eldavo69

2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

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8 hours ago, patently said:

Told you to get a C4S... :roflmao:

Why would I want the slower one???

First cost accounted for - tiny screw in a front tyre and it had “just” gone through. Too close to the edge to patch, although they tried. The tread pattern for the Bridgestones has been updated so changed both fronts to a Kumho PS91 tyre. Rears are hovering between 4-5mm so will put the same on the rear after the Ring in May.

A good friend has a tyre garage and several Porsches, I went for the Kumhos based upon the fact he runs them on his 996, really rates them and he charged me cost price too! The pair cost less than I expected to pay for one.

After a trip out last night in heavy rain they are definitely an improvement over the 5 year old Bridgestones. 

 

 

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Love this car!

First opportunity to properly bond with it this weekend. 150 miles of Moorland roads effortlessly soaked up. The M030 suspension is far more compliant than the KW ClubSport on the Twbo so I was able to carry more speed on the same roads. The 944 is too stiff for some of the real bumpy stuff and the back skips out on some of the corners, no such problems in the 911 - felt “slower”, was quicker. 

Out with an RS4 and a Hurracan - suddenly the narrow little Porsche made perfect sense as it cleanly scythed through the twisty roads (and pulled out the odd bit of a gap too). 

Then gave it a good wash, interior clean and slapped some Gtechniq C2V3 on it and all is well in the world again. 

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The previous owner removed the outdated PCM Nav and fitted the same Parrot unit as I fitted to our Boxster. One of the USB plugs is connected up to the centre console armrest but not much use for charging your phone if it’s on a mount. 

I removed the head unit and fitted another phone charge cable (head unit has 3 USB sockets for phones/accessories) and brought it through the back of the cubby hole. There was already a hole behind the rubber trim, opened it up 2mm for the phone connector to fit through and recovered with the rubber. Cable pulls out for use and pushes neatly away when you’re done.  

Just waiting for a couple of bits to arrive this week and then I can hopefully do the resonator delete and cold air feed on the air box over Easter. 

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I recognise the rear of that RS4... although I remember it being smaller/further away. :P

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A black interior was a must but the “soft ruffled leather” wasn’t ideal. 

Am down in Luton for work and spotted some immaculate 996 seats for sale on the 911UK forum just 30miles away. Black comfort seats from a 996 C4S with the memory function (so a straight swap for mine as they’re memory too) plus - these were heated. Some googling and some texting later and I was off to look* at the seats and knew what I needed to do to make up some wiring looms to retrofit the heated seats to OEM standards. 

*buy

These are now sat in the back of my car ready to go home tomorrow, will get hold of the matching rears in time or may just remove them for now (the bases are held in with Velcro and the backs are 4/5 screws). 

They are immaculate - very happy and far better than the creased and baggy looking ruffled leather.

 

*edit* - certainly NOT my 90’s lounge  

 

 

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4 minute mod the other day - fitted the brushed aluminium bezel trims. Look a bit weird when you stare at them on their own but picks up the brushed aluminium accents in the cabin really nicely. Just clip in/out. 

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I shudder to think what the total cost of all this tinkering is going to be once you are (finally) done...

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10 hours ago, Rachel said:

I shudder to think what the total cost of all this tinkering is going to be once you are (finally) done...

Seats were an absolute steal - by the time I’ve sold mine after swapping them over then I’ll be up. 

It’s all who you know too - i’ll do all the wiring for the heated parts as I have the wiring diagrams and wire specs, the OEM switches and parts that I need are being given to me for nothing. 

That’s pretty much the extent of the tinkering that this car will get. It’s a lovely example and I intend to keep it that way. 

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On 3/28/2018 at 2:35 PM, eldavo69 said:

That’s pretty much the extent of the tinkering that this car will get. 

I hope so. Each time I get excited by the idea of a 996, I read something about reliability that puts me off. Good luck :)

Says the Alfa Romeo owner.

PS - Lavender x

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That’s why you buy one with everything done! 

In the last 8 days I have done more miles in this car than the previous owner did in the last 12 months. I love it, handles amazingly well, goes like a stabbed rat and sounds glorious. It’s worth a nod to the engine, that 3.6 might “only” produce 320bhp but it is so tractable and torquey, coupled with the way the revs surge upwards that it really holds it own with bigger bhp company. 

Anyway - seats are in, only 4 bolts and a couple of electrical connectors to swap them over so went for it. Will have to remove them again when the wiring looms turn up from Porsche for the heated elements but that takes 5 mins. 

