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Porsche Boxster Litronic Headlamp Kit Installation Page 1

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Porsche Boxster Litronic Headlamp Kit Installation Page 1


4-5 hours






Porsche Technical Information bulletin 9415, cotton towels, metric socket set, metric wrench set, Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, wire cutters, electric drill and bit to make a 3/4-inch hole, 5mm long Allen hex key, vacuum cleaner, paint primer, 10mm socket, tools from Porsche Boxster toolkit especially the headlight unlocking key, electrical tape, Porsche electrical pin removal tool (#87050 - not needed if you splice the wires), torque wrench, file, common wire splices, crimping tool, soldering iron, solder, T15 Torx

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Litronic headlight kit, lens for the corners (2), rubber rivet nuts for amp and CD changer (4), two 15-amp fuses for fuses A9 and A10

Performance Gain:

Brighter headlights that look better too

Complementary Modification:

Replace your taillights

Preface fromWayne:   Mike provides an excellent article (thanks Mike) for installing the Litronic Headlamp upgrade kit for the Boxster.  These installation instructions are also very similar for the comparable 993 and 996 kits as well.  Keep in mind that if you are thinking of purchasing a Boxster or 996, it is far better to have the Litronic system installed at the factory.  The factory system contains additional sensors and servos that adjust the beam of the HEIGHT according to the speed and suspension motion of the car.  The upgrade kit is a good aftermarket replacement and a fun project, and directly replaces the stock US-spec headlamps.

     There are many reasons for installing litronic (xenon) headlights on a boxster. Some people like the look of the lights. I like the look of the hardware itself. The litronics come with a clear turn signal instead of the standard orange.

     The procedure is remarkably simple to install them. You can just slide out the old, and slide in the new and be done with it. They work just fine that way, but you don't get one feature of the lights, that is the highbeam rotation. The module is supposed to rotate the normal beams up 1.5 degrees to augment the high beams when they are activated. This fills in the light below the high beams a bit better. Installing the control module is relatively simple, but does require some modest confidence working with electrical wiring.

     These litronics differ from the factory installed ones in two ways. First, the factory litronics will adjust the aim of the light to compensate for the car's suspension motions when accelerating and decelerating. That is, when braking, they will aim upwards a bit more so they keep pointing down the street instead of pointing at the ground.

     The second difference is that these litronics will not communicate with the computer to notify you of a fault in the system.

     This section of my site is divided into seven somewhat large pages with lots of pictures. Here's an index so you can get to them faster if you need to go back and forth.

Page 1 - Introduction (This page): Starting off, removing old lights
Page 2 - Removing the Rear Components: CD changer, amp
Page 3 - Removing the Trunk Liner
Page 4 - Parts provided in the kit
Page 5 - Wiring it up
Page 6 - Finishing up
Page 7 - Adjusting the Mounting Plate: Not normally needed, but it may come in handy

     This web site is not intended to replace the Porsche instructions. It is intended to supplement them. You should have a copy of Porsche Technical Information bulletin 9415 for the boxster. It comes in Binder 9, Electrics. I don't know what binder this is, all I got was a xerox copy from the dealer that sent it to me. If you don't have it, contact your dealer. If you're in a jam, you can email me and I might find a way to help out.

First, here's what I started with. Headlights with ugly orange on the bottom.

The first thing to do is to remove the old headlights. This is clearly explained in the owner's manual, and I won't go into too much detail. I recommend that you lay some cotton towels or some other non-scratching material (if you don't have a bra) to protect your paint. It's very easy to drop things on your car.

Essentially, you peel back the trunk liner, remove a rubber plug. . .

. . . insert the tool from the tool kit, and pop it out. Easy.

     Next step is to remove the rear components, like the CD changer if you have one, and the amp if you have one.

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