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Old 12-29-2006, 03:01 PM   #1
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If I get a hard top and my car has never had one, what are the things I will be needing to be able to install it? How much will these things cost me? Where can I get them? TIA!
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Here's an older thread that has some good info. I just got my hardtop at the end of October.

http://www.986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1607&highlight=spinlock

According to everyone on the web, they are called spinlocks. According to the dealer, they are not. They knew what I was asking for though. About $100 +/- depending on where you get them. Mine were a little more since I went to a high priced dealer and I needed them that day.

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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I'm currently searching for a hardtop for my 2000. I called my local dealership today and they quoted me $83 for the needed hardware.

I haven't verified, but I read on one of the forums today that Suncoast Porsche has the inserts and bolts for around $55.
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I bought mine from Suncoast Porsche. The parts are called "Insert, Fixture" and "Socket Fitted Screw". They were $80.02 shipped to my house back in June.

There are two part numbers for the inserts:

986-563-713-03
986-563-714-03
One is for the driver's side, the other is for the passenger.

The fitted screw is:
999-219-041-00
You will need two screws.

Search here and on Renntech. You will be able to find illustrated instructions.

Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:57 PM   #5
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I bought mine from Suncoast Porsche. The parts are called "Insert, Fixture" and "Socket Fitted Screw". They were $80.02 shipped to my house back in June.

There are two part numbers for the inserts:

986-563-713-03
986-563-714-03
One is for the driver's side, the other is for the passenger.

The fitted screw is:
999-219-041-00
You will need two screws.

Search here and on Renntech. You will be able to find illustrated instructions.

Good luck.
KevinH,

Thanks for the information. I think I will order the parts from my dealership tomorrow so I will be ready whenever I find the top.

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Old 12-29-2006, 05:10 PM   #6
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I have a line on a hardtop, same color as my Boxster, much cheaper than I've seen on Ebay. So do you leave the hardtop on? I have read in so not good to leave the top stored down.

I would prefer the hardtop anytime I wanted/needed a top but did not want to have to put it on everytime having to do this by myself.
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The guy who sold me my boxster had a nice wall mount system for storing the hardtop. He also included a cover for it when it is mounted on the wall. Right now the hardtop is installed otherwise I would take a picture.

I guess since my hardtop came with the car, these spin lock things must have been installed at the factory.

You do need two people to install and take it off also.

The temperature here is PA has been warm during December so I was a little disappointed that I put the hardtop on so soon. It is somewhat of a pain to take on and off so my plan is to put it on mid-Dec and take it off early March.
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If you have the top on for that long, I guess it is causing you no problems?
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So do you leave the hardtop on? I have read in so not good to leave the top stored down.

I would prefer the hardtop anytime I wanted/needed a top but did not want to have to put it on everytime having to do this by myself.

The hardtop is not something you would put on and off everyday. To be safe, you want/need someone to help carry it around and put it on. Think of its use as to be seasonal (winter use). Put it on when you are pretty sure top down days are done and pull it off in the spring.

Porsche sells a stand for the hard tops. Not sure how much $$ they are, but i doubt they are cheap. I have also seen little "cranes" that you would mount to the ceiling of your garage, park the car under the "crane" and use it to lift the top on and off the car.
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I use a hoist for my hard top. It makes installation and removal a one-person job. It also keeps the top out of the way of bicycles and children while it is in storage - if you have that issue.

The type I bought was a bit pricey, but you can make one yourself for less if you have the time and skill. I found a pretty good deal on my hard top ($610) so I didn't mind spending a little bit of money to make it more convenient to use.
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:25 AM   #12
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Here is a picture of my hardtop wall mounting. As you can see, I have the hardtop on the boxster. You can also see the hardtop cover on the bracket for when it is stored. Since my garage is small, this solution worked best for me.
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