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Pelican Technical Article:

Convertible Glass Window Installation

Time:

16 hrs

Tab:

$650

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Torx driver set,

Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-08)
Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-08)

Parts Required:

New roof liner, weatherstripping

Hot Tip:

Install a new roof with the glass window upgrade

Performance Gain:

Ability to see out back

Complementary Modification:

Replace weatherstripping on roof
101 Performance Projects for Your Porsche Boxster

This article is one in a series that have been released in conjunction with Wayne's new book, 101 Performance Projects for Your Porsche Boxster. The book contains 312 pages of full color projects detailing everything from performance mods to changing your brake pads. With more than 950+ full-color glossy photos accompanying extensive step-by-step procedures, this book is required reading in any Boxster owner's collection. The book is currently available and in stock now. See The Official Book Website for more details.

One of the common complaints of convertible owners is the condition of the rear window. It's manufactured out of a clear plastic, and as such, it does not have the longevity of a clear glass window. Over time and exposure to the elements, the window can become scratched, damaged, or faded. Unfortunately, on the Boxster, the window is sewn in as part of the roof, and there is no way to replace it sort of cutting it out and resewing a new one in, or replacing the entire roof. There is a new technique that I've been working on that would make the window replacement easier, but I'm not done testing it at this time: check the 101Projects.com website for more information on this in the future.

The original Boxsters came with a plastic window: later ones were upgraded to include a real glass one. You can purchase a new roof that has a built-in glass rear window instead of the rear plastic window. I choose this route for my wife's Boxster (shown here in this project) because this car is kept outside almost all of the time, and sun exposure is terrible for the rear plastic windows. The glass window is fantastic, has perfect clarity, has the option for the rear defroster, and doesn't scratch like the plastic ones. The only downsides are that the actual window area is quite a bit smaller and the glass window slightly restricts access to the engine compartment when the convertible top is in the service position. These are two distractions I don't really notice very much.

Replacing the roof is not an easy task: most roof manufacturers will not even sell the roofs to do-it-yourselfers. For this article I've divided up the process into a large picture array to try to give a better understanding of the steps involved. We took over 500 photos of the process: see the 101Projects.com website for the additional bonus photos not displayed here. The car shown here is a 1999 Boxster: other years are similar, but may have slight differences here and there.

Shown here is the glass rear roof upgrade for the early Boxsters that only had the plastic rear window.
Figure 1

Shown here is the glass rear roof upgrade for the early Boxsters that only had the plastic rear window. As you can see, the window is a bit smaller than the plastic version.

Begin by placing the roof into the service position (see Project 3 for instructions).
Figure 2

Begin by placing the roof into the service position (see Project 3 for instructions).

Remove the two front latches (green arrows), the screw that holds on the side seal (purple arrow), and the front retaining rail (yellow arrows).
Figure 3

Remove the two front latches (green arrows), the screw that holds on the side seal (purple arrow), and the front retaining rail (yellow arrows).

With the attachment screws removed, pull down and remove the front convertible top seal.
Figure 4

With the attachment screws removed, pull down and remove the front convertible top seal. Inspect this seal carefully: you might want to replace it if it's old or damaged.

Remove the seal retainer by removing the four screws shown here.
Figure 5

Remove the seal retainer by removing the four screws shown here.

With the seal channel removed, you can access the support underneath.
Figure 6

With the seal channel removed, you can access the support underneath. Remove these small Phillips screws.

With the screws removed, you should be able to lift up the front part of the convertible top.
Figure 7

With the screws removed, you should be able to lift up the front part of the convertible top. Much of it will be stuck to the frame with double-sided adhesive: peel it back slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the frame.

The top is attached to a plastic channel piece that runs down the center of the car.
Figure 8

The top is attached to a plastic channel piece that runs down the center of the car. Remove the metal clip in the center that affixes the channel to the top.

Pull back the top, and then you should be able to slide this channel piece off of the top (pull in the direction of the red arrow).
Figure 9

Pull back the top, and then you should be able to slide this channel piece off of the top (pull in the direction of the red arrow).

