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Griffter
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the plate's the best change you made! It's a good plate.

Because the "V6..." plate on a 911 is just wrong. It always makes me laugh when I see V6 plates on BMWs for the same reason.

Great looking car, well done.
 
  
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Steve Gom
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Viffer wrote:
Great photos Dave, I recognise that road, the A4059 from Hirwaun to the A470 below the Storey Arms, one of my favourite routes if I'm on the bike or in the car. Great views.
Steve


I used to live in cwmdare, my dad still does, every trip home to the north east whether on the viffer or the 911 starts with that section of great road. I'd have to really restrain myself in a turbo....
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skinny_monkey - Thanks very much.

BHZ661 - Thanks, I appreciate that.

Griffter - Cheers, glad you like the plate. I know exactly what you mean about the V6 thing, it was on the car when I bought it. It's like seeing a TVR Tuscan with a V6 plate.

Steve Gom - Sounds like a great way to start any journey. I love the roads and scenery around there. The A4061 is also quite good fun.
 
  
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Viffer
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Gom wrote:
Viffer wrote:
Great photos Dave, I recognise that road, the A4059 from Hirwaun to the A470 below the Storey Arms, one of my favourite routes if I'm on the bike or in the car. Great views.
Steve


I used to live in cwmdare, my dad still does, every trip home to the north east whether on the viffer or the 911 starts with that section of great road. I'd have to really restrain myself in a turbo....


Bloody Hell, another Steve with a 911 and a VFR. Your Dad might have questions to answer Laughing Laughing Laughing
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that I was on the slippery slope of Porsche modication, it was only a matter of time before something else had to be done.....

I wasn't really a fan of the gold colour on the Porsche emblem with the grey. I decided to change the front emblem and the wheel centre caps to remove all the gold. I looked at a few different options and ended up going for a gunmetal emblem.

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I changed the coloured centre caps for silver emblems with a black surround.

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The rear 'turbo' badge was also replaced at this stage with matte black Porsche lettering.

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Here's a shot of what were, at the time, my two cars. The TT had gone through a few cosmetic changes since the last photos were taken as well.

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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a few more shots of the car along my favourite road in the Brecon Beacons.

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After looking over a few of these photos I was starting to think there was a bit too much grey. I think the front end colours were all too close and that the headlights blended into the rest of the bodywork too much. I imagine these headlight tints would probably look a lot better on a different colour car, where there's more of a contrast.

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Not long after these pictures were taken I decided to remove the headlight tints. The film came off very easily and after a quick clean and polish to remove any residue they were back to how they looked before the tints went on.
 
  
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's how the front end looks without the headlight tints. Pretty much back to standard apart from the grey front emblem.

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I'd also recently changed my daily driver from the TT to an FTO. I'd wanted one years ago when they were fairly new, but ended up going for something different at the time.

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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My car has a black interior and when I bought it the previous owner had fitted white dials and it had arctic silver coloured door handles and storage bin covers. I wanted to have more of the interior bits painted to balance it out, but I thought the silver looked a little bit too bright next to the black. I had the interior parts painted in an Audi colour called quartz grey and had the arctic silver parts painted to match.

The parts I had painted were the centre console, door handles and storage bin covers, the horseshoe and the dial surround. At the time I chose not to get the ashtray cover painted, but changed my mind very shortly after and had it done to match the rest.

I also had the steering wheel and a few other parts retrimmed in alcantara. I opted for black alcantara with light grey stitching and had a 12 o'clock band done in grey alcantara. The parts I had retrimmed were the steering wheel and airbag, the gear gaitor, the centre console armrest and the side panels of the lower central console either side of the a/c controls. The company I had to do the work are called Tiggy Design and I'm very happy with the work they did.

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The last change I made at this time was a new set of mats. To continue the theme I went with a grey binding around the outside and I paired it with white Porsche lettering.

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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always thought the standard rear spoiler looked a little bit too small on a 996 turbo. I know as a styling exercise it is designed to look like a relatively subtle ducktail style spoiler but this is just my opinion. I do however really like the aerokit rear wing, but felt it was a bit too expensive to have retrofitted once you take into account painting etc. So I started looking for something that I liked that wasn't either really expensive or one that I thought was a bit over the top.

I found this spoiler on eBay of all places and the company selling it was based in Germany. I believe it's a copy of a spoiler that Techart used to make. I know spoilers are a very subjective and divisive subject, but this is the style that I like. It was only available with a carbon fibre finish, which was not something I was actively looking for and I originally intended on having it painted to match the rest of the bodywork. Seeing it fitted though, I quite liked the way it looked so decided to leave it as it was.

