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Old 11-07-2021, 11:49 AM   #1
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Hardtops - a Different Sort of Question

Hey all, I have a hardtop lined up for purchase about 4 hours from me. Before I make the trip I found logistical hurdle may exist...

Will a 986 hardtop fit in the back of a Lexus GX470 with the back most seats removed and others folded down?

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Old 11-07-2021, 03:06 PM   #2
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You can take measurements of your softtop to get an idea - width from door to door, width at the windshield header, height off the top of the doors, length from windshield header to bottom under rear window, and measure the height and width of your tailgate opening and interior floor length. If it looks like it will fit, bring plenty of blankets to protect the top and your interior, and make sure you have a helper to get it into the Lexus.
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When in doubt, rent a truck.
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When in doubt, rent a truck.
Or, install the spinlocks on your Boxster and use it to collect the hard top.

I realize that 4 hours (8 hours round trip) is a long drive in a sports car. I drove to South Carolina from Virginia to pick mine up. I speak from experience.
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Or, install the spinlocks on your Boxster and use it to collect the hard top.

I realize that 4 hours (8 hours round trip) is a long drive in a sports car. I drove to South Carolina from Virginia to pick mine up. I speak from experience.
4 hours of pleasure each way
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986 Hardtop Dimensions, about: 48" L x 60" W back / 46" W Front x 15" H

I originally wanted to pick mine up with a Grand Cherokee and it was not even close to fitting, they are too wide. Rent a truck or install the spinlocks and pick it up with your Boxster. It will probably be noisy until you take the time to adjust the hardtop and it "settles" to your car. I've written about how to adjust hardtops before.
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Always enjoyed my GX470 - almost 200k on clock when finally dumped. Would've kept longer were it not in need of new rear air suspension ($900 parts alone each side at the time). Oh and tagging 2 doe trying to "Evil Knievel" over the road hillside to hillside in front of me...

Anywho... might be possible... with second row seat backs folded down, third row seats on floor (seats make nice soft platform), with top turned perpendicular and loaded upside-down at angle (plus a number of Harbor Freight moving blankets) it might work but will be snug sneaking top in the rear gate

Here are all dimensions on GX470:

https://www.driverside.com/specs/lexus-gx_470-2004-4214-9097-0

Agree though, safest way would be to either drive Box, install there and drive home or rent truck w a 6.5'+ bed.

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Rent a U Haul trailer if you vehicle will tow it. Cheap, you can insure the contents and has no mileage fees.
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Or, install the spinlocks on your Boxster and use it to collect the hard top.

I realize that 4 hours (8 hours round trip) is a long drive in a sports car. I drove to South Carolina from Virginia to pick mine up. I speak from experience.
Ditto, I drove 3 hours to pick up my hardtop, the seller was nice enough to to take off the spin locks and install them on my boxster. I love my hardtop, its on about 75% of the time since I like the quieter less noise when the top is on.
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I got a super deal on mine. The seller put it on eBay in July. He would not ship and required it to be picked up in a narrow window of time before he moved further south to be closer to his daughter. The top was the same color and as my car and I decided to seize the opportunity. I was the only bidder.

I decided buy spin locks before I drove to South Carolina because spin lock installation is a bit tedious and I wanted to take my time and work carefully. I arrived at the seller's house at about 10:00 p.m. The seller and I (he was a gentleman in his late 70's or early 80's) attempted to install the top and it would not fit. We tried about 4 times and it was beginning to look like bad news. Finally, I pressed down hard on each corner while turning the spin lock and it popped into place.

My theory is that two factors may have led to the problem. First, the top conforms to the shape of the car upon which it is originally installed and each Boxster's body is subject to subtle twisting. Second, the seller told me that he took the top off when he brought the car home from the dealer and never put it on again. It was laying on the floor of his garage and this may have affected the shape.
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Or, install the spinlocks on your Boxster and use it to collect the hard top.

I realize that 4 hours (8 hours round trip) is a long drive in a sports car. I drove to South Carolina from Virginia to pick mine up. I speak from experience.
What I did. My car had spin locks already installed but lost the hardtop by the time I got the car… Luckily found a color-matching one on CL only 80 miles away, so just drove up and came home with it on the car. This way you will have no surprise about figment. You can easily adjust the hardtop fitting with Allen screws on brackets.
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Or, install the spinlocks on your Boxster and use it to collect the hard top.

I realize that 4 hours (8 hours round trip) is a long drive in a sports car. I drove to South Carolina from Virginia to pick mine up. I speak from experience.
Drove in one day from Albuquerque to Houston to get mine. Drove back in one day the next day. 5-hour Energy drink helps.
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When I purchased my hardtop I didn't have spin locks installed yet . The seller and I lifted the top into place and I latched the windshield latch . Paid the money and off I drove . Kept the speed down and arrived safely at home . Yes I drove it with just the front latch holding the top in place .

I only had an hour drive and it wasn't raining . The top has enough weight where it stays in place as long as you keep the speeds down . It worked for me .

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