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Everything posted by RaisedOnPorsches

  1. I just bought a used CDR-220 and I'm hoping to crack the radio code. Serial number is Y5037200. Thanks!
  2. CDR-220 Becker 1 Type 4462 Serial # W5006362 The shop didn't warn me that they'd disconnect my battery. :(
  3. I've been playing with the idea of taking a roller such of this and converting it to a purely electric or plug-in hybrid based drive system for the heck of it. I definitely don't have the bank role for such a project. Keep us posted on what you end up choosing to do with your Boxster. You have my sympathy. -J
  4. The skinny to all this is Blaupunkt and Becker have similar connections, but their pins for their AUX ports are different. The pin layout is different as well as what each pin does. If you simply plug a cable wired for Blaupunkt into a Becker unit you risk frying your iPod. Regarding differences between iPod and iPhone. Apple has made some serious design changes to the underlying circuitry in the latest iPhones and iPod. The latest versions charge off a 5 volt USB circuit instead of the 12 volt Firewire circuit used in earlier model iPods. For car audio purposes this complicates things becau
  5. It really is hard to beat an iPod when it comes to music storage. If you have a CR/CDR-220 head unit PM me about connectivity options for an iPod. In my case I have a black 60GB iPod devoted to use in my Boxster. Since it is black it is hard to notice sitting in the cubby holders of my console. When I park is more risky locations I unplug the iPod and toss it into the elbow-rest glove box along with any other visually tempting valuables that a thief might want. Buy a previous generation iPod Classic (the ones with lots of storage space) and devote it to your "driving experience." -J
  6. I could hear the sound while the car was moving. Didn't matter if there was a wall or such next to me to bounce the sound back. The sound was more internal that external. As of last weekend I've gone ahead and replaced the AOS anyhow (due to other symptoms). I also noticed that I still have the original coolant cap and there is a little bit of white crust around the port. Possibly that was the cause. I'll be swapping out that coolant cap ASAP. I should have done it last weekend, but after doing an oil change, spark plug change, air & pollen filter change, and AOS replacement I lost track o
  7. Greetings, On the way to work today I noticed a soft hissing sound coming from the engine compartment of my '99 Boxster. It sounded like the hiss of steam, faint but steady. When I got to work I immediately stripped down the car to access the top of the engine while leaving the car idling. I didn't notice anything. The hissing only seems to be present when in motion. As soon as I got to work and parked the car, the sound was gone. Leaky vacuum tube somewhere? Another symptom of failing AOS? (I am planning to replace this Saturday) Coolant leak? Anyone run into this issue before? Have an su
  8. Having installed the rear speaker unit twice now (once in my Boxster and once for a local friend), it is MUCH easiler to pull the wire through the passenger side sill than it is to push it. Use a wire coat hanger (something rigid but manipulable enough to shape it so it does not snag inside the sill). You should be able to guide the speaker wire half way into the sill on its own, then pull the rest through with a hooked coat hanger wire. I recommend taping the wire tips together on the speaker wire such that you have a loop to hook the wire hanger through. Good luck. This takes a little time t
  9. All in all how much installation time did that require and how much $$$ did you end up spending? I'd like to upgrade my speaker setup eventually, but it looks like a serious and costly undertaking.
  10. I'd be interested in stopping by and watching the process. It is not on my immediate To Do list, but eventually I'd like to do it myself. I'm located in the East Bay as well.
