Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-17-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 631
stumped, need help

I started a project and originally I was just going to remove my Stebro exhaust to install the stock exhaust again. The reasoning for that is I'm custom making baffles for the exhaust because, I've noticed the drone physically hurts my ears. Anyway, I figured while I was at it, I should go ahead and install these. Maybe that wasn't the best idea. The bolts naturally after being on there since 01' under extreme heat, are breaking off. I have a substance that is specifically for rusted bolts but, even after being soaked in it for several hours they broke off. Not a big deal, I used to restore cars so, a broken bolt isn't anything I don't know how to do.

However, my question is how in the hell do I get to the top bolt? I'm talking about the bolt coming off the header on the topside when you're under the car? I can't get my slimmest wrench in between the bolt and whatever is right behind it. Do I need to modify a wrench to fit in there? Is there something else I need to take off to get to it? My theory is that if I can get the bolt at least broken off, I should be able to just pull on the mid-pipes enough to release them from the header. I've purchased new hardware anyway.

I really am stumped and my only car is down now, good thing for nice weather I'll be able to ride the bike tomorrow.

Please give me some insight. I don't want to take it to the shop for them to all laugh at my misfortune.

yellowboxster01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 05:20 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 1,675
If you are talking about the bolt on the transmission mount, you'll need to pull the rear bumper cover to gain access. I know others have worked around it, but I find you can easily work without the cover and it only takes minutes to remove.
Poor quality pic, but you get the idea.
__________________
JGM
2002 Boxster S
1973 911 Green FrankenMeanie
PCA DE Instructor circa '95
jmatta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 07:18 AM   #3
07 Carrera S Cab
 
Boxtaboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,273
Garage
As JMatta says, if you remove the rear bumper, you'll have full access to those bolts. Here's the how to:

To remove the bumper, first remove the bumperettes by removing them with an allen key in the hole below each bumperette. Then, remove all the screws underneath the bottom side of the bumper. I think there are 6 in total along the bottom, plus one on each side located inside each rear wheel well. The final screws holding the bumper cover on are located on top of the bumper cover, but those can only be accessed by removing the rear spoiler.

To do this, just manually raise the rear spoiler, push out the plastic pop rivets located in the black metal portion of the spoiler (you'll be able to retreive and reuse these once you remove the spoiler frame, as they drop into the frame), and pop off the painted top portion of the spoiler. After removing the painted top portion of the spoiler, you will be able to look down the hollow black metal frame of the spoiler and see two hex bolts. Remove these, and you'll be able to pull out the metal frame, which then gives you access to the screws holding the top of the bumper cover. Once this is done, the bumper cover is free, but remember to disconnect the electrical wire that connects to the license plate bulbs before fully pulling out the bumper cover. Reverse steps to put bumper back on.
__________________
Current: 07 Carrera S Cab in Midnight Blue

Previous: 01 Boxster in Arctic Silver, 86 944 in Guards Red
Boxtaboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 631
Not the exhaust, I've already got the rear bumper off.

I have cat delete pipes I'm trying to install. There's a bolt on the triangular manifold that is on the topside that seems to have a bolt directly behind it. I can't get a wrench on it.
yellowboxster01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 11:55 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 631
I think I found the answer to my question. There's 3 mounting spots on the header to midpipes. Two of them have nuts you access from the backside and the top one, the nut is welded to the header and you access the bolt head from the other side. Thus, making whatever is in the way...not in the way.

Now, I'll have to go see if this is the case.
yellowboxster01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 12:51 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 1,820
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowboxster01
I think I found the answer to my question. There's 3 mounting spots on the header to midpipes. Two of them have nuts you access from the backside and the top one, the nut is welded to the header and you access the bolt head from the other side. Thus, making whatever is in the way...not in the way.

Now, I'll have to go see if this is the case.
this absolutely IS the case; you're talking about the header flange on the passenger side. indeed the top nut is captive; remove the bolt from the other side.
__________________
insite
'99 Boxster
3.4L Conversion

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t...1/KMTGPR-1.jpg
insite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2009, 08:40 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 631
Well, after about 3 hours and 2 broken Snap On tools, I've determined the best solution would be to take it to a muffler shop and have them mess with it. Ahh, this was a great DIY project, I'm glad I started this now instead of just selling the bypass pipes as I was originally going to do.

What do you think it will cost for them to remove 2 bolts and a nut and bolt the bypass pipes on? I'm thinking $100 or so.

yellowboxster01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page