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996/Boxster Bra Installation

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996/Boxster Bra Installation

Bob Tindel


15 minutes15 mins







Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Colgan bra

Performance Gain:

Protects the front of your 996 from bugs and stone chips

Complementary Modification:

Colgan bra for the side mirrors
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    Pelican Parts is proud to offer the Colgan bra for all models of the Boxster & 996, with or without a cutout for a front license plate. This is the latest version of the Colgan bra, which does not extend above the headlights, so it has a smoother fit and cleaner look. The fit is perfect right out of the box. There is no need to re-bend any of the tabs-in fact the instructions packed with the bra specifically say not to do this.

     It is easier to fit the bra if it is warm, so put it out in the sun for a while before installation. This allows the material to stretch slightly, and conform better to the shape of the car.

     The bra consists of two pieces. The front of the hood slips into the hood piece like a letter into an envelope (Figure 1). It is held in place by two hooks, one on each side (Figure 2). After installation, you may wish to "roll" the front of this piece down slightly so the felt edging is not exposed when the hood is closed (Figure 3).

     The bumper piece has one small hook in the center with a cylindrical retainer on each side. These two retainers fit into the space between the hood and the top of the bumper cover when the hood is closed (Figure 4). Fasten the small hook in the center first (Figure 5), and then engage the four tabs on each side along the front edge of the wheel openings. Smooth out the bumper cover, position the cylindrical retainers in the groove at the front of the hood opening, and close the hood (Figure 6). The first time may be a bit difficult. Be careful to apply pressure gently so you don 't bend the hood. I use the heel of my hand, and press on the area between the hood badge and the front of the hood, which is a strong, reinforced part of the hood. I did not find it necessary to make any adjustment to the fit of the hood to install the bra.

     After you get the hood closed, fasten the two small hooks at the bottom rear of the bumper cover (Figure 7). It may be easier to use two hands for this, as these hooks are rather tight. Try pushing with the thumb of one hand on the elastic loop while using the fingers of the other hand to fasten the hook.

     Smooth out the bra for a good fit, and you are done (Figure 8). Installing the bra takes a few minutes the first time, but with just a little practice it is quick and easy to put the bra on or take it off.

     We also offer bras for the mirrors on your Boxster/996. These are a custom fit, with a tiny embossed Porsche logo. They have an elastic band around the edge to hold them in place, plus a Velcro strap to keep them precisely positioned (Figure 9). The mirrors can take a real beating, especially when driving on twisty roads, so the bra mirrors are a nice addition to the protection of your Porsche.

     The front bumper and hood of the Boxster & 996 are extremely vulnerable to stone chips, so I use the bra on my car for any long trips. It is easy to remove and store otherwise.

Help support this site with your purchases.  You can purchase the Bras featured in this article from our on-line catalog.

Comments and Suggestions:
jim Comments: I purchased the Colgan Bra for my 2000 Boxter-S. my advise is dont buy this bra. It has 2 cylindrical retainers that fit between the hood and the top of the bumper. There is absolutely NO WAY the hood will close with these retainers as they describe. The old Porsche bras had to snaps that attached to the tabs under the hood. This worked, the retainers on these bras wont work and you will be sending the bra back as i did.
April 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Michael Comments: I'm interested in purchasing for my 996 are they waterproof ?
March 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: To a point, I am sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Mark Comments: I have a 2011 Boxster 987 and looking for a bra to protect when on the track. Any suggestions? Otherwise - maybe clear bra is the way to go.
July 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The adhesive protectors are nice. I bet there is one out there custom cut to fit your vehicle..

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
von Comments: Thinking of buying a cayman, but I do not see a bra for the cayman on your website. Can you get it?
February 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Arthur Comments: Do you have colgan bra for boxster 981? Do you ship to singapore?
January 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes we do. Contact our sales department please through our message center, and they will be able to give you a price along with shipping costs for this. Thanks. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Andy Comments: Hi, can you advise what types of black car bras do you have available for a 2010 boxster. Can you ship to Australia?

Thanks and regards

June 17, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi there. We have custom car bras available for the Boxster here: They are all black. Thanks - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mark Comments: I just need bottom bra and not the hood bra. Can i purchase just the bottom.
September 20, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think that we can special order that. Give our sales guys a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can find out for you. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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