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Old February 21st, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Smile Boxster 986 OBC upgrade

Hi Bay Area Boxster friends!
I am new to this forum, and glad to join. I have a 2000 Boxster 986, and a question: anyone locally able to help me install the four-stalk steering column part to activate the OBC? The dash display currently shows outdoor temperature, and according to what I read this should signify that the OBC is on board and able to be activated. I have bough a used 4-stalk (my 986 currently has the 3-stalk with cruise control.)

My local mechanic in Sunnyvale is willing to do the install, but for $800, I am interested in advice on whether this is a diy job for someone like me with little auto mechanical experience (or is $800 worth it to avoid the trouble?)

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 08:23 AM   #3
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You might try the "commercial offerings" page on this site and contact some of them for pricing.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #4
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I was looking to do this a while back but my car was still under CPO. I have talked with Alden at Flintworks. He was game. Why don't we see if we can get a group discount?

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Old February 26th, 2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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I haven't done this myself, but it looks like a pretty easy DIY project. It's been discussed at length on the Pelican Parts forum. There seems to be a need to build a simple wiring harness. The parts are described in the threads. Seems like a number of Boxster owners have done this. See this article: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarti...BC_upgrade.htm
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Old February 26th, 2013, 08:33 AM   #6
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I had mine activated and used a switch on the dash. Total cost was about $25. I bought a used garage door switch and some wiring. It fills one of the blanks that was previously there and not as convenient as a stalk was a lot cheaper and works fine.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #7
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I guess I should be more specific. I am looking to do OBC and cruise :-) on my 2003 with the four stalk
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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:24 PM   #8
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Your 2003 doesn't have cruise? I don't think I have ever been in a Boxster that didn't
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:58 AM   #9
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I've installed about 5 of these but using the button method. wouldn't think the stalk would be any harder. I installed offshores for him at flintworks. A nice prime rib dinner might do it for me...
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Old February 27th, 2013, 07:14 AM   #10
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I've installed about 5 of these but using the button method. wouldn't think the stalk would be any harder. I installed offshores for him at flintworks. A nice prime rib dinner might do it for me...
You've gone from lunch to prime rib dinner? Now that's inflation! LOL!
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