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Installed 997.1 Shift console in 02 C4S

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Replaced my stock shifter today in my 02 C4S with a new 997 OEM shifter. Took about 45 minutes including a thorough dust cleaning while I had everything apart. Porsche claims a 15% reduction in shift throw and you can definitely feel the difference. Biggest difference I noticed was the ease in which the car went into reverse. 1st to 2nd smooth as silk and remaining gears the same. A lot of bang for the buck IMHO. B)

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Sorry it's a little late for DIY pictures... but the steps are as follows, most of which can be found on this site with a search.

1. Ensure vehicle is on a level surface and car is in neutral and cannot roll backwards or forward.

2. Remove shift knob and boot from shift lever. (loosen allen bolt and pull up on knob, mine came right off but some folks have been known to get a black eye...)

3. Remove center console.

4. Disconnect both shift cables from shift console assy. Connectors at console frame have a metal tab that that is removed and then you can squeeze the connector and remove from frame assy. Connector attached to shifter assy is a spring loaded fitting that will release the shift cable when you push/pull back the connector. It will make sense when you look at the new shifter before installing. When you pull the connector back and compress the spring you give it a 1/4 turn and that locks it in place until you are ready to engage the shifter cable. Once engaged, turn the connector back a 1/4 turn releasing the spring and it locks the shift cable into place.

5. Remove (4) 10 mm nuts holding shifter console to floor of vehicle. You are now free to remove the old shifter console and replace with the new 997 version.

6. Now reinstall the shift cables as I described above. ( Note, there is a green alignment bracket that comes with the new shifter. This tool locks the shifter in the exact center so when you install the shifter cables you will get the alignment right.)

7. Row all the gears making sure that everything is smooth and nothing binds. In my case I was lucky and hit it right on the first time.

8. After ensuring everything is back in the correct place, reinstall the center console and shift boot/knob.

9. Go for a drive and feel pleased with the improved shift pattern and the knowledge you beat the "Stealer" again :renntech:

Hope this helps!

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