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If you want to DIY the programming the instructions are in this thread: Cluster Upgrade - Rennlist - Porsche Discussion Forums RENNLIST.COM Boxster & Boxster S (986) Forum - Cluster Upgrade - Was considering a 996 cluster upgrade for my 1999 Boxster base. There is some confusion as to whether the cluster needs to be reprogrammed to work in the boxster. I know mileage correction is necessary but there's talk about adding Vin...
This thread on Rennlist discusses transplanting a 996 cluster into a 986: https://rennlist.com/forums/boxster-and-boxster-s-986-forum/1144355-cluster-upgrade.html#post15876755 It includes instructions for transferring mileage and VIN information between clusters.
Here's a link that I was planning to use as my starting point: Pelican Technical Article: Installing 997 Seats Into a 986 Boxster WWW.PELICANPARTS.COM In this article we'll show how to install 997 seats into a 986 Boxster Unfortunately, I was unable to purchase the seats (the seller was driving from Canada to Road Atlanta and I was planning to meet him in Roanoke. One of his companions was supposed to put the seats in his trailer, but forgot.) Therefore, I don't have any first-hand knowledge to share. I later found a set of seats (12-way driver, 8-way passenger) from a 996 Turbo that had been converted to a race car and installed them instead. I have attached the (rough) notes that I compiled before I changed plans and the 987 wiring diagram. I have some wiring and connectors from a 987 that I had planned to use in the project. Let me know if you think they will be useful. I recently adapted a set of Mercedes C63 AMG seats to work in the 2005 Mercedes C230 that I use as a daily driver. You can read about it here: Seat swap - 2009 C63 - MBWorld.org Forums MBWORLD.ORG C-Class (W203) - Seat swap - 2009 C63 - I will be meeting with a guy who is parting out a 2005 C230 some time this week. I need to replace the front wheel liners and I will also be looking to see if he has any trim that can upgrade some of my cosmetically challenged parts. The seller told me that... The seats in my Mercedes and Porsche work differently, but you may be able to glean something useful from my false starts and eventual (but delayed) completions of the project. I think you will be facing some of the same issues I encountered putting later generation seats into an earlier car. Because my C230 did not come with memory seats, I decided it would be too expensive and perhaps not technically feasible to make use of the memory function in the C63 seats. Mercedes uses a Canbus system to send data such as the signals that control seat memory. through out the car. If Porsche adopted a similar system, you may be in for quite a challenge. In addition to the seat motors, you will need to deal with the air-bag related seat occupancy sensor. If the 07 Caymans have the side impact air bags in the seats, you will need to ensure that you deal with them safely. If the seats are heated, that will be another challenge. Good luck with your project. Cayman seat info.pdf Cayman(987) 2006 Wiring Diagram - CU Seats.pdf
I'm not an expert on electronics, so please use my advice with caution. I did use Denis Vogel's instructions to install heated seats in my car, and based on that experience, I am offering these suggestions. Here's a link to a picture of the seat heater relay with the wiring: Seat Heater Relay with Wiring There are 7 wires: Red/White 2 brown Red/yellow Yellow/white Black/yellow Red/violet The red/white is power and the brown is ground. The other wires are the control wires from the switches. The red/white wire leaves the relay and goes to a connector that has the wire for routing current through the heating pad in the seat back. Another red/white wire comes out of the connector and goes to another connector to provide current for the heating pad in the seat bottom. A brown wire exits that connector and runs to the ground in the relay. I think what you need to do is connect the red wire (which I think is power) in your heating pads to the red/white wire from the relay and the black (ground) wire from your heating pads to the brown wire of the relay. You want to hook the heating elements for the seat back and seat bottom in series so that the current flows through one and then the other. The control wires will be connected as outlined in Denis Vogels' instructions.
