10 Easy Boxster Upgrades

10 Boxster Easy Upgrades

Here is a list of 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades to improve the looks of your car, add functionality, and personalize your Boxster experience. This list of “low hanging” upgrades that are easy to do and very low cost.

1. Porsche Racing Pedals

Racing Pedals with Porsche Branding are a Boxster Easy Upgrade
Racing Pedals with Porsche Branding

This was one of my first upgrades to my 987.2 Boxster. I ordered this upgrade from SuncoastParts.COM. I received the parts in a couple of days and installed the new pedals in under an hour. The hardest part of the install was drilling the mounting holes in the base clutch and brake levers.

I can no longer find this upgrade on Suncoast Parts, as I think there was an issue that the pedals came with Porsche branding on them. However, you will have no issues finding these aluminum Porsche Racing Pedals on Ebay.

I am very happy with these pedals (pictured above) and have been using them for over 10 years. I even find heel and toe shifting easier than using the stock pedals.

Old Original 987.2 Pedal Cap
Old Original 987.2 Pedal Caps

1(b) Racing Track Pedals

If you are serious about the upgrade to racing pedals and plan on tracking your Boxster I would strongly recommend getting a set of pedals from Rennline.

Rennline Racing Pedals (and floor boards) for the ultimate Boxster Easy Upgrade
Rennline Racing Pedals (and floor boards)

This is a true Heel and Toe Pedal set, as it comes with additional tabs on the upper and lower parts of the throttle pedal. The tabs are colored red in the photo above.

Expect to pay more than 4 times (4x) the amount of the original pedal option first recommended. However, Rennline gives you just a ton of options including rubber grip or perforated pedals.

  • All billet aluminum and 300 series stainless steel construction and compensates.
  • Eliminates factory plastic hinge and mount that are notorious to fatigue and failure.
  • Integrated hinge incorporates bronze bearings impregnated with 19% SAE 30 oil
  • Dramatically improves heel and toe driving by allowing for individual driver ergonomic adjustments
  • Spherical rod end and stainless steel linkage that utilizes OEM cable cams (996/986)
  • Precision machined socket that accepts factory potentiometer arm (987/997/991/Pano)
  • Removable throttle extensions
  • Pedal covers are available in black and silver
  • Pedal extensions available in red, black or silver
  • Rubber grips are removable to give you a smooth pedal surface if desired

2. 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades – Trunk Liners

I use my Boxster as my Daily Driver during the summer months. I often do all of my day to day shopping and as a result, it was a “must-have” to purchase quality trunk liners.

Porsche Front Trunk Protection Liner is a mandatory Boxster Easy Upgrade
Porsche Front Trunk Protection Liner

For the Front or Frunk compartment I purchase the Porsche Branded liner. At some PCA (Porsche Club of America) events, drivers use this liner as a cooler and fill it with ice to serve beverages out of.

For the rear trunk, you cannot beat the Porsche rear cargo liner. You cannot beat this option for fit and functionality. It has definitely saved me from a few grocery and horticulture spills on the drive home.

Porsche Rear Trunk Protection Liner
Porsche Rear Trunk Protection Liner

Both these upgrades preserve the interior of your trunk compartments and you can install them in seconds.

3. Hood Liners (Das Schild)

If you plan on the heavy use of your trunk compartments then it is recommended to get good hood liners (front and back) for your Boxster.

Das Schild Front Hood Protector Liner
Das Schild Front Hood Protector Liner

Many owners have had the unfortunate experience of closing the hood on a sharp edge of a box or cargo only to put a major dent in their hood. This is a very common problem. It is a shame when you see damage from accidental denting.

Das Schild comes with the highest Porsche community recommendations, and comes with an option for both the front and rear trunk hoods.

Das Schild Rear Hood Protector on a 987.2
Das Schild Rear Hood Protector on a 987.2 – 8 Years of Use
Front aftermarket Lid Liner for Porsche Cayman 987 ('05-'11)
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Front aftermarket Lid Liner for Porsche Cayman 987 ('05-'11)
  • Protects your exposed Porsche Cayman lids from damage caused by stored cargo
  • Porsche Cayman 987-(2005-2011)
  • No drilling, 5 minute install with supplied retainer clips
  • Factory matching finish is fire, heat and chemical resistant
  • Lifetime Guarantee-pack it in!

4. 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades – Radiator Grilles

I have cleaned my radiators once, and now never again. Ben Burner does an excellent overview of the cleaning the Boxster Radiators and it is outlined in this linked article.

