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Old 12-17-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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Gas; @$$ or Gr@$$ nobody rides for free

yeah i have a 2006 boxster sitting in the garage (-35c outside)which i could be driving if it had a block heater...

I don't want to hear about pansy cars, this car cost a lot of money and had better start paying back the investment; providing transportation, see above no free rides..

so has anyone installed a circulation style heater on a 987 boxster?

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:33 PM   #2
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Why? If it starts, your good-to-go. Using the proper oil, like Mobil 1's 0W40 should have you properly protected.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Oils/Mobil_1_0W-40.aspx
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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What are you talking about?
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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What are you talking about?
Things like this (I think):

http://www.jcwhitney.com/Porsche-Engine-Heaters/20004529-600001648.jcw
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:09 PM   #6
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yes it has 5w40 mobil1 but some heat in the cooling systems makes it so much easier to spin over...
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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Ahh.

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Old 12-18-2008, 02:37 AM   #8
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yes it has 5w40 mobil1 but some heat in the cooling systems makes it so much easier to spin over...
You should change to 0W40 as soon as possible. You will not have any starting issues with a good battery, and properly maintained car. In the extreme cold, start it, let it idle about 90 seconds, and then start driving to properly warm-up.

Don't let it sit and idle for 10 minutes (for example), to "warm-up".

Keep RPM's below 4,000 until full op temp is reached. Shifting will be stiff (manual tranny).

Check your tire pressures at those low-low temps too.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:41 AM   #9
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My shop installed a block heater on my Box and it works really well. I started the car in -30C degree on the weekend. I believe they installed the Volkswagon block heater in it. They said they have to glue the heating coil to the oil pan. Porsche do not make these parts because they don't think peoples will drive these cars in the winter.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:56 AM   #10
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You might want to use Red Line 0W-30 for the winter time as you may not always have access to a block heater when you drive out and about.

Ditto, on the transaxle-RL makes a lighter 70W-75 gear lube for very cold apps.

Hey, I have a classmate Bob up in Saskatoon. Say hey to him. He is likely in the corner bar I would bet!
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Porsche do not make these parts because they don't think peoples will drive these cars in the winter.
Are you familiar with the climate in Germany? -30 may not be a normal occurrence, but I assure you Porsches are driven in the winter.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:28 AM   #12
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good humour thanks guys

I was thinking a circulation unit but as Dai suggested i have also used the oilpan electrical pad units on my vw's and was contemplation the installation of such..

the only remaining question is where to route the cable from the front of the engine? need to get either up and back to the rear trunk or into the interior

any suggestions?
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:58 AM   #13
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I know that in Europe, Porsche is an all year round car but in N. America, peoples don't drive these cars in the winter. All cars that sell here in Canada, usually has a built-in block heater. My car is park outside and the temperature here often go below -20C in the winter months. Cars without block heater and parking outside would have difficulty in starting the car because the oil is like molasses. I was just surprised that Porsche doesn't make this part due to very low demand for them. No offense intended here. I love Porsche and that is why I have two. My 930 is cozy and hibernating right now for the winter duration.

As for where the plug come out the vehicle, I had the wire (plug) come out of the side vent on the driver side. I have Evo intake so I can do this. It is pretty funny because it confuse many peoples when they see it. I just told them that it is an electric car. :-)
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Electric porsche !

i had also thought about routing out through the side intake vent, i will investigate that further

what is the evo intake? and how does that affect the intake duct?

I may sound like a noob, but my background is mech engineering and my time on tools makes me every bit as fast as some mechanics, just have no experience with porsches. this car had long time dream (have wanted a 911 since highschool (1970))
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:10 PM   #15
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Evo intake is an aftermarket intake. Here is the link.
http://www.********************************************************************.com/product_p/evoms-vflow-996.htm
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:59 PM   #16
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after asking the question i found the evo info...

personally not interested in those kind of mods. but do some more digging to see if i can still manage to route the outlet cord through the vent opening

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