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Old 01-01-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
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Smile Ger's 2003 Porsche Boxster S

I started a thread in the General Discussion area a while ago, but thought I'd start a proper one here

I've bought a 2003 Porsche Boxster S. It's absolutely beautiful.

Photos of it outside the showroom before I bought it:














And some crappy iPhone photos I took myself (no chance to use the DSLR yet).

Just leaving the showroom in York, to start a 4.5 hour drive to Cardiff:






My dad enjoying the car:





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Old 01-01-2016, 01:25 PM   #2
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Home at last - first photo on the driveway:




My Nephew seemed to like it:




The car is beautiful. Paintwork is immaculate, it's been two stage polished, no dings, nothing. The car drives amazingly too. Rear wheel drive launches and a 3.2 flat 6 is unreal. I thought the celica was fast, but faaaahking hell. This is unreal.

I've got a few things I'd like to do though! Here's the list:

Performance & Maintenance
- De-snorkel air vent

Exterior & Engine Bay
- Metal polish exhaust
- Respray rear badge silver
- Cayman spoiler Link
- Projector retrofit headlights Link
- Refurbish alloys & coloured centre caps Link
- Apply missing ‘Porsche’ caliper decal Link
- LED Cree indicators Link + Link
- Rear parking sensors Link
- Porsche dust caps Link
- Change alloys to 18” variants

Interior & Other Trim
- Buy BEAT 285BT Stereo Link
- Upgrade speakers
- Retrofit cruise control
- Retrofit on board computer

Other & Possibilities
- Exhaust bypass pipes with hand valves
- Auto-dimming mirror
- Fire extinguisher
- Heated seats
- Install dash spoiler control button


And here's what I've done so far:

Performance & Maintenance
- Modified roof relay (on-the-move opening)

Exterior & Engine Bay
- 5000k HID Xenon H7R Headlights
- 5000k side lights
- 5000k number plate lights
- Aero wipers

Interior & Other Trim
- USB charger

Refurbished & Replaced
- Battery

Photos of the new sidelights and headlights:

Sidelights:



Headlights:



Due to the headlights having a shield over the bulb in the refractor lens, if you use a H7R bulb instead of a H7, you get absolutely no glare. It's fantastic - HID's in a reflector bulb hardly work, but some headlights are fine with it. The Renault Laguna and Honda Civic are two off the top of my head that come with them from the factory. I did this through sheer curiosity and it turned out great! I'm still going to retrofit projectors though.


I seriously need to clean this engine bay:



Button was broken on the spare key fob. Re-soldered a new one and it works fine now:



Did the modification to the roof so that you can lower it on the move without the handbrake (not my photo):




So yeah! I'm over the moon with it especially since it costs 40 a month less to insure than the Celica T-Sport I used to own. Couldn't believe that.

The car's been flawless for weeks, but unfortunately with all this terrible rain I've got a misfiring engine when driven hard, but fine when I drive it normally. I'm in the process of replacing all plugs and coil packs so I'll get back to you on that issue - doesn't seem serious though.

Also, here's the condition of the paintwork. It's a video as photos doesn't do its justice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pufC19VkOg

I'll keep you guys updated!

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Old 01-01-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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Car looks fantastic. Nice job waxing.

One question. Where did you get the replacement microswitch for the key fob? I have a broken one as well and would like to fix it it.

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2016, 03:22 AM   #4
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Thanks they're on Ebay, just search for Porsche keyfob micro switch.
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Congrats and welcome, great looking Boxster! You have a nice list which will keep you busy. Hopefully the rain will end soon!
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This car looks so clean already, by the time you are done with it, it will be unbelievable.
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Thanks guys, appreciate it!

Decided to give the exhaust a good polish.

Left side unpolished, right side polished:



Both polished:



Also decided to give the windscreen scuttle some bumper trim gel.

Before:



During:



After:



And gave the headlights a polish and coating of wax:



That's all for now!
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:16 PM   #8
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My girlfriend bought me a Porsche boot bag

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Awesome work

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Thanks guys, appreciate it!

Decided to give the exhaust a good polish.

Left side unpolished, right side polished:



Both polished:



Also decided to give the windscreen scuttle some bumper trim gel.