Depending on where and when you drive, you can experience a lot of road debris collecting in your radiators. You have to do the cleaning to actually appreciate just how much debris can collect in your radiators, and thus this upgrade is on the 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades list.

Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster S 986 - Outer Grill Set - Black Finish (1996 to 2004)
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Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster S 986 - Outer Grill Set - Black Finish (1996 to 2004)
  • Zunsport Compatible With Porsche Boxster S 986 - Outer Grill Set - Black finish (1996 to 2004)
  • Number 1 Market Leader
  • Easy to install & Styled For Protection
  • 100% brand new and high quality
  • Free International Delivery
Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster S 986 - Front Grill Set - Black Finish (1996 to 2004)
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Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster S 986 - Front Grill Set - Black Finish (1996 to 2004)
  • Zunsport Compatible With Porsche Boxster S 986 - Front Grill Set - Black finish (1996 to 2004)
  • Number 1 Market Leader
  • Easy to install & Styled For Protection
  • 100% brand new and high quality
  • Free International Delivery
Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster 981 - Front Grill Set (Without Parking Sensors) - Silver Finish (2012-2016)
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Zunsport Compatible with Porsche Boxster 981 - Front Grill Set (Without Parking Sensors) - Silver Finish (2012-2016)
  • Zunsport Compatible With Porsche Boxster 981 - Front Grill Set (Without Parking Sensors) - Silver finish (2012-2016)
  • Number 1 Market Leader
  • Easy to install & Styled For Protection
  • 100% brand new and high quality
  • Free International Delivery
Zunsport Compatible with Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS - Front Grill Set - Black Finish (2018 -)
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Zunsport Compatible with Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS - Front Grill Set - Black Finish (2018 -)
  • Zunsport Compatible With Porsche 718 Boxster / Cayman GTS - Front Grill Set - Black Finish (2018 - )
  • Number 1 Market Leader
  • Easy to install & Styled For Protection
  • 100% brand new and high quality
  • Free International Delivery

5. Interior LED Lights

Upgrading your interior lights to LED has a dramatic effect on the aesthetics of the interior of your car. The oem lighting was a yellow-amber look vs the crisp daylight brightness of the new LED upgrade lights.

Interior LED Light
Interior LED Light – OEM vs LED Side by Side Comparison

There is a number of bulbs to change to achieve this upgrade and they are outlined as follows:

5.1 LED Lights

  • Overhead Console x 1
  • Doors x 2
  • Front & Rear Trunk x 2
  • Housing for Glove Box x 1
  • Housing for the lower dash x 2

These lights can be sourced from most online vendors. I opted to use the LED Light set from SuncoastParts.COM. This is very easy to install in under 5 minutes. Amazon is selling multiple Interior LED Light Kits:

5.2 Bonus LED Ghost/Puddle Lights

For the ultimate customization, you can get Puddle or Ghost LED lights that shine a Porsche Logo, thus illuminating the ground below the vehicle when your doors are opened.

LED Puddle lights can be added to any vehicle and are very easy to install. Amazon puddle lights now display the Porsche logo.

5.2.1 Sells Out QUICKLY

6. Exterior LED Lights

Upgrading your Boxster with Exterior LED License Lights is an excellent low-cost upgrade. These lights make a considerable difference when used, and give your car the modern crisp look over the original incandescent lights.

LED License Lights make an Excellent Low Cost Upgrade
LED License Lights make an Excellent Low-Cost Upgrade

These lights can be sourced from most online vendors. I opted to use the LED Light set from SuncoastParts.COM. This is very easy to install in under 5 minutes. Amazon now makes these jits available for most Boxsters:

7. Clear Side Marker Lights

Enhance your Boxster to the true European look when you upgrade your Boxster to use Clear (or Smoked) Side Marker LED Lights. Remove those old ugly ORANGE side markers, NOW!!

