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Old 08-06-2015, 02:48 AM   #1
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02 Boxster S RWD Porsche 986 GAUGES INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

hello !!

I would like to ask you if the below links fits to my boxster 2.7 2004

02 Boxster s rwd Porsche 986 Gauges Instrument Cluster 98664121401 180 625 | eBay


what is your opinion on that? replacing the GAUGES INSTRUMENT CLUSTER?

Mine is black and I would prefer to replace it to white as the link on ebay

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Old 08-06-2015, 04:59 AM   #2
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What year is your Boxster?
That gauge cluster should work for 01-04.

Why not do a 996 cluster upgrade?
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Old 08-06-2015, 05:28 AM   #3
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Looks like that cluster is for a Tip-Tragic car. Not sure what transmission you're running in your car, but that might be watch out for you.
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Old 08-06-2015, 06:40 AM   #4
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I believe that it will work. Before you buy it I would check the plugs on the back of your unit to varifiy they are the same color as the ones on the unit on eBay. However, you are going from a 2004 to a 2002 unit. I wouldn't be surprised if they made some cosmetic changes to the digital display. I would also figure another $100 to have the odometer reading changed to your Boxsters.

I agree with emore93.... shop around and find an aluminum (white) faced 2002/2004 996 cluster and install one of those. I did it and it was a tad over $500 all in as a DIY project.
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thanks you guys mine is triptronic, 2004 Boxster 986, with 48k miles !!!

Can this project marked as DYI? any reference manual available on the forum
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I believe that it will work. Before you buy it I would check the plugs on the back of your unit to varifiy they are the same color as the ones on the unit on eBay. However, you are going from a 2004 to a 2002 unit. I wouldn't be surprised if they made some cosmetic changes to the digital display. I would also figure another $100 to have the odometer reading changed to your Boxsters.

I agree with emore93.... shop around and find an aluminum (white) faced 2002/2004 996 cluster and install one of those. I did it and it was a tad over $500 all in as a DIY project.
Could you send me a photo of your 996 cluster? as well as a link from ebay lets say....

check this link out

Porsche 986 Boxster Instrument Control Panel Cluster Unit 2002 2004 Tiptronic | eBay

this fits 100% BUT what do they mean that the cluster has 110 k miles? will show the cluster milage or mine milage?
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The cars mileage is logged in the ECU and the cluster. In order to get the new cluster mileage to match your actual mileage, you will need to copy and paste the files from your cluster onto the new cluster using an EEPROM reader.
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:26 PM   #8
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The cars mileage is logged in the ECU and the cluster. In order to get the new cluster mileage to match your actual mileage, you will need to copy and paste the files from your cluster onto the new cluster using an EEPROM reader.
That works in the early clusters, but on the '01 and up the EEPROMs are encrypted, so you can't just read the EEPROM, modify it and rewrite it. If you are lucky and get the exact same part number and firmware revisions you _might_ be able to swap files, but in my experience that doesn't work.

It can still be done obviously, but you need more equipment and software to do it.

YMMV.

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Ah...I missed the post where he said his was an '04. I guess I should read a little better.
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thanks you guys mine is triptronic, 2004 Boxster 986, with 48k miles !!!

Can this project marked as DYI? any reference manual available on the forum
It is easily a DIY project. Here is a link from Pelican Parts.

Porsche Boxster 996 Gauge Cluster Upgrade - 986 / 987 (1997-08) - Pelican Parts Technical Article

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Could you send me a photo of your 996 cluster? as well as a link from ebay lets say....

check this link out

Porsche 986 Boxster Instrument Control Panel Cluster Unit 2002 2004 Tiptronic | eBay

this fits 100% BUT what do they mean that the cluster has 110 k miles? will show the cluster milage or mine milage?
I bought my 996 cluster from the same eBay vendor - qualityporscheparts. IMHO, they are great. I have bought several items from them.

The odometer can be sent in to have the miles reset to your cars. I used ODO-PRO.COM - Odo-Pro.com - The Digital Odometer Professionals.

I also added a leather cluster surround.

Here is a breakdown of my cost;

996 X71 Instrument Cluster* $250.00
996 Leather Surround $85.00
996 Hazard Button $20.53
Oil Sender $56.63
Wires $17.10
Re-Set Odometer $89.00

Total $518.26

*X71 Aluminum Face was an $855 Option in 2003




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Old 08-07-2015, 04:45 AM   #11
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Chuck - Your gauges look just like mine..except I have another 100,00 miles on my OD.
Did you have the steering wheel re-wrapped?

Mario - Talk to Qmulus. He might have an extra 996 gauge cluster laying around and may even be able to reset the mileage for you AND his connectors (for the oil sender & OBC) are the exact same as the ones used in our wiring harness. The ones called out in the Pelican article (VW part #) are close but are difficult to push into the connector.

If you are thinking about doing the upgrade, think about the OBC hack too.

See what you started?
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Chuck - Your gauges look just like mine..except I have another 100,000 miles on my OD.
Yeah... I have just over 26,000 miles on it now. I am working on driving it more. I couldn't enjoy it more when I do drive it. I am going to drive it to Rennsport next month so I should put some miles on it then.

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Did you have the steering wheel re-wrapped?
Oh yes.....

I have had CarsDream in Poland do four wheels for me. Top quality and great price.

www.carsdream.com



Here is a four spoke from the 993 Turbo I owned.

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you have done an impreesive fantastic project completed!! In case that I fail in any step I have no support in Cyprus, have to ask for assistance from the oficial dealer first!!!

thank you all !!

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It is easily a DIY project. Here is a link from Pelican Parts.

Porsche Boxster 996 Gauge Cluster Upgrade - 986 / 987 (1997-08) - Pelican Parts Technical Article



I bought my 996 cluster from the same eBay vendor - qualityporscheparts. IMHO, they are great. I have bought several items from them.

The odometer can be sent in to have the miles reset to your cars. I used ODO-PRO.COM - Odo-Pro.com - The Digital Odometer Professionals.

I also added a leather cluster surround.

Here is a breakdown of my cost;

996 X71 Instrument Cluster* $250.00
996 Leather Surround $85.00
996 Hazard Button $20.53
Oil Sender $56.63
Wires $17.10
Re-Set Odometer $89.00

Total $518.26

*X71 Aluminum Face was an $855 Option in 2003





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