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Old 08-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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Convertible top replacement in Progress - Questions...

Hopefully one of our resident convertible top replacement people will see this today and respond back, as I am just about to start installing my new top today.

So, anyway, a bit of history.

In June, my Boxster was parked in my driveway while I was at work with my other car, and there was a huge hail storm, that took out my badly aged rear window.

Yesterday, I went through the process of removing the old top, and completed that, but noticed a couple things that were different than the process mentioned in the write up at this link - http://images.wikia.com/boxster/images/e/eb/DIY_Boxster_Conv_Top_Canvas_R_R.pdf

First off, the clamping rails and sliders mentioned in step 9 say to remove the screw in the front of the rail, that the bottom part of the tension cable mounts to. No where does the write up mention that there's another screw holding the back side of the rail to the B-Pillar frame.

Maybe my car is different, or maybe that was omitted, I have no idea.
Just thought I would throw that out there.

Next up, and this is my ultimate question:

When I finally got those apart, it was just a matter of removing the two canvas straps in step 10, and then sliding the top out of the rail, and you're done.

Well, for me, it wasn't that simple.

Attached to the two canvas straps are a pair of elastic bands.
These two bands were stapled to the "wings" on the plastic window.

Here's my question:

Are these elastic bands supposed to be stapled to the wings of the plastic window? Did Porsche do that to my car for some strange reason? Did someone kludge that together during the car's previous life to put a band-aid fix on the window?

Or, are the wings of the plastic window supposed to go between the elastic band and the canvas straps.

Also, why do you need to unhook the canvas straps in the first place?
I can't see any reason for needing to do that at all.


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Old 08-22-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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Another set of directions/pictures

Here by one of the true Top gurus.
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