Amazon now sells both clear and smoked LED side marker lights for all models of Boxster:

NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 97-04 986 Box-ster 996 Carrera 911 Clear Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
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NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 97-04 986 Box-ster 996 Carrera 911 Clear Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
  • ✅STYLISH DESIGN: This pair of driver and passenger side clear lens amber LED side marker for Porsche 911 Box-ster 986 provides a quiet but aggressive look.
  • ✅HIGH QUALITY: Each side light is powered by 40pcs high power amber SMD LED diodes which can give your Porsche a modern and dynamic LED appearance with enhanced safety & visibility at night!
  • ✅EASY INSTALLATION: Direct plug and play installation, easy to install and swap out your stock one led side marker for Porsche to this classic clear lens look.
  • ✅FITMENT: Fit for 1997-2004 Porsche Box-ster 986; 1998-2004 Porsche Carrera 911 996; Replace OEM NO: 996-631-037-02 (left side); 996-631-038-01(right side), 999-631-138-90(Bulb), 996-631-133-00(Bulb Socket). USA Car Models ONLY!
  • ✅PACKAGE: 2pcs clear lens side markers for Porsche 911, SAE/DOT Compliance for street use, 1 year warranty.
NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 97-04 986 Box-ster 996 Carrera 911 Smoked Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
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NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 97-04 986 Box-ster 996 Carrera 911 Smoked Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
  • ✅STYLISH DESIGN: This pair of driver and passenger side smoked lens amber LED side marker for Porsche 911 Box-ster 986 provides a quiet but aggressive look.
  • ✅HIGH QUALITY: Each side light is powered by 40pcs high power amber SMD LED diodes which can give your Porsche a modern and dynamic LED appearance with enhanced safety & visibility at night!
  • ✅EASY INSTALLATION: Direct plug and play installation, easy to install and swap out your stock one led side marker for Porsche to this classic smoked lens look.
  • ✅FITMENT: Fit for 1997-2004 Porsche Box-ster 986; 1998-2004 Porsche Carrera 911 996; Replace OEM NO: 996-631-037-02 (left side); 996-631-038-01(right side), 999-631-138-90(Bulb), 996-631-133-00(Bulb Socket). USA Car Models ONLY!
  • ✅PACKAGE: 2pcs smoke lens side markers for Porsche 911, SAE/DOT Compliance for street use, 1 year warranty.
LED Side Marker Lamp Light Kit for Porsche Carrera 2005-2013 4 4S GT Turbo 2006-2012 Boxster Cayman Clear Lens Amber LED Front Turn Signal Side Marker Lights
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LED Side Marker Lamp Light Kit for Porsche Carrera 2005-2013 4 4S GT Turbo 2006-2012 Boxster Cayman Clear Lens Amber LED Front Turn Signal Side Marker Lights
  • ✅Function: Compatible with 2005-2012 Porsche Boxster 911/997 & 2006-2012 Porsche Cayman 911/997 & 2005-2013 Porsche Carrera all models (Including Carrera 4S/Carrera 4/GT/Turbo).
  • ✅Includes: Left and right front side marker led light kits. Upgrade your Porsche with a new fashion style clear lens led turn signal lights. Elevates your muscle car's aura and even adds additional safety visibility features.
  • ✅Features: Clear Lens. Powered by high power SMD LED diodes with amber LED lights that form a perfect focal strip with a super bright lighting output.
  • ✅Installation: Direct plug and play. Perfect to replace your OEM side marker lamps, no modification needed, these bright LED side marker Lamps features as a replacement and upgrade for your front turn signal lights.
  • ✅Warranty: DOT/SAE approved; 1 year warranty.
NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for 06-12 Porsche Cayman Box-ster 987 911 997 Carrera Smoked Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
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NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for 06-12 Porsche Cayman Box-ster 987 911 997 Carrera Smoked Lens Amber LED Front Bumper Side Marker Assembly
