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Old 05-28-2012, 03:04 PM
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Hey guys..

well I am now in absolute need of a top for my 2000 c2. I have been holding off forever, and now time has come. I have officially made up my mind on not doing plastic window top, as in my opinion the glass one is tougher and actually looks better.

I am looking at these 2 tops...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PORSCHE-911-...d7e140&vxp=mtr

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-01-Pors...87f520&vxp=mtr

Which one...??? they seem identical! does anyone have these?

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I think the first one uses a material more like the factory which is the German A5 canvas... I would pick that one.

I was going to do this as well but not a fan of the smaller rear window. The blind spot is bad enough with the large plastic window.

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You should find out who manufactures those ebay listed tops. I know GAHH makes aftermarket tops, and I think you can buy directly from them. Or, if you have an installer in mind, they may be able to order from GAHH.
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I'd go for the smaller window. I never really have to worry about what I've left behind - more concerned about what's in front of me.
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Default new top and ??

After flipping several coins, I recently had my '99's rear window replaced (the original was breaking away in the upper corners) rather than going all the way with a new top, headliner, etc. Only time will tell if this was a wise economic decision on my part.

As you might suspect, the major cost here is the labor. Two shops in my area charge about $700 to remove/reinstall a 996 cabrio top (10-12 hours), and this process is required whether replacing the plastic window or installing a new top.

On a positive note, my new sewn-in plastic window looks terrific, and my original top and headliner look even better now.

FWIW: these fine OEM German cabrio tops have numerous hidden elastic straps, tensioning cables, various tabs w/weird fasteners, etc. Before buying an aftermarket replacement, talk with an actual customer and experienced installer to get frank feed back.

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Old 07-25-2012, 03:39 PM
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thanks guys,

does anyone else have any feedback or thoughts?

The Gahh top seems a bit out of my price range, and these German Canvasse'd tops look identical. Anyone else have them?

Thanks,
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Just found myself in the same position. When out for lunch and noticed that the rear window was delaminating on the bottom.

If that's true about $700 in labor whether you fix or replace the top, it seems to make sense to replace it, no?
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Just replaced mine a few weeks ago with Gahh brand.
Top quality and same A5 canvas material as original factory unit.
I decided to stay with plastic because of size versus glass and am very happy with tight look of canvas.
The plastic window has a double row of stitching versus original that was just glued.
Car looks newer because of new top!!
Total cost incl. labor $2200.00.
I would argue that spending 7 to 8 hundred on labor plus window cost to keep old canvas is not the best investment.
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Does anyone have any experience with AutoMat in Hicksville, NY?
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The glue holding the plastic to the canvas came away on my 01 cab top as well. For reasons of pragmatism, went to a reputable coach works shop in vancouver and they suggested stitching and resealing since canvas and window in very good shape. Was quoted $700 to $800 for this. Option B was an entirely new factory top (with plastic window again) for $5000 or an aftermarket one for $2800! Would be nice to have a glass replacement for sure.
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I think I will be getting this glass-windowed top. Seems as his feedback is good - and people that write feedback had the actual tops put on 996's...

-Paul
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Originally Posted by sempaipaul View Post
I think I will be getting this glass-windowed top. Seems as his feedback is good - and people that write feedback had the actual tops put on 996's...

-Paul
Which one did you decide on, you listed two links?
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the photo used in their advertising is my 996. I love the glass window don't have the heating element word. Too much hassle. I did have it installed at the same place i bought it and can't be happier. http://outboundlink.me/ib.php?DR_id=200&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2FPORSCHE-911-996-CONVERTIBLE-TOP-GLASS-WINDOW-OEM-A5-GERMAN-CANVAS-1999-2001-%2F270915854656%3Fpt%3DMotors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories%26hash%3Ditem3 f13d7e140%26vxp%3Dmtr&ibref=m.rennlist.com%2Frennforums%2Fshowthread.php %3Ft%3D698933&outtime=18378

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My plastic window has separated at the bottom, about a foot wide near the center. I tried glueing and clamping with Automotive Goop and it mostly worked. To tell the truth I didn't spend a lot of time cleaning off the old glue - actually almost no time. I'm thinking of injecting more glue into the small part that is still loose. I was wondering if some black plastic rivets might hold it together a little better. The top is in pretty good shape despite being 12 years old. I'd like to get another couple of years out of it if I can. Has anyone had any experience with rivet guns like this one from Harbour Freight?

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...ets-97757.html

If i have to bite the bullet and get a new top I will, but I'd prefer to defer it if I can.
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The glue holding the plastic to the canvas came away on my 01 cab top as well. For reasons of pragmatism, went to a reputable coach works shop in vancouver and they suggested stitching and resealing since canvas and window in very good shape. Was quoted $700 to $800 for this. Option B was an entirely new factory top (with plastic window again) for $5000 or an aftermarket one for $2800! Would be nice to have a glass replacement for sure.
So as mentioned, I elected to go with the stitching of the top around the window rather than spring for a new top for $5g. Both the top and the plastic were in really good shape. Here is the result for about $750. I'll see how it holds up over the next little while.
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