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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb, the stamp is in the service book from who done the service, I just don't want to start any trouble naming names.... Question

Hi Del, i've no idea mate. You'd think the oil warning light would be on, it must have been unless faulty... Maybe the mechanic just didn't notice it... bonk I'd love to know exactly what happened....

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb wrote:
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It wasn't AFN Guildford that seized the engine.... That's just where the car was bought from. Sorry, should have made that part a little clearer. Rolling Eyes

Oh, so I still don't know who the dodgy lot was! Sad

Did they stamp the service book in 2005, that will reveal who it was PC

Great first post, I quite liked the cobra seats.

Were the bbs wheels copies or the real deal? They set it off nicely Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Harv,

Yes... in the message just before yours, i told Robertb that the name is in the service book but i'm not one to name names on public sites... Not my thing...

The wheels are "AP" Wheels, I thought they were AP Racing wheels but apparently not... Think its a German company... I think my friend Mark knows about them, so i'm sure i can pop on and let you know if he does...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep Craig, your wheels are


Supplier of copy Porsche parts.

Not to be confused with


Supplier of very good brakes.


PS. Those wheels do suit the car though. I'm all for OEM stuff but can't think of any standard wheels that would suit your exterior parts as well as those AP ones.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

Thanks to all that have read and commented so far, I know it was a long read but hopefully an interesting one.
So, moving on to part 2 of the thread, this will cover some things I’ve done to the car in the last 4 years. I’ve tried to take pictures of before and after for all the things that have been done, but there are a few I’ve missed.

I may well list the next parts over a few instalments as there’s quite a bit.


Now, I know in the last post I said that when the car was at Jamie’s (Nelson Porsche) 16th March 2013 (85,708 miles), he said that it wanted for nothing. This was in relation to the things that are normally needed on a 996 of this age. However, there was one thing he flagged up that would need looking at next time. It would seem that both Stage One Cooling Fans were inoperative. Stage Two were working fine though. Straight away I told Jamie to order the resistors and I’d come back down to have them fitted when he had the time.

After I’d been using the car for a while, one of the first things I found was that I didn’t think the brakes were very good. Obviously I knew about modern cars being over-servo’d so 911 brakes always feel like they need a good prod to get them working, but these were just not good.
I’d been following Mark down to Jamie’s to drop his car off for service, we were doing between 70 – 80 mph on a relatively quiet A19 when a car pulled out on Mark so we had to apply the brake quite rapidly. While I did slow down, it felt like I was really having to stamp on the brakes, and although we were nowhere near having an accident I felt that if we were a little closer together, applying more pressure wouldn’t have seen me slowing down any quicker.

We arrived at Jamie’s unscathed. I explained to him what had just happened so he had a quick look at the car. There was nothing wrong with the car that he could find, the only thing he could think of was that it had the Pagid Racing Yellow brake pads in and because they were track pads they needed a lot of heat in for them to work efficiently. As we’d been driving down from Cramlington to Stockton with very little braking on the motorway, the pads had gone cold and when called on didn’t have the heat to work properly.

On the drive back home, we went through Darlington, going this way meant more braking as it’s a town as opposed to a motorway, after quite a bit of braking (on purpose obviously), we then joined the A1 heading north. I waited until there were no cars around and tried a bit of emergency stop. Both myself and Mark were nearly thrown through the windscreen, so I’m guessing Jamie was right. This being said, I’d booked in with him to have the “Genuine” Porsche fan resistors replaced on 10th August 2013 and also asked if he could fit a set of “Road” pads, anti-vibration shims and fitting kit. Once this had been carried out, I found that the brakes felt a lot better all round and had a better bite on initial braking, regardless of temp.

When looking at the car in the magazine feature, you can see it had the GT3RS rear wing and it had a K & N Filter fitted. When I got the car it had the standard MK2 OEM rear wing and the standard air box. I asked Chris ***** (who I bought the car off) where these items had gone. He replied that Mark Dunsfold (the guy who Chris bought the car off) had removed the wing as it had cost an absolute fortune and he wanted to keep it and as for the K & N he apparently didn’t like the sound it made so changed it back for the standard filter, then sold the K & N.

On the 5th April 2013 an Evoms V-Flow air filter came up for sale second hand, so I snapped it up. A nice piece of kit and an easy change you can do yourself. (the rear wing comes up later on)

Standard Air Box.

Evoms Air Filter.

With my friend Mark having his GT3 Clubsport, it always seemed a kind of “special” occasion when he got his out, I know there are substantial differences between his car and mine, but they are essentially the same on the outside. Not that I wanted to make my car into any sort of “lookalike” but I wanted to try and replicate some of the nice trinkets his car had. So on 10th September 2013 I sent my front seat belts away for a re-trim in red, this was an optional extra anyway that the car just didn’t have.

Next was to sort the sound as the bypass pipes were just ridiculous. Firstly, the left side pipe didn’t sit in the bumper properly, and were just far too loud. On overrun you got a horrible gurgle as if air was being sucked back up through the exhausts.

