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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered some aluminium bezel rings and decided to fit them. I used Bluetack as contact adhesive so they are easily removable when required.

They will fit in with some other changes I have in the pipe line as part of my plans to "lift" the blue interior Wink






and original v new look....






ps I've had more chance to drive the car with the new steering wheel fitted and I really am pleased with it Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another quick and easy job was to replace the blown light switch bulb.

These should be on whenever the ignition is on and so the bulbs must blow after a few years of constant use.

Very easy change, bulbs sourced for a few £ from ebay, pull off the knob top (nb you do have to pull hard but it will just pull off), pull out the exposed bulb left behind, push in new bulb (leave ignition on so you can check the bulb works) and then push the knob button back on (nb it does have a small grove so is directional with the bulb upside down when you push back on)




Knob pulled off with exposed bulb holder left behind (bulb removed)




New bulb in place




Job done....




Its weird to think this bulb could have been blown for 10 years and no one realised.

Is it working in yours Question Grin
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love buying a new hobby car, the first few months feel like Christmas every day Very Happy

New suspension arrived today.

I was keen to retain the M033 OEM 4S suspension height and ride settings whilst upgrading the OEM dampers for some units which would last longer. The car will not be tracked and so I do not need a fully adjustable setup. Plus my other toy has a track "Race" suspension fitted which whilst great around the twisties does not half make the teeth chatter Laughing

I settled on the well proven Bilstien B8 (also known as HD's for Heavy Duty) with new OEM M033 springs. These do offer adjustablility for ride height/corner weighting but not bump and rebound.

nb The Bilstein B8 shocks/dampers have the same damping as the Bilstein B6 but the stroke of the pistons is 20mm shorter. Due to the shorter rebound, it makes the Bilstein B8 a better match for the shorter M033 / M030 OEM springs whilst allowing enough adjustment to retain OEM lowered ride height. B6's should be used if standard (longer) 993 ride height springs are used.

Delivered from Gert Carnewal whose customer service is second to none and he offers a range of well proven "kits" to meet all needs. He was also the cheapest I could find which is always an added bonus Thumb


This is one heavy box but received 2 days from Belgium after placing the order. Its so nice to find a supplier who actually has what he sells in stock.




and the sun even came out for the unpacking...




includes new bump stops which is good as mine where picked up on the inspection as being rotten ....













I have to take my 3 year old daughter to Toys r Us now this afternoon as she wants to know why I am getting all the presents
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see that you've got the "blue" M033 springs for the front (front doesn't have a choice anyway). What about the rear? "White" or "Lilac"?
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't realise you can pull the whole top off these.



I levered the cap out of the middle and used needle nose pliers Grin
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice............where will it end Dont know I like the alu instrument rings. I'd dismissed these before as tacky (probably the chrome ones) but actually they look very good indeed Thumb
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dommorton wrote:
Didn't realise you can pull the whole top off these.

I levered the cap out of the middle and used needle nose pliers Grin


There is more than one way to crack and egg.......but some are harder than others Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zingari wrote:
Very nice............where will it end Dont know I like the alu instrument rings. I'd dismissed these before as tacky (probably the chrome ones) but actually they look very good indeed Thumb


I was not sure myself but when I saw this version from Carnewal who only seem to source the best parts for the 993 I thought I would give them a go and so added them onto another order. I figured if I did not like them I could sell them on pretty easily.

I do like them fitted and I'm trying for a slight silver theme inside with the steering wheel stitching, gear stick top and other small things in the pipeline hopefully it will all come together without being OTT.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ellistai wrote:
I can see that you've got the "blue" M033 springs for the front (front doesn't have a choice anyway). What about the rear? "White" or "Lilac"?


The Carnewal kit comes with Rear Springs P/N 993 333 531 21 504 (White color).

The difference to the more expensive Lilac Rears (P/N 993 333 531 22 504) is negligible. Consequently everyone stocks the whites as they are interchangeable and you would never notice the difference.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonttt wrote:
ellistai wrote:
I can see that you've got the "blue" M033 springs for the front (front doesn't have a choice anyway). What about the rear? "White" or "Lilac"?


The Carnewal kit comes with Rear Springs P/N 993 333 531 21 504 (White color).

The difference to the more expensive Lilac Rears (P/N 993 333 531 22 504) is negligible. Consequently everyone stocks the whites as they are interchangeable and you would never notice the difference.
Yeah, but as being OCD, shouldn't you opt for the Lilac one which is more correct for car with A/C? Price shouldn't be a concern of yours Grin
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But the slightly stiffer Lilac rear springs are for Tiptronic and White is for Manual cars. Mine is a manual.

I'll double check what comes off but everyone I've asked confirmed my car is white springs. I'm led to believe the difference is negligible in any event.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

What is the number of the Osram bulb for the light switch. I have to do that!

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are a common fitting for all makes of car search 2721 bulb on ebay Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thankyou !
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Turbo S Front Bumper Duct Install Reply