On the top of the roof will be two aluminum pieces with a cable and spring attached.
Figure 10

On the top of the roof will be two aluminum pieces with a cable and spring attached. Cut away the plastic shrink wrapping and disconnect the cable from the end of the spring.

With the cable removed from the spring, remove it from the end of the aluminum channel.
Figure 11

With the cable removed from the spring, remove it from the end of the aluminum channel. This cable is used to guide the top around the window frames when raising or lowering the roof, and is integrated / sewn into the roof lining.

Taking caution not to damage the aluminum panels, cut them out from the old roof and place them on your workbench.
Figure 12

Taking caution not to damage the aluminum panels, cut them out from the old roof and place them on your workbench. You will be reusing these on the new top.

Turn on the ignition and carefully lower the roof so that it's about 75% down.
Figure 13

Turn on the ignition and carefully lower the roof so that it's about 75% down. Remove the screw that holds the other end of the tensioning cable. This screw also secures a flap on the top, and the plastic slider. Be careful not to drop it into the recesses of the roof compartment, as it can be difficult to retrieve.

There is a plastic slider piece that is attached to the top liner and held onto the frame with two plastic rivets.
Figure 14

There is a plastic slider piece that is attached to the top liner and held onto the frame with two plastic rivets. Using care, remove the rivets and squeeze the prongs from behind and pull the piece out of the frame.

This photo shows the backside of the slider piece with the plastic rivet broken.
Figure 15

This photo shows the backside of the slider piece with the plastic rivet broken. It's very easy to damage this piece when removing it, but new ones are inexpensive at about $10.

With the rivets detached from the frame, the slider piece can be removed from the top by peeling back the top material (yellow arrow) and sliding its groove out of the plastic retainer that is sewn into the top liner (green arrow).
Figure 16

With the rivets detached from the frame, the slider piece can be removed from the top by peeling back the top material (yellow arrow) and sliding its groove out of the plastic retainer that is sewn into the top liner (green arrow).

Here's what the frame looks like after you have pulled out the plastic slider piece (arrows show the two pivot holes).
Figure 17

Here's what the frame looks like after you have pulled out the plastic slider piece (arrows show the two pivot holes).

There are two Velcro straps (one on each side) that need to be loosened / disconnected.
Figure 18

There are two Velcro straps (one on each side) that need to be loosened / disconnected.

Move the top back to its original position of about 18 inches open, and be sure that the ball-joint cable is disconnected (see <a style=color:000080 href=https://www.
Figure 19

Move the top back to its original position of about 18 inches open, and be sure that the ball-joint cable is disconnected (see Pelican Technical Article: Air Filter / Pollen Filter Replacement, Photo 2B). Lift up the rear of the top, and there will be a thick piece of weatherstripping that seals the trunk to the top. Carefully remove this seal, taking care not to rip it.

Pull up on the weatherstrip channel located in the middle of the channel and remove it.
Figure 20

Pull up on the weatherstrip channel located in the middle of the channel and remove it.

Pull back the roof material from the channel.
Figure 21

Pull back the roof material from the channel. You may find it easier to remove the locking strip first (see next photo).

The yellow arrow points to the locking strip that holds the roof fabric to the channel.
Figure 22

The yellow arrow points to the locking strip that holds the roof fabric to the channel. Remove this strip.

The last and final step in the removal of the roof is to slide it out of the channel that is attached to the middle bar of the roof frame.
Figure 23

The last and final step in the removal of the roof is to slide it out of the channel that is attached to the middle bar of the roof frame.

Go over the Boxster frame carefully and remove all traces of double-sided tape and residue with a mild degreaser and isopropyl alcohol.
Figure 24

Go over the Boxster frame carefully and remove all traces of double-sided tape and residue with a mild degreaser and isopropyl alcohol. Also clean the two aluminum pieces that you removed from the original roof.

Apply new tape to the aluminum pieces (3M 06384 recommended).
Figure 25

Apply new tape to the aluminum pieces (3M 06384 recommended).

Poke holes in the new fabric (for the screws) and then affix the new fabric using the double-sided tape.
Figure 26

Poke holes in the new fabric (for the screws) and then affix the new fabric using the double-sided tape. Attach the cable to the spring, and wrap with some tape or heat-shrink tubing.

