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Old 01-19-2018, 02:39 PM   #1
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It started with a model car...

This story starts in 1993 when as a boy of 8 my dad bought me a model car to add to my growing collection of 'collectables' (not toys!). It was this:

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Porsche had released details they were going to make their Boxster Concept car a reality and being Porsche fans back then, dad bought me the model version but i said someday maybe i would own the real thing. Fast forward to 2005 and Dad had fulfilled a dream of owning a Porsche, in fact he got into buying/selling/sourcing Porsches for customers. He had a few Boxsters back then from 2.5 to 2.7 and then a 3.2 S Anniversary Edition which I drove and got hooked on.

Fast forward again to Jan 2018 and I fulfil the dream myself when i was offered a 2001 Boxster S by a friend who had it tucked away (I didn't even realise he had it!). Myself and my dad went to view the car last saturday even though knowing who owned it the car would be a good one, thankfully it was, a deal was done and I am now the proud owner of a Boxster S! Its a 2001 986 model with a few factory upgrades on it:

Lapiz Blue with Black Leather
18" Turbo Twist Alloys
Sports 'Wingback' Seats
6 speed Manual
Hard top
81,000 miles

I've only driven it home and out a couple of places, really hasn't been the weather for it. I plan a few changes to it so will post updates as and when they happen. Oh and yes I still have the model version!
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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That's a great looking Boxster!! I hope you get some decent weather here and there so you can get it out and enjoy it. It's gonna be great
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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Beautiful car and color Congratulations and welcome to the forum
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:16 AM   #4
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Thanks for the kind comments!
Not much work has been done to the Boxster, been out driving it a bit but i did manage to source a set of used genuine Porsche smoked clear headlights from a parts company on eBay who were breaking a 996 911 (same headlights fit both 996 and 986), great condition and very easy to swap over. Also got a set of smoked clear/red rear lights brand new from Porsche Centre Belfast as well as smoked clear side repeaters. I know a lot of people were saying they love the ambers but I don't get the amber look - growing up in the 90s, the base model cars had amber indicators and then you knew the higher spec models by their clear indicators so i guess that mentality has stuck with me. Anyways, lights fitted (my own reg fitted too) and quick wash:

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Old 02-19-2018, 09:12 AM   #5
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Nice! I like the clears better as well, particularly on blue paint.
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looks like you have the entire sport design interior package - funky diamond vinyl, sport seats, silver trim (seat backs, console, hvac surround, gauge surround, door handle covers, etc.) leather console and gauge covers, three-spoke steering wheel. luck - that's a good one.
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:36 AM   #7
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Beautiful Boxster Graham looks great, the new lights are a great improvement . If your interested you can come along with us ( PCGB local branch ) on our first drive out of the season ( March 18th ) We usually have a good broad spectrum of different Porsche models turning up with everyone eager to blow the cobwebs of their cars after a winter of hibernation, just PM me for details, you would be very welcome.
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:54 PM   #8
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After a long time offline from car forums (its been a busy year!) i thought i would get back into it again etc. Still have the Boxster, so here is an update of its adventures over the last year.
The wheels were treated to a full refurb, the classic Turbo Twist wheels really set this car off well and are well suited to this shape and era of Porsche, whether it be in the 996 911 or here on the 986 Boxster - they can both thank the previous generation 993 911 for the design! At the same time I wanted to get the car lowered slightly, after much research and going between H&R's / Eibach's / TechArt I decided on TechArt springs from Design911.co.uk, they were slightly more expensive than the others and are made for TechArt by Eibach but apparently TechArt supply their own spec's, from what i can tell the spring rates are different to that of the Eibach ones. They drop the car 30mm all round, i was so pleased with the results:
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Next up was the exhaust, the sound from the flat 6 is already awesome with quite a surprising amount of induction sound especially from 4k onwards but i felt it needed to be released more. I then realised how expensive Porsche parts can be and modified parts can be expensive as well, but during one of my Ebay hunts one night i came across a guy in england selling a Dansk backbox for a more affordable price, best thing was he had only driven a few hundred miles with it on his car and realised it wasn't for him. So got it, fitted it and was not disappointed - it really releases the engine note without too much droning. Only problem is it sits off centre which is annoying, I've yet to get this sorted but do plan on it.
At the same time, just before Dubshed last year, I had service work carried out along with discs and Textar brake pads all round, handbrake cable and full geometry set up done. Ready in time for Dubshed:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:59 AM   #9
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The week after Dubshed was a Kirkistown Track Skills day, decided I really wanted to see how this car handled on the circuit given my last trackway was in my E36 M3 CLS - that car was fantastic on the track although i was mad taking it there due to its rarity and i felt i could never really push it to its limit just in case something happened it. Not so with the Boxster, I felt i was really able to push it on and get further up to its limits. Having not been on the track in a few years and with it being a bit greasy i did take it easy initially (which i think @soupz was pleased about being my passenger!) then got an instructor in with me - Debtors dip is always the test or benchmark so i managed to get myself up to 96/98mph then with the instructor in with me telling me to push and to have more confidence in the car i got it up to 114mph, which i thought was impressive although i have very few cars to benchmark it against, the E36 M3 CLS was 121mph, also took my Dad's 964 Supercharged 911 C4 round it and it managed 126mph so the wee Boxster with its seemingly only 252/260bhp did ok i reckon! I had a lot of fun though, managed to push so hard the brake pedal went to the floor at one point but otherwise the car held up really well. It was fun learning the on track characteristics of a mid-engined car as well.

