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Old 12-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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10 year old archeological findings..

Not bad for 10 years...however more dropped to the ground when I pulled the condensor apart from the radiator...figured my initial pictures show the lack of cleaning doors under the bumper...not that the previouis owner would have looked though

All in all components were in great shape!

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Old 12-23-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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not bad. i thought i was doing good when i found a candy wrapper, but then i think someone found a dead bird...
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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I need to do that on my 11 year old car. Are there any special things I need to know about removing the bumper cover?
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:35 PM   #5
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Cleanning condenser and radiator

It was interesting, what these photos don't clearly show is that after each season the leaves decomposed and settled to the bottom of the condenser and also most of the sand and small stones settled too. The stuff between the condenser and radiator was the stuff i was mainly concerned about it wasn't moving anywhere until I pulled them apart.

Things to remember removing the bumper - make note of what screws go where, you'll probably get it right when putting back together but it will save some time. Also make notes how the bumper overlaps under the car.

It was easy to take off but putting back on by myself was tricky, the left rubber/plastic intake got bent over and created a block. Start in the top middle and it will reattach easier. The final screws in the wheel wells (the 'hidden' screws) are the hardest. If you aren't careful you'll end up with screws you don't know here they go so like I say take note.

I found a Youtube video on it, if I can find it I'll post it back. The video is only good for telling you how to get it off and where all the screws are, you'll have to be good a putting things back together. I took the opportunity to spray some HD Spray and Shine on all plastic/rubber intakes to give them a nice new black finish, I cleaned everything, and I repainted the left and right grills by removing them. I also pained the center intake because it had lost its nice black look...the front of my car looks new now (well other then the normal aging of the bumper). It took me 2 or 3 hours one afternoon.

I think cleaning the front up really improved the look of the car, no more faded colors when looking up close.

Oh and pulling the condenser apart from the radiator it may seem like it is going to break something...but it won't.

If you recently purchased an older car you don't think had this done then it is worth doing, not a must, I mean these cars do have a lot of radiator surface.

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Old 12-27-2010, 06:40 AM   #8
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Go to youtube and type in "boxster bumper removal" in the search and you're there !
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:10 AM   #9
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my original thread on cleaning the radiators is here...

cleaning radiators

and the video i posted is here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um-h2aUJHY4&feature=channel_page
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:14 PM   #10
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Thanks for creating that video. It's EXACTLY what I need to know. I just bought a 2000 S a couple weeks ago and the cover has some cosmetic damage. I wasn't even aware of the airflow issues until I saw the part where you detached the A/C condensor and showed the crud between the it and the radiator.

Good job.

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BTW, on my browser all the links on this site are displayed as text instead of live clickable links. None of the other forums I visit display the way this site does. Is it a user setting?
Apparently the owners want it that way. It's not a user setting.
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They use to be displayed that way, but the constant spammers made the admins change the displayed format to discourage them from posting their crap on the forum.
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