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And of course, the obligatory shot of the two cars together, as I'd made a few modifications to the Fto as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After deciding to leave the carbon spoiler unpainted, I felt I needed to balance it out with a bit more carbon. I loved the idea of genuine carbon mirror cases, but couldn't justify the cost of the full replacement cases. I'd seen a few sets of carbon mirror covers on eBay from China. I decided to give them a try as they were very reasonably priced. The quality was better than I was expecting and they were easy to fit as they just stuck to the existing mirrors.

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sim996
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the gaitor and air bag, looks great, that film on the lights too, very neat and subtle. Some great ideas, keep them coming
 
  
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JM30
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Turbo, really like some of the changes you have done, who did the steering wheel and gator etc? i fancy getting mine done at some point.

Jealous of the roads you get to use

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sim996 - Thanks very much, I really appreciate that.

JM30 - Thanks mate, glad you like it. I had all the alcantara parts done by a company called Tiggy Design in London. They were very reasonably priced and they did a great job.
 
  
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming from a TVR Tuscan, one of the areas I found lacking on my 996 turbo was the noise it made. An aftermarket exhaust was next on the list.

The exhaust I bought was a Top Gear system with 200 cell cats. I'm not sure what this version was called, but the system came with its own exhaust tips as appose to reusing the originals. It was one of their earlier models that doesn't join up in the centre. I'm not sure how much it weighs, but it felt a lot lighter than the standard system which felt really heavy by comparison.

I'm really happy with the noise it makes now, it's not too loud but sounds a lot more aggressive than the standard set up. It's not too intrusive on the motorway either. I personally preferred the style of the standard exhaust tips as they were, but I was happy enough with the new ones. They didn't want to line up perfectly in the bumper recesses but I managed to line them up as best as I could and was happy with the results.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another small modification I've done was to remove the rear wiper. It was fairly simple to remove the wiper arm and the motor from inside the car. To cover the hole that was left I purchased a rear wiper delete plug from eBay and had it painted to match. I think the rear end looks a little bit cleaner now without the wiper arm.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inspired by the 991 GT3 and the 991 GTS, I decided I wanted to try and replicate the look of their black exhaust tips on my 996. I really liked the way the factory cars black exhaust tips had a satin/gloss finish. However, I couldn't find a company that could offer a gloss black finish and still be confident it would be able to handle the high temperatures. My only option at the time seemed to be ceramic coating. This process gave a matte black finish, rather than gloss, but would be up to the job.

I'd read on different forums about a diy method of doing this using VHT paint. Feeling brave, I decided to do it myself with spray cans of VHT ceramic coating. I figured if it didn't come out to a standard I was happy with, I could always just get them professionally coated instead. It's available as a primer, colour coat and as a satin finish lacquer.

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I masked up the bottom part of the exhaust tips to keep a clean edge and built a pair of wooden clamps to hold the tips in the right place for painting.

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After the satin clear coat had dried there was more of a glossy finish than I'd expected, but it didn't last long. The next stage was to bake the tips in an oven to heat cure the coating. After about three sessions at progressively higher temperatures they were ready and should now be able to stand up to the exhaust temperatures. Once cured, the shine of the satin lacquer had turned into a fully matte but uniform finish. I fitted them back to the car once they had cooled down and was very pleased with the results.

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Marky911
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely car!

I like the exhaust tips in black. Goes really well with the rear badge.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 wrote:
Lovely car!

I like the exhaust tips in black. Goes really well with the rear badge.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 - Thanks mate, appreciate that.

HSC911 - Haha! Cheers mate. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I still wanted to do to the car was change the way the standard headlights looked. I liked the shape of the lights, but I'm not a fan of the chrome. I'd tried the tint film, but wasn't happy with how it looked. I'd been considering opening the headlights and painting the insides for a long time. I'd never been able to quite build up the courage to do it, as if I did, there'd be no going back to standard without completely replacing them and also....... what if it went wrong.

I wanted to paint the plastic moulding inside matte black, but leave the reflectors housing the bulbs in chrome. I'd done this modification to a lot of my cars in the past without any problems. I'd also seen several DIY guides, so had a pretty good idea of what was involved. Despite all of this I still decided to get it done by a professional instead.

I managed to find a company that specialised in custom built headlights and retrofitting HID projectors. Looking through their customer gallery, I thought what I had in mind should be pretty straightforward for them. The company is called Headlight Retrofits and they're based in Scotland. I called them to find out a bit more, and they were more than happy to answer all my questions. The work I wanted done was a very reasonable price as well, so I decided to package up the lights, crossed my fingers and sent them off.

The process took about a week and they kept me updated throughout. I was really pleased with the results and couldn't wait to get them back on the car. This is how they look on the car.

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One thing I wasn't completely sure about was what to do with the headlight washers. In the end I went with body colour as I wasn't convinced chrome would look right.

I'm sure some people might not like the way they look, but they're one of my favourite parts of the car now.
 
  
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