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Old 06-22-2011, 01:51 PM
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Does anyone have a realistic amount for replacing the canvas top? I disconnected the power function and put it up and down manually so I would only be replacing the canvas. I bought a 98 c4 cab and the previous owner didn't take great care of it. there are the typical holes and wear areas. I heard from an indy that it could be $2500 - $3000 for the canvas and an install. Please share your experience on this.

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:20 PM
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I bought the canvas for $450 (aftermarket obviously), and had a shop do the install for $1000 in the Chicago suburbs. Very happy with the results, and felt the price was reasonable.
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Was the aftermarket top the same style as OEM?
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:48 PM
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Cannot comment on the cost, but if you go ahead with the replacement, I highly suggest buying the more expensove German canvas if possible. My top was replaced before I bought it, but the top's material seems so thin, I cannot imagine it lasting too long. I bought a boot cover and it was made out of the German canvas. That material seems very tough.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:52 PM
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You want a GAHH top:

http://www.gahh.com/
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:03 PM
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I would save $300 or so and buy from here:

http://www.autotopsdirect.com/default.asp

I did my research and this is the best price for German Sonnenland canvas. I also bought my new headliner from these guys and saved some $ over gaah. Funny enough my headliner came in a gaah box.

I paid $800 for the installer to do headliner and top. Most outfits will quote 12 hours of labor to do both.
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I didn't get the GAHH top, but it was German Canvas. Has the same look/feel as the OEM...well, same feel except for the wallet!
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Bought my top from GAHH 6 years ago, german canvas, it still looks brand new, even the rear window is, pristine
Only comment: make sure the installer has his act together and gets it stretched and adjusted, took me 2 days after it came back from the shop to get it to my liking, the guys at the shop can do canvas just not a lot of adjustments for perrfect or the Porsche way.


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92000 miles and still going strong, a daily ride.
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You want a GAHH top:

http://www.gahh.com/



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Paid $1,600 for inner liner/outer canvas including installation - looks great!
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Gahh is pretty good quality top. But I've mentioned this before - their zipper runs in the wrong direction vs. the wind deflector zipper. Install a Gahh top and presto - you have to modify the wind deflector. Which is not as trivial as it sounds as zipper has to be cut out and then sewn back in.

Also, I had Gahh roof installed on my previous ca ($1,600 with headliner) and the top of rear window was distrorting a little. Not much, but for that amount of money I expected better.
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