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    Laval Quebec Canada
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    Boxster S 2000
  1. Will be doing my first oil change on my boxster s 2000. The car has been stored for the winter and never started. It is in my garage heated at 60 deg. I see some posts saying it is better to drain the oil while hot, but is it ok to drain it cold? Since the car hasn't been started since the last 5 months I figured all dirt etc is sitting at the bottom and probably better not to start before changing. Also saw posts mentioning it takes approx 8 liters and others up to 9.5 liters. Is this because of the oil cooler? is it better to drain that also?
  2. I have installed 4" Alpine Sps-400 for the dash. Car already had The rear speaker kit when I Bought it and 5-1/4" MB Quartz in the doors. The rear speakers are powered by the head unit All others I installed a PDX-5 Alpine amplifier.
  3. I wanted to do a subwoofer install in the footwell. I read a lot about enclosures in the footwell made out of fiberglass. My problem is the car is stored for the winter in the garage and did not want to get the fiberglass smell all over the house and in the car for months. So I tried doing one out of MDF. The total enclosure is .15 cubic feet which is the minimum recommended enclosure for a pioneer TS-SW841D 8" shallow mount subwoofer. As for sound I didn't expect much, but was amazingly surprised of the bass I got from this install. Like mentioned before the car is in the garage therefore did not drive it with the top down yet but I am sure I will be satisfied. After all the engine is the most important sound to listen to. The system is more for long highway drives... So this is what I did: First I cut out a cardboard shape of where the sub will go and traced it on a 3/4" MDF board. Then did the sides out of same MDF. The sides are 2 -1/2" high. Used carpenter glue and a brad nailer to assemble. You can see here space available when sub is in the enclosure. This is the finished piece with carpet. Then filled with Polyfill I got from Walmart. This is what it looks like when installed. I did not use any velcro or anything yet since it fits snug in place, and doesn't seem like it will move. I got my wife to get in the car not telling her about the sub and she did not seem it was in the way. If you want to see a few more pictures you can go to http://s671.photobuc...sche/subwoofer/ Hope it helps. If you have any questions I will be glad to help. Thanks
  4. Thanks for the suggestion Gary. Didn't think about it since the Alpines did not come with any I thought others wouldn't either. But for others who might attempt this project and could find already made grills do get them. It will make a neater job.
  5. Thought I would share how I made my dash speaker grill for the 2000 Boxster S I have a lot of carbon fiber inside the car therefore wanted something that would match with the existing look. I did not have any existing speakers in the dash, therefore could not modify the casing for my Alpine SPS-400. So instead of making a bracket for the existing grill I made my own. Hope it is OK to have a step by step write up here. Thought it might help others, and it is my way to contribute to the community for all the answers I got here... First I traced the opening with some paper, and cut out from 1/4" MDF. Yes I know I should paint my garage floor... I then made a smaller piece to fit snug inside the dash opening, cut out the areas that were obstructed by the inside and glued them together. And cut out the opening with a 4" holesaw. To make the grill I bought some 6x9 cheap metal grills. Used the cutoff from the holes made from the holesaw to shape the grill. To make sure I got I thight fit when installing I put a small metal bracket to hold the grill in place. With the 2 x 1/4"MDF it was the perfect height. Then wraped the Carbon fiber 3M vinyl around the grill. Look is almost identical to existing real carbon figer in car, biggest difference is the original is very shinny. Could have used lacquer but decided to keep it as is. Installed foam that came with speaker, and screwed on the Alpines. After screwing them on the sides you must bend over 2 of the speaker ears or it will not fit in opening. And this is what the grill looks like when installed. Love the sound of these little Alpines. Voila!!!Now off to make a subwoofer box
  6. Ok there are 7 wires. yes they all come from stalk. They are all bundled together which seems to come from lower left hand side of right side of stalk. The stalk is the 4 stalk therefore with cruise control. But car originally had 2 stalk and no cruise control. The colors are 2 yellow, 2 blue, 1 brown with white stripe, one white with brown stripe, 1 blk.(I am guessing here since the dash is all closed up again. I did follow this link already and does are the wires and plugs I bought, but doesn't say what colors coming from stalk since it just says to connect to plug from stalk. The only way to really see the wires is to remove lower and upper steering column housing and the steering wheel fascia, but this entails removing the steering wheel and all which I was trying to avoid since the stalk is installed. Thought these would be standard colors that someone would recognize but I guess not. Thanks anyways, car will come out of storage in next few weeks, and I am also re-doing the sound system so if I have to remove the steering wheel it will probably be a project postponed to next winter.
  7. Ok Diagram a little too complicated for me. Can anyone who does this mod next take note of where color wires go to plug. Thanks
  8. Bought boxster S 2000 last year. Previous owner started doing the OBC hack. He installed the 4 stalk but never did the wiring part. He activated the feature since the temperature is shown in dash. Ok so I bought all the wires and plug necessary. Removed the instrument pod., and found a whole bunch of cut wires. I guess this is where the 999.650.056.40 connector goes. ( btw the part number has changed to 999-650-513-40, hope it is the same) I see the wires are going towards the stalk but not exactly sure where. Since the 4 stalk has already been installed I didn't start removing the steering wheel and all. Can anyone identify the wires by their colors? Should there have been a plug at the end of this? These wire go connected to the white plug shown as per instructions but got no clue where they go... BTW how do I open up the plug to get my wires to connected? Any help appreciated
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