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Roof Rack System (Roof Transport System - RTS)
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Roof Rack System (Roof Transport System - RTS)

Time:

2 hrs

Tab:

$500

Talent:

**

Tools:

Included with kit

Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)

Parts Required:

Roof Transport System (RTS)

Hot Tip:

Third party adapters from Yakima and Thule can be made to work with the kit

Performance Gain:

Able to carry lots more stuff!

Complementary Modification:

Buy some furniture at IKEA
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The Boxster is unique among cars in that it has two trunks, one in the front and one in the back. Unfortunately, the sum of the two trunks is smaller than the one big trunk that you find in many regular cars these days. Fortunately, those clever German designers at Porsche came up with a unique and interesting way to install a roof rack system on the Boxster. As far as I know, it's the only convertible in existence to have a roof rack that you use to carry a bike, skis, or even an extra set of tires to that track day.

Installation is pretty easy, although in typical German fashion, the instructions for the kit make it seem more difficult than it really is. The roof cannot be raised or lowered with the kit installed, so decide beforehand whether you would like to travel with the roof up or down. The kit comes with two side bars, two top bars, and a black box full of fasteners and attachment tools. The first step is to install the front mounting brackets to the car. Remove the two existing screws and plastic cover piece, and install the front mounting bracket on both the left and right side of the car. Be careful not to scratch your paint. Refer to Photo 1 for details. Next, remove the B-pillar cover and install the two brackets (see Figure 2).

Shown here is the front mounting point for the Roof Transport System (RTS).
Figure 1

Shown here is the front mounting point for the Roof Transport System (RTS). Underneath the seal there are two hex screws that need to be removed. Remove them with the tool supplied in the kit. Then, slide out the plastic spacer through the backside of the seal (inset photo, lower left). Finally, install the front mounting bracket as shown with the Torx screws supplied in the kit (inset photo upper right). Store the plastic cover and the two hex screws in your RTS kit box (there's specific slots and compartments in the kit box to hold the hardware you remove from the car).

Using a plastic spatula, or the spacer you removed in Photo 1, pry up the little cover that fits over this area and remove it.
Figure 2

Using a plastic spatula, or the spacer you removed in Photo 1, pry up the little cover that fits over this area and remove it. Carefully remove the two plastic screws that are shown with the two arrows. These hold on the cover piece, so carefully place them safely away in your RTS kit box when you remove them. Install the B-pillar brackets into the spots where you removed the two screws (inset photo).

Porsche kindly provided pieces of cardboard to use to protect your paint when installing the arches.
Figure 3

Porsche kindly provided pieces of cardboard to use to protect your paint when installing the arches. Carefully place them around the B-pillar bracket, and then place the arch into the bracket. Using the special lock tool, install and tighten the arch in place. With the B-pillar in place, the arch will stay up in the air so that you can connect it to the front (orange arrow). Repeat for the opposite side.

Install the tubes on top of the car.
Figure 4

Install the tubes on top of the car. Remove the end caps by inserting the key, turning it, and then pulling back on the cap. This exposes the screws that mount each side of the part to each arch (blue arrow). Tighten the screws through the top slot using the tool included with the kit. Notice the black o-rings (on the screws near the blue arrow) that keep the screws captured with the tubes when they are not tightened. Install the caps on the ends of the bar, securing it with the lock and key. The kit comes with a gasket that can be fit into the groove on the top of the bar if necessary.

Once the RTS is installed, you cannot raise or lower the roof, so it's a wise idea to remove the fuse that powers the roof.
Figure 5

Once the RTS is installed, you cannot raise or lower the roof, so it's a wise idea to remove the fuse that powers the roof. Shown here is the fuse box with the plastic cover removed. The fuse box is located on the driver's side (left) of the car, near where your left foot rests. Pull the cover off and remove fuse number D3 (shown by the red arrow) using the small plastic fuse puller tool that should be clipped in the fuse box (yellow arrow). On the back of the cover there should be a little booklet showing you which fuse controls what (PN: 996-610-217-XX: the last two digits depend upon the year of your car). You can also use the factory "red clip" if you want to lock the roof in the down position (PN: 986-504-986-00). This clip snaps onto the roof and makes the car think the roof is in the up position already. This red clip is also useful because it turns on the interior motion sensor for the alarm system, so that the alarm will go off if there is any movement inside of the car.

Here's the Roof Transport System installed with the factory travel box and the bike rack.
Figure 6

Here's the Roof Transport System installed with the factory travel box and the bike rack. It's possible to use third party bike racks and boxes with the rack, but you will need to rig up some hardware to attach them to the rails. See the 101Projects.com website for some ideas and tips. Photo courtesy of Mike Rentner.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Richie Comments: i presume that you have to have had this kit ordered when your car was manufactured? because there doesn't seem to be the appropriate holes on the windscreen section of my boxster??
July 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure about that one. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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