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Old 07-25-2017, 01:33 AM   #461
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Early morning drive through the pier proved to have some nice views. Google Pixel proving to have a stonkingly good camera.

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Old 07-26-2017, 02:24 AM   #462
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I've taken the side vents off and gave them a lick of matt black paint. The 987 and onwards have this and it looks lovely with the contrast between the paint and the vent.



I'll also be doing the front fins on the bumper, as per the newer models. So the only bits that will be matt black are the exhausts, rear diffuser, rear badge, side vents and front fins. Basically the modern variants of this car have these parts in ABS plastic, so painting in matt black gives the same effect.

Whilst the side vents were off though, I've de-snorkel'd it.

This is a common thing to do, which removes the 'snorkel' restrictor from the intake which in turn allows more air in. Two resulting things happen, the first is a much louder intake sound which sounds gorgeous, and apparently there's a 5bhp power increase which someone proved with a dyno.

Seen here:****Finally: Dyno charts of de-snorked 986S!!!

Whether or not that's true, I don't know and I don't really care, I did it for the sound, but the fact that someone had a 5bhp increase from it just gives me peace of mind that I won't loose any power by doing it.

The sound is lovely now! Sounds exactly the same unless you bury the accelerator, and around 4,000rpm you get this snarl which sounds reminiscent of the induction noise on an E30, or a McLaren F1. No I'm not saying it sounds like a McLaren F1, but find an on-board video (EVO on YouTube) and listen to the snarl of the induction - that's the sound you start to get, and it's lovely.
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Somewhat ironically, the newer models offer these parts painted in body colour as an (expensive) option.

Loving yours though!
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:38 AM   #464
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Somewhat ironically, the newer models offer these parts painted in body colour as an (expensive) option.

Loving yours though!
Interesting! And thank you
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:41 AM   #465
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Gave the car its second wax and sealant of the year. I only do this twice a year as my drying technique tops up the wax layers (spray wax onto a wet drying towel to dry the car, adds the protection afterwards).















Remember the issues I was (and still am) having with the handling and alignment? Well something's happening to the car which is usually bad news, but is great news for me as it pin points what it is.

Under acceleration, the car is turning slightly left, and under deceleration, the car returns to steer right. This pretty much confirms that it's the alignment, and not loose ball joints. If it was loose bushes, the car would turn either left or right under acceleration/deceleration. This is consistent, with the car turning more left the harder I accelerate. It's subtle, but it's there.

I'm going to take it back to the alignment centre as I'm hoping that the alignment bolts weren't tightened properly, and I'm going to tell them to really tighten them up.

After that, I'll change the knocking front drop links, and the car's back to perfect mechanical condition.
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:01 PM   #466
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Found out from a friend that the lip that was cracked on the sub frame that the eccentric bolt pushes against to allow the toe to be adjusted is causing all of the issues. I was told that the torque of the bolt keeps the alignment, whereas in fact the bolt needs this lip to rest against, and as it's not there, the alignment will and has changed drastically.

Going to order a new rear left subframe in the next few days to fix it, as well as some drop links for the front. After I replace the sub frame, drop links, then get it aligned, it should feel and drive like new again and I seriously can't wait.

Second hand subframe is 25 on Ebay, drop links are 45, alignment is 60 for all four wheels. So 130 to get the suspension sorted. Happy days.
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Old 08-31-2017, 05:39 PM   #467
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Glad to hear it is not going to be too much to sort out. The car looks beautiful as always
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Old 09-02-2017, 08:49 AM   #468
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Glad to hear it is not going to be too much to sort out. The car looks beautiful as always
Thank you

Whilst I’m waiting to buy the parts to fix the suspension issues, I already had the kit to refurbish the alloy wheels.

The last time I did the wheels they looked great, but eventually they became a lot more matt than gloss for some reason. Not sure if it was the lacquer I used or the technique.

This time I’ve coated the lacquer on seriously thick. The result is a wheel that’s not perfect by any means (with orange peel and the odd lacquer defect here and there due to thick build up), but it’s a lot more glossy.

I could get them professionally done but, to be honest, this is good enough for me.











I tell you what though, I used black primer before putting the coat on. When the primer dried, the wheel was satin black…

…and it did look quite nice.
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Wheels look great to me, Ger. Nicely done!


