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Old 11-15-2015, 08:10 AM   #1
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Replacement top

Are there any recommendations on replacement tops for a 2001 Boxster? I just bought one but the rear window is shot so I'm looking at either: replacing the whole top, replacing the rear plastic window, or finding a used hard top.
I'm terminally ill and the Boxster, or a red Porsche was on my bucket list. So I had to pull the trigger on this one. I'm not looking to restore, just to make it drivable for about a year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2015, 08:29 AM   #2
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You'll want the top down as much as possible anyway, so why buy a top? Since you bought a MY01, as I did, you probably don't want to spend too much more on it, so I advise a rear window replacement. Enjoy it......
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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There are plenty of aftermarket tops on eBay. Just do a quick search on this site, and make sure you get the right top for your year Boxster. Best of luck to you!
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For your time-frame, a replacement top with a plastic rear window will be just fine. I upgraded mine for an after-market glass window, but it's a lot smaller than the plastic one.

There are upholstery shops that will sew in a new plastic rear window. Check and see if that is available in your area. (And compare that price verses getting a new top instead.)

Best of luck, and Happy Boxstering!
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:46 AM   #5
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I replaced mine for the 2nd time a few months ago. Definately go with the glass. The only reason I replaced was for safety. I couldn't see a thing throught the hazy window. If you can do the work yourself, you can replace the whole top cheaper than getting someone to replace the window.

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Since you are time constrained I would buy the entire roof assembly from a 2003-04 and its is a quick bolt in place and plug in replacement with a glass window in a few hours at most to DIY.

Doing the replacement top is going to cost about the same and take an installer a couple days.

Doing just the window will take the longest and require removal and reinstall of the entire assembly but it may cost the least if you DIY on the removal/install.

Enjoy your Red Porsche!
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Edder, getting a glass window replacement top is going to be the best for you because you won't have to get out and "chop" the plastic window in half on the new top/window if you get a plastic one. It's one more physical thing to do to drop the top and not crack the new window and you may not have a lot of extra energy for that with your condition.

Any of the replacement tops with glass windows on eBay will work well for you, so don't spend a lot of money. Most local upholstery shops can install it for you too. The whole thing should not cost more than $1200 or so.

Drive that Boxster like you stole it and be sure to wind it up and take it to red line every time you drive it. It's good for your soul.
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Are there any recommendations on replacement tops for a 2001 Boxster? I just bought one but the rear window is shot so I'm looking at either: replacing the whole top, replacing the rear plastic window, or finding a used hard top.
I'm terminally ill and the Boxster, or a red Porsche was on my bucket list. So I had to pull the trigger on this one. I'm not looking to restore, just to make it drivable for about a year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Sorry to hear that about your health, but it's cool you bought a red Porsche being on your bucket list. I bought a new top from Convertible Top Replacements | Auto Tops Direct Car Tops with the plastic window for around $400. I installed mine which is a little bit of work but doable, or you can pay to have it installed. I was quoted around $750.00 for labor from a local shop. Take Care,
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Went with a new GAAH with glass window three years ago and couldn't be happier. My mechanic hates me but the car sure looks spiffy with it.
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Went with a new GAAH with glass window three years ago and couldn't be happier. My mechanic hates me but the car sure looks spiffy with it.
That's the top an installer I called recommended, it's probably one of the best replacement tops. He quoted me around $1,800. for that top installed. He said he wouldn't install any other brand.
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That's the top an installer I called recommended, it's probably one of the best replacement tops. He quoted me around $1,800. for that top installed. He said he wouldn't install any other brand.
I lucked out with mine, got it off eBay, from a couple who were closing their upholstery shop, new in box for $239 without cable for defroster. Got a local upholstery guy to install it for $400. Haven't needed to buy a defroster cable as the regular defroster clears the window up quickly due to the small interior space. One of the best products I've put on my car.
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Thanks for everyones replies. I think I'll go with the replacement top with the plastic window since its cheaper and longevity is not a priority for me. Some friends of mine want to help install it, I'm useless at the moment because of breathing and strength issues. So I guess my next question, is there a video on how to replace the top?
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Thanks for everyones replies. I think I'll go with the replacement top with the plastic window since its cheaper and longevity is not a priority for me. Some friends of mine want to help install it, I'm useless at the moment because of breathing and strength issues. So I guess my next question, is there a video on how to replace the top?
GAAH also makes the top with a plastic window. Try UTube for a video on replacement but fair warning it is not an easy job. Most recommend taking the entire framework off the car to do the replacement.
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Not a video, but a fairly detailed DIY from the forum sponsor (just ignore the bit about 'glass window'):
Porsche Boxster Glass Window Convertible Top Installation - 986 / 987 (1997-08) - Pelican Parts Technical Article
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I lucked out with mine, got it off eBay, from a couple who were closing their upholstery shop, new in box for $239 without cable for defroster. Got a local upholstery guy to install it for $400. Haven't needed to buy a defroster cable as the regular defroster clears the window up quickly due to the small interior space. One of the best products I've put on my car.
That's a great deal, you lucked out. Edder B, when I bought my top the company (www.autotopsdirect.com) sent me an email with installation instructions after I called them and requested it, which really helped. If you do a search on here Mike Focke has instructions and photos on top replacement. I used Pelican's too, so I had 3 different references for installing my top. I have a few wrinkles in it that I think I can correct, it's really not too bad of a job if you take your time. Mine actually turned out better than I expected and I saved about $750.00 in labor.
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So I guess my next question, is there a video on how to replace the top?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVn03aylJDM

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Old 11-18-2015, 06:01 AM   #17
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That was a good video. It led me to this one about just replacing the window:

At about 13 minutes in he is talking (painfully) about how long it took to stitch the new window in. TWENTY HOURS. Replacing the whole top sounds like the best and easiest option.
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Here's the instruction with pics made by mikefocke-- https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/thetop-itsmaintaince%26replacement

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