There was no Porsche sound there at all. So I started looking at what I could get, when a set of “cherry bomb” style exhausts became available on the 27th September 2013, from The Porsche Shop. These were second hand so I figured that I could get them, give them a try and if they were no good then I could just sell them on. They were quite dirty when they arrived so needed a bit of a clean.

When they arrived.

After a bit elbow grease.

The finished product.

They were a lot better sound wise as they had an inline silencer to quieten them down, this also got rid of the horrible gurgle on the overrun. The main problem for me was the way that they looked on the car. They just didn’t look right as they had dual round tips and just didn’t suit the car at all in my eyes. Not flowing with the bumper.

I then called on a friend of mine who luckily for me, owed me a few favours. I got him to cut the oval tail tips off the bypass pipes, cut the dual tips off the cherry bomb exhausts and weld the oval ones on to them.

The oval tips just seem fit the bumper so much better. I was at first happy with the exhausts but over time I got sick of the drone at about 70mph in 6th gear. This meant either driving in 5th gear or speeding up a bit. Also, the exhausts weren’t the best quality. It seems that they made them independently of one another, having to put a kink in the left one to make them fit properly.

For now, they were quieter than the bypass pipes and would do until something better came along.

Next on the list were the wheels. When Chris had them powder coated they weren’t done very well at all. These are not split rims, so there was a lot of paint build up around the fake bolts and bits that had been missed, etc. Because of this there was corrosion coming through.
I did like them black, as I liked the way they made the calipers stand out, so I decided I wanted them redone in satin black rather than gloss.
Knowing I was going to do this I also decided I’d fit new rubber. Again, I called on another friend who also owed me a favour or two and asked him to get me a full set of Michelin Pilot Sport 2’s, and on the 29th September they arrived. The search then began to find somewhere to get them refurbed.

New Michelin boots at trade price of £650 all in. Not bad

That’s 2013 summed up. Still a lot more to come, ups and downs.

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Evening Gents,

Here I go with another

On the 15th February 2014, I was browsing eBay when I came across someone selling some items I just had to have. The holy grail of 996 seats, a pair or Genuine GT3RS/Clubsport Nomex Recaro’s.

I was familiar with these seats, again from Mark’s GT3 and they are just great seats, completely hugging and stiff but surprisingly comfortable for long journeys. They rarely come up for sale though and when they do they are quite often the leather ones that were spec’d by people with comfort models years ago. The Nomex ones are like rocking horse poop.

The seller had also listed his Tequipment Roll Cage (with fitting kit) and a pair of 6 Point Scroth Harnesses. Excitement overload then! Ha.

I loved the feel of being in Mark’s Clubsport, the look of the interior and how the seats held you in place while driving. I HAD to have these! So after quite a few phone calls and emails, we managed to agree on a price, and a bloody good price at that might I add!

The guy had bought a 996 Turbo, the seats, cage and harnesses came with the sale, but he had no intention of fitting them and wanted space in his garage so eBay’d the lot.

Next was to sweet talk my boss into lending me the van so I could get down there. The seats etc. were down in Wales. The guy selling them had just left to go on holiday the day we agreed the price, so when I went down I’d have to sort out collecting them off of his mate. It’s a good 4 – 5 hour drive from Newcastle.

I arranged collection with the guy on a Saturday, but unfortunately for me, he was going out for the day and wouldn’t be back until late evening. I wasn’t happy leaving it till the following week in case I missed out on them. I was Speaking to Mark about this dilemma, to which he replied, oh, that’s fine I’m in. Err what? Turns out Mark had a heating oil tank to collect from Derby, since it was on the way, kind of.

So after a trip to Derby “on the way” we headed cross country towards Wales. We arrived there with plenty time to spare so stopped off at a local pub for a few glasses of coke to pass the time. An hour or so later, we met up with the guy at his unit so we could follow him to the other guy’s house where the seats were. It was dark well before we got there, so the only way to inspect the seats etc, was in the back of the van with the little interior light on. Everything looked good so handed over the cash, loaded everything on to the van and headed off.

Now we were just going to get a travel lodge or something and drive back Sunday morning, but we both felt quite fresh-ish so decided to just make for home. Long day mind.

The next day we unloaded the van and put the seats etc, in my shed, that’s when Mark noticed that some of the seat pads weren’t right, the pad that your backside sits on was a different material to all the others. It wasn’t Nomex, and after opening it up the foam part wasn’t genuine either, it was the same on both seats. The backside cushions off both seats must have been lost or stolen and someone had just made something to fit in their place.

It wasn’t a big deal to me about the cushions, I knew I’d be able to buy the parts from the Porsche stealers, so I was straight on the phone to them on Monday morning.

Now I should have known they wouldn’t be cheap but the prices quoted were ridiculous! God dam Porsche tax! If you could see the size of them! The Foam Pads were £57.19 plus VAT EACH!!! For a bit of moulded foam! and the Nomex Covers £190.00 plus VAT EACH! Holy Jesus! But, needs must, so it had to be done. Couldn’t wait to get them fitted in the car, but I had other things to take care of first.