  • ✅FUNCTION: This pair of driver and passenger side smoked lens amber LED side marker for Porsche Cayman/Box-ster/ 911 997 provides a quiet but aggressive look with inline CAN-bus error free resistor decoders.
  • ✅HIGH QUALITY: Each side light for Porsche 987/997 is powered by 60pcs high power amber SMD LED diodes which can give your Porsche a modern and dynamic LED appearance with enhanced safety & visibility at night! 3X brighter than the stock factory oem front side markers.
  • ✅EASY INSTALLATION: Direct plug and play installation, easy to install and swap out your stock side marker for Porsche 987 997 to this classic smoked lens look. Directly replace OEM amber or clear sidemarker.
  • ✅FITMENT: Fit for 2005-2012 Porsche 987 Box-ster, 2006-2012 Porsche 987 Cayman, and 2005-2012 Porsche 911 997 (Carrera models); Replace OEM NO:98763103802, 98763103702, 99763103401, 99763103301, 98763103302 98763103402, 99763103802, 99763103702. Fully CAN-bus error free, no bulb out warning.
  • ✅PACKAGE: 2pcs smoke lens side markers for Porsche 987 997, 2pcs resistor decoders, SAE/DOT Compliance for street use, 1 year warranty.
NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 991 Carrera 981 982 Box-ster 718 Cayman Clear Lens Amber LED Side Marker Assembly
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NSLUMO Led Side Marker Lights for Porsche 991 Carrera 981 982 Box-ster 718 Cayman Clear Lens Amber LED Side Marker Assembly
  • ✅STYLISH DESIGN: This pair of driver and passenger side clear lens amber LED side marker for Porsche 911 991 provides a quiet but aggressive look, as well as a unique 3D square box block design.
  • ✅HIGH QUALITY: Each side light is powered by high power amber SMD LED diodes which can give your Porsche a modern and dynamic LED appearance with enhanced safety & visibility at night!
  • ✅EASY INSTALLATION: Direct plug and play installation, easy to install and swap out your stock side marker for Porsche Box-ster Cayman 981 982 to this classic clear lens look.
  • ✅FITMENT: Fit for 2012-2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 991 Chassis, 2014-2020 Porsche 718 Boxs-ter Cayman 982 Chassis, 2013 2014 2015 2016 Porsche Boxs-ter 981 Chassis, 2014 2015 2016 Porsche Cayman 981 Chassis. Replace OEM NO:99163125705, 99163125805, 991-631-257-05 991-631-258-05; 991-631-158-02, 991-631-157-03.
  • ✅PACKAGE: 2pcs clear lens side markers for Porsche 991, SAE/DOT Compliance for street use, 1 year warranty.
iJDMTOY GT RS Style Raised 3D Smoked Lens Amber Full LED Front Side Marker Light Kit, Compatible With Porsche 911 Carrera, Cayman and Boxster, Replace OEM Amber or Clear Sidemarkers
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iJDMTOY GT RS Style Raised 3D Smoked Lens Amber Full LED Front Side Marker Light Kit, Compatible With Porsche 911 Carrera, Cayman and Boxster, Replace OEM Amber or Clear Sidemarkers
  • Compatible with 2012-up Porsche 911 Carrera 991/982 Chassis, 2014-up Porsche Boxster Cayman 981/718 Chassis
  • Includes one pair Euro GT-RS 3D raised style (driver and passenger sides) smoked lens amber LED side marker lamps, unlike the US models' flush deisgn, it will give your ride a more aggressive "wide" body appearance
  • Each sidemarker is powered by high power amber SMD LED diodes to form a unique square box block design just like the GT RS super car!
  • This raised 3D GTRS style LED side marker will replace both the early models with the incandescent bulb side marker and the later models with the amber LED side marker. Please remove the factory side marker lamp with the adapter altogether and then directly replace back with this product and plug in the stock harness (For the early models, you will also need to plug in the purple load resistor decoder)
  • When you install these LED side markers, please make sure to tuck the load resistor and wire adapter all the way into the empty space behind the opening to ensure the side markers can fit properly without being pushed against with

