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Old 12-14-2016, 04:21 PM   #3001
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Busy Wednesday...

....Installed new steering wheel, chassis brace, tow hook tie downs, jack points, Bird "Oddments Console", iSimple Transit BLU, and 2015 World Champions sticker.







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Old 12-14-2016, 04:31 PM   #3002
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Nice steering wheel!

Any details to share?
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:58 PM   #3003
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Sure...

...It's this:

https://www.vividracing.com/catalog/dct-motorsports-t96-sport-steering-wheel-porsche-996-carrera-turbo-9905-p-153657.html

Fits, works, feels, awesome!

I don't hit the bottom of the wheel with my thigh anymore.

The extra thickness is wonderful, but the biggest surprise to me, is the extra steering feel and effort due to the smaller diameter.

I am thrilled with it and would buy it all over again. I wish I hadn't waited so long to invest in one.
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:20 PM   #3004
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Switched out my scratched gold airbag crest for a silver one. Silver hood crest is on the way.



Old scratched crest:


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Thanks again for the replacement crest, Woody!!!
I did the silver hood crest a few years ago and love how it looks. Where did you get the silver airbag crest and how do you swap it?
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:53 PM   #3005
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I guess I should have said "new used crest". I'm not even sure if they can be found new...didn't even look.
I got it from Woody. It came from a car that had been in an accident with airbags deployed, so he just cut off the flap with the crest on it and sent it to me. After removing the rest of the old flap, I was able to slide the retaining washer down the post to get better acces to the flattened tip in order to squeeze it back into round.
I did this by carefully heating up just the tip with a small butane torch and squeezing it little by little with a pair of pliers. Once round, I could then slide the washer off.

To remove the old crest, I just used a Dremel to cut off the flattened end. Put the replacement crest in, washer on, then re-flattened the exposed end of the post. To protect the new crest, I laid 2 thick pieces of leather down, placed the airbag cover on them face down and slowly flattened the post (rivet) down with many moderate taps with a small hammer.

Getting the cover off the airbag requires removal of the airbag.
Disconnect the battery and wait a few minutes with the ignition in acc position to ensure all power is out of the system. Remove airbag (T30 Torx). Remove charge (4 x 10mm hex) and place in a safe location away from metal and other possible sources of static, then it's safe to remove the cover.

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Old 12-15-2016, 02:09 AM   #3006
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[QUOTE=10/10ths;519555]....Installed new steering wheel, chassis brace, tow hook tie downs, jack points, Bird "Oddments Console", iSimple Transit BLU, and 2015 World Champions sticker.

Where did you find a Bird arm rest? I've been wanting one of those for years.
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:48 AM   #3007
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Hi PW.
i think this guy is stealing your pictuers

996 interior re-trim project - Rennlist Discussion Forums

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Old 12-15-2016, 12:16 PM   #3008
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i think this guy is stealing your pictuers

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Haha! Nah, that's me. I like to troll the 996 forum looking for fights.
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:49 PM   #3009
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No much today, just attached my Deltran Battery Tender quick disconnect to the battery. Makes connections easier charging the Battery.

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Old 12-21-2016, 03:40 AM   #3010
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The other day I installed my new Conti drive belt from Pelican Parts. I noticed it was made in Romania. That's different! Most things today are made in CHINA.

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Old 12-21-2016, 05:23 AM   #3011
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That's amazing you were able to switch the crest like that. I didn't think it was possible.
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Old 12-21-2016, 01:30 PM   #3012
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That's amazing you were able to switch the crest like that. I didn't think it was possible.
It took me a while to get around to it. How long ago did you send it to me? More than a year ago, I think.

It was actually really simple. Judging by the weight and how soft the metal was, I assume it is aluminum. Is was very easy to squeeze the flattened end of the post back into round.

Thanks again!

P.S.: if you ever come across a black and silver crest (no red), let me know!
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Old 12-21-2016, 02:26 PM   #3013
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P.S.: if you ever come across a black and silver crest (no red), let me know!
Is that what I have (see picture)?

I have never seen another one like it - what makes this one so special? Was it part of some sort of an odd option package, perhaps? Or what?

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Old 12-21-2016, 03:13 PM   #3014
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Dave: yep, that's the one. I have no idea, but I assume anything other than gold was an added expense option. I've seen them on eBay from time to time (complete airbag), but 3 spoke airbags are expensive and I don't want to buy another if I can avoid it.

I wanted black and silver for both the airbag and hood crest to match my wheel center caps, but the custom hood crest is also expensive at $225.

My current wheel center caps (terrible picture):



And the custom hood crest from porschecrests@gmail.com:




I'd LOVE to have all of them in this monochrome style to match the black and white look of my car, but that may be a pipe dream for now. I was looking at OEM silver (with red) hood crests when my lady told me not to buy one, so she kind of gave away that I'm getting one for Christmas.

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Old 12-21-2016, 05:20 PM   #3015
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Finished up Day 3 of my SpecBoxster build. Started Monday night with an oil and trans fluid change, stripped the frunk & trunk and removed the rad fans and few other things yesterday, and took out most of the interior today. Glad most of this stuff doesn't have to go back in, as it's way easier to pull it all out than it is to reinstall it! Everything has gone to plan so far







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Old 12-21-2016, 06:12 PM   #3016
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Bird console...

....found the Bird console on Ebay. Dumb luck.
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Old 12-21-2016, 07:44 PM   #3017
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It was 48 degrees in Central Illinois today. So, I had to drive it. Now, I have clean it, again. The picture is from a slightly warmer day!


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Old 12-22-2016, 05:28 AM   #3018
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Horn failed....Time to install new ones...

Installed new horns.

Relocated Frunk release cable to tow hook opening.

Cleaned between condensers and radiators.




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Old 12-22-2016, 06:13 AM   #3019
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Not pretty in there, huh? Mine were similar. Prompted me to install some mesh screens.


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Is that what I have (see picture)?

I have never seen another one like it - what makes this one so special? Was it part of some sort of an odd option package, perhaps? Or what?

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