INSTALLATION


STHBPE2

Comfort Roof Control Module for

  • Porsche Boxster (981)
  • Porsche Boxster (718)

    v1.0


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    We explicitly point out that all functions of this control unit should be used only while exercising caution and responsibility. We can NOT be held liable for any damage or injury caused by installing or using this product.
    PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE MANUAL CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.
    Important Information. READ BEFORE INSTALLING!
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    TROUBLE SHOOTING - NEED TO CONTACT US?
    If you run into any problems after installing the module, please go over the manual again in great detail, clicking every photo for full size!
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    If you need to contact us, the best and fastest way to do so is by opening a support ticket there

    This module comes with our USB Field Upgrade and Configuration Port! We recommend connecting it to a computer BEFORE YOU INSTALL and using our support app "m4cconnect" to do a quick firmware update check. M4cconnect as well as all other information regarding USB update and configuration can be found at www.mods4cars.com/usb. You can even configure and activate your favorite module functions and settings on screen before the module is installed in the car! It is a good idea to permanently install the USB cable with the module in the car, leaving the computer plug in an easily accessible spot for later use with a Wifi/3G/4G connected laptop.
    IMPORTANT TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

    If the top does not work properly or at all after installing the module, these tips can be very helpful:

    1) Turn Function 1 (Main Switch) off (Setting 0). The module will be completely passive. If the problem still persists and the top won't work, check all connections. Please also check the green DATA LED on the module!

    2) Function 2 now has a valet mode (Setting 2) on many modules. Valet mode completely disables opening of the top. Check the setting for function 2 and make sure the module is NOT in valet mode!

    IMPORTANT: Not all modules have the valet mode! Please check the Operation and Programming Manual!
    FUNCTION OF THE DATA LED

    The DATA LED shows the module status and helps troubleshooting issues during installation:

    When the ignition is ON: The LED should BLINK (flash) in a regular pattern (about 1x per second). This indicates that the module is receiving data and should work OK.

    When the ignition is OFF: The LED should BLINK (flash) as long as the data bus is still active and turn off after a while (max 5 min) indicating that the car has entered stand-by (sleep) mode.

    If the LED is permanently lit with the ignition ON, the module is NOT receiving data from the top controller and all connectors should be checked.

    If the LED does NOT light up at all when turning the ignition ON, the module is either not getting power or not receiving ANY data. All connectors should be checked.
    USE OF THE 3M WIRE TAPS
    This module is installed using the 3M wire taps very popular with 12V aftermarket industry for their reliability and durability. The most common problem during installation is a bad contact between the plugs from the supply wires and the wire taps. Please make absolutely sure that the metal blades of the plugs slide into the slots of the t-taps. It happens that the blade "misses" the slot and the connection looks correct, but doesn't make electrical contact!

    The T-taps come in RED (for thin wires), BLUE (for medium wires) and YELLOW (for thick wires).

    To test if you installed the module correctly after all wires are connected, turn the ignition fully on and watch the green LED on the module. It should blink (flash) to signal a correct installation. If the LED either does not turn on or stays on permanently, there is a bad contact or a missing connection! See detailed explanation of the DATA LED.
    USE OF TYCO AUTOMOTIVE CONNECTORS
    THE PHOTO IS A SAMPLE AND ONLY SHOWS WHERE TO FIND THE NUMBERS AND HOW TO INSERT THE PINS. SOME CARS REQUIRE THE RED AND BLACK WIRES REVERSED! PLEASE FOLLOW THE BELOW STEPS FOR CORRECT WIRE ASSIGNMENTS!!!
    The wiring kit for this module uses one or more of the TYCO connectors shown on the left. These are specialty automotive connectors designed for tight and secure electrical connections. In order to avoid reversing polarity, please pay attention to the small numbers embossed in the back of the plugs where the contacts are inserted. In case one of these plugs will need to be removed later, it can be done without any damage to the plastic cap or the crimp contacts. Please see our Knowledge Base article(s) regarding these plugs at http://mods4cars.com/support/knowledgebase.php?search=tyco.
    Installation - Steps 1-3
    1. Move the left seat (driver's seat on LHD cars) all the way to the front and then lift it all the way up. Electrical seats need to be moved all the way forward AND lifted up as well, there is a switch that will move the seat in a forward/upward direction! Flip the back rest as far forward as it will go. Turn the ignition off. For extra safety during installation we recommend disconnecting the battery.
    2. Under the seat there is a rectangular service access flap punched into the carpet with breakaway links.

    The flap is intended to be opened the first time the control unit under the seat needs to be serviced and makes accessing the area so much easier than having to remove the entire seat, seatbelt, side panels and carpet. For easier access we recommend unbolting the seat and propping it up in the back (use the cardboard box) by removing the 4 bolts with an 8 point or torx socket.
    3. Opening the flap for the first time requires grabbing into one of the openings and the holes and pulling really hard.

