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Old 08-24-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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My Boxster has an aftermarket replacement top installed by the PO. As you can see it doesn't close properly. I have zero experience with convertible tops. Any ideas on what I can do about this? Thanks

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Old 08-24-2018, 07:10 PM   #2
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I've had that problem on one of my cars for a while and just haven't got around to fixing it yet. There is a loop of fabric loop that guides the edge of the top into a track. You are probably missing that loop of fabric. For now, I am stopping the roof when it is about one foot short of being closed and reaching over to pull the edge of the top into the track before closing it all the way (This particular car usually has the hard top on). It's a common problem mentioned in a couple threads over the years like this:
Convertible Top Problem.

Here's some good detail and how to fix it from Mike Focke's Boxster pages:
https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/convertibletopedgedoesnotfallintoguidech
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:26 PM   #3
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Thank-you! I couldn't have asked for a better answer.
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Here's another thread on the topic.

987 Boxster convertible top sides not tucked in
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I've had that problem on one of my cars for a while and just haven't got around to fixing it yet. There is a loop of fabric loop that guides the edge of the top into a track. You are probably missing that loop of fabric. For now, I am stopping the roof when it is about two feet short of being closed and reaching over to pull the edge of the top into the track before closing it all the way (This particular car usually has the hard top on). It's a common problem mentioned in a couple threads over the years like this:
Convertible Top Problem.

Here's some good detail and how to fix it from Mike Focke's Boxster pages:
https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/convertibletopedgedoesnotfallintoguidech
+1 on the stopping short. I replaced my top a few years ago with a glass windowed top. All went well on the job but by sides fall outside the rail as well. My problem is that the fabric loop was broken so no good way to pull the cables back in.

I lived with it. It was always on my mind to try to resolve but I never came up with a good solution. I was always sure to pull cables in manually so nothing got stretched.
I've sold the car and my 'new to me. 996 cab with replacement top closes properly.

Still not sure how I'd fix this issue. It was easier to just live with it
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If you are lucky enough to still have the loop attached, you may need to gather it up a bit and sew it. They tend to loose their elasticity over the years. It needs to be loosely sliding on the bracket but tight enough to pull the sides inward when raising the roof.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:14 PM   #7
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Mine does that, and I bought the loops and did all the adjustments to replace and still does it. I stop mine as well and simply reach through the passenger window and line it up. No big deal really. I still have the vinyl window as well, so I get to karate chop too. Convertibles are fun.
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Old 08-25-2018, 01:30 PM   #8
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It seems that the velcro loop around the bar is not the issue but that flexible strap is too loose. Its the one that goes from the edge of the roof and I believe is clamped at the other end. I need to figure out a way of bunching it up and clamping it. Perhaps a few stitches with some heavy thread. I'll read through the articles a bit more and see if that is covered.

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