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Porsche Boxster Roof Transport System Installation Page 1

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Porsche Boxster Roof Transport System Installation Page 1


1-2 hours






Phillips screwdriver, Torx (included with roof rack), 3-way socket wrench (included with roof rack), flathead screwdriver, metric hex key set, plastic prying tool,

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Porsche Roof Transport System

Performance Gain:

You'll be able to carry a bike, skis, surfboard, or what have you on your Boxster

Complementary Modification:

Install the accessory racks that coincide with your hobbies

Preface from Wayne:  Mike does it again with an excellent description of the procedures required to install the factory roof transport system.  Although this article references the Boxster as an installation vehicle, the roof transport system (RTS) is similar for the 993 and 996, and the techniques used here can be translated to these other models.  The brackets and attachments vary slight from each model car, but the accessories and racks are the same across the entire Porsche model line.

Here's how to Install the Roof Transport System for the Porsche Boxster

One feature of the Porsche Boxster is that it has two trunks, one in front and one in back. The front trunk is very deep and can hold an entire ice chest with room to spare. The back trunk is wider but shallower, and was designed to carry golf clubs, I've heard of people putting in two sets of clubs.

However, there are many things that the car can't normally carry because there is a definite limit to the dimensions of the trunks. If an item is too long and wider than a golf bag, then it probably won't fit.

Porsche was not willing to let that go without a solution. They designed the Roof Transport System, or RTS, to be a removable roof rack. You can install a bike rack, ski rack, or luggage carrieron it. The RTS is a bit pricey, about $500 or so, but I'm sure will prove invaluable in time.

I bought the RTS to go with my new Boxster, and found that the installation instructions that come with it are a bit lacking. It's not hard to install, but parts of it are confusing. With a Porsche, one can be nervous about doing something to ruin the car.

I'd like to recommend another option to any boxster owners out there. If you need a bike rack for frequent use, and don't need a luggage carrier, then I highly recommend you consider an alternative method proposed by Karl Schneck. This is a combination trailer hitch and bike rack mount. I haven't seen it in person, but the concept looks sound. Caveat emptor.

Since I was so confused, I figured others might be as well, so I made this little page to show how to put it on. It took me about two hours of fiddling to figure it out and do it, but I expect the next times should probably take about 45 minutes. I don't plan to use this very often. Ready? Here goes. . .

1. Take the stuff out of the box. I didn't get a box (mine was supposed to be a demo for the sales floor, so they didn't have the box anymore) so you'll have to figure out that on your own.

2. Take an inventory. You should have two Support Elements (those aluminum arches, one right and one left), two Support Tubes (one has a rubber strip along an edge, but no one has been able to tell me why), and a box with lots of parts in it. Be carful not to open it upside down. The top has no writing, the bottom side has numbers and such molded in it.


In the kit you'll see a bunch of screws, brackets, and such. Here's a list:

  • 2 Keys
  • 1 Coded Socket
  • 1 Three-way socket wrench (with red handle) (Newer versions come with a different tool.)
  • 2 A-Pillar brackets
  • 2 B-Pillar brackets for soft top
  • 2 Coded Safety screws
  • 2 B-Pillar brackets for hard top (not used in these instructions)
  • 4 Flanged button head screws for hard top (not used in these instructions) (torx)
  • 2 Large Counter Sink screws for mounting the Support Element to the A-Pillar (hex)
  • 8 Pan head screws with washers for attaching the Support Tubes to the Support Elements (hex)
  • 4 short counter Sink screws for mounting A-pillar brackets to the A-pillar (torx)
  • 4 tall counter sink screws for mounting the B-pillar brackets to the B-pillar

Comments and Suggestions:
TJ Comments: Dear Sir.
I'd like to ask something to you.
I have Porsche Boxter 987.
I like surfing, But I cannot carry my surfboard wit Boxter.
this is just perfect Item for me.
I want to know total price of this Items and shipping to SeoulRep. Korea
please reply me soon

May 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This rack is no longer available from Porsche, but you might be able to find a used one somewhere. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
dyladams Comments: When not in use, can you transport the RTS in the front or rear storage boot / trunk?
April 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure if the side rails break down small enough. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Lori Comments: Can you order the kit which contains the screws etc by itself?
May 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 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
surfgerards Comments: do you think the roof rack system can carry surfboards ? i am talking about a 9ft and a few shortboards at the same time .
also would you go faster than 150 km/h with the board on the boxster ?
November 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sure, that is if you have the right adapters. I would look into a surf board holder for the rack. There may be an attachment available. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
thomas Comments: Can a boxster rts fit on a 996 cabriolet?
July 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so. The roof is not the same curve. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alex Comments: Do you have the RTS for sale? If so how much?
March 19, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find one.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Coyote Comments: Looking or 2002 Boxster roof rack system
March 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would post a WANTED AD in our Boxster Forums: - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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