Big improvement, the camera doesn’t pick up the perforated leather on the replacements but it’s a nicer place to be. 

Have sourced some matching rears from a breakers in Leeds, will pick those up when I’m next passing that way with work - I have the rear backrests folded down anyway as it makes a nice cubby hole to stuff a jacket/bag/etc. 

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Apparently it’s not wise to operate the headlight washers at speed as the plastic caps get brittle and snap off. 

Luckily I have good brakes and retrieved the cap. Just as well as you can’t buy them separately, only as part of the washer nozzle assembly for £55 + VAT. 

Gorrila Glue Epoxy to the rescue!

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Wow, that was lucky!   +++

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Mini ones are pretty much the same, all in one £69.00 FOR A FECKIN' WASHER NOZZLE!!!!

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5 hours ago, Ian_C said:

Wow, that was lucky!   +++

Yup - I saw it go all wobbly as I was slowing down for a 30 limit in a village and then it came off but slid up the light. I jumped on the brakes and it slid back down and fell off the front of the car, a passer-by picked it up and handed it to me. 

Funnily enough, once we got to lunch about 3 people told me about their Mini ones doing the same. 

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Pinged a wheel on a “ramp” where some newly surfaced road met the old stuff - by the time I came round the corner and saw the sign it was too late to slow down enough (I was “making progress” up over Alston Moor so only myself to blame. 

Problem was that the split rim lip was diamond cut and the lacquer had split so unless I had the rim split, re-cut and re-lacquered my options were limited. Dropped the wheel off with Tony at Alloyfix in the morning and picked it back up that afternoon. He’d straightened the rim as best as possible on the outside, fully sorted the inner rim and the whole wheel and tyre assembly had only needed 15g of weight to balance. So, for £60 not a bad result. I may look at getting the lips redone at some point and the inners done in Anthracite but that can wait. 

I masked off the peeled lacquer and removed all the loose bits before hitting it with had a dozen light coats of wheel lacquer over the affected area. Still noticeable if you look for it but at least it’s straight and protected!

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Mentioned this to my Porsche Indys and they told me that they had just bought a new ramp and laser alignment setup that was being installed in the next two weeks and they’d do my alignment for free so they could get some experience using it.

Figured if I was getting that done then I should look at anything else in that area first - I was considering some H&R lowering springs (it’s currently on M030 height which is 10mm lower than stock) which will give an additional 20mm but wanted to see how the ride and clearance were first so will save that for another time. 

 Some of the aluminium wheel bolts were a bit corroded and the collars were starting to flake - they all do that - so I looked at a set of new bolts too. 

Eventually, bought 16 new extended wheel bolts, 4 extended locking bolts and 4 x 15mm hubcentric spacers (for a bargain £140) as I felt that the wheels were lost in the arches. 

Hey, at least the alignment is free right?

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Is it on charge?

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Actually, as I look at that, has the front bumper dropped a touch?

It also looks a slightly different colour.

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1 hour ago, E-bmw said:

Actually, as I look at that, has the front bumper dropped a touch?

It also looks a slightly different colour.

Nah - just painted by Stevie Wonder, more noticeable in pics though. 

I left it on the battery conditioner overnight, just do that once a week and it keeps it tip top. 

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Strangely more noticeable on the driver side taken pic than the passenger side taken pic.

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9 hours ago, E-bmw said:

Strangely more noticeable on the driver side taken pic than the passenger side taken pic.

Just the lighting. 

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On 4/3/2018 at 9:58 AM, eldavo69 said:

I love it, handles amazingly well, goes like a stabbed rat and sounds glorious. It’s worth a nod to the engine, that 3.6 might “only” produce 320bhp but it is so tractable and torquey, coupled with the way the revs surge upwards that it really holds it own with bigger bhp company.

Like I've been telling everyone for the last 14 years, you mean? :roflmao:

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On 4/7/2018 at 0:52 PM, E-bmw said:

Actually, as I look at that, has the front bumper dropped a touch?

No, it's just the shape of the bumper around the lights.  They all look a bit like that from the wrong angle.

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On 3/13/2018 at 6:29 AM, eldavo69 said:

Picked it up, raining all afternoon so not much chance to do anything but a dry evening. Took my daughter out for donuts and took the scenic route home via a few landmarks and some tunnels. 

14.2mpg - so it’s fair to say we had some fun. 

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Dazzling car in the middle of the night! ;)

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On 12/04/2018 at 5:23 AM, Benjiex said:

Dazzling car in the middle of the night! ;)

It says 9.01pm on the car clock.

Are you being deliberately fecking stupid?

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