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Fixing the cupholder vs spending $300+

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

So, one of the cupholders in my 2012 Porsche Cayman suddenly wouldn't work any more. Turns out the little plastic lever like this one had broken ...

Not surprisingly, Porsche doesn't sell it. You have to buy the entire cup holder cassette, which sells between $325 and $450, depending on the seller. There are some third-party aftermarket versions for around $250, but the one's I've seen felt cheap and they're black instead of silver.

So, what's a tech-savvy wrencher to do? 3D print one!

I made one that's roughly correct, then transferred over the pin from the old lever.

I also had to fine-tune the fit by hand and split this pin with a coping saw. It was just a one-off, so I wasn't being super-precise when I made it.

And here it is, installed in the cassette. Works perfectly!

I'm not sure how common a problem this is, I might turn this into an actual product to sell. Even if I had to charge $15 to make it worth my trouble, $15 is a heck of a lot better than $300!


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