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The return of Marty Wild
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am ecstatic to announce I picked up my first Porsche on Sunday, had been in Helmsley for a Christening the day before. The roads up there were outstanding, but it was obviously the wrong time of year as they were inches deep in crap and anything but dry. But having skilfully managed the drinking at the celebrations that night I was good to go that Morning to Lincoln.

I had taken a half day to wash my previous car (mkIV R32) with a view of it looking its best for the purposes of PX. I needn’t have bothered, by the time I had navigated the roads from York to Helmsley there was precious little paintwork even showing.

I made it to Lincoln to meet someone that needs no introduction, Tom from 911 Virgin. He had seen this thread and contacted me with a car he had that I might be interested in. They guy was an absolute gentleman from start to finish, accommodating beyond measure and very helpful. It actually felt like I was getting support into the fold, not just being sold a car.

As for the car, I picked up a ’07 Cayman S in white with almost 54k on the clock. It had all the ‘drivers’ toys I had originally wanted, but presumed, I wouldn’t be able to have if I wanted the car anytime soon. When compared to the car I saw in Harlow (link above) it was the deal of the century. Strangely, Lakeside cars still appear to have that particular motor! Haha

Initial impressions when compared to a mkIV R32, it just feels so much more solid and better put together. The throttle, even with Sport mode enabled isn’t as sensitive, the brakes and clutch though, require more of a push obviously. Was surprised by how much difference the PASM button made, even if the other half wasn’t impressed with my direction changing tests on the A1(M) as we cruised home. Visibility in the rear view and wing mirrors is next level compared to the R, that was really apparent. Even my good woman picked up on that, she said “are your wing mirrors set up ok, I can never normally see the cars behind us?”, guess not having a high back end creates a much bigger field of vision.

Managed an indicated 28mpg on a sensible cruise to pick her up in the R32, got 27mpg on the final leg in the Cayman.

Now I am totalling itching to use her again, living in Cambridge it’s quicker to cycle and not put start/stop miles on her. So don't drive daily. Not even seen her in the daylight since I picked her up. Will keep her as god intended bar a full LED conversion inside and out, had some spare LEDs sitting at home from the R32 that fitted the numberplate. Can’t wait to find out more about this car, the initial impressions were just amazing!

Will make a separate thread for the full LED conversion for anyone that might be interested.

Forgive the poor quality of my first ever pic of her, lighting was bad.

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The return of Marty Wild
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did the numberplate LEDs as had a set sitting there. Left is the IMO hideous standard yellow light.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice thumbsup

Great write up regarding your collection adventure too. Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks T8 and everyone who contributed to this thread when I was still rubbing my chin, a man seeing possibilities of a dream come true.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Car looks awesome and the wheels really suit it too. Thumb

A bit jealous of your garage space too, mine is about 6inches wider than than my car!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

loving the white with those wheels lookin very GTSish
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The return of Marty Wild
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gents! When I was thinking of the purchase, figured I would end up in Silver or Grey, hadn't seen one in white. The odd red one but other than that, always black, silver or grey.

Must confess, sadly that is not my garage! Wish it was!

Have not seen it in the light since Sunday, got a 120mile trip lined up for tonight. Literally can't wait!
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

p.s. really don't think the air intakes are very attractive on the gen1s, when I saw this car I was instantly pleased. Being black really does make the best out of them!
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a lovely looking car, congrats. White is one of my favourite colours. Enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely looking motor and good write up! See you on the Cambs roads!! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The return of Marty Wild wrote:
p.s. really don't think the air intakes are very attractive on the gen1s, when I saw this car I was instantly pleased. Being black really does make the best out of them!


If you're talking about the side air intakes, they are the same on the gen 1 and gen 2. They didn't change.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words Gents, was all set for a spin down to the south coast last night..... Disaster strikes! Back near side was flat as a pancake! Spent all morning trying to get it fixed.... sitting in a rented Focus as I write this!

Metal shard 2cm from the inner edge, must have picked it up miles from home on my maiden voyage! Totally gutted and 500 sheets on top of the price of the car, only had it 6 days, driven it only once.

@ Pothole - Oh ok, so it's the 718 that has similar vents to the 918?!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little update after a month of ownership, hoping if any other new/would be owners stumble across this thread.

The Technicals:

- The flat tyre turned out to be a shard of innocuous looking glass. Bit the bullet and put some new recently 'N rated' Super Sports on the back axle. Came in around £460 fitted from BlackCircles. Worth noting that the 19" 265mm rears are available as 'N0' rated. But same can't be said for the fronts.

- Recently found out the 'Sound Package Plus' amp made by ASK hasn't been powering up the 8" subs in the doors. Explaining why the sound is so tinny even with the bass turned up to full. Amp is whipped out and will be sent to Norway as per this thread:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1234814

- MPG when compared to the mkIV R32 seems better on long mixed road type journeys. Shorter trips to work (should I not cycle) or supermarket runs is worse. When I picked the car up I thought I got 27mpg on the way home, but it turns out unlike on the R, the indicated mpg does not reset every trip. Needs to be reset using the stalk every trip should you wish to view the mpg for that journey.

- The car had some hideously useless Phillips H7 Halogen bulbs designed to give an HID/Xenon look. Was literally scared the first time I used the car in the dark. Whacked some trusty Osram Nightbreakers in to tide me over until some HID kits were delivered.

