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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!

Looks really low too. How’s the visibility with the dails? And does it feel like your now sat in the car rather than on it (which is how I feel with the sport seats)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!

How did you achieve the fit in the end? BBI, Recaro, oem, spacers???
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BBI seat base and side mounts, I bought a bolt and spacer kit from Tillett (for something harrowing like £Cool, and a 964RS seat-belt receiver bracket.



The brackets bolt spacing isn't the same as the BBI base so I have temporarily modified it, but I'm getting some inserts machined and will TIG them into the BBI bracket next week (I wanted the seat in the car for Precision tomorrow).

The bottom of the seat is actually between the rails, and lower than the upper surface of said rails - very low, as you can see in the comparison to the stock hard-back sports seat.



This means that I can see all of the clocks, for the first time, which was one of my goals.

The other goal was to see what people were talking about when they said that buckets made a difference to the feel of the car - and all I can say is wow.

Being held in place as the car turns is a totally different experience to sliding sideways in the seat (even heavily bolstered sports seats). It's not clear to me yet which was the most transformational modification - the Ohlins or the seat.

Both together and you've got an incredible boost to the driving experience.

I took it out for a spin last night and it's the first time I've seen the TC light flashing as I accelerated out of corners, which may of course mean that I'll be finding out just how strong these seats are in an impact fairly shortly, but hopefully not.

I strongly recommend this as an upgrade, so far (!) the only downside is the lack of heating, but I'll get that rectified at the end of summer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread, nice looking car. at the beginning you have a cab roof rack, will the soft top go up and down with the rack in place.

probably a silly question.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neil, are you at Precision today? I may pop over to have a look this afternoon if you are?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love these seats, my mate has Poles in his Rs4 and they make such a difference as you say. My only concern is I do take the kids in mine so rear access is needed. Ive thought about just going drivers only as it is only me 90% of the time but then it would look odd with the front seat as your photo demonstrates.

Maybe the poles would blend in a little better but mine being all black it might work.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How have I missed this?!

I have never ever looked at a 996 cab in the way I have yours, it looks great and the work performed on it is second to none, simply amazing dedication, I suspect 99% would have jumped ship on the PPI!

Superb looking car with amazing attention to detail, perfection!

If this car ever ever ever ever comes up for sale, please contact me! Silver Porsches are my thing and I have never owned a 996 and certainly a car where I would struggle to find something to improve or clean!

Just wow, seriously impressed! worship worship worship worship
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamesx19 wrote:
Neil, are you at Precision today? I may pop over to have a look this afternoon if you are?


Tomorrow for the cars and coffee event thing - if I have got the dates correct!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

steve1 wrote:
Great thread, nice looking car. at the beginning you have a cab roof rack, will the soft top go up and down with the rack in place.

probably a silly question.


Perfectly reasonable question and the answer is no - you need to take the rack off to cycle the roof. You are not, I suspect, meant to have the roof down with the rack on - but it's such fun I couldn't resist.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkGolf wrote:
How have I missed this?!

I have never ever looked at a 996 cab in the way I have yours, it looks great and the work performed on it is second to none, simply amazing dedication, I suspect 99% would have jumped ship on the PPI!

Superb looking car with amazing attention to detail, perfection!

If this car ever ever ever ever comes up for sale, please contact me! Silver Porsches are my thing and I have never owned a 996 and certainly a car where I would struggle to find something to improve or clean!

Just wow, seriously impressed! worship worship worship worship


Thanks! I know why people don't like cabs, but they're such good fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Neil, I’m pleased you’ve finally got your desired result.

Good choice of seat too. GT3 seats with their large tops would look strange in a cab.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tomorrow for the cars and coffee event thing - if I have got the dates correct


Ah didn't realise. Thought the only one was 6th April. Couldn't go as it clashed with the Members Meeting at Goodwood.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mark- I agree, the Cobras cowl aspect of the GT3 chairs is iconic but would have looked a little odd in a cab.

The other thing is that you couldn’t have ordered the car with them but an SPG would have been available/reasonable.

A silly thing, but there you go.

I’m going to add the Porsche crest to the seat along with heating elements, undecided but suspect I’ll stick with the fabric finish as it matches the gear lever gaiter, handbrake and steering wheel.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great job Thumb

I'd be tempted to replace the passenger one to match & have them both covered in leather.

After pouring over the thread, & admiring your work I'm looking forward to seeing the car in the metal tomorrow at precision
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Literally a duplicate of Mister Corns post, but wanted to have this info in my thread also as we're working together on the engine project.

Behold the shiny!






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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In other news I went past 70,000 miles today, which means I've done just shy of 10,000 since I bought the car three years ago.

What will the mileage be when the new engine goes in?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they Hartech?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, 100mm bore Hartech engine cases, and 100mm pistons, which with a 3.4 crank will build into a 3.7.

The engine cases are new, as is the crank ladder and crank, so it's the final/997 style IMS bearing.
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