Cut and bend flaps into place as shown and affix with double-sided tape (arrow).
Figure 27

Cut and bend flaps into place as shown and affix with double-sided tape (arrow).

Take the two plastic sliders removed in Photo 16 and transfer them to the new roof liner.
Figure 28

Take the two plastic sliders removed in Photo 16 and transfer them to the new roof liner. Push each slider onto the liner in the direction indicated by the arrow.

Install the new roof onto the frame, first sliding the middle part into the rear channel (as shown in <a href=# style=color:000080 id='In_text_23' onClick=PopUpMessage('In_text_23','images_small/Pic23.
Figure 29

Install the new roof onto the frame, first sliding the middle part into the rear channel (as shown in Figure 23). I suggest covering the rear window with some paper and tape to avoid accidentally scratching it during the installation process.

Slide on the middle plastic channel into the new roof liner.
Figure 30

Slide on the middle plastic channel into the new roof liner. Use a light bit of silicone spray on the plastic piece if you're having a tough time getting this threaded.

Affix the middle plastic channel to the frame using the metal clip.
Figure 31

Affix the middle plastic channel to the frame using the metal clip.

Apply some 3M Super Weatherstrip adhesive to the channel, and then screw down the top liner using the sheet metal screws.
Figure 32

Apply some 3M Super Weatherstrip adhesive to the channel, and then screw down the top liner using the sheet metal screws.

With the roof about 75% open, snap the slider pieces back into place on both the left and right sides, and reinstall the plastic rivet.
Figure 33

With the roof about 75% open, snap the slider pieces back into place on both the left and right sides, and reinstall the plastic rivet. On the roof that we installed, the new liner included a set of "helper straps" that needed to be affixed to this rivet. After the slider pieces are installed, reattach the roof cable using the screw removed in Figure 13.

Move the roof back to about 18 inches open.
Figure 34

Move the roof back to about 18 inches open. At the rear of the car, measure the center of the window and the center of the rear channel and mark the liner and the channel so that you can line them up during the next steps.

Apply double-sided adhesive tape to the rear channel in the same manner as it was when you removed the old top.
Figure 35

Apply double-sided adhesive tape to the rear channel in the same manner as it was when you removed the old top.

Lining up the rear and making sure it's centered, feed the top material into the top of the rear channel.
Figure 36

Lining up the rear and making sure it's centered, feed the top material into the top of the rear channel. Keep the seam aligned slightly low along the edge of the rail, otherwise, the seam may be visible when the top is closed. Use a small rubber hammer to tap in the locking strip (shown with orange arrow).

Reinstall the rear weatherstripping into the middle channel.
Figure 37

Reinstall the rear weatherstripping into the middle channel.

Reinstall the thicker seal into the lower channel.
Figure 38

Reinstall the thicker seal into the lower channel. We used double-sided tape for this, but the seal repeatedly fell out when the roof was raised and lowered. Consider using the 3M Super Weatherstrip instead if this happens.

Apply more tape to the front edge of the material, in the same places where it was on the old roof liner.
Figure 39

Apply more tape to the front edge of the material, in the same places where it was on the old roof liner.

Pull the roof material tight and affix the front channel and seal into place.
Figure 40

Pull the roof material tight and affix the front channel and seal into place. Pull and affix evenly to avoid getting wrinkles in the top. If you installed a roof with the defroster capability, then plug in the connection as detailed in Photo 2 of Pelican Technical Article: Installing the Hardop and Installation Kit.

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Comments and Suggestions:
olivertan Comments: do you have a manual just like this for 987? i would like to change my top canvas for 987, but am afraid i cant because of lack of installation manual.
May 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bob Comments: I'm planning to buy the convertible top with glass for my 2001 Boxster current top has the plastic window. Will the new top fit with my Bose rear speaker deck, when the top is down? Thanks for your help!
December 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume it will fit. To be sure, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
David Comments: In figure # 15 what is the part number for the plastic rivet shown in the picture.
July 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Eddy Comments: I found that by brushing some realy soapy water on the area of the rivets, it helped them to release.
July 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Eddy Comments: I am having trouble getting the plastic rivets pulled out. Is there an easy way of doing it. I have a year 2000.
July 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try dish soap. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rocket Racer Comments: Update.....I used an adhesive called Goop....comes in a tube and works great....no mess....
June 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rocket Racer Comments: My install instructions said to use 3m spray adhesive for attaching parts of the roof material ......DONT use the spray...makes a complete mess...use a adhesive that comes out of a tube......I found out the hard way.....
June 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jaeger Comments: I lost one of the Screws which hold the tension cable Figure 13. I need the part number or information what type of screw this is.

