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Old 07-11-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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996 bumper and lights on 986

It might be a little expensive, but is it possible to replace the front bumper and headlights of a 986 with those off of a 996 turbo? The later ('03-'04ish) headlights of the 996 are a little different and dip down into the bumper so both the lights and bumper would have to be replaced.
I always was under the impression that the 986 and 996 were pretty much the same car from the windshield forward so I think it should work.
Has anyone tried it or has some pics to share?

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Old 07-11-2008, 01:54 PM   #2
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It is possible they even sell the parts in a package deal on ebay for around $4000 however you have to get the front side panels replaced to as well as the bumper, the lights, and the light housings.
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Talk to screen name "Jeph" on here, he did it. A lot of boxster owners do it, just takes some coin. Even more 996 MK1 owners do it to update the look of their 996's.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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Have a look through Excellence magazine. There's a company that always advertises in there selling a turbo-look bumper that fits the 986 without swapping lights or fenders.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:21 AM   #6
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I guess I was correct to assume it would cost a few bucks. But Jeph, your Boxster does look mighty fine.
I think I have been paying too much attention to the old biker mantra, "Stock Sucks".
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Jeph, IMHO, your Boxster is one of the sharpest looking I have seen. I wish they'd upgraded the Box with those lights from the factory. Looks like a real beast.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:01 PM   #8
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tamarsha, 9eighty6 -I love you guys. Thanks for the compliments! I'm really pleased with the way the car turned out.

Surprising how such a subtle change can make it look dramatically different...
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Surprising how such a dra$tic change can make it look subtly different?

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