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr


Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

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Video of the instructor session in link above.

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Old 01-31-2019, 12:16 PM   #10
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Next up was a little but in my eyes effective detail - changing the orange bulbs for silver ones:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

After this, it turned out the trackday did shorten the lifespan of a few components, thankfully nothing major but a few rattles developed from both axles so to sort the problem the car was treated to:
Rear Track Control Arm
Front track Control Arm
Front Top Mounts
Front Anti-Roll bar bushes
Rear Wheel Bearing and front wheel bearing
2x Front Michelin Pilot Sport tyres

My mechanic did all of the above and carried out another full geometry setup on the car, the car is by far one of the best handling cars I've driven - it has so much mechanical grip so its able to utilise all of its power.

After this, thankfully it hasn't needed much other work other than a set of rear tyres so a pair of Michelin Pilot Sports went on the car at the end of the autumn so haven't really got to see what they are like compared to the Bridgestones which were on it before. Other than that it was much enjoyed the rest of the summer and autumn months:


Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
The collie even got a spin!

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Meeting the previous owner out and about:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
And then road trips with mates:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:38 PM   #11
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After this, it turned out the trackday did shorten the lifespan of a few components, thankfully nothing major but a few rattles developed from both axles so to sort the problem the car was treated to:
Rear Track Control Arm
Front track Control Arm
Front Top Mounts
Front Anti-Roll bar bushes
Rear Wheel Bearing and front wheel bearing
2x Front Michelin Pilot Sport tyres

My mechanic did all of the above and carried out another full geometry setup on the car, the car is by far one of the best handling cars I've driven - it has so much mechanical grip so its able to utilise all of its power.

After this, thankfully it hasn't needed much other work other than a set of rear tyres so a pair of Michelin Pilot Sports went on the car at the end of the autumn so haven't really got to see what they are like compared to the Bridgestones which were on it before. Other than that it was much enjoyed the rest of the summer and autumn months:


Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
The collie even got a spin!

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
Meeting the previous owner out and about:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
And then road trips with mates:

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr
We moved house last year so it and the ZX got a new house too (still a work in progress):


Boxster 986 S by Graham Thompson, on Flickr

And that's it all caught up to date. Next thing its getting is an o2 sensor which has gone on it and also I really need to get stuck into the paintwork so a few more updates on its way. If you've got this length thanks for reading, may not be everyone's cup of tea but i cannot recommend Boxster ownership highly enough, it really is a fantastic car for not a lot of money. Now just waiting on the better weather to come!

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Old 02-28-2019, 03:37 PM   #12
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What a beauty!
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