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  1. Ladies and Gentlemen, A long story short, I have a MY1997 Boxter, I fitted a MY2000 996 3.4 , engine, but ran the car with the standard 2.5 DME, obviousy with reduced power. There were some "clever" people and I think they blew my 2.5 DME. I eventually got the car running again with the 3.4 DME(MY 2000), the 996 Security module, and the 996 FOB transponder pil in my key that I purchased with the engine. The car goes like crazy now and the power is amazing, but, because of the MY 2000 996 security module, a few things do not work. (obviously the 996 did not have a cabriolet top or remote boot and the frequency of the remote key is different to the security module's frequency? The security module is from a US car and my car is European/South African..) The soft top, the remote for the doors and the boot does not open with the remote on the key. We do not have people in South Africa that can do programming of the DME except for Porsche South Africa, and they want to replace both the DME and the security module with new ones, charging me a 1/4 of the cars value. Does any body know where I could possiby buy another DME programmed with my original programming codes?, or sell me another DME/Security module FOB key combination? (I do have my car's programming codes for both the security module and the DME) Regards Pieter
  2. Update on 3.4 Installation. I want to (again) thank everybody that was involved with information, words of wisdome and help. I installed the third radiator and temperatures NEVER go above 103deg Celcius (217 F) in hot 35deg Celcius (95 F) South African heat as displayed by the centre airconditioning display. Actually, if I keep the airconditioner on the temperature never goes above 96 deg C (204 F). Before I installed the third radiator the temperature went up to 113 deg C (235 F) before the temperature will go down again to 96 and then go trough the cycle again. The engine has done 25 000 km (15 534 miles) since the installation. Absolutely no problems. The engine runs perfect. No oil useage, no oil leaks, no noises, no vibrations i.o.w. just like a factory installed engine. Regards Pieter
  3. It comes with the software. This is the link: http://www.ecplaza.net/product/185339_1011..._1260_obd2.html Can do: PORSCHE BOSCH_M5.2-- READ AND WRITE PORSCHE BOSCH_ME7.2-- READ AND WRITE PORSCHE BOSCH_ME7.8-- READ AND WRITE PORSCHE BOSCH_ME7.8.4-- READ AND WRITE The package includes: GALLETTO EOBDII 1260 USB ECU FLASHER Free 2 x 2 cable Software and Drivers CD Free tuning file DVD with 19000+ tuning files and some OBD2 & car service software! Regards Pieter
  4. Gentlemen and Ladies, I saw this calble, Galletto 1260 OBDII EOBD ECU Flashing Cable, advertised for next to nothing. They say it can be used to reflash the Porsche DME! Has anybody used this calbe? Does it work? Regards Pieter
  5. Thanks Sergiu, The guy that has the PIWI's is racing both this weekend and the next. I will have to wait another 2 weeks. He is in Johannesburg and I am in Pretoria so I can only get to him on a Saturday morning. I will let you know how it went. Regards Pieter
  6. Hi Txhokie4life, Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I do not know what PITA means? This is a possibility but I do not have both security module's connection diagrams. It could be simple as the pins are easily removeable from the plugs, so to change from one plug to another depends on if both security modules have the same signals. I will do a search here and see if I can get the wiring diagrams of both modules. Regards Pieter Maybe a PITA -- but consider making an interface connector for the two plugs?
  7. Sergiu, I did send numerous e-mails to LA Dismantlers and no reply. (I did buy the engine from them, I must also add that the engine has done 4000km on the 2.5 DME programme and has performed flawlessly) No, I did not change the DME type. My car (the 2.5 DME) is a 996.618.601.02 (5.2.2) and Porsche SA said that they could not programme it. The new DME is a 996.618.601.04 (5.2.2) which is programmable. I will have to re-programme the .04 DME with my car's security codes. I did get the security module with the DME (matching VIN numbers) but the plug on the US security module is completely different to my car's plug. So therefore I have to match my security module with the new DME. Regards Pieter
  8. Ladies and Gentlemen, I purchased an engine with a DME and security model from the USA. I live in South Africa. The Porsche distrubitor in South Africa gave me the programming codes for my car, but they do not have access to the codes for the DME I purchsased from the USA. I have the VIN number and proof of purchase. Can any body please give me some contact details of a distributer in the USA, so that I could contact them to get me the codes I require? I will obviously pay for the service. Regards Pieter.