Hi, I'm embarking on a project to install heated 12-way memory seats from an 07 Cayman into my 986 Boxster. I've found some guidance on how to do it, but I am searching for better options. In order to make sure I'm doing thorough research, I need access to the wiring diagram for the 07 Cayman seats. Does anyone have the diagram or can tell me where to find it? Thanks, Kevin
Try Palo Alto Speedometer and North Hollywood Speedometer. I have seen several posts from folks who indicate that they have reset mileage on a replacement cluster. You could also reprogram a cluster yourself by copying files from your cluster to the replacement. You can find iinformation in these threads: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/43017-carrera-gauge-swap.html http://rennlist.com/forums/boxster-and-boxster-s-986-forum/915925-programming-a-996-cluster-to-work-in-a-986-a.html http://www.boxa.net/forum/index.php?/topic/62435-how-to-upgrade-to-a-996-instrument-cluster/
I did the same thing when I installed my Pioneer double din unit. Because the part is exposed to a lot of sun, I think mine became brittle. I may also be a little clumsy. I bought a replacement from Sunset Imports. The part number they quoted was 996-552-181-04-A03. The price was $24.32 in 2010. I think the "A03" is the color code for black. There is a guy in your area who sells parts from wrecked Porsches named John Wood. I would try him first to see if he can help you. Here's a link to a thread he has on the 986 Forum: http://986forum.com/forums/boxster-parts-sale-wanted/52469-parting-out-whole-lot-boxsters.html
Check post # 13 on this thread: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/51283-does-anyone-know-vss-wire-02-bose.html It shows a tip for removing one of the ventilation system ducts that makes moving the control easier. It also shows some photos that I took when I had my center console disassembled. I moved my controls down to make room for a double DIN navigation unit. Since the wire harness was long enough to move the control from the top to the bottom, I'm assuming that there is enough harness to move it the other way. Moving the cable up on the passenger side should be easier than on the drivers side. You will need to disconnect the connectors from the back of the unit, but when you look at it the technique should be obvious. There is also some good information in this tutorial: I think I may have the mounting hardware in my garage from the top position. Let me know if you are interested and I check my garage.
http://www.renntech.org/forums/tutorials/article/153-yet-another-way-to-add-a-homelink-device/ I used this tutorial to add a Homelink to my 986. I realize that this uses a Homelink system from an older U.S. car, but it may provide some hints for your project. Good luck.
Here are a few suggestions: Is there more than one fuse for the cluster? If there is, maybe one of them blew during the battery work. There are three connectors at the back of the cluster, maybe one of them needs to be re-seated. Here's a link to an article with instructions: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/90-ELEC-996_Cluster/90-ELEC-996_Cluster.htm Go to the bottom of the article. There is a picture illustrating the process. Spare parts for replacing the center and right lcd's recently came on the market. Here's some information: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/60992-fyi-new-replacement-lcds-now-available.html I haven't seen parts for the left one, which unfortunately is the one you need. Good luck.
I had the same problem with mine. The display is actually an LCD (liquid crystal display). The later cars did have LEDs. I did quite a bit of research on the topic when I was installing a 996 gauge cluster in my 2000 Boxster. You can read about it here: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/43017-carrera-gauge-swap.html Here's a post on LCD repair: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/60005-gauge-cluster-lcd-repair.html As you can see from my post, removing and re-soldering the ribbon that holds the lcd in place is a skilled job, but it looks like it can be done. The problem you will face is, as JFP points out, that the repair parts are not available. If I was in your position I would attempt to find another damaged cluster. Find one with a a good oil gague lcd and maybe one of the shop mentioned in the cluster repair thread can fix it. There is a guy on the 986 forum that is parting out a lot of Boxsters and Carreras. http://986forum.com/forums/boxster-parts-sale-wanted/52469-parting-out-whole-lot-boxsters.html He may have a cluster that you could use. You can re-program them with the data from your cluster. You can find the instructions for programming here: http://rennlist.com/forums/boxster-and-boxster-s-986-forum/915925-programming-a-996-cluster-to-work-in-a-986-a.html Good luck.