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GT3 Center Console Upgrade
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

GT3 Center Console Upgrade

Time:

2 hr

Tab:

$175

Talent:

**

Tools:

Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)

Parts Required:

GT3 console + trim cover

Hot Tip:

Great upgrade for tall people

Performance Gain:

More comfortable driving

Complementary Modification:

Install short shift kit
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The Boxster is one of the worst cars to drive if you're just a bit taller than normal.
Figure 1

The Boxster is one of the worst cars to drive if you're just a bit taller than normal. If your legs are just a little bit too long, you can remove the not-so-useful center console bins and install the GT3 cover in its place. The two parts that you need are 986-552-113-02-A10 (A10 is black, many other colors are available) and 986-552-241-02-A03 (plastic trim piece, black). At $175 for the pair, they are a bit expensive, but it if makes the car more drivable, then it's probably worth it. Begin the process by removing the two side trim panels: they simply pull off with a bit of force (green arrows). Also, pry out the plastic trim piece located under the center console tray (yellow arrow).

A- Next, pull away the carpet trim that is located on both sides of the console (green arrow).
Figure 2

A- Next, pull away the carpet trim that is located on both sides of the console (green arrow). Remove the screws that hold the center console to the chassis (red arrow and yellow arrow, two screws on each side of the console). B- With the screws disconnected, pull the console up and out of the car. You will have to shift the car into 2nd gear or put it in drive (Tiptronic transmission shown here) in order to gain enough clearance to remove the console. C- At this point, you need to remove the bracket that holds the center console to the chassis. Remove the shift knob and remove or lift up the entire center console: see Project 42 for instructions on how to accomplish this. You don't need to completely remove the entire center console, simply give yourself enough wiggle room to remove the bracket and install the new GT3 piece. With the console removed, remove the four nuts that hold the bracket to the center tunnel. D- Install the GT3 center console cover in place using two of the studs that formerly held in the console bracket. Reinstall the center console when you're done.

Shown here is the completed installation with lots of extra legroom for you.
Figure 3

Shown here is the completed installation with lots of extra legroom for you. The final step is to snap the plastic trim piece onto the center console (blue arrow).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Hineni Adonai Comments: How do you get the shifter knob off????
September 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle are you working on? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bmatthew Comments: As per TR6s comment above, I have my climate controls in the console on my 02 S as well, can we simply move the climate controls up to the cup holder location and then perform the console upgrade?
July 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, that should work. There is an article somewhere on the net that shows this conversion, but I don't have the exact link. I will copy this question to our Boxster forums, and perhaps someone there will know. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
TR6 Comments: Close to what I need, but, I drove a 2003 Boxster S and it has the AC controls in the console. I dont see those controls in this article. what did I miss, Can it still be done. I want a boxster but I'm one of those tall guys the article mentions.
July 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: As I mentioned in another comment, there is an article about this floating around the web. I will see if I can find a link and post it in our forums. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Brad Comments: Is there a similar "fix" for a 2005 Boxster?
February 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When I was writing the book, I tried to find information on whether there was a 2005+ option for the console delete, and I couldn't find any info definitively. However, I will copy this question to our forums and perhaps someone there will have some input or suggestions. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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