This shows how big the covers actually are

On 04th March 2014 (87,849 miles) the car was due its yearly service, so it was time to wake it up from hibernation and get it down to Nelson Porsche for that, rear brake pads, anti-vibration shims, fitting kit and a check over.

This time the car came back with a few little issues, but nothing that was too serious.

- AC System pressure low
- Slight leak from between engine and gearbox
- PAS Hose crimp on steering rack corroded
- Rear tyres close to legal limit
- Recommend coating all brake pipes
- Slight play in rear toe links
- Advised brake fluid change
- Rear brake disc drill holes blocked
- MAF Sensor fault recorded in fault memory

All this was to be sorted although not urgent, so at the next service would be acceptable, apart for the tyres of which I had already bought. The MAF fault was reset at the time, this was possibly on from when I changed the air box over.

The next few paragraphs are all just about the wheel refurb and hassle I had, so feel free to skim through if you just like the pics. Wink

It was now time to find somewhere decent to do this refurb for me on my wheels, and I looked around at a few places that were local to me. I was recommended to visit “The Wheel Specialist” in Westerhope by a friend I know through work. They are about 10 miles away from both work and my home, so I went down and spoke to the manager one Saturday morning about what I was after and the quality of workmanship I was after to which he replied “don’t worry, all our work is top notch, honest guvnor!”

I probably should have ran at this point but after seeing some of the examples in the showroom I thought this is the place for me. So on the 19th March 2014 I left the wheels there to be refurbished.

A week or so later I got the call that they were ready to pick up, but unfortunately I couldn’t get there as I had no transport. (I get a van to go to and from work but one of the lads uses it throughout the day). So I ended up giving the young lad from work the cash and got him to pick them up while he was out. I asked him to check them out for me and if all seemed good then pay the man and bring them back. This was a very stupid thing to do! But I was sure they’d be perfect.

When the young’un got back to the depot with my wheels, he said the wheels were mint, and to be fair they looked that way on first inspection. Or at least until I started fitting them back on the car, I noticed that on a couple of the “V” spokes there was a kind of over spray look to them right where the spokes split off at the bottom of the “V” shape.

This was at the opposite end to the valve hole, That’s where they hang the wheels from when they’re being painted.

What had happened was, because of the shape of the wheels, the painter should have knelt down and sprayed up into the spokes from below, he didn’t do this though, so there was kind of bare aluminium with a little over spray.

I got straight back on the phone to the manager and explained what was wrong, he said he was sorry and to bring them straight back around and he’d have them sorted a.s.a.p. I spoke to my boss and explained what had happened, so he let me leave early to catch the place before it closed. I got there and showed them what was wrong and he said to leave it with him and I’ll have them redone.

“REDONE” He said!

Two days later I got the call that they were ready for collection, I didn’t want to make the same mistake again so I said I’d be round the following morning for when they opened at 8am.

They brought the wheels out and put them straight on my van, I picked one up and straight away noticed that they’d only touched them in with a bit of black paint! I called the guy over straight away and asked what the hell was going on? this is taking the pi55! I’ve paid for a full refurb, not a half arsed “tarted up” refurb. Now after I’d called his workmanship “shoddy” he started being a little bit arsey with me, he took the wheels back and said he’d contact me soon after he’d sorted them “properly” this time.

“PROPERLY” He said!

So you’d think at this point he’d have just refurbed them from scratch? Oh no! not this guy.
Instead of stripping them back down and doing the job properly, he had just rubbed down the rough powder coat in the grooves with some wet and dry and then touched them up again, you could see the difference in the colour.

At this point I couldn’t believe how bad this “so called” Wheel specialist actually was. Because I’d already handed over my cash I knew I’d never see that again so just took my wheels away as my car was up on axle stands at my work unit. I’d told my boss it would only be there a week tops. It had already taken over 2 weeks to sort the wheels, by which time, to be fair, my car was kind of in the way.
I had to get them back on the car and get it moved. I had every intention to kick up a fuss with the “boss” but just never got round to it. Again, stupid, I know.

I was always going to be changing the wheels at some point, most likely the GT3 Sport Designs, so these will end up being dumped in my shed and probably never to been seen again.

Now this is only my experience with “The Wheel Specialist” in Westerhope, I’ve heard of plenty people who’ve had an excellent job done by them, maybe they just didn’t inspect their wheels like I did, but to be fair, I’m one of those people that if it’s going to go wrong, it’ll go wrong for me. Maybe it’s that I’m just too much of a fanny? Who knows. :hehe:

Next it was time to fit the Seats, cage and harnesses. Myself and Mark headed down to my works depot so we could work inside in case of any rain etc.

We had already removed the rear seats a few weeks before.

Then we removed the front seats.

We’d both heard of a few nightmares people have had when fitting the Tequipment cage, but we watched a video on you tube showing how it was best done and it went in no problem at all. I’d even go as far as saying it was easy.

Then it was the seats which just slot right into place. We then bolted them down. After this we fitted the seatbelts and harnesses and what a massive difference it made.

