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911 Cup Holder Installation
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

911 Cup Holder Installation

Bob Tindel

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$20-$40

Talent:

*

Tools:

Tape measure, masking tape, Sharpie, 7/16-inch socket and driver, Philips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 911 (1965-89)
Porsche 912 (1965-69)
Porsche 930 Turbo (1976-89)

Parts Required:

Aftermarket cupholder

Performance Gain:

Permits two hands on the steering wheel, since your beverage is in a cupholder

Complementary Modification:

Install a two-cupholder
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     Unfortunately, the manufacturer of this product is no longer producing these cup holders.  We have kept this technical article up on the site to support people who have purchased it in the past, but the cup holder is no longer available for sale as of December 2002.


    Well, finally, Pelican Parts has found a cupholder that is worthy of installation in your Porsche 911.  From every point of view-materials, function, aesthetics, and design-this cupholder is even better than the gee-whiz gadget in your friend's new Mercedes.  It is machined from heavy aluminum alloy stock, and then black anodized.  The brackets are also heavy-duty, and it has a spring-loaded ball detent to hold it open or closed.   It looks like it belongs in an F-16 jet fighter (Figure 1).  Best of all, you don't have to drill any holes to mount it.

     To begin installation, measure 2 1/2 inches to the right edge of the ashtray, and make a mark (Figure 2).  This will be the center point of the cupholder.  There are two parts to the bracket.  The upper part is the one with the thick portion on one end.  The other one, which is all the same thickness, is the lower part.  Insert the straight end of the lower part between the padded lower edge of the dash and the metal and push it firmly into place.  The right-angle end of the lower bracket goes toward the front of the car, pointing down (Figure 3).

     Place the top part of the bracket on the lower bracket, with the thick end toward the rear of the car (Figure 4).  The right-angle end of this part points down also.  The metal dash is "sandwiched" in between the parts of the bracket (Figure 5).  Insert the 7/16-bolt into the center hole in the brackets and tighten, ensuring that the bracket is perpendicular to the dash.  Extend the cupholder and mount it to the bracket with the sliding part down, using the Phillips-head screw provided.  Make any final adjustments in the position of the bracket and cupholder to clear the radio controls and glovebox, and tighten securely.

     When closed, the cupholder is very unobtrusive (Figure 6).  When opened, it is solid and steady (Figure 7).  Here it is loaded with my favorite cup full of Starbucks, ready to roll (Figure 8).

You can order the cup holder here!

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Comments and Suggestions:
Andy Comments: Throw a new roll of duct tape on the passenger seat - coffee from Dunkin etc in all sizes no handle of course drops right in...
June 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nice one. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Loy Comments: The cup holder on my 1999 996 Cab mechanism has failed. Any one have one to sell or suggestions. I would be happy removing the whole thing and gaining a bit of storage. Is there an after market replacement ? I see that there is one for the cd holder. Thanks
October 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We have a few articles on the Boxster that cover this (same cupholder). I would check our tech section there. I'll also have one of our salesguys contact you too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jack Gordon Comments: I bought one of these cupholders in 2005. I must say it is a very elegant design and works perfectly. It's unobtrusive, well within reach of the driver and pretty sturdy although a direct hit by a unobservant passenger will require 30 seconds of readjustment, only happened twice to me, both times my fault and lesson learned.

I'm sad that the guy who use to make it no longer does.

Jack Gordon
1996 993 Turbo
November 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, it was a neat piece of engineering, but it was a bit expensive for most people. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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