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Old 10-23-2019, 01:55 PM   #1
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Which technical manual for repairs?

If I keep my boxster I will be doing a convertible top repair (I think the transmission gears are stripped), a suspension overhaul, fender replacement and a few other small things. I know I need the torque specs for the suspension and I am deciding between the 101 projects and bentley manual. Suggestions?

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Old 10-23-2019, 02:28 PM   #2
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The Bentley Manual is invaluable, and covers a lot of information you won't find online. Almost everything in the 101 Projects books is available on Pelican Parts website, including higher res pictures than the book.
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Second for Bentley manual.
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The 101 is really not expensive. The Bentley’s is more money but is indispensable. Buy both and check YouTube and this site when in doubt!
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Do a web search for the factory repair manuals. They can be downloaded
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Bentley manual is best by far. 101 book is a sales tool as much as anything
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Before you try to replace the stripped gears in the convertible top transmissions, be sure to read the 101 projects writeup on the Pelican site. There are some preliminary markings you need to make before you take it apart. Otherwise it's pretty straight forward.

Bentley isn't expensive either. https://www.amazon.com/Porsche-Boxster-Service-Manual-1997-2004/dp/083761645X/ref=pd_cp_263_1/147-4132863-2908364?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=083761645X&pd_rd_r=e1e0a053-09a7-4895-ba61-1b1e3a2a8de1&pd_rd_w=R5bGY&pd_rd_wg=zwwix&pf_rd_p=0e5324e1-c848-4872-bbd5-5be6baedf80e&pf_rd_r=C3KTDSNF0Z09MXSZSSJY&psc=1&refRID=C3KTDSNF0Z09MXSZSSJY

I'd get both. Don't bother with Haynes or Clymer they are both unsatisfactory.
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Bentley manual is best by far. 101 book is a sales tool as much as anything
Your comment about 101 is preaching against most folks experience. It's pretty entertaining, too.
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I just completed the gear replacement on my transmissions. They were cracked not broken. The big problem was the driver side cable twisted off, so I replaced both gears and both cables, also cleaned and regreased the transmissions. I have both Bentley and 101 projects, the Bentley had torque specs and the 101 projects had great pictures, but I found the best information and photos in the pelican tech articles. YouTube videos are posted also. I got a little freaked out when I saw all the gears in the transmission but I went slow, marked everything and took pictures. The micro switch and cam location seemed most important, plus left to right alignment so it goes down evenly. The top works fast and smooth now. I spent 2 to 3 hour a day for 3 days at a leisurely pace, plus $150 in parts.
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I just completed the gear replacement on my transmissions. They were cracked not broken. The big problem was the driver side cable twisted off, so I replaced both gears and both cables, also cleaned and regreased the transmissions. I have both Bentley and 101 projects, the Bentley had torque specs and the 101 projects had great pictures, but I found the best information and photos in the pelican tech articles. YouTube videos are posted also. I got a little freaked out when I saw all the gears in the transmission but I went slow, marked everything and took pictures. The micro switch and cam location seemed most important, plus left to right alignment so it goes down evenly. The top works fast and smooth now. I spent 2 to 3 hour a day for 3 days at a leisurely pace, plus $150 in parts.
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