool Soft top window renewed

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DERFO - Great job, wow looks great. Do you have instructions on how I remove the roof like you did ?? What materials did you use.. any DIY ?
Hello again DrCactus I should mention I put lots of photos of the job on the Pelican forum.
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Link is here:
Soft Top window renewed - Pelican Parts Technical BBS
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Soft Top window renewed - Pelican Parts Technical BBS
Make sure you get Marine grade u.v. resistant clear vinyl. There are several brands like Strataglas for example.
Thicker is not better- just muc hrder to sew. Clearer is not better. The most u.v. inhibitor is the best.U.V. is what causes the yellowing and cold makes it even more brittle.
https://www.sailmakerssupply.com/prod_detail_list/window-material

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New top is the only way to go. I bought a Gahh replacement top for about $350 and installed it myself. There are DIY wire ups on this, BUT you need to be a skilled handy man... not for weaklings.
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Might be useful to other Forum members if you mentioned where you found the write-ups so they could follow your advice?
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New top is the only way to go. I bought a Gahh replacement top for about $350 and installed it myself. There are DIY wire ups on this, BUT you need to be a skilled handy man... not for weaklings.
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Hey guys, I contacted a local shop who works on imports... he gave me a quote of 4 hour labour time to remove old top and install new top. Approx $475 tax included. Now I just need to find a new top with glass window that ships to Canada or ships from inside Canada.... any suggestions ??
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Amazon has them from Sierra tops with the glass window for an early 986.

I was very impressed with the quality and fit. The glass window is smaller but you get used to it and it won't crack in cold weather. FYI, your installer rate is less than half what they charge in my area.
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Hey guys, I contacted a local shop who works on imports... he gave me a quote of 4 hour labour time to remove old top and install new top. Approx $475 tax included.
Are you going to tell us who the Local Shop is?
He might get my business at that price. A few hr drive to the capital from my place but that is what the car is for. Driving.
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Great, my window cracked as I tried looking over the car in storage. I called the guy I used on my Miata top years ago. He said if I take the top off and bring it to him its $75 including the cost of the window if I bring the car it will be much more. Guess I'll be taking off the top, can't be any harder than the few I;ve done before on other cars.
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Such optimism:
"can't be any harder than the few I;ve done before on other cars. "
There are some helpful write ups to avoid gotchas - see the Beat the Bush video for exmple.
Good Luck and tell us what got you ?
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