Before:



During:



After:



And gave the headlights a polish and coating of wax:



That's all for now!
Two questions:
Exactly what polish did you use for the tailpipe? I tried to do mine with a Turtlewax chrome polish a got weak results.
Also what EXACTLY bumper gel did you use on your windscreen scuttle?
The both look great!
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Two questions:
Exactly what polish did you use for the tailpipe? I tried to do mine with a Turtlewax chrome polish a got weak results.
Also what EXACTLY bumper gel did you use on your windscreen scuttle?
The both look great!
Metal Polish:
Meguiar's NXT Generation Metal Polysh
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Apply both with a soft foam applicator and remove with a microfibres
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If you find the autoglym bumper gel tends to make a waxy mess in the rain, I heartily recommend Chemical Guys Fade to Black (it's an aerosol). Be sure to wipe it down completely with a microfibre towel once it's dwelled for 30 minutes or so.

Nowadays I only use bumper gel if I need to get some polishing residue out of non-black plastics. It used to be my go-to product though

The car looks great GT, and couldn't have found a better home it seems! Sucks for me that your links didn't paste into the post intact.

What are your plans for the HID projector retrofit? And where did you mount the ballasts?

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Nice find! That is one clean looking ride
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If you find the autoglym bumper gel tends to make a waxy mess in the rain, I heartily recommend Chemical Guys Fade to Black (it's an aerosol). Be sure to wipe it down completely with a microfibre towel once it's dwelled for 30 minutes or so.

Nowadays I only use bumper gel if I need to get some polishing residue out of non-black plastics. It used to be my go-to product though

The car looks great GT, and couldn't have found a better home it seems! Sucks for me that your links didn't paste into the post intact.

What are your plans for the HID projector retrofit? And where did you mount the ballasts?

Al.
Thanks well I've got a HID kit in there at the moment with the reflectors, but I'm running H7R bulbs and, in all fairness, they're great with no glare. And whilst running a 5000k kit, they just look like crisp clear bright bulbs.

Well I had a chat to Particlewave about this and it seems I can't do it with a heat gun, but the trouble in the UK is finding an oven big enough to fit the headlights in. It's a bit of a sticky situation! The only other option is to pay someone to do it for me, but then the price will get close to second hand litronics.

I'm going to have to find some sort of way.

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Nice! Where did she find it?


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I have an 03 Boxster S 6 speed as well. Original IMS 122k+ miles, owned it since 70k miles and besides basic maintenance, absolutely no mechanical problems. runs like a dream.
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Nice peace of mind

Mine's developed a couple of problems. I'm having spluttering and rattling from the car when hot (after a hard drive):

From inside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i69lltfykW8

From outside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyKCsiF_RJo

I thought it was misfiring, but it now sounds like the exhaust. It only happens when hot though? I've replaced coils and plugs and it's the same. I wonder if it's the cat.

Also my drivers window regulator has snapped so I'll have to replace that. Damn it!

Still, could be worse.
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Just mounted the ballasts to the HID's properly. Drilled holes through the covers and fed the wires through, using the rubber grommets on the HID wires to plug the holes. Screwed the ballasts to the back of the cover, and then re-fit the lights.

So much better than cramming the ballasts inside the lamp housing! Was paranoid of heat.

I'm in two minds about the projector retrofit now. I do really, really want it, but I don't have an oven big enough, and my original plan for a heat gun isn't a good idea apparently. I'm not sure what my options are
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Is using a heat gun *carefully* an option?

re: sound of the videos, I could really only hear an exhaust leak. It sounded like from the headers to me. Did you find a leak?

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Not yet, haven't had chance. How did you think it was from the headers?

Apparently using a heat gun doesn't apply heat in the right areas
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Not yet, haven't had chance. How did you think it was from the headers?

Apparently using a heat gun doesn't apply heat in the right areas
I could be wrong of course, but it seemed to be only a single cylinder or perhaps two leaking. Only happening at certain temps is consistent with a cracked header/collector too. Eyeball your headers first is all I'm really suggesting.

I guess the headlights are sealed with butyl rubber as per most lights, but the sealing point isn't around the outer edge of the light like 'normal'. That's damned annoying that is! Especially when the right projector shrouds really lift these headlights appearance wise.
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