8. Tires

Your Boxster will go through tires like nothing. I easily went through my first set of rear tires in under 6000 miles. It is important to get a set of tires that will last and most importantly stick to the road. Rear Tires wear out at a 3:1 ratio versus the front tires.

Tires are very critical upgrade on the 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades list.

9. Floor Mats & Liners

Floor mats are important to upgrade in order to preserve the interior of your Boxster. Porsche purists will opt for coco mats. I am very happy with the Exclusive Porsche Floormats from Suncoast and use them for the majority of my driving.

However, I do spend a lot of time at the beach and the OEM mats absorb more sand than my bathing suit. I quickly opted for the WeatherTech Floor liners. These floor liners make clean up a snap.

You cannot beat the fit and build of the WeatherTech Floor Liners. These are excellent for track days and beach days. Excellent all-weather mats.

WeatherTech Floor Liners
WeatherTech Floor Liners

So make sure to get a good set of Floor Mats as they will improve the look of your car and add to the preservation of your interior of your car.

10 Boxster Easy Upgrades have to include the ultimate Llyod Floor Mats. They have fully licensed Porsche Brand mats. Llyod mats stand up to the quality of a Porsche product.

WeatherTech Custom Fit Front FloorLiner for Porsche 911/Boxster/Cayman (Black)
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WeatherTech Custom Fit Front FloorLiner for Porsche 911/Boxster/Cayman (Black)
  • Accurately and completely lines the interior carpet
  • Made from a high-density tri-extruded (hdte) material
  • Lower reservoir holds and contains water, dirt, snow or debris
Lloyd Mats - Ultimat Bamboo Front Floor Mats for Porsche Boxster 2000-18 with Black Porsche Boxster S Lettering on Beige Applique
  • CARVAM Presents to you Lloyd Mats Ultimat Floor Mats that offers a superb combination of luxury, performance.
  • Premium continuous filament yarn, 32 ounce per yard construction – thicker than OEM. With Water-resistant latex layer.
  • Computer driven cutting process insures precise fit. Multi-layer backing maintains mat shape and protects OEM carpet with Non-skid rubber TractionBac also provides moisture protection.
  • Factory-compatible mat fasteners (post, hook, snap) where applicable. Absolutely stays put for optimum safety and durability.
  • 5-year warranty against defects in design, workmanship and materials.

10. Leather Driving Gloves

On the track, I wear my Sparco Gloves. They are a little long and bright to wear when I am daily driving. The Sparco’s are so comfortable. You cannot beat open-lapping nights when you can concentrate on hitting the apex. If you plan on tracking your Boxster then Sparco Driving Gloves are part of the 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades

Sparco Gloves
Bestseller No. 1
Sparco Meca 3 Mechanics Glove 002093 (Size: Large, Black)
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Sparco Meca 3 Mechanics Glove 002093 (Size: Large, Black)
  • Scuff resistant fabric that is elasticised for a precision fit.
  • Durable, synthetic leather palm offering excellent grip.
Bestseller No. 2
Sparco Unisex's Riding Gloves (Grey, US:9 / cn:43)
  • Genuine Sparco Product
  • 100% brand new and high quality
  • Number 1 in Motorsport
  • Model number: 00255613GRAF
Bestseller No. 3
Sparco Arrow RG-7 Evo Racing Gloves 001309 (Size: 7, Red)
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Sparco Arrow RG-7 Evo Racing Gloves 001309 (Size: 7, Red)
  • Touch Screen device compatibility.
  • Single Layer construction for improved comfort is SFI & FIA approved.
  • Ergonomically designed HTX high-grip palm.
  • Pre-Curved shape for increased comfort.
Bestseller No. 4
Sparco 002094NRRS10 Gloves, Black/red, M
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Sparco 002094NRRS10 Gloves, Black/red, M
  • Sparco Gaming
  • Size: 10:0
  • High strength.
Bestseller No. 5
Sparco Tide Racing Gloves 001356 (Size: 10, Red/Black)
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Sparco Tide Racing Gloves 001356 (Size: 10, Red/Black)
  • FIA 8856-2018, SFI 3.3/5
  • Touchscreeen compatible finger tips work with phones, data acquisition devices, and lap timers.
  • Advanced 3D HTX palm treatment, a Sparco-exclusive material that increases grip, absorbs vibrations and increases dexterity.
  • The hollow volcano shape of the HTX treatment is stylized in a hollow volcano shape that is specially designed to dampen vibrations and increase durability.

If you love driving and you want the support and grip of gloves. I often make the drive from New York down to Florida and find that wearing leather driving gloves reduces hand fatigue.

I have used multiple brands of leather gloves from Danier, Wilson, etc. to wear for my long driving trips. Since buying these “High Quality” Gaspar gloves, I have not looked back.

Ryan Gosling Drive
Gaspar Gloves in Brown

Gaspar Gloves is the creator of the original gloves as seen in the movie “Drive”, and these gloves are exact replicas of what Ryan Gosling was wearing. I was surprised by the quality and fit of these gloves.

Gaspar Gloves
Gaspar Gloves – 8 Years of Use

My primary reason for getting these gloves was to reduce fatigue on my hands during 8+ hours (sometimes 20+ hours) of driving.

The correct sizing of your driving gloves will play a critical aspect in their application.

When driving through the mountains of West Virginia and the compulsory drive on the Tail of the Dragon, my hands would stick to the steering wheel and start to go numb. These gloves make ALL the difference in the world. If you are looking for a high level of grip. comfort and sensitivity this is a cheap way to go.

Tail of the Dragon
Iroha-Zaka (Mountain Iroha) is a winding road located in Japan with 48 curves, each representing one of the 48 letters of the ancient Japanese alphabet.

I plan on doing the Route 66 drive.

NOTE: Make sure you take the time to measure your glove size. This is critical when ordering on-line.

Conclusion:

We hope you enjoyed this short list of 10 Boxster Easy Upgrades. I was looking for quick, easy, and low-cost upgrades that you can consider to improve your Boxster experience.

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