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  1. Following on from my successful retrofit of cruise control a while back (http://www.BoXa.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=61570&hl=) the next mod I wanted to tackle was the installation of a 996 instrument cluster. I had a few reasons for wanting to do this: - I liked the idea of having the oil pressure gauge. My old MX5 used to have one, my MGB has one and it's nice so see exactly what the oil pressure is at any given time. - I liked the idea of having a voltmeter. Again, my MGB has one and since I had the alternator fail on the Boxster a year or so ago, it's nice to see things are working as they should! - I prefer the look of the 996 dials. They are very similar of course but I prefer the typeface/font used on the 996 dials. - I already have the full leather interior with the nice stiching on various parts of the interior but Porsche seemed to cheap out on the Boxster's instrument cowl with just a thin covering of leather on the top surface while the 996 has a nicely stiched leather covering. Anyway, decision made, I set about researching what parts would be necessary and what work would be required to carry out the job. I found a number of reasonable guides online and one in the Pelican Parts '101 Projects for your Porsche Boxster' book. For example: - Pelican Parts Website: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/90-ELEC-996_Cluster/90-ELEC-996_Cluster.htm - 986forum.com: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/43017-carrera-gauge-swap.html So the physical installation seemed pretty simple. At a basic level, the 996 instrument cluster installation is pretty much plug and play albeit with the addition of one cable and an updated oil pressure sender unit for the oil pressure gauge. And then there is some coding necessary to finish the job properly, though the cluster does seem to basically function without any extra coding. So, what follows is my experience of installing a 996 instrument cluster in my MY2000 2.7 Boxster. The main steps I had to go through were: - Obtain a suitable 996 instrument cluster - Obtain a suitable 996 instrument cluster cowl to match my interior colour - Install the 996 oil pressure sender unit - Run a single cable from the new oil pressure sender to the instrument cluster - Perform some recoding on the instrument cluser to keep a PST2/PIWIS2 happy - Fit the 996 instrument cluster - Sit back and have a beer! As before, I would like to make clear is that is merely my experience. I am certainly not a qualified expert in this field but I did get a successful outcome after doing research and using a decent amount of logical thought and common sense. If you wish to go ahead and do the same, it is at your own risk! :-) Also, this is quite a lengthy report. Sorry if it seems a bit long winded but I wanted to include as much detail of my experience as possible in the hope that others might find it useful.
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