  11. It's been awhile but I installed this kit a few years ago. You can find a couple great write-ups around here somewhere. You'll need a Dremel type cutting tool and some hot glue - other than that the install is a breeze. NOTE that if is the exact same kit as many of us have, it does NOT produce what you would call 'hi-fi' sound. It adds more of a surround effect - quite nice for my tastes! I purchased one of those rear speaker kits at the low low sale price a day or two before someone else bought them all out to resell on ebay. The Porsche factory rear speaker kits definitely helps t
  12. If you go on to the Crutchfield website they list an enclosure volume of 0.15 cubic feet which is equivalent to a a 9" x 9" x 6" (3/4" mdf) enclosure. Not sure how you fit that kind of cube under the drivers side or passenger side dash. even if you flatten it out out the driver is over 4" deep. Sounds like a custom fiberglass enclosure to tuck in there. Seems like this storage tray sub-box might be a better way to go, if it ever moves forward. There is a car audio shop in Redwood City, CA that makes a custom fiberglass subwoofer kit that mounts on the side of the passenger footwell. It i
  13. Greetings folks, I have written a DIY article explaining how to modify a cable to connect and charge an iPod with the Becker CR/CDR-220 head units. My article explains how to do it by cutting and splicing the appropriate cables. You can find it in the 986 DIY section. I also sell modified cables as a hobby, but I have a method of rewiring these cables without any cutting/splicing/soldering needed. These cables come with detailed installation instructions. All you need are factory radio removal keys and 15 minutes of your time. For folks in the SF Bay Area I am willing to meet and assist wi
  14. Did you ever manage to get further along with this mod or have the holidays interfered to significantly with your tinkering? ;)
  15. Not to steal the original poster's thunder, but take a look over in the 986 DIY Accessories section for a write-up regarding modifying a Blaupunkt auxiliary port cable to work with the CDR-220 stereo systems. The original poster here has a detailed step by step for routing the cable which my instructions lack. I'm curious to see what this "iPorsche" is exactly. Cheers, -J
  16. Upon taking a closer look those $200 heaters on ebay are a very thin sheet of heating strips that go between the top of the seat cushion and seat covers. I guess there is some tape to hold them in place. I'm not totally sure how different the wiring would be from the factory. I imagine all the power/ground lines have to run to the same places with just a different sort of switch (it looks like the switch takes the spot of a cigarette lighter. I think I'll ask the buyer for a digital copy of the instructions if he/she is willing to provide them. That would provide better insight to how easy/har
  17. On that note it took some work for me to find a shop willing to SMOG a Boxster. Most of them didn't have the proper equipment and most of the remainder were clueless about accessing the engine. Once I found the right shop mine passed with flying colors. My Box' was originally from Colorado. As far as I know nothing was done to it to get it to pass CA smog.
  18. Well I did it! I successfully modified a Blaupunkt iPod connector cable to work with my Becker CDR-220 stereo. I also installed a factory rear speaker kit at the same time. Suddenly I find myself in audio bliss! Time for another long road trip! ***Important Note: This cable plugs into the same port as the factory CD-changer (C3). Both cannot be attached at the same time without additional modifications not described here.*** At first glance it looks like the Blaupunkt and Becker auxiliary input connectors are identical, but don’t let this same plug shape and location fool you. These
  19. DIY- iPod Cable for Becker CDR-220 Well I did it! I successfully modified a Blaupunkt iPod connector cable to work with my Becker CDR-220 stereo. I also installed a factory rear speaker kit at the same time. Suddenly I find myself in audio bliss! Time for another long road trip! ***Important Note: This cable plugs into the same port as the factory CD-changer (C3). Both cannot be attached at the same time without additional modifications not described here.*** At first glance it looks like the Blaupunkt and Becker auxiliary input connectors are identical, but don’t le
  20. I'd like to invest in some aluminum pedals for my Boxster to help sporty up the look. I see lots of different ones on ebay and elsewhere, but it is difficult to tell the quality of the craftsmanship based upon a tiny little picture. I've heard that the ones designed specifically for the Boxster are better than the more generic ones that work on a variety of Porsches. What brands do you recommend? What style (yes rubber nobs, no rubber nobs, etc)? Where is the cheapest place to buy them? Thanks, -Jeremy
  21. For what it's worth, I remember reading that when the Germans were told that US cars needed cup holders they were appalled. Seems their philosophy is driving is something you do for the sake of driving. That you would distract yourself with eating & drinking was foolish. It shows in their lack of effort regarding cup holder design. I've heard the same story. It is a similar situation with BMW although I think they may have caved into including factory cup holders earlier than Porsche did. I don't know if you've driven an early to mid 90s BMW but the cup holders that are there are HOR
  22. For a point of reference I bought my 1999 Boxster for $12.5 from a private party in early November. 25k miles, Arctic Silver Ext., Premium Boxster Red leather Int., sport package, and factory hardtop included. After having my mechanic take a look at it, I spent about $1300 getting the oil changed, one leaky piece replaced (oil fill tube) and two new front tires. The rear tires had about 200 miles on them. The interior is perfect. The car smells like it is new still. It was an amazing deal! That said, times are tough right now and there are plenty of deals out there. Be patient and really mak
  23. Yeah my girlfriend has been complaining about how cold the seats feel when we just get into the car here in Northern California. I'd love to add heated seats to my car. I noticed someone on ebay selling a kit for between $200-300, but the switch system isn't to factory specs. It looks like it wouldn't take much to change the switches and such. Tell us more about what you're thinking here. I'd be interested in exploring this modification. -Jeremy
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