Porsche Boxster & Boxster S  (986), 1997-02
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

Porsche Boxster Convertible Top Information

Configuration:  The original top had a green tinted plastic rear window sewn in. This top is duplicated and offered, made as original by Robbins. Robbins also makes a (non-original) top with a defroster glass window (wires included).

Fabrics: The original topping was German A5 Sonnenland Canvas. This is offered as well as Twillfast Canvas and Haartz Stayfast Canvas.

About Toppings: The original Sonnenland has (roughly) 20% greater durabilty than Stayfast. Sonnendeck (Twillfast) is rated close to 90% of Sonnenland. The three are difficult to tell apart in surface appearance.

Warranties:  Robbins offers a six year warranty with 18 month labor allowance on the plastic window tops. The same warranty plus a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the window bonding is offered with the glass window tops.

Installers: The best way to locate an installer is to enter "Automobile upholstery shops near me" in your browser search bar. Google provides a geographic display of nearby shops (that should be consulted with.) Meticulous handy restorers may use our installation manual to do their own installation.

Tops with Plastic Window

Tops with Plastic Window

Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible Top
Original German A5 Sonnenland Canvas
with Green Tinted Plastic Window
Made by Robbins
 
  (3161)

installation manual included if requested
Color
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$629.00
Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible Top
Haartz Stayfast Canvas
with Green Tinted Plastic Window
Made by Robbins
 
  (3161)

installation manual included if requested

 
Color
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$515.00
Porsche Boxster 986 Convertible Top
Twillfast Canvas
with Green Tinted Plastic Window
Made by Robbins
 
  (3161)

installation manual included if requested

 
Color
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$570.00


Tops with Glass Window

Tops with Glass Window

Porsche Boxster Original A5 German Sonnenland Canvas Convertible Top
with (non-original) Defroster Glass Window
Made by Robbins  
(Robbins 3162)
This top's rear window system is made with a newly patented encapsulation process for superior durability. The window system comes with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.


installation manual included if requested
Color
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$829.00
Porsche Boxster Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
with (non-original) Defroster Glass Window
Made by Robbins  
(Robbins 3162)
This top's rear window system is made with a newly patented encapsulation process for superior durability. The window system comes with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.


installation manual included if requested
Color
View Color
$719.00
Porsche Boxster Twillfast Canvas Convertible Top
with (non-original) Defroster Glass Window
Made by Robbins  
(Robbins 3162)
This top's rear window system is made with a newly patented encapsulation process for superior durability. The window system comes with a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser.


installation manual included if requested
 
Color
View Color
$769.00


Headliners

Headliners

Black Cloth Headliner for 2000-02 Boxster.
Must reuse original plastic retainer.

Part # HL3162
$415.00


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

INCLUDED WITH TOP:
Porsche Boxster Top Removal and Installation Manual. 15 Pages, 8 1/2 X 11, with illustrations and text
No Charge!
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$11.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$10.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

Great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc.

$26.95


Cleaning & Protectant

Cleaning & Protectant

A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant.
  • Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
$38.95
A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant.
  • Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
$34.95
Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit

Contains:

  • Bottle Window Cleaner
  • Bottle Window Protectant
  • Sponge, Applicator Pad
  • Microfiber Towel

About RAGGTOPP products
$30.95
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

About Natural Horsehair Brush
$14.95


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1997-04 Porsche Boxster, Boxster "S" Convertible Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$167.95
1997-04 Porsche Boxster, Boxster "S" Convertible Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$227.95




Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, Blue, Graphite and Space Gray

Our Porsche Boxster tops are made by a specialist in German tops and interiors. There is no more finely made Boxster top.

Rear Window: The original (dealer) rear window is zippered, incorporating a Porsche patented zipper arrangement. No manufacturer we have found is making a replacement top with this zipper. Our top with the plastic window is made with a non-zippered plastic rear window. The sealed in window is likely to be preferrable to many drivers. Our top is correct in every other detail.

We also offer an aftermarket top with a defroster glass rear window. This is made with a newly patented encapsulation process for superior durability.

Inside Top Fabric: All canvas tops are three layers: the treated canvas outer layer, the pre-shrunk cloth inner layer and the central, bonding, layer. The inner layer of our Boxster tops will be black.

Original Fabric: If you select our original German fabric tops it will be the original Porsche "A5 German Sonnenland Canvas. This Sonnenland canvas has "silkier" surface texture and an improved performance (durability) compared with the classic Sonnenland.

Alternate Fabrics:

Sonnendeck Canvas (also called 'Twillfast') is an American made canvas, true double texture topping like the Haartz Stayfast. Many purists who own Mercedes and other German cars want to see the particular German weave (that is called "dobby weave") when they look up inside the car. Haartz Stayfast canvas has a plain (unwoven) inner lining. So for Porsche, Mercedes and BMW owners who will spend a little more in order to see that "dobby" weave we offer a fabric called Sonnendeck (in addition to the original German Sonnenland or Happich canvas. The wear rating of Sonnendeck is also greater than for Haartz, by perhaps 10%. This is due to the slightly heavier inner lining and subtle bonding specification differences.

Haartz Stayfast Canvas has a canvas outer layer and a preshrunk cotton inner layer. The two are bonded with and separated by a butyl rubber core. It is this core that makes the fabric last a very long time, with both better static and dynamic wear ratings than vinyl toppings. Haartz Stayfast is the American substitute for the German canvases used in Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, some models of Mustang and Lebaron and others. Canvas is widely regarded as "richer looking" than vinyl. It is a little harder to clean. The inside of the top is pre-shrunk cotton. The inner lining is usually black.

Headliner: The headliner is the inner roof covering. Headliners were introduced in 2001. The headliner is a separate part from the top. Our headliner is made in original black "dan" cloth.

Cables: Our tops are made with original quality cables covered in the resilient extruded casing.

Do-It-Yourself Installation: We offer a shop manual with step by step procedures for top installation. These have been successfully used by many owner/installers. However, we cannot offer consulting service for Boxster installers.

The installation of this particular top is quite elaborate and should not be undertaken by someone without mechanical confidence.

Boxster tops are fastened at their sides with embedded cables built into the convertible top.
Usage history indicated premature failure at these areas due to "pull through" of the cables in the Boxster top.
Only utmost care and quality control in the factory can reduce the possibility of early failure due to this design question.
Germanex and Robbins are two factories that have taken pains in their Boxster convertible top manufacturing processes,
in particular with regard to their installation of original quality cables.

CONVERTIBLE TOP FABRICS
Almost all manufacturers use Haartz fabrics. They may specify "heaviest weight" or "original replacement" in ways that seem reassuring. But they do not really tell the whole story. Please bear in mind that two things dominate, by far, the quality issue: (a) the manufacturing quality control in the factory that makes the top and (b) the care and thoroughness of the installation. There is a trade-off in weight: heavier is better for resisting tear through, but lighter is better for flexibility and abrasion from within that may arise from movement. Almost all our tops are a flexible medium density (36 oz.) fabric. Heavier is not better in most cases. Where it is, because of the top design, we will say so and the top will be made of the heavier vinyl.


Parts in this category (Porsche Boxster & Boxster S  (986)) fit cars for years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.