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Old 01-16-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
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Question "The Red Clip"

I have read in many after market publications and internet sites about the "red clip" that allows for the infra-red scanner to work as part of the alarm system when the top is down by engaging the "clip" in the lock on the windscreen header - it's a fairly large clip that would be easily seen by potential thieves and vandals - discouraging them from reaching in and removing the K40 of the windshield. The last article said it was a $5 dollar item available at the local Porsche parts department, however, my dealer knows nothing about it and said it must be an aftermarket part. Has anyone seen or purchased this "red clip" and where?
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Old 01-16-2006, 01:56 PM   #2
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You can get it from Suncoast. Shipping will cost more than the clip, so you may want to wait until you have other things to order. Actually, the clip is pretty small.
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The part number at Suncoast is 98650498600 and costs $3.95.
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:15 PM   #4
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tony, it's not large though.... just bright red. Mine is about 1.5 inches long, and about .75 inches wide or so.
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:27 PM   #5
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Thanks all. What's the Suncoast web address?
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Old 01-16-2006, 02:51 PM   #6
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Tony, I have one sitting here still in the wrapper that i have no use for. PM me your address and i will drop it in an envelope and it is yours.
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:10 PM   #7
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The "RED CLIP" is part of the speedster humps and can be purchased by itself
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Old 01-16-2006, 03:23 PM   #8
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Thanks all. What's the Suncoast web address?


www.suncoastporsche.com.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:51 PM   #9
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My local Porsche dealer didn't know about it either.
Just bring in the part # and they can order it for you from that.
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$3.95. Porsche should be shot.

I use to buy a bunch of them at a time for 50 cents to give to new owners who came to our events. At our Boxster tech sessions at my local dealer there would be a bag of them to take.

Trivia. You got the red clip if you ordered what options for a 986.
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$3.95. Porsche should be shot.

I use to buy a bunch of them at a time for 50 cents to give to new owners who came to our events. At our Boxster tech sessions at my local dealer there would be a bag of them to take.

Trivia. You got the red clip if you ordered what options for a 986.
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ANSWER: The Speedster Rear Option - Code: XAB...

The Red Clip was originally designed and intended to prevent accidental closing of the Top while the Speedster Humps were installed and was originally only available as part of that XAB Option Kit.

The Fact that it also falsely signaled the Alarm Control Module that the Top was in the Closed Position was incidental and resulted in energizing the Infared Passenger Compartment Monitor when the Car was locked...

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Humps is one option. There are others.
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:41 PM   #13
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Humps is one option. There are others.

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I believe that it is also used with the Hardtop and the Roof Rack System...

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No to hardtop, yes to roof rack. There is 1 option left, and it was a very uncommon option.
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No to hardtop, yes to roof rack. There is 1 option left, and it was a very uncommon option.

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Doooh.... Option Code X68 - Convertible Tonneau Cover...

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Old 01-16-2006, 09:55 PM   #16
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That's it. In the last years of the 986 this option was deleted by Porsche. I have seen only one local 986 (a 1999) that had it as a factory option.
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Doesn't seem to work

very well, I mean the sensor.

Is there a way to strengthen the "eye"?

I can lock my car, then wave my hand all around in the interior and the alarm will not go off.
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BobMarley:

I don't think you can increase the strength, angle or area covered by the sensor.

If you have the red clip on the car, top and windows down, and you lock your car with your remote, then wait about five minutes, it should sound the alarm when you try to reach into the car and take something out of your cubby holes in front of the shifter.

It will not keep someone from slipping their hand down the door and into the map pockets, rear storage area, or go off if someone pops out your rollbar inserts or windscreen... so be forewarned.

The center console below your elbow is covered by the alarm via a wire, however, so anything inside there is protected by your horn making a racket, if you want to call that protection.

FWIW - I rarely leave my top down, even when I'm at Starbucks and can sit outside and watch the car. Theives can rip you off 20 feet away and be gone in 5 seconds or less, taking your windscreen and rollbar inserts. Same goes for your radar detector, even though it will set off the alarm due to proximity to the sensors. It's just not worth the risk to lose hundreds of dollars of stuff. The red clip is good for what it's good for, but it ain't good for much IMO.
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very well, I mean the sensor.

Is there a way to strengthen the "eye"?

I can lock my car, then wave my hand all around in the interior and the alarm will not go off.
Hi,

How are you locking the Car? If you use the Key or Transmitter, it takes 10 sec. for the Passenger Compartment Montioring to activate (IR Sensor) - you'll see the Dash indicator and the Central Locking Switch LED flask 1/sec. for 10 sec. The Dash Indicator will then flash 1/2sec.

If you lock the Car using the Central Locking Switch on the Dash, the Passenger Compartment Monitoring Function (IR Sensor) is disabled.

I regularly lock the Car, Top Down, w/ Red Clip, Windows UP. You have to have the arms of a Gorilla (not that they're not out there) to reach inside. My IR Sensor is pretty sensitive. I was at an outdoor Cafe' and watched a Bee fly into the Car and it set off the Alarm in under 2 sec. Hope this helps...

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I forget, did anyone determine if these work on the 987? I think someone said they did.
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