  9. Thanks Sergiu, good luck with your car too! lololol.... If it wasnt for Todd I would not have had the guts to do it and prove some of the "Porsche" specialists in South Africa wrong. I am really thankfull for you lot on this forum with the words of encouragement and advice. I am litterally right at the end of the world, well almost, there is still the Southpole between SA and the end... and everybody here protects their "knowledge" with their lives just to make a buck or two from the rest of us. I could not even buy a 996 engine here because the "sole importer" buys EVERY crashed car from the insurance companies and keeps them on a farm in a town about 55km from Johannesburg. The cars just stand there. I can buy a new engine but it will cost me more than $(US) 40 000!! Just an update about my car: We wanted to change the security module under the seat, and the DME, with the 996 modules I got with the engine, bad news, the DME fits but the security (USA) module's plug is incompatible with my car's. The the USA module has a blue plug and the module in my car (Euro) has a white plug. The blue plug is slightly narrower and they have different key slots, so the plugs do not fit. I opened the modules and they have completely different circuits inside. I will get the security codes of both my car and the replacement modules and programme the DME with my car's security codes. Will do that next week. Otherwise the engine does not leak oil, revs like crazy, no noises, just SWEET power, and this still with the resonance valve not functioning, the revs still limited at 6800 and the 2.5 exhausts! I must teach my throttle foot not to be so hard on the throttle.... lol. Regards Pieter
  10. Hi Everybody, I have searched the net and it seems that some 996 models of MY1999 to MY2005 have, OEM, and aluminium hood, bonnet and doors. Is this true? I cannot find direct evidence anywhere. Please help. Regards Pieter
  11. Hi Mark, Thanks for your link. I spent the whole of last night roaming the net and the link on the Boxster spec racing etc. I new about the "Boxster Spec" racing but did not know the rules and the classes etc. It seems that the 3? classes (BSR, BSX and Super Spec?) do not really have any issues with the weight as you are not allowed to make the car lighter than the stock Boxster. I see that there are a lot of CF and FRP parts available but the CF and the plastic parts does not really appeal to me. Thanks for linking me with the "Boxster spec" racing scene. Our Porsche club is starting this racing in South Africa now. I won't be able to join as I have a "super super" Boxster 3.4 996 engine in my boxster. Maybe get a broken 1997 986 and fit my 2.5 engine in it.... now you have started something!... Regards Pieter There's no shortage of aftermarket parts available to lighten a Boxster, just depends on what you want to spend. http://www.boxsterspecracing.org/ is a good place to look since these folks spend a lot of time on adding lightness to their race cars. Mark
  12. Gentlemen and Ladies, I searched this site and for the life of me I cannot find any topics on weight reduction for the Boxster. (MY1997) Question, Are there any aluminium body panels eg. doors, hoods, fenders and bootlids available? (I am not to fond of carbon fibre panels) Thanks, Pieter.
  13. At last!!!! The most stress I had in a lifetime for the past 4 months! From buying an engine kind of blindly... accross the ocean, shipping it via unknown people, to starting this afternoon.... probably the most stupid thing I had done in all my life, but when that engine started this afternoon I felt like a little boy with my first bicycle... Let it be known: my engine 996 (3.4) started today at 1pm in my 1997 Boxster. Status: I started the engine with my existing DME (996.618.601.02) It still has the 2.5 programme in it and I will visit Porsche SA on Wednesday to load the 996 programme. (If the 996.618.601.02 cannot be re-programmed, I have a 996.618.601.04 will see on Wednesday.) I used a SPEC stage 2 clutch. The 996 flywheel does not fit with the Boxster 5 speed transmission so I used the Boxster's flywheel. Hope this will do. I want to thank everybody that so kindly assisted me with information. Special thanks to: Tholyoak Todd.. if it wasnt for you I would have never have attempted this. (Sorry for the mistaken identity at one stage and for that I accidently pi@@ed you off.) Qikqbn Bill... Thanks for your help and assistance. Loren for your directions... Renntech for have created this site. LA Dismantlers... initial not to good experience but eventually goods delivered as promised. I now hold thumbs that the engine is good for a few million miles.. Thanks again everybody. Pieter
  14. Hi Micheal, Thans for your reply. It just seems to be a waist to throw the 2.5 in the trash bin. Pieter I don't know if the cost of shipping your engine would eat up any possible cost savings, but perhaps you might put your 2.5 motor up for sale either as a whole or in parts (heads by themselves, for example). Someone might be interested if they can use your 2.5 as their "core" if they are getting a new 2.5. You might contact Jake Raby at Flat6innovations.com. He's always looking for motors. Regards, Maurice. Or shall I say a waste! (this project did let me loose a kilogram or two around the waist ..lol.) Thanks Maurice I will contact Jake Raby.
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