That was pretty much all that was done in 2014, Mark had bought a new house at this point and it needed pretty much everything you could think of! So the car had to take a back seat for a while.

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Result on the seats/cage/harnesses Very Happy

Regarding the refurb, was the chap called Jonny Marshall by any chance


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Hi HSC 911,

Yes it was a lucky find, couldn't believe my luck !! Especially the whole set in one place. The listing for all the items even ended "reserve not met" too thumbsup

I honestly can't remember the guys name now from the wheel specialists, total amateurs though, won't be using them again, never mind handing over any cash to anyone until i'm 100% satisfied Hand


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Ok, here goes 2015 -

Another aspect of Mark’s GT3 that I liked, was the centre console that was painted body colour. I decided to do mine too as it just made the interior look so much better.

I didn’t want to strip the car down, send all the parts away and have to have the car sitting there in bits while they were away for paint though. So on the 1st February 2015 I purchased second hand centre console, both side air vents and radio surround and as I bought these as a bundle, I sent the whole lot away.

This way I could send those away for paint and when it was time to do the job it would just be a straight forward strip down and refit in one go. So off they went for paint.

Then it was just the job of fitting it all.

On the 20th March 2015 it was due a service (89,094 miles)

Because of the miles I was doing we agreed that the service intervals would be 2 minor then 1 major. This being the major, a full service was carried out and all the jobs from the last service were completed, AC re-gassed, new crimp on PAS, replaced rear pads, wax coat all brake lines, fit 2 new rear toe link arms and a brake fluid change. The system fault memory was checked and no sign of the previous MAF fault. (The tyres were fitted when the wheel “refurb” was done).

As my car has the MK2 deck lid fitted and previously had the GT3RS wing on, I decided I had to find one for myself. After searching for a while, there just weren’t any available second hand.

I wasn’t prepared to pay the stupid amount that Mr Porsche wanted for a genuine new one, so when a replica one came up for sale from Austria that looked good and was reasonably priced, I decided to take the risk.

As usual though, there were problems. The wing took over a month to arrive for starters. I kept messaging the guy asking where it was, he’d say it’ll be there in the next few days, it never turned up, this happened multiple times.

I contacted him and said if the wing hadn’t arrived by the weekend I wanted a full refund. Eventually it turned up around the end of May, and the postage stamp was dated just over a week before so he was obviously full of crap. Anyway, it had arrived and that’s all I cared about, for now at least.

However, when I opened it up I was very disappointed with the quality. It looked like someone had rubbed it down with wire wool! It was very misty and scratched. Gutted.

Straight away I messaged the guy and sent him this picture of the wing, he didn’t reply for a few days, then said that it wasn’t like that when posted and he even had the cheek to say that I’d done it myself! I was happy in the knowledge that luckily I had paid with PayPal!

But after talking to Mark and telling him the situation he agreed that I had two options, start a dispute with eBay to get my money back, but then it would cost me the return postage to Austria, or send it away and have it sanded back and then buffed up.

The wing looked a very good copy apart from the damage, so on the 5th June 2015 decided to pay the £140 to have it repaired.

With having had the wheels refurbed and new rubber fitted, I wanted new centre caps as I’d realised that the ones on the car weren’t genuine. There was a brand new set of Black GT3 “RS” centre caps up for sale on eBay.

Whilst still having the wrap, Cobra RS stickers etc at this point, the caps would have fitted in quite well, so I bought them. I also purchased a new set of Black wheel bolts and locking nuts to make everything look nice and new. It was the only thing that wasn’t new so why the hell not. Wink

After having had the service in March when the rear toe links were done, it felt horrendous to drive. The rear links obviously adjust the rear “toe”.

They were put back to where they were set to beforehand but it just messed up the whole feeling of the car. It just wasn’t right when going round corners so was going to need a full Geometry set up.

Now this is where Mark came up with the idea “Hey, why don’t you get a little camber dialled in on the front, like my GT3?” Which I thought sounded like a bloody good idea.

So on the 11th July 2015 I took the car in for the setup. I said I wanted standard GT3 settings, which is Camber Negative 1.5 degree’s front and rear amongst other settings.

Myself and Mark sat there nearly the full day while the mechanic tried to set it up, the rears came together nicely, all in the green! But with the fronts, he tried everything, but there just wasn’t enough adjustment on one side to get them to match up.

Now normally most people would have just set it somewhere near, so at least both sides matched up and left it there. Nope, not me. Mark had laid a seed. I must have at least Negative 1.5 degree’s! Ha. So it was back to the drawing board.

After having talking to a few people I was told about the “Powerflex” camber adjustable poly bushes that fit in your standard bottom arms. And at £170 the pair, it was the cheapest option, when compared to the adjustable bottom arms.

So on the 14th July I purchased the “Black Series” camber bushes and while I was on I ordered the matching centre poly bush too, might as well have the whole arms poly bushed for the sake of another £60.

I had these fitted on the 19th August 2015 buy a friend of mine who trained me to be a mechanic in my younger days, plus he had the hydraulic press to push the original bushes out so it was a no brainer really.

