Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-04-2003, 08:06 PM   #1
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: S. OREGON
Posts: 8
Question computer retrofit

Anybody know anything about retrofitting the computer option in a 2000 ?
doubl a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2003, 11:11 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose
Posts: 1,889
If you mean the OBC aka trip computer, I have done about 30 of them. From 1997-2003. With stalk and with switch. We video taped 3 installs and they will out someday on a dvd. Jeff
Tool Pants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2003, 04:26 PM   #3
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: S. OREGON
Posts: 8
Thanks Jeff. How much do the parts cost and is it any more tricky/technical than installing a disc changer ? Andre
doubl a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2003, 07:46 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose
Posts: 1,889
About $170 with the stalk and $35 with a switch. Also filmed a cd changer and rear speaker kit install, B&M, and a few other projects. With a stalk you have to remove the air bag and sterring wheel and this bothers some people, but we cover it all in detail on the tape. Now if I can just get my video editors away from their real jobs so we can transfer it to a dvd. Jeff
Tool Pants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2003, 11:28 AM   #5
Registered User
 
donv's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: NW of Boston, MA
Posts: 697
Any tips on how to approach the dealer service staff re: turning on the new functionality via the service computer? I tried the "temp display" move at purchase time but was politely declined...
donv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2003, 04:31 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose
Posts: 1,889
You have to understand that in Porsche eyes the trip computer retrofit does not exist. And some dealers say it cannot be done, which I find funny since I have done so many.

All I can tell you is my friend Peter is the shop manager at my local dealer. He is the Boxster PCA tech advisor, goes around the country giving Boxster tech sessions, owns a Boxster, and he wrote the retrofit instuctions which he gave to me years ago which are now out on the net. We just ask Peter to turn it on. Come to San Jose and he will do it for you - or try another dealer local to you.

Keep in mind that on a 2001-2003 you will not see anything when it is turned on - only once you have added the stalk or switch will you see anything. Also the instrument cluster software changed in 2003 and Peter could not turn it on on some 2003s but then he figured out why and has no problem turning it on. Jeff
Tool Pants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2004, 05:59 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Posts: 160
Tool Pants: Can it be turned on in a 2004? Thanks!!!
__________________
Peter
PeterJoyce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2004, 06:48 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose
Posts: 1,889
How do you people find this old stuff. It has been done on 4 2003s, 2 of which I did. The others I helped over the internet. Nothing changed in 2004.
Tool Pants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2004, 07:39 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Pilot2519j's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Huntersville, NC
Posts: 655
How much does this cost to do Tool Pants? Considering doing it. I have a 2003S
__________________
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate
Pilot2519j is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2004, 08:20 PM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose
Posts: 1,889
The price has not changed. You need the trip computer turned on with a PST2. Some dealers may charge you $50 for it. But I know someone(s) that have it. There was a software change in the instrument cluster for MY03 so an extra step is necessary and none of the dealers know about this and will tell you it cannot be done.
Tool Pants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2004, 09:28 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Posts: 160
I foud it so that I would not have to start a new thread. I hate fourems with millions of threads.
__________________
Peter
PeterJoyce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2005, 01:06 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Question 2004 Boxster S OBC Upgrade

Can this mod be done to a 2004 Boxster S and has anyone done this ??
Nick_USA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2005, 02:21 PM   #13
Ex Esso kid
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 1,605
Tool Pants, you are a great resource of wisdom, I have lkearned a lot from your posts at PP. Anyhow, will you inform us on the CD's availablility? I'd like to see that B&M swap, BTW, do you like the B&M product?
Ghostrider 310 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2005, 04:47 PM   #14
Registered User
 
Brucelee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 8,083
Thanks for all your help, Toolpants!

__________________
Rich Belloff

Brucelee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2005, 05:08 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 294
I did it on my 03S, works great, takes about 15 minutes. The key is getting the right wires, there's a WV part number you can order online, they're about $3 each and you need two. They are slecial because the connector on the end fits into the harness behins the instrument cluster.

So, two wires cut in half gives you four connectors, you take out the console, stick them in the approriate slots and extend the wires to the dash area. That gives you the ability to control all of the OBC functions via four momentary switches, two dash switched or the stalk. I also saw one install where someone put a Tiptronic wheel on a standard car and used the shifter buttons to control the OBC.

Chris.
ukchris is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page