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Old 09-04-2015, 04:12 PM   #1
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IMS check possible before purchase?

Hi everyone,

I'm in the market for a 987 and I'm wondering about the how does one go about having the IMS checked? Is it even possible? Would the engine make any sound that would give some warning if the ims is worn?

I had 1988 Carrerra and moved up to a 1997 Carrera and had to sell it for a house purchase. I have been Porscheless for nine months and I'm dying to get another sports car.

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Old 09-04-2015, 04:59 PM   #2
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You should do a search and you will find your answer

Since this is you first post, you get a pass

The only real way to check the IMSB is to drop the transmission and physically check the IMSB
If the engine is making a sound like marbles, run away fast as it has major problems
There really is no audible warning, once you can hear it it is too late

If you find a serialized LN label on the door jamb, the IMSB was replace with a LN Engineering IMSB
If you are super lucky, you might find a Flat 6 Innovations sticker and in that case you have an upgraded engine

You can also look through any service records

early 987s have a non serviceable IMSB, you have to split the case to replace it, but it is a larger stronger one, so the likelihood of a problem is much lower
do some searching and you will find additional information
Good luck in your search
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:48 PM   #3
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What year 987? 987.2's don't have an IMS.
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What year 987? 987.2's don't have an IMS.
My budget is any year between 2005 to 2007.
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My budget is any year between 2005 to 2007.
All of these, the possible exception of some 2005's, would carry the non-serviceable IMS bearings.
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You might stretch your budget and get one without an IMS if it concerns you. I made a conscious decision not to worry about it, but it would be great if the issue wasn't there.

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