Also a tip: In the recess of the roof compartment are 2 water drain holes 1 per side. After you put the roof in the service position use tape to cover these holes. So if you accidentally drop something into the roof compartment it at least cannot disappear in the water drain.
June 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If something did happen to fall in to the drain it should be in the underbody panel which is below the belt and engine mount. We have all made that mistake!! I believe that screw part number is: OEM-99991913900 - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Brett Comments: Hi,

I started this project a while ago and then ran into trouble when parts in the motor mechanism broke. I am now looking to finish up the top installation but can't remember for the life of me how the large weather strip that seals the back of the convertible to the clam shell gets installed. I assume it just slides into place, but there is a flap of fabric material from the top that covers most of it. Is this flap supposed to go in the grove before you insert the weather strip into it? I am referring to P/N 986-561-393-01-OEM. Also, on the new convertible top there are two flat plastic pieces sewn into the fabric where it mates to plastic sliders shown in figure 28 of this write-up. How do you adhere this part of the fabric to the plastic sliders? I have included a picture to help clarify. Thanks.

-Brett
December 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I remember correctly: The plastic folds over into the groove, securing the top. Think of how your fingers fold, the tension of the fold holds the top tight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dess Comments: I don't want to install a new top or window myself. I want to pay a professional. Who can I call?
Thanks!
July 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are going to have to locate a repair facility. I would try a local club and ask the members where they get their cars serviced. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Neal Comments: Example use of twist connector
June 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Neal Comments: Suggestion for Figure 14 - to squeeze prongs and remove slider piece: obtain a small twist-on electric connector like the one pictured. After removing the rivet, press the connector cap on the prong from the backside. If the right size, it will simultaneously squeeze and push the prongs through.
June 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the tip and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Neal Comments: figure 33 mentions "helper straps" to be attached to the plastic rivet on the slider piece. I did that but both popped out first time I functioned the roof. I am sure both were in securely to top rivet. Is there another means to secure these straps? Ps can't find the rivets, any guess where they might end up?
June 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nom they should be secured with the rivet. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
p986man Comments: Thank you for such great instructions! My wife and I followed them closely and the whole job took just 12 hours. Everything went smoothly - except - upon completion the top does not close all the way. Motor just keeps pushing, but top stops about .75 from where it should. If I let go of switch, I can manually force it close and latch it and all is good. It unlatches fine. Any clues? Again - thanks for your very helpful article!
June 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check top hydraulic fluid. It could be low. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BT Comments: To Wayne Dempsey regarding Project 70 in 101 Projects Book. Replacing Boxter Top. Wayne Dempsey talks about a new technique he has been working on that would make the rear Boxter soft top plastic window replacement easier. I'm thinking a replacement plastic or glass window replacement that does not require the top removal. Zip in window or glue in window without top removal? Any news on this exciting concept. There must be a way. My top is perfect but the plastic window is cracked on both sides and turning yellow. There may a hand held sewing machine that could stitch in new plastic with the top in place. Maybe a smaller glass window that will glue into the space with the old plastic cut out. Any feedback from Wayne would be nice.
May 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I was working on this for a while, but I couldn't come up with a solution that both worked well, and looked good too. The best solution I found was to replace the roof with one with a smaller glass window - they make them specifically for the early cars. Hope this helps - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
RedNRad Comments: I am in need of some pratical knowledge here please? I simply want to know if a 2002 complete soft top as pictured below can be retrofit onto a 1999 car? If all the roof struts straps and cross bow are present in the roof assembly can I bolt the struts to my car and simply pop this on? I'm hoping someone who knows the car in great detail can tell me the answer. If "yes" or "no" please explain why? Many thanks!
March 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100%. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can answer this question by comparing part numbers.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bizmonq Comments: This may be a silly question, but can the headliner be removed to gain additional head room? I am 6'5" and my head just grazes the headliner if I sit up straight. Just another 1/2" would make all the difference.
January 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can remove it, but I don;t think you will gain a 1/2". - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bobroberts Comments: Hi there. I have a 2002 boxster that needs top repair. I am going to replace complete frame and canvas. Are there any directions on your site that show how to do this? Thank you
November 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have complete instructions for that procedure.