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Ger , What tyres are you running , size / brand ?
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Wheels look great to me, Ger. Nicely done!
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Front: Falken FK510 - 225/40/18

Rear: Falken FK510 - 255/40/18
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Old 11-06-2017, 02:48 AM   #472
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Haven't actually posted in a while due to being ridiculously busy. Being a lecturer I've got assessments and marking to do outside of work, as well as the fact that I work in a TV studio and normally work overtime, as well as a PGCE to study for, as well as freelance work to do... you can see how I've got no time to wipe my own ass lately.

Even so, thought I'd update you on it all.

The car's still brilliant, going strong. I haven't done much to it as the plan was to buy an Mk1 MX5, spend a few grand on it and turn it into a track car on the side (as well as keeping the Porsche, don't worry). But with everything that's going on lately, I'm having to put that on hold due to time. That's all good though, just means I can focus on the Porsche a little more!

There's a few things that started to pile up due to having no time, but nothing substantial. Here's some of the****things I need to do:

Drop links. The front left drop link is knocking since changing my control arms, so I just need to quickly change that. I'm going to attempt to do it myself but it'll probably be a garage job due to the seized bolts.

Control arm nut. Had a bit of an issue here. The rear control arm that I replaced has a nut that holds it to the wheel hub, but weirdly this nut keeps coming loose which results in the rear wheel starting to move. I've got a new arm but I'm using the old nut, so I popped into Porsche and bought a new one. I'll put it on with thread lock and that should be fine. I may even put the old nut on top of the new nut as a sort of locking nut.

Alignment. The alignment is out due to the fore-mentioned nut, and I don't want to do it until I get this nut sorted with thread lock. After that, should be good!

HID's. My left HID is dimmer than my right and has been fore quite a while, but it's still my old HID's Direct kit (which are absolutely dire). I'm going to get one of the 85 Hid4U kits which are apparently astonishing. I'm also going to try 6000k as I normally do 5000k, but as my DRL's are 6000k, I'd like to try them. If not, I can always buy 5000k bulbs separately and keep the 6000's as a backup.

Door window drop. Since changing my window regulator years ago, this happens now and again where the window doesn't drop as much as it should. I've got a few cable ties that take away the slack but over time they get crushed and it goes back to not dropping much. Just needs a bike brake cable adjuster and it should be fine. Even so, it's never as good as it used to be. But, if I disconnect the battery of the car then reconnect it, the window drops perfectly. But 30 seconds later, it'll go back to being rubbish again. I've re-trained it but perhaps I'm doing it wrong?

Dent/scuff. Someone decided to open their door into me and dent the rear quarter, then drive off and scuff the front bumper. Lovely! Luckily I've got the scuff off the front bumper with 2000grit wet and dry, but the rear will need a paintless dent repair specialist. I've had someone repair far worse than this, so I'm not worried! Will only cost around 40.

Starter motor. Sounds like a donkey, just need to clean it.

That's about it! Will keep you guys updated.
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Old 11-11-2017, 11:35 AM   #473
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So I may have had a slightly whoopsie. I clipped the rear of the car against a bollard!

The good news is that the metal bollard had a plastic covering, so while it's scratched the paintwork it hasn't gone through much at all - a quick buff of the machine will get them out.

The bad news comes in two parts. It's dented the panel gradually so the wheel arch sits a little further in than the other side, so I may be able to pull that out. The other bit of bad news was that it wrecked my track arm as the rear wheel was pointing out, so I had to get a recovery home.

This was the part I took out. Unbelievable...



That's the track arm's carrier bolt. Bent like a banana. It's weird, the nut on this kept coming undone and, after putting the new one on, the nut was lovely and tight whilst going down the thread. The old one wasn't at all, so I wonder if there was a fault with the part.

Either way, I've fitted the new part and had the car aligned, and it's driving perfectly again. Just need to machine the scratches out, and look at pulling the arch back out slightly.

This is how much the panel is bent in.

This is the good side:



And this is the bad side:



Notice you can see more tyre?

I'm thinking of taking the wheel arch off, heating the whole panel and finding some way of just bending it out slightly. That's the theory anyway...
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