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alex yates
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Anyone done a DIY cab roof install? Reply with quote

My cabriolet roof is getting rather mullered round the rear window so I'm currently weighing up my options. I reckon with a bit of haggling I can get a decent local company to fit a new soft top for me for under a grand, worse case scenario under £1500. I can also get my hands on a brand new top delivered for under £400 and don't mind fitting it myself. I've read some right horror stories in the past (usually on the US sites) about DIY bodge soft top installs, but I've recently seen one fitted off a geezer who didn't have a clue what he was doing (self-confessed) and the finished article looks awesome. He reckons it's doable to a novice over a weekend, just a lengthy process.

Just wondered if anyone on here had ever had a go or if they know where I can get my mitts on a 'how-to'?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting will be watching this
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex, seek out Andrew Willdig on the 996 FB page, he did a very nice job on his in red... thumbsup

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662925093950914/search/?query=%22cracked%20on%22
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alex yates
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know. That's the geezer I'm talking about. Didn't want to mention his name without his permission.

Quality job though thumbsup
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:14 am    Post subject: Anyone done a DIY cab roof install? Reply with quote

steve1 wrote:
Interesting will be watching this

+1

Always found, Read about it, then take your time doing the job, saves you ££££s, you know its been done to the best of your ability and I get a buzz out of it.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
I know. That's the geezer I'm talking about. Didn't want to mention his name without his permission.

Quality job though thumbsup


Andrew's a nice bloke, I'm sure if you ask him he can probably send you a step-by-step laid out in photos since he has several hundred (probably thousand by now) pics of his car Surprised Floor
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked hin if he did a write up and he hadn't. Will quiz him more though if I do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stay Pop Corn Pop Corn Pop Corn


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Body external from here and you want 61 28 55 for the instructions ..

Take a lot of pictures of the interior corners before you start .


http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=83491


All screws you take out then push them into cardboard so that they go back in the same positions as they came out ..

With the aftermarket roofs then you dont normally get a fixing kit .. basically new seals / foam .. you have to make dam sure it seals well on the frames .. or buy an umbrella !


After installation it WILL be like a bow string .. you have to help it close then leave it shut for a good few days if not weeks to stretch .
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain - you LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you kind sir for pointing me in the right direction. Have you ever done one? If so, did you f**k it up or is it simple enough?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well ...

Ive not done one in a while .. its a bit daunting but as long as your methodical , dont mix up the bits that come off and take pictures as you go then you should be fine .

I cant emphasize enough the importance of pictures as you take it appart though .

Pm as well for you Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just paid the import duty on my new soft top so should be getting delivered tomorrow. As yet stands me at £412. Sh**ting myself about fitting it and hope it doesn't turn out like an octogenarian's ball sack.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol...you're a braver man than me!! Good luck!
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They tend to be too tight rather than too loose .. not uncommon to have to force it closed and leave it that way for a few weeks untill it stretches a bit.

looking forward to the write up ... no pressure Very Happy

Photos .. ill say it again .. photo everything .. i do !
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still flumaxed about splitting the headliner from round the rear window. It's like one continuos zip all the way round. Dont know
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex
I can vouch for the tightness of the roof when new. We purchased a 2002 MX5 which came with the hardtop. The previous owner never took the hardtop off so the soft top was a struggle to close as it was effectively brand new even though it was a 4 year old car.Once you get it all sorted, leave it in the sun if possible to help the cloth to release the tension.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pop Corn another one watching this. the pressure is building.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably no help at all, but for what it is worth.....
Our 986 Boxster came with a plastic rear window that had been re sewn in at least once. So when it began to tear free from the fabric again I started to look around for options to get it back to looking good.
Eventually after a heap of looking about I just bought a full replacement hood and frame from a written off vehicle and swapped the entire unit over frame and all.
That got me a glass/heated rear window, nice blue mohair for a reasonable £325 and a Sunday afternoon practicing my best swearing on the driveway Very Happy

So getting a complete assembly from a written off vehicle is definitely an option worth exploring, I think.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
I'm still flumaxed about splitting the headliner from round the rear window. It's like one continuos zip all the way round. Dont know


Erm .. have you got a plastic rear screen or a glass one ??

Also what does the roof have that you ordered ?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterzoom wrote:
This is probably no help at all, but for what it is worth.....
Our 986 Boxster came with a plastic rear window that had been re sewn in at least once. So when it began to tear free from the fabric again I started to look around for options to get it back to looking good.
Eventually after a heap of looking about I just bought a full replacement hood and frame from a written off vehicle and swapped the entire unit over frame and all.
That got me a glass/heated rear window, nice blue mohair for a reasonable £325 and a Sunday afternoon practicing my best swearing on the driveway Very Happy

So getting a complete assembly from a written off vehicle is definitely an option worth exploring, I think.


Would a much newer 997 roof fit a 996 Question
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