We have this one:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window.htm

And some more info here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window/70-BODY-Convertible_Glass_Window.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Chris Comments: Pelican Team,
For full disclosure, I am a Pelican customer, but didn't buy my top from you. I'm hoping you can assist me with identifying these parts, and where they go, when putting my replacement soft top back on my Boxster. I can't find them in the Porsche Parts, exploded view. When I pulled them off, I remember them being covered in weather adhesive, and couldn't tell where the molding stopped and these parts covered in adhesive, started. Thanks in advance for any assistance. These posts are extremely helpful. Can't thank you enough!
October 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These are fillers. Part numbers 987 561 814 02 ans 987 561 813 02. See attached parts diagram, they are number 11. - Nick at Pelican Parts
Chris Comments: I recently had a new top installed on my 97 986. Since I got it from the upholstery shop, the top will not properly close. A few seconds into the top close procedure, the top comes in contact with the back of the front seats & will not move unless I manually assist it upward. Would you have any thoughts on where to start adjustment wise? I would take it back to the upholstery shop, but I figure if the sent it out like that, then they are unable to do any better.
I should also mention that, after manual assistance in lifting the top, when it gets to the end of it's cycle, the top is still a few inches from the latches & has to be pulled downward manually in order to latch.
August 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it is misaligned and does require adjustment. Persoanlly I would return it tot he upholstry shop. If they cannot perform the adjustment, they will have to take to someone who can. The reason I am suggesting this is if the top gets scraped or rubs due to the misadjustment, a hole can develop quickly, it is a new top, you want it to stay that way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pale Ale Comments: Hello, A little late to the party. Just picked up a 99 Boxster, and while detailing it I noticed the rear seal will not stay in.You mentioned a 3M Super Weatherstripping product. What is the best way to keep this seal in place ?
June 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The adhesive is used to install a new seal. I would replace the seal if it is hanging out. This will prevent water intrusion. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bartok Comments: Hi Wayne:
I am also having the problem that "Black Betty " is experiencing.How do I get the cables to stay inside the guides when the roof is closing?
Thank you,
J
May 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Let me copy this question to the forums, so that you can post a few more photos?

http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/752394-roof-cables-slipping-out.html

- Wayne at Pelican Parts
 
Black Betty Comments: I used the instructions to replace my roof. It looks great with just a few wrinkles.
But I can't figure out how to make the cables stay inside the guides. When closing the roof they want to stay on the outside and have to be pushed in.
Can anyone help?
April 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See this thread here: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/752394-roof-cables-slipping-out.html It should answer your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Herb Comments: This turned out to be not too bad. The book helps a lot, as do the bonus pictures. Took me ~8 hours in total. A couple of tips: this was for an '02

Figure 6: there are 4 screws per side. The aft most one is covered by a glued on small seal.
Figure 12: I didn't have to cut the aluminum panels out. I just peeled them out slowly. Just an FYI
Figure 14/15: first, buy new pieces. I cannot imagine being able to squeeze them from the back side and not crack them. Second, there is a screw that holds the clamping piece to a frame. The screw is on the bottom going up. Get to it from back.
Figure 26: first, my top came with holes already in the top. They were pretty accurate. Second, make sure when you tape the plates to the top there are no wrinkles on the large top of the plate. You can have wrinkles along the flange, where it screws into the frame. You're wrapping fabric around a flange with curvature, you're going to get wrinkles, you just want them in an area that's not noticeable later. The side with the holes gets screwed into a frame, it wont be seen later. The top will.
Figure 34: My top had an indicator where center is. The frame also had a center indicator. Center of the car can also be determined by the center of the 3rd brake light.
Figure 39/40: I had to use clamps when I wrapped the roof around the front. The tape was not strong enough to hold it to start. I started in the center and moved outboard. I had to cut my top for the screw holes for the front retaining rail. Use a sharp blade, or do it before you tape and clamp everything up.
September 26, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sigma1525 Comments: Do I haveto remove the soft to ptransmission in orderto replace the cables? I have the 2002 model with the new transmission.