Everything came apart relatively nicely with the new bushes going in perfectly well, so we built the car back up. We set the bushes about the same on both sides and when the wheels went back on they seemed to match up pretty well. It was good enough to get me down to the alignment place anyway. Job done.

On the 29th August 2015 I returned to the garage for another Geometry setup. This time I thought to myself that there’d be no problems, I was wrong! The new camber adjustable bushes wouldn’t adjust, the metal adjuster seemed seized, it bent the “c” spanner till it nearly snapped in half. The way these are designed they need a really thin “C” spanner to fit in, but it just isn’t up to the job.

So after another half a day wasted, it was time to tighten everything back up and head home.

On the 4th September 2015 I popped back in to see my friend to get him to have a look at why the bushes wouldn’t adjust. After removing the bottom arms and inspecting the bushes, we couldn’t get it to budge! We had to knock out the centre metal adjuster with a hammer and punch. After this we re-greased the plastic bushes and inserted the adjuster. It would now allow us to spin the adjuster. We built the car back up again ready for another trip for setup.

I contacted Powerflex about this on the Monday morning and explained the situation, so they sent me out another “c” spanner thinking that it might have been a faulty spanner.

On the 12th September 2015 I returned to have yet another Geometry setup done. And again, the bushes wouldn’t adjust. They seemed to be seized solid! What the hell is going on here? The car was “again” put back together.

On the Monday morning I rang powerflex first thing and told them that the bushes were just no good. After speaking to one of the guys there, who in turn spoke to the technical department, he assumed that the tolerances they were working to must have been too tight and they were being too over cautious with them not spinning round whilst they had been tightened, so they agreed that I was to get a refund, he then contacted the supplier who I bought them from to issue me a full refund.

This was only for the parts though it had cost me another £220 on setup time.

At this point I was pretty sick, but not accepting defeat I decided to do the thing I should have done from the start, I started looking for some proper adjustable bottom arms. After looking at the options available, I ended up wanting the Elephant Racing arms.

So with a little bit of negotiation I managed to get a pair of them for £850.00. Fitted them myself as everything had been off so many times, it was an easy task to do.

Now it was time for yet another setup! This time I knew for sure that I’d be leaving with the negative 1.5 degree’s I was after.

Even the garage that done the setup didn’t charge me this time, it was F.O.C for the trouble I’d been through. Very decent of them.

And finally, with the front under tray being on and off so many times, the clips already being quite rusty and had seen better days, I treated the car to a new set. In all, a job well done.

Thanks for reading, next part will be along in no time – From the start of 2016, not long to go now before I’ll be up to date.


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Hi again,

So, the year is 2016, lots of things still to do and buy…. This was a very expensive year….

It starts with an item I’d been waiting to come up for sale.

With the “Cobra RS” decals on the car, someone had taken the standard stainless steel sill covers off and had them powder coated black, then had the orange Cobra decals fitted. However, these had not been refitted properly to the car. They had been fitted too far towards the back of the door where the curve goes up towards the striker plates. This meant that the covers wouldn’t stick down properly as they didn’t have the slight bend in them.

Only picture I have with the old sill cover on.

So on the 26th January 2016 when a brand new set of black “Carrera” sill covers came up for sale I snapped them up straight away.

As the stainless steel ones had obviously already been off before and stuck down again with double sided tape, they didn’t take much getting off. After getting the old tape rubbed off and glue removed.

The new ones were stuck down in the correct place this time. These are some of the little jobs that look great when complete and just give you a little bit of satisfaction that you done it yourself.

I knew this year that I wanted to get the oil leak from between the engine and gearbox sorted. This is one of those things where the “while you are in there” saying comes up, with the gearbox being off I might as well fit a new clutch, the one in there had only done 25k miles so had plenty meat left, but there is also the problem that some clutches don’t like to be fitted more than once and can shatter very shortly after being refitted, so when on the 2nd February 2016 a brand new Sachs clutch kit came up for sale at £90! yes, that’s £90! I bought it.

It was apparently old stock that they had bought it in for a customer who never returned to collect it. Lucky find that turned up just in the nick of time!

The next two items were just too cheap to let go really, so on the 17th February 2016 I won a Genuine “Carrera GTS” rear engine lid badge. The thing with this was that someone had lost the “G” from the “GTS” which didn’t make a difference to me as I didn’t need that part anyway and the Carrera badge is the same size as a normal one for my car so I just threw the “TS” part in my man draw, most likely never to be seen again.

And on the 11th March 2016 I won a brand new albeit a 997 replacement service book, as my service book is nearly out space for service stamps it just made sense to buy this rather than stamping a piece of paper or something.

It’s now almost service time so I started to gather the items required. Thing is, for once all I needed to sort out was the 10 Litres of Millers Nanodrive as I’d already got the clutch. But before it went down to Nelson Porsche, I had to sort out it’s MOT first.

On the 8th April 2016 it went down to Jamie’s for service, to find out what the oil leak was, coming from between the engine and gearbox. It turns out that both RMS and IMS were leaking.

