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Hi All.

Would anyone here know if the wheel pictured below will fit a Porsche Boxster 987 2006 and if the Air Bag will plug in direct and work?

If not any info up to what year Steering wheels will work on a 987 would be appreciated. Not interested in the electronics function side much..more what bolts on fine and the airbag will work.

Its from a Porsche Boxster Spyder 981 2016 Manual Alcantara Steering Wheel GT3 GT4 J119
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I have the same car and was thinking about a new wheel....this one looks nice! Also interested in the replies.
 

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When I was searching on this topic, I found tons and tons of stuff on Google from a variety of forums. I recall someone putting a 2011 Macan wheel on a 987.1 with direct plug and play. That doesn't mean the boxster would be, but...

Anyways I'm not being helpful. I too am looking for a new wheel. They're ungodly expensive with airbags aren't they? One cool alternative is the custom flat bottom wheels that use your existing airbag. Those also run like $700 on ebay though.
 

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So a update I have received from the seller who only deals in Porsche Parts as a business is that the wheel will fit a 987.1 fine but there might?be a problem with the airbag?
Does anyone here know the detail enough around 2016 retrofit for the airbag on a 987.1?
Is it a problem and if so is it around connectivity,Coding or it will work fine?
 

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Thanks for the information.
So I have opened up the rabbit hole and have started learning about clock springs on the steering column and which provide the electric connectivity to the wheel including Horn and Airbag.
Looking between the 981 and 987.1 clock spring they are a different design..so I need to figure out if you can retrofit a 981 clock onto a 987 column or is there another way which I have no idea about?

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I've never heard of the airbag itself needing anything. I've read a ton on this topic btw as I'm looking for a swap myself. You may need to have a working horn for inspection, obviously depending on your country and state rules.
 

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I put this wheel and airbag in my ‘06! All good except that the horn will not work. The fix is a trip to a dealer and have the tech program your car as if it has a multi function steering wheel. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s the fix!
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I wonder, for a manual car can you use a pdk or tjptronic wheel and just forgoe those features? I find it hard to find used wheels that aren't from automatic vehicles.
 

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Great help thanks sgt1577
 

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RachJ987s, I believe that to be the case. On the 987 wheels the PDK paddles just snap on to the manual wheel (and can be taken off). Note that there are triangular and round airbag models. You can swap between the two, but obviously you need the correct air bag shape for the wheel you are installing. I recently changed my 2009 base wheel with a triangular bag to a 986 sport wheel with a round bag. No problems what so ever.
 

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If you have the triangular-shaped center in your current wheel, I'm pretty sure you can't move to airbag to the sport wheel (with round center).

Edit: Oh, I see your post implies you won't be trying to swap in the airbag.
 

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SunnyvaleCA, I just did that swap on my 987.2 (triangular air bag to circular air bag). No problem at all. I have a manual and no wheel based controls so your mileage may vary.
 

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Update...so after much research I have a 2017 MF Wheel(got it cheap) and believe it will work on a 987.1 with a couple of things done.

PDK shifters will come off as I have a manual and I have a rear cowling (manual)coming from Suncoast to cover the holes.

Also needed a pre 2017 steering wheel loom as the plug was incompatible with the 987 as Porsche changed it from 2017 onwards for most wheels.

A couple of program switch modes on PWIS on the install and should be good.

Discovered that fundamentally any pre 2016 wheel will be plug and play with only multi function needing to be selected in PWIS for some cars to get the horn to work.

The below is getting fitted in a couple of weeks so i will update how we go for any interested.

BTW..I could get the all the multi function to work but that would require a 987.2 clock spring and a adapter from German Performance Service but I would never use them anyway so horn and airbag working and new look and function is fine for me.

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