Had pondered what the 'Design 911' HID kits at £250 afforded you over a cheaper set, so rang them up expecting a little bit of salesman spiel. The staff member had no information as to why their items were worth such a premium, in fact, the only explanation he offered me was incorrect. It ended with him actually hanging up on me. So wasn't a great first impression of their store.

Ended up getting a set from 'HIDS4U' after reading some good reviews. I must say the customer service was EXCELLENT in comparison, a member of staff took ownership of the transaction and went out of his way to keep me updated as to the progress as the items had been on pre-order. He went out of his way to get the kits sent to me before I broke from work for my Christmas break. So I fitted them the other day, simplicity in itself, took no more than 30 mins. No drilling required as there is so much space in the light assemblies for the kit.

The results are excellent, the light is now on a par if not better than the standard HIDs on the R32. I went for 5000k as I am after useable light and they are spot on IMO for how white they look to other road users. I had uprated to LED sidelights and they looked much closer to the 'Xenon look' halogens dips. But now, even though the HIDs are 5000k, they now don't look white enough. So may have to replace the sides as I am not a fan of the 'Mini Look' at night.

I had been worried about beam alignment as I don't want to annoy other drivers. But by my rough measurements and not having received any flashes. I believe I am not causing anyone any worry with my retro-fit. I think the fact the Cayman has 'Projector' lenses in the assembly makes retro-fitting HIDs a decent mod.

Link below, Cayman 987.1 runs H7 and you need the 'Projector version':

http://www.hids4u.co.uk/h7-xenon-hid-conversion-kits/

Plan to do a specific thread for all the lighting upgrades I am doing at some point. Incidentally, the 'Front headlight removal tool' actually failed when I was swapping the Osrams in. Had to buy a new one from here unfortunately:

https://www.porscheshop.co.uk/headlight-removal-tool-997-cayman-boxster-987.html

Thanks to OPC Cambridge for lending me one outside the front so I could just finish the job having swapped one out before the tool broke.

- Wheel protection for winter use as I don't have winter wheels. Read on here about washing the wheels once a week if you are going to use the car when the roads are salted and grimey. Read good reviews about 'Chemical Guys Wheel Guard:

http://www.chemicalguysuk.com/Chemical_Guys_Wheel_Guard_p/whegrd.htm

Have been washing the wheels once a week and they come up like new after the slightest of effort.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Soulful Stuff:

The car is a dream to drive, every time I start it I know I have arrived. There has been times when I have looked down and been shocked by the speedo reading. The car seems a lot more balanced than the R32, meaning the grip and road holding on offer vastly overshadows the lack of balance on the R32. Having that heavy 3.2 out over the front axle and its effect can not be hidden.

The steering is on another level in terms of communication from the road, unnerving at first as you feel every bump, every catseye. But I am used to that now, car seems more responsive to not only your inputs, but also the surfaces/environment you introduce it to. Think the Cayman requires more attention to drive than the R32 but is so much more rewarding.

As for grunt, its 50bhp over the stock R32, with 150-200kg in weight saving. This is seriously noticeable, according to figures I found online, the Cayman S is 1.5s faster to 60, but 4s to 100. The latter being the more impressive in terms of real world in-gear performance.

Crazy how easy it is to spin up the rears with Winter roads when pulling away at T junctions. Was spoilt by the AWD of my previous car when it comes to getting the power down in poor conditions.

Have been warming her up thoroughly, probably even more so than I did with the R32. Am weary of not booting it after an unplanned stop from high load driving too.

Am totally in love though, have not missed my last car per se, despite having to rent a Focus to transport a large TV. One question though, where is the auto-dimming rear view mirror? Missing that! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good review mate, my only thought on the review, have you considered fitting a 4" underdrive pulley and Low temp thermostat as the pulley adds a little weight to the power steering and gives it a more confidence building feel as these mid and rear engine cars are very light up front and the steering lets you know that a lot. I was very impressed when I did it to mine its just subtle but makes the steering feel far better. Thumb keep up the reviews Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Phil, the car came with the LTT and a Hartech deep sump on it.

Have heard of this underdrive pulley on here, is it an expensive mod?! Something I can do myself?!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review. Nice to see one that is unbiased and purely based on the ability of the car.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks isysman! Have driven a fair few 911s over the years, but you never get to grips when taking a quick blat in a mate's car.

It maybe an original Cayman with the engine in the wrong place, but I feel I'm getting a nice taste of Porsche ownership. The clunk when you pop a bonnet from the remote, the sound of the engine when it's wound up, that quintessential hot Porsche smell when you park up from a decent drive!

Love it Mr. Green
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got the amp back from Tore in Norway, very pleased, the difference in sound is night and day.

Here is his website, can't recommend his services enough. First of all, its worth checking your amp is working in the first place. You may not know you have an issue. I just figured the system wasn't up too much.

http://www.bergvillfx.com/index.php/services.html

The amp now has a 5 year guarantee after his upgrading and fixing the problem parts. Note his sticker on the bottom left corner. Turn around was just under 2 weeks. Him receiving the amp took the most days, once he received it, he turned it around in hours.
 



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Rick Astly just isn't the same without lots of base! what
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