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1997 986 cruise retro?

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Hello folks,

I have read where some have been successful in retrofiting Boxsters with Cruise Control. I have not read where it has been done on a 1997. Just wondering if it is possible, and what parts I would need? Also, read that once done the computer needs to be reprogammed. Is this true and how much are we talking about at the dealer?



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It is a major job on a cable-throttle 986/996. I did it on my 1998 C2. You need the actuator, throttle pedal, 4-stalk unit, and plenty of time and patience!! Another guy on RennTech did it on his Boxster at the same time as me, and he did a DIY write-up which I helped him with. If you would like a copy, PM me.

It was so long ago that I can't remember if I had to code the cluster for cruise. I am fairly sure I didn't have to, as the only wire connected to the cluster is for the cruise readiness light.

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But if the car didn't come with the stalk, just turning on the OBC's CC won't do a thing.

That screen shot is applicable to MY '97 through '03 although the CC activation screen may be in the ECU or in the Cluster window depending on model year.

Happy Boxstering,


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On a non-eGas 986 or 996 none of the controls, or the actuator for the cruise are connected to the DME, so I don't think it needs coding there. I also don't think there is an option in the older instrument clusters to code for cruise. Although I wired mine to the OBD2 socket as per the factory wiring, there wasn't any diagnostics in the PST2 for it either.

Unlike the e-Gas cruise which connects to the DME and/or Instrument cluster, the mechanical cruise gets it's speed signal from the grey/pink wires, and controls the throttle pedal mechanically.

Edit: DIY attached.

Factory Cruise Control Retrofit for 1997-1999 complete.pdf

Edited by Richard Hamilton
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Man, you guys are awesome! :notworthy:

eBay has a 4-stalk right now, wondering if this one will work? Item #280546474449.

Honestly, I will do some more research, but i think this short conversation has already talked me out of it!

Thanks everyone,


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If you decide to install a cruise control, why not go the full monte and install the OBC too? You would need a four stalk switch asembly. The switch assembly I saw on e-Bay was a three stalk assembly.

Check out this thread:

Go down to post #14.


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