So Jamie ordered the newer style IMS cover and RMS. There was also signs of a possible leak from the sump, so I had that removed and resealed too.

While the car was away, I was browsing eBay and the guy I got the clutch from was selling a few sets of brand new Dansk Sports Boxes. The price listed was already ridiculous but I made him and offer which he accepted! So I bought one set for myself at £200 and shortly after talking to Mark, ordered a second set for him and got that set for £180!

I also got a complete Dansk fitting kit from Euro Car Parts for a smidge over £25. Bargain!

With the Dansk boxes, they used a standard style exhaust tip which I did not have. I started to look around but struggled to find any that I liked. Mark told me about a set on Gumtree he’d seen, so I had a look at them and they looked quite good actually and for a mere £40 delivered I couldn’t say no.

When the tips arrived they looked even better than they did in the advert.

There was a number stamped into the bottom which read “EP4110” I had no idea what this was but decided to google it to see if anything would come up. Turns out that these were the Tequipment large bore tips! A £500 option! Couldn’t believe my luck, nothing better than Genuine parts! Especially at such a low price.

Time to fit the exhausts

There was a local show on called the “Fastlane Car Show” which is relatively local to me, so a few friends and I decided to have a run up, somehow my car had developed a “Creaking” when under heavy-ish breaking. This to me sounded like something had rusted on the pedal or what was connected to the pedal. I didn’t think it was too serious though so thought it would wait till I was next down at Jamie’s.

At the show.

After the show, myself and 2 friends had a nice drive back on some “B” roads. Actually it was a bloody excellent drive back. Myself in my car, Mark driving one of his friends Ferrari 458 and another of our friends in his Cayman GT4.

We got back close to home and decided as the weather was so nice, to pop into a local café out in the sticks for a cuppa and piece of cake.

By this time the creaking had got a little louder, so after refreshments we headed off, I had to drop Mark off so when we got to his we tried to find out where the noise was coming from. We removed the plastic guards from under the front trunk to see if we could see anything, but couldn’t locate where it was coming from.

I then just took a slow drive home to do some investigation work to see if anyone on the good old Tinterweb had had a similar problem that could point me in the right direction of things to check. Turns out no one seems to have had this problem. It would have to wait till next weekend so I had time to strip it down further to try find the fault.

The following Saturday I got in the car to pull it out the garage, I pressed the pedal quite hard and the creaking was still there, I thought maybe it was heat generated.

I called on a friend who lives a few doors up from me to see if he could help, he was a fully qualified time served mechanic and is bloody good at what he does. Only took him 10 minutes to find the fault.

Turns out that at some point the bolts that hold the calliper onto the hub and had been stripped. These had both been drilled out and helicoiled. Problem is, they had not been drilled straight. Because of this the calliper was not straight, so when braking the calliper was having to bend slightly to put both pads against the disc. So all the time I’ve been breaking, the calliper has been bending and had weakened the aluminium which is where the noise was coming from.

After assessing what I needed, such as new hub and calliper etc. I’d have to remove the complete strut too. Now although the KW suspension had only seen about 25k miles, it was in a sorry state of affairs, I had noticed this when I first had the wheels off to clean them along with the inside of the arches and wanted it refreshed at some point anyway, so while I had the strut and the hub removed, I could send the spring away for powder coat and get the shocker cleaned up. Problem was I didn’t want to send each side off on its own, I’d rather send the full set.

Because my garage is only big enough to fit the car in and to squeeze my skinny ass out of it,

I needed a rolling chassis so I could pull it in and out when I needed to work on it. Back to good old eBay, and what do you know? Soon after a second hand set of suspension off a C2 was listed. The starting bid was only £9.99 but the guy wouldn’t post it. I messaged him asking if I won the item would he package the stuff up so I could send down a courier, to which he replied yes. So I let the auction run its course. The bid hadn’t budged the whole week, I was sure it would go for around the £80 - £100 mark, and to be fair I was willing to pay what it cost to get it as I needed this to get the job done!

So when the auction ended and I’d won it for the starting bid I was pretty chuffed! I then checked on Parcels 2 Go and got a price of £15 for postage next day delivery. So that’s a full set of shocks and springs for £24.99 delivered. I messaged the guy and told him that the parcel would be collected on Monday before 12pm. He told me that he was not going to be in so would leave the parcel down the side of his house. I checked with ‘P2G’ and they said it was fine as long as I put a note on saying where the parcel would be.

Now, this was meant to be delivered to me on Tuesday. It did not arrive. I got in touch with ‘P2G’ and they said they’d look into it. On Wednesday I get a message saying they had no idea where it was, they told me it had been collected but never made it back to the depot. Bloody excellent, just my luck. The parcel was only insured for £10! I couldn’t have cared if it was insured for £100, I just wanted the suspension.

Eventually after all hope was lost, the parcel turns up at my work! The box having been opened but all items were present! Thank God!

I then had a little winge at ‘P2G’ about what had happened and as an apology, they refunded me £10. So a full set, albeit used, delivered for £14.99. Beat that.