    A pocket knife can be used to CAREFULLY cut away the links. The die-cuts are in the back, the front and on the left (under the seat rail). There is no cut on the right, so the carpet flap can be rolled over to the right and later put pack in place. It may be helpful to move the seat all the way back and lift it up while trying to access the front part of the flap. CAUTION WHEN USING ANY CUTTING TOOL. DO NOT CUT ANY OF THE WIRES BURIED UNDERNEATH.
    Installation - Steps 4-6
    4. With the access flap completely opened and rolled over to the right, find underneath the control unit to the left and two brown ground wires to the right.

    Securely attach the first wire tap to one of the brown (or brown/white) wires that lead to the chassis ground bolt in the right corner (use combination PLIERS not cutters).
    DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THIS TAP (and a second one later) is SECURE.
    5. The control unit is not bolted down. Rather it is just cradled in an expanded foam carrier.

    Carefully remove the control unit from the foam carrier and turn it over to allow access the connectors on the underside.
    6. Remove the large BLUE connector (1) first. Push in on the locking tab in the middle, then move the locking lever over in the direction of the arrow. Then remove the small BLACK square plug behind it (2). Squeeze the two locking tabs on both sides in while pulling and wiggling the plug free.
    Installation - Steps 7-9
    7. Here the two disconnected plugs are clearly visible. The large BLUE connector (1) and the small BLACK square connector (2).
    8. Inspect the wires feeding the small BLACK connector and find the red/yellow wire.

    Attach the second power tap onto the red/yellow wire as shown.

    DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE TAP is SECURE.
    9. Use a screwdriver to move the blue plastic so that the black locking tab can get by it, then hold on to the wires as in the picture and slide the black connector out.
    Installation - Steps 9-12
    10. From the large BLACK connector of Step 9, remove the small crimp contact from slot # 42 which is attached to the orange/green wire (1). NOTE: Push the small metal spring in with a paper clip or small jewelers screw driver while GENTLY pulling on the wire. It may get caught in the small slot on the way out. If so, push the tab down again through the small opening. NEVER USE FORCE! Replace (1) with the orange wire (2) from the module wiring harness.
    11. Turn the large BLACK internal connector over and remove crimp contact from slot # 34. which is attached to the orange/brown wire (1). Replace (1) with the brown wire (2) from the module wiring harness. USE CAUTION AND CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE CONTACTS ARE CORRECTLY IN PLACE AND SECURE. Reverse the actions of step 9 by re-inserting the large BLACK internal connector into the BLUE connector.
    12. Now insert the two original contacts just removed in step 10 and 11 into the small supplied connector. There are small numbers embossed on the entry side: Insert orange/green in slot (1) and orange/brown in slot (2). Push the locking tab (3) in firmly before connecting this smaller (female) plug with the larger (male) one on the wiring harness and make sure orange/green meets orange and orange/brown meets brown as shown in the photo. CLICK THE PHOTO FOR FULL SIZE.
    Installation - Steps 13-15
    13. DISREGARD the LED or clicking sound when working with DISCONNECTED BATTERY. Instead, test everything at the very end after reconnecting the battery. Connect the brown ground wire (1) first, then connect the red +12V power wire (2). Run them UNDER the OEM seat cable for a neather installation. Make sure the metal tabs slide all the way into the slots of the power taps in order to make proper contact. Connect the module (3) and watch the green LED on the module. It should light up briefly to indicate that the module is getting power and is now ready.
    SEE THE PARAGRAPH ABOUT THE WIRE TAPS AND SPADE CONNECTORS at the beginning of the manual as this is the most common source for problems if the plugs are not inserted correctly!
    14. Reattach the large BLUE connector (1) and the small BLACK square plug (2) to the control unit. There should be one or several audible clicks, the green LED on the module might turn back on. This is normal.
    15. After everything is connected, tap the unlock button on the remote once. The green LED on the module should now blink to indicate data traffic and signal a successful installation.
    STOP if the GREEN LED light does not blink here and recheck all previous steps!
    Installation - Step 16
    16. Use the supplied velcro sticker to attach the module, then insert the control unit back into the foam bracket. Carefully stuff the wiring harnesses back into the voids underneatch, then replace the carpet flap by sliding the left side under the seat rail until it looks as if it never was opened.

    Done.

    Now configure the module according to our Operation and Programming manual. IMPORTANT: If the battery was disconnected during install and a steering angle sensor error is shown, turn the wheel all the way to the left, the right and back to the center and drive a short distance. The error will disappear then.