Thanks in advance
August 28, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. It can be done with the top installed. The tension cable can be fed through the top, then crimped with a new end. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dan Comments: If you have a headliner 2001 do you have to remove it first? Does a new top usually come with a headliner or do you re-use your old one? thanks

Dan
May 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The new top comes with most everything that you need, but there are a few small pieces and parts that are recycled. The headliner is typically included with new roofs. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dave from sweden Comments: Mike. I am replacing my top these days. I had some problems when removing the sliders. First, two of the rivets were stuck like ****. When i squeezed the prongs, i could not get them out. The prongs at the lowest part of the sliders were the worst. I found it easier to get them out by using one hand on each side of the slider and with one hand pushing the prong and with the other hand shaking the slider gently to make the prong loose some tension from the hole. Try fo figure out where the preassure lies in the slider holes. It will make it easier. It makes sense why it seems stuck when reassembeling.
April 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: I have a 1999 Boxster. I have the old top almost off. I can not figure out how the sliders work or how to remove them. I have all 4 rivets out but I must have a mental block or something. Can someone provide me with a granular description of the process to remove the sliders after the rivets are removed.

The instructions 14 say "There is a plastic slider piece that is attached to the top liner and held onto the frame with two plastic rivets. Using care, remove the rivets and squeeze the prongs from behind and pull the piece out of the frame." The following pic 15 says it's of a broken rivet but shows broken prongs. I thought the rivets were the 4 pins that I already removed from the ends of the pieces with the prongs. I don't understand how to squeeze the prongs from behind and remove the piece. Which way do I move it and how? Help!!
March 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have to reach around the inside to release the rivet. The end of the rivet is held in by two tabs or prongs. You have to squeeze them to release it, then pull it out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
owl Comments: I have a 2003 boxster and the inner liner is detaching from the front portion of the top near the latch, it looks like thereis a plastic bow that has come loose an is warped, how do i repair this or reattach it?
January 8, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think you are referring to the roof trim - 986 561 933 00. it is availabel separately. Give our parts specialists a call, they will help you determine if that is what you need. 1-888-280-7799 - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bar10dah Comments: Make CERTAIN the dealer gives you part 986.561.670.03 and 986.561.669.03 when you order the slides. My receipt says I got those two parts. The packaging of both those parts shows those part numbers. However, the pieces inside the packaging are 986.561.670.02 and 986.561.669.02, respectively. The difference is the correct parts have approximately a two inch inch extension on the section that connects to the convertible top. Appears this helps guide the top better.

Also, I really feel you don't need to replace the clamping pieces. 99% of the time, you're fine with just the slides. And as for the pins, probably don't need them, but they're cheap, so wouldn't hurt. These pieces takes four pins. Two in each slide.
October 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the -02 part numbers were older ones that they happened to have left on the shelf. The -03 ones are a later version. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
bar10dah Comments: left slide 986.561.669.03
right slide 986.561.670.03
right clamping piece 986.561.559.01
left clamping piece 986.561.560.01
pins 986.561.597.00 get 2

These pieces are for the 97-02 model. The 03 and up but don't know up to what year would require different clamping pieces: 986.561.559.02 and 986.561.560.02.

As of today, $17.02 for the slides, $12.16 for the clamping pieces, and $2.47 for the pins. Came to $63.30 for all of it.
October 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool, thanks for the clarification. I will copy this to the Boxster forums as well for everyone's reference. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
2manyprojects Comments: I am having some trouble finding the part # for the slider pieces, can you help with this, 2000 boxster S
June 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I've got the part numbers listed here in this thread: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/538554-boxster-project-70-convertible-new-top.html - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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