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Retrofitting 2005 capabilities to prior years

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I had the opportunity to drive an '05 Boxster the other day and while I was poking around the car, I noticed two things...

1. The Homelink control switches fit where the motion detector "eyes" are in my '02. The form factor is exactly the same as the eyes. Wouldn't it be nice to just plug in the homelink system right in? Does anyone have any idea if this would be possible? And what it might cost? My local dealer's parts guy looked at me with bug eyes when I asked :eek:

2. The '05 top allows you to move it up or down while moving. There are various aftermarket options out there but they are fairly pricey. Does anyone have any feel as to whether this feature could be implemented by simply replacing the top control relay ala' SmartTop? I'm guessing that Porsche's version might be cheaper than the SmartTop solution.

Any thoughts on the topic appreciated!


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At our open house I looked up under the dash to see what was different but it was too dark. According to the parts list the top now has 2 relays instead of 1. There is a relay to open and another to close.

If you were to put the homelink in then what would happen to the interior motion detector on a 986. The sales guy said the motion detector is now radar based so I guess that is why Porsche was able to use the eye locations for homelink.


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