Here are pictures of my 2000 Boxster S project car I had the time to do a full inspection on a Sunday at home as I could only work on her on my spare time which I don't have much but having it at home will give me the opportunity to work on her after my work days at Maxspeed-Motorsports without blocking access to our facility, so I just like to be like all of yous out there spend some time doing some work and mods at home whenever I have some spare time.
Everything I will do on this car I will try to document as much as possible so you can possibly do this same work yourself on your Boxster, some parts used are available right here on maxspeed-motorsports.com we will be happy provide you with the parts you need to maintain and modify your Porsche.
First thing I did is obviously changed the oil, just to free my conscience as I had no clue when the last oil change was done. I then hooked up my piwis scanner to do a health check on her, turns out all was fine. From there a complete tune up was performed, I replaced the spark plugs, drive belt, replaced the air filter with a much better air filter a BMC air filter and performed a de-snorkle hack (Search Google "Porsche Boxster 986 De-Snorkel) , the filter and de-snorkel give me some much better flow and nicer engine sound at WOT, I replaced all liquids; Antifreeze, Brake Fluid with the exception of 6 speed transmission oil. I also replaced the oil separator as it also needed to be replaced (common failure on Boxster 986) and I also forgot to mention when I dumped the oil I cut up the filter to make sure all was good and no metal debris were present. I moved to the exterior maintenance, replaced much needed windshield wiper blades and also replaced Cabin Air Filter which is forgotten by most people. I then moved to the brakes which I had already fluhsed the system but noticed that the brake pads where in bad shape and discs were in final stages so I redid all the brakes I mean everything; rotors, pads, shims, springs, sensors. Tires also needed replacement but I figured stock wheels are coming off anyways upgrading to 19's so that wasn't much of a concern for me. After my tune up and brakes were done I took her for a good road test and kicked its ass and she responded just like a well maintained porsche would respond the tune up was much needed the car ran much but much better.
I then moved to the exterior finish and the front bumper needed to be repainted , I didn't care about the rear bumper as I was going to replace it anyways with a 2nd Generation Boxster 986 bumper which IMO looks way better, I wanted to stick to a poly urethane bumper I'm no big fan of fiberglass bumpers, once I got the front bumper repainted I added the EZ-LIP by adding the EZ-LIP i managed to obtain an acceptable look cause I didn't really spot a bumper I really wanted meaning poly urethane aftermarket bumpers there's not much available, the rear bumper I picked up a used Artic Silver bumper in very good shape and proceeded to install it. I then replaced the side air vents with 2nd generation air vents (2003+) , I also replaced the convertible top with a glass window top in burgundy red to kind of give it that unique look , I ended up doing window tints as well. And one day I shined the sh*t out of her to bring the paint back to life, I first gave her a good wash used clay bar to clean up the paint and waxed her with some good stuff. Next I had to ledify this car I started with smoked LED Tail Lights , Led Sidemarkers, Led 3rd brake Light, Led Black Housing headlights with HID Xenon Kit and finally replaced every single bulb in the car with Led Bulbs , now something was happening it was becoming unique to my eyes well not really that unique but not many around like this one. I worked my way to the Sportec 19inch Wheels and 7mm wheel spacers all around, I then dropped the suspension and used H&R springs to lower the suspension... sweet looked amazing and handled very well with the addition of our 986 Carbon Fiber Strut Brace. Then I moved to performance, I replaced the complete exhaust system with NHP 986 Boxster Full Exhaust to get 30 more HP and possibly more with the Softronic ECU Tune, she sounds really great and with the ECU Tune she is much faster at higher RPM band with improved torque lines.
Last I worked the interior, I installed some nice Carbon Fiber Door Sills, had my center console painted in Artic Silver, installed a Spoiler Switch , installed a Short Shifter , changed the Shift Knob and Boot + Handbrake. Of course I did clean the interior to the extreme I mean I removed the seats and stuff and made her brand new again finally Audio upgrade replaced the head unit and speakers to get a better sound.
Just for the sake of this article, some may say that I've written this to push my products, of course in a way I did that's what puts bread on the table for me, but the truth is I am very passionate just like you are.
Guys I may have forgotten certain details for sure, it's late and writing this with the very little time I have in a day. I hope you enjoyed this article post your comments or questions I will be happy to join the conversation.
Oh last but not least if you wonder how much did all this cost ? Well obviously doing the work all myself save me quite a few benjamins but still at the end of the day a couple thousands it didn't come free.