Now that I had everything I needed to remove the KW’s, I got started. First removing the KW and then replacing with the standard items.

After I had all struts removed I made a list of things I’d need, first was a tool kit to strip the kw’s down into individual parts, I did not get anything with the car so got on to the UK supplier and they had a nice little tool set which included ‘C’ spanner, pre load adjuster and allen keys for the rebound and one for locking the height adjuster plates.

Once the tool kit had arrived I stripped the struts down into individual pieces.

Next I needed to source some parts as a “while I’m in there” kind of thing, I wanted:

Front stabiliser drop links
Rear stabiliser drop links
Front track rod ends
New Sachs strut top mounts
O/S front hub
N/S front hub
Front Powerflex Black Series anti roll bar bushes
Rear Powerflex Black Series anti roll bar bushes

Because of the O/S hub having been helicoiled I was worried that the N/S might have been done also, so seeing as both sides were going to be stripped down, I bought a pair. One of the new hubs was missing the ABS sensor and the two that were in my old hubs were seized solid, it even tried angle grinding around them to free them off, but it was just too much hassle so bought a new Bosch one off eBay, when it arrived it actually had the Porsche part number stamped on the side.

I then removed all arch liners front and rear and then the rear anti roll bar. I removed the front callipers so I could send them away for refurb complete and new seals. I made blanking plugs to cap off the front flexi pipes so I didn’t lose all the fluid and leaving the rear callipers on meant that I had some braking when rolling the car back in the garage. The rear callipers also needed a refurb but this was to be sorted after the new year.

After that, I sent the springs away for powder coat along with the rear anti roll bar and a few other little things I wanted done. One of the plastic dust boots on the front struts was damaged so I purchased a new pair of them.
While I was cleaning the shockers up I noticed that the fronts weren’t returning to the fully extended position when pushed right down, I took all the settings down for each shocker, then set the front two the same, but still wouldn’t match up, the rears were fine. So I contacted the KW dealer to enquire about getting them serviced, he said to send them down so they could bench test them, so I did. The test came back that one of them was quite weak. I needed to have both front shockers stripped down and rebuilt with new seals and refilled etc.

I’ve heard that you can get bilstein’s serviced for £85 each, or there abouts. I was told it would be expensive to have the KW’s serviced as there was only one place that does it in the UK, but when I got a bill for £406.20 + return postage for the fronts only! I was still a little pee’d off. Absolute ripping B’stards. I’ll never buy a set of KW’s again. (Not that I bought these obviously).

On the 6th October 2016 I was again, shock horror! Surfing eBay when I can across a listing for a set of front Brembo brake disks. It was a pair for £52.30. I thought that couldn’t be right, so I done a quick check on Google and sure enough they were genuine Brembo discs, I then rang Mark and told him about them and he said at that price he’d have a pair too. There were only two sets available so I bought them both.

When they arrived I noticed that they weren’t sided, what they had done was send me 4 O/S Front discs, obviously I needed two O/S and two N/S.

So I messaged the seller, Euro Car Parts, and told them what they had done, I was told to go to my local ‘ECP’ and they would change them over for me. When I got there all hell broke loose, turns out that they had sold me a pair of discs for the price of one. My local ‘ECP’ weren’t prepared to swap them for some reason as they said they’d lose money? Anyway, after 4 - 5 phone calls to head office they were told to just exchange them for me to let me on my way.

ECP also had for sale a set of Brembo front and rear brake pads at a good price so I bought those too, and later ordered a set of Brembo rear brake discs and handbrake shoes. The rear discs alone cost me three times what the front did, but I’d saved so much on the fronts that I couldn’t complain, now the whole braking system was Brembo. The callipers, discs, shoes and even brake fluid.

Mark and his wife had been away to Florida to spend Christmas holidays over there, when he came back he had bought us both a brand new pair of Rein engine mounts that he got from Pelican Parts while he was there, he got them for about £70 each. Luckily, he managed to sneak them through customs to save the import tax! Ha…. Nice one Mark, thanks a lot! much appreciated.

While he was away he messaged to tell me that Opie Oils had a sale on the Millers Nanodrive, so I was straight on to the website to order 10 litres needed as I knew there was an upcoming service in March.

Now with the miles I do I was told that the oil did not need changed every year and I was just wasting money so I decided I was not going to change it this year, especially as I’ve only done about 600 miles as the car was in pieces. But it had been started and stopped a few times just pulling it in and out the garage to work on, and doing this, petrol can seep into the oil, so thought it best be changed.

That’s the end of 2016. I had a lot to do to get the car back together, boxes of bits just waiting to be fitted, Couldn’t wait to get started!

Hurry up lighter nights, I have work to do!

Thanks for reading.

Take it easy

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Your progress thread is inspiring! So much work done, and all so well documented... Well done! Makes me want to do one. Ow.

Car is coming along nicely, and I love how positive you are even ahead of some unlucky news with the various leaks and the bolts etc.

Keep it up!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread, good work and nicely detailed.
I've been waiting for some months to get the lighter eves and warmer weather, helps things progress a bit faster.

Do you have a pic of the upgraded ims cover plate? What are the differences?

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Fantastic updates looking forward to 2017 thumbsup
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Hi guys,

@Jay, Thanks mate. Things never go right for me so i'm kind of used to it by now, but if everything was easy then i suppose it wouldn't be as much fun.

Get your own started, i didn't realise how much my car has changed until i started posting on here. Makes the effort worth while. Take it easy.

@Harv, i'm so happy the lighter nights are almost here, can get loads done!

I don't have a pic of my exact new cover but here is the difference between the two.

Old one, notice the black round seal.

And a pic i got off the internet showing the new up-rated orange ribbed seal.

As far as i'm aware this is the only difference. I'll let everyone know in due time if i get any leaks. Thanks.

@Baz661, thanks mate, the next post brings everything together, the suspension refresh, powder coated bits and cleaning all the arches out! Plus other parts i've even not mentioned yet, new 200 cell sports cats, new valvetronic back boxes and only just today i've ordered the large bore stainless manifolds. I really need to stop with the spending though Dont know

Thanks again for the comments guys

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Hi People.

So here we are, pretty much up to date now. Hasn’t taken too long really, 4 years in just a few months. So, this is from the start of 2017 when everything starts coming together and all the hard work becomes apparent.

The rebuild begins. I now have a boat load of parts that need to be fitted and still have things to send away for refurb.

One thing I’d read on here was a post about the centre console delete, at first I wasn’t too bothered about this, didn’t seem necessary to me, but after reading that it apparently gave the “taller” gentleman a bit more leg room (I’m 6’5”) I thought it’s probably worth looking in to.

I’d seen the odd one come up on eBay, but always just let them go. But as I now wanted one, there was none to be seen anywhere. The last one I saw for sale, listed four parts, the carpeted console delete, the 2 carpeted side trims and the plastic cover to fill the space in the console in front of the gear stick, the others on eBay only had the carpets and side trims. I’d waited for a while and got sick. Decided to just ring Mr Porsche and get a price from there.

The whole lot came to a little under £145 with a little bit discount so just bought it. And what do you know, three days later one came up for sale on eBay… Sods bloody law.

I really like the look it’s gave the car, kind of makes it look like the old 964 dash board. But as for legroom, it hasn’t made a blind bit of difference for me. In all though, for the interior looks alone I’d say it was well worth the money.

It was still early January at this point but luckily for me I have a decent sized shed I can work in, to keep out of the cold.

I had all the parts ready to put the suspension back together, springs, struts and top mounts etc. I’d already cleaned all the struts previously.



The next sunny day job, regardless of how cold it was, was to clean in all the arches as they were filthy. (some of these pics have been in previous posts but are just to show the comparison)



The other side came up just the same. The rears were filthy though.



Then remove the old suspension and refit the new. Powder coated rear anti roll bar and new powerflex black series anti roll bar bushes.

Anti roll bar pre powder coat


I took the old rusty brackets off and gave them a good clean up and sprayed them.

Fitted to the car

While the car was up in the air I removed some more parts I wanted powder coated.

I’d got the arch liners front and rear cleaned up the best they could be without buying new, gave them a nice coat of plastic trim shine and refitted them with new plastic nuts.

I’d been on to Mr Porsche again and ordered the 997 ‘upgraded’ front air ducts, new bolts and bottom nuts for the new engine mounts I’d had bought for me. Again, thanks Mark! New speed clips for the bottom of the rear bumper (as they always rust). I also bought the rear air ducts, I would have used the word ‘upgraded ducts’ but its apparently something the 996’s didn’t have, mine didn’t! and also new speed clips for the front arch liners and wheel spats.

Having bought the front Brembo brake discs I decided that I wanted the rears to match, so after a few days of searching I managed to get a pair, obviously more expensive than I paid for the fronts, three times the amount actually!

Now the next bit might be seen as a bit nerdy, but I actually bought 5 litres of Brembo brake fluid too. I mean, what works better with Brembo parts than Brembo parts.

Time to get the suspension back on the car.

Even got my friend to make the part number stickers for the springs. Why not.

I’d already sent the front callipers off for powder coat, he sent me pics of the state of them when stripped down. All the seals were heat damaged, was getting new genuine brembo seals fitted anyway

Got them back

Whilst out tinkering on with the car I noticed something with the ”RS” centre caps, I bought new genuine caps in black with white script. But the white script was coming off and revealing orange script underneath. While I have no doubt that the caps were in fact new, the seller had painted the script white for some reason. Or Porsche just painted over the orange ones for some reason?

So these were going to need a refurb. Now the caps were a gloss black and my wheels were a satin black so just made sense to repaint them that colour, and why not paint the “RS” script in body colour ‘Arctic Silver’ Took me 4 attempts to get this right, and to be honest their still pretty bad.

Still got plenty to do, but that’ll have to do for now, running out of steam.

Thanks for reading, if you got this far that is. Ha

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Fantastic write up as always , and great attention to detail thumbsup
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Nice work! Thats all looking great and very impressive with the amount of effort going in.

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