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Posts posted by kbrandsma

  1. I finished adding the 4th stalk this evening. I ordered all parts from Sunset Porsche in Beaverton, Oregon. Jeff knew all the parts to include. Here are the part numbers and the price I paid.

    1) 996-613-219-10 EWC 4 coulmn switch - $166.29

    2) 999-650-513-40 Plug Socket (for wiring harness) - $2.86

    3) 000-979-009 VW Wiring Set (5 of them) - $13.05

    4) 993-552-573-01-01C Steering Wheel Switch Cover (additional opening for 4th stalk on Left hand side) - $6.06

    Here are some photos of the wiring harness I made with #2 and #3 above.


    When I went to add the wiring harness there was already a plug (#2 above) with one wire that went to the white harness #22. Since I already had the new harness made I decided to leave the one I found in place and remove the wire from the white harness (#22) and replaced it with my new #22.

    Pointers I learned and would recommend.

    A) Remove the Instrument Cluster 1st. This will make room for removing the drivers airbag

    B ) Protect your dash when placing the cluster upside down on it. Leather gets scratched easily

    C) Invest in a long T30 screw driver for removing air bag screws

    D) The airbag screws where really tight and I used a pair of vice grips to gain additional leverage

    E) After removing airbag turn steering wheel and front tires dead center before removing the steering wheel for reference on re-install

    F) Sunset sent all 009 wires (#3) and they where very tight in the white plug behind cluster. Most posts listed on this forum and others suggest having 010 wires for the white plug and butt them into the 009s from the 4th stalk. Although it was very tight I managed to use all 009s and everything worked. If I had to do it over I would use the 2 different sizes 009 and 010

    On a scale of difficulty from 1 to 10 I would rate this mod a 3.

    Other sites for reference:

    Yoseif's Home Page

    D2 Performance

    More Photos of 4th Stock and OBC Hack

    The White plug is in the middle


    Cluster placed on dash


    4th Stock is placed on steering column and beginning re-assembly, you can see wiring harness coming out of dash


  2. I purchased the 4th stalk in November and I am just now starting the hack. The previous owner had used an Indy in the Bellevue, WA area. I called them up and asked about using the PST2 tool to turn on the OBC. I was surprised that they had never heard of this. The asked me to come in and show them how it's done at no charge. The good folks at Squires Autowerks enabled my OBC. If you are looking for an Indy in the Seattle area check out Squires in Bellevue, WA.

  3. Welcome, I purchased mine in July 07. The previous owner had only driven it 100 miles in the past 2 years. I noticed that at about 80 mph there is a slight shimmy. I think the tires will eventually need to be replaced. I'm going to try and have them re-balanced first and see if that helps. Good luck and welcome again!

  4. I have a 986 5 speed and I replaced my RMS, IMS, clutch and a few other things this past winter. Your estimated cost of $500 is right on. I purchased a few tools and a transmission jack to get the job done. If you get it down to the flywheel, 8 more bolts and your at the RMS and IMS. I would do it myself again if I had to do it over. If I can help let me know. Good luck and keep us posted.

  5. Well, I definitely have a mesh sock. My manuals don't show a replacement however. Regardless it sounds like you need to replace your oil filler tubes. You should also determine if you need to replace your AOS which may have caused the collapse of your oil filler tubes.

    K. Brandsma

    '98 Boxster

  6. The flex in the oil filler tube is not there to handle vibration but to make the tight corner immediately after leaving the trunk. Here is a shot of mine (without) the mesh sock. The photo is from the underneath side. I had my tranny out to replace the RMS and clutch this winter and also replaced the oil filler tubes. You can also see my label from this angle. The oil filler tube can only go in one way and matches the slots or groves for the keys on each tube on the ends respectively.

    Sunset Porsche can get the part no and price for the mesh sock. The price of the middle tube is about $25 plus shipping from Sunset.

    K. Brandsma

    '98 Porsche

    Everett, WA


  7. I turned your photo to orient myself. This is a shot if standing by the passenger rear tire. The red arrow (A) is pointing towards your middle oil filler tube. This tube connects just inside the engine compartment near the trunk and goes forward toward the engine. It connects to another tube (red arrrow on right) that actually ends and empties into the engine, just underneath your air intake. The tube (red arrows-A) is installed correctly and it looks like the mesh sock is missing. The mesh sock protects this tube from heat. It appears someone replaced the messed sock with some type of tape (maybe reflective tape) to protect the tube or a poor replacment of the mesh sock. The blue arrow connects the AOS and runs to the throttle body. I refer to it only to make sure you are not referring to it as it is accordian in nature too.


    I hope this helps! Good luck and keep us posted.


    '98 Porsche

    Everett, WA

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