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  1. If the hard top hadn't been installed for over 20 years, the metal may have flexed so that it slightly out of shape. I expect that it needs time to conform to the shape of your car. I had a very difficult time fitting mine the first time, but subsequent installations have gone smoothly. By the way - this thread is a trip down memory lane for me.
  2. Check out my instructions for programming the gauge cluster: Gauge Cluster Programming You can copy your VIN and your mileage from the original cluster and paste them into the coding for the new cluster using a device called an EPROM programmer. The mileage is encrypted. You will need to copy and paste the encrypted code from the cluster. The VIN may not be necessary for an older car. On the new cars, not having the correct VIN in the cluster may cause a problem with the audio head unit.
  3. Nice upgrade. I had thought about swapping some 987 seats into my 986, but the deal fell through. When I was thinking about 987 seats, I was concerned that I would have trouble determining how to connect the heat, power and memory. It looks like you have conquered the power issue. Do you have heat and memory? I made several gradual upgrades to my unheated two-way power seats over the years. I went through several intermediate steps in my upgrade path and eventually ended up with a heated 12-way power seat on the driver's side and an 8-way heated seat for the passe
  4. I think you are right about the function of the 4 channel Haes amplifier. It would probably work well if you want to retain it to power the dash speakers (I hope the previous owner replaced those too) but I suggest you assess the pros and cons of an additional amp for the door and rear storage box speakers. I added a subwoofer and pair of rear-deck speakers to my 2005 Mercedes C230. I bought a "scratch and dent" 4-channel Kicker amplifier from Crutchfield for around $100 to power the speakers. I bridged two channels for the sub and the other two channels power the rear-deck spe
  5. When I installed my rear speakers (in the storage box behind the seat) I replaced the 4-channel amp with a 6-channel amp from a 996 Cabriolet. Is it possible that the wiring diagrams you reference in your statement that, "Several wiring diagrams suggest that a second (rear) channel may be available from the amp to drive any additional rear speakers, or a set of full-range door speakers," are 996 wiring diagrams? Please note that you can power rear speakers from the CDR 220 head unit. This article explains how to do it: Rear speaker install Since I completed my rear speaker insta
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. The first thing I would check is any cluster-related fuse. A friend of mine blew the fuse to his radio when he jump-started his Boxster. It sounds like you could have experienced a similar problem.
  10. 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/whi
  11. 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
  12. You should be able to find what you need in this: http://www.dennisvogel.com/heatedseats/
  13. 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-h
  14. 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-
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