Porsche 997 Carbon Fiber Center Console Install Instructions Tools Required T-25 Torx bit T-20 Torx bit T-15 Torx bit T-10 Torx bit Ratchet and 10mm socket MAcarbon Interior Install Tools Flat Screwdriver Blue Painter’s Tape Use low-tack painter’s tape to protect interior trim including the leather shift boot, shift knob, and handbrake from damage. Workbench Be sure to have a clean workbench on which to transfer the components from the stock console to the carbon console. System for Tracking Fasteners There are a number of screws and fasteners that will come off during disassembly. A system for identifying and tracking these screws will make reassembly much easier! Installation Steps Although there are many steps to installing the carbon fiber center console, it is straightforward and can be done by the owner with some simple tools. Step Instructions Photo 1. Disconnect the car’s battery using a ratchet and 10mm socket. 2. Use an MAcarbon install tool to pry up the leather shift boot. 3. Once all clips around the shift boot have been pried up, lift up the shift boot. Some instructions say to remove the shift knob. The install is easier if it is removed. However, it is not always easy to get off! If precaution is taken by covering it with painters tape, it can be left in place. To remove the knob, twist the retainer ring (located at the bottom of the boot) clockwise. Then pull up on the knob. Be careful not to hit the rearview mirror when the knob comes off. Step Instructions Photo 4. Steps 4 through 9 are for owners with a BOSE stereo system. If you do not have a Bose system skip to step 10. The subwoofer box in the passenger foot well needs to be removed. Use your fingers to pull out the plastic trim piece located in the center of the outlet tube. 5. Use a T-20 Torx to remove the screw which holds the remaining sound outlet trim. 6. Once the screw has been removed, pull out the plastic trim piece. Disconnect the power outlet cord from the wiring harness. 7. Use the T-25 Torx to remove the screw holding the BOSE subwoofer to the car. Step Instructions Photo 8. Once the screw has been removed, slide the speaker forward so that the clips holding the speaker to the center console will disengage. 9. When removing the speaker, also be sure to disconnect the wiring. This picture shows the wiring and the two clip assemblies that hold the speaker in place. 10. For cars without the Bose speaker system, in the driver foot well, use the T-25Torx to remove the screw that holds the small trim panel in. The screw is ‘hidden’ in the pile. Then slide the panel forward to disengage the rear clips 11. In the passenger’s side foot well, use the T-25Torx to remove the screw that holds the small trim panel in. The screw is also ‘hidden’ in the pile. Then slide the panel forward to disengage the rear clips. Step Instructions Photo 12. Remove the two T-20 Torx screws that hold the side panel on the center stack in place. Do the same for the passenger side. 13. After the two Torx screws have been removed, gently pull on the side panel forward to disengage it. It will not come out completely – staying attached at the top. Repeat step 12 and 13 for the passenger side. 14. Once this side panels have been slid forward, there is easy access for prying up the forward-most clips holding in the center console extension trim. Use the interior install tool undo the clips. Note the location of the six clips on the diagram. Pry up. Do not pry left to right as you can break the clips! Step Instructions Photo 15. Disengage the clips at the front of the extension piece using the interior install tool. 16. Lift up and remove the center console extension. Be sure to have taped off the shift knob. It is easier if the front sections of the piece are spread slightly to clear the storage bin. (The storage bin can not be removed until the extension piece is removed.) 17. With the extension piece out, remove the four Torx screws and pull out the shift boot trim surround. It is a tight fit to get the surround off while the shift boot is in place, however there is enough clearance. 18. Next, remove the front storage bin by unscrewing the two Torx screws (left and right side) that hold the bin in the center stack. Step Instructions Photo 19. Use an install tool to press center of bin down slightly while removing the bin to prevent the tab (indicated by arrow) from catching on the trim above it. 20. The storage bin was removed from the car in order to give access to the center Torx screw (indicated by arrow). Remove this screw. Step Instructions Photo 21. Unscrew the front-most Torx screw that holds the center console into the body of the car. Do the same for the driver’s side. 22. Open the center console compartment and remove the plastic mat. That exposes the four Torx screws that need to be removed. An interior install tool is handy here to lift the rear edge. 23. Use a T-20 Torx to remove the four screws. FYI, there is one hole that will seem to be missing a screw. Porsche intentionally left it empty. Step Instructions Photo 24. Using a pry tool, lift up from the rear of the trim piece (the “banana”) directly under the handbrake. Once this piece is removed, unscrew the Torx screw that is exposed. This is the last screw holding the console in. 25. Going back to the passenger foot well, disconnect the console wiring. This plug is located right above the front end of the console. 26. Lift up on the center console starting from the rear. Put painters tape on the top of the handbrake and handbrake button (not shown in this photo) to prevent damage to the leather. Step Instructions Photo 27. Place the console on your workbench. Remove the leather cover from the lid by unscrewing the 8 Torx screws as pictured. 28. Use a flat screwdriver to push out the catch belt retaining pin. Push into the hole towards the back of the console. 29. Once the catch belt retaining pin has been pushed out, pull the pin from the strap. 30. With a T-20 Torx screwdriver, unscrew the spring retaining screw from the hinge. Step Instructions Photo 31. Remove the pin from the lid’s hinge. You should be able to push this out with simple hand pressure. 32. Once the pin is out, remove the lid assembly. The hinge spring can now be pulled up and out of its receptacle. 33. Turn the console over. Disengage all of the plugs and the clips to remove the wiring from the OEM console. The two middle wire retaining clips are a bit difficult. Rotate them counter clockwise rather than trying to pull straight up. Step Instructions Photo 34. Congratulations! Time to take a break. You are now halfway there. From this point, we will be building up the carbon fiber console and reinstalling it in the car. 35. Transfer the spring over to the carbon fiber console. Re-install the lid assembly by reversing the steps 27 through 32. 36. Insert the Cabriolet top switch plug if you do not have a cabriolet. 37. Insert the plugs and use the flat end of an interior install tool to secure the wiring clips onto the carbon fiber console. Also ensure that the black electrical box is inserted into its compartment on the carbon fiber console. Step Instructions Photo 38. Place the carbon fiber console into the car. 39. Plug the console wiring plug back into the wiring harness. Reconnect the battery and test the two power plugs and the ashtray light. Step Instructions Photo 40. After the electrical testing is complete, replace all of the console retaining screws that were removed in steps 20-24 41. Reinstall the shift boot trim surround. 42. Reinstall the lower console bin. 43. Reinstall the front console extension. 44. Reattach the remaining console and carpet trim. 45. The result is a gorgeous carbon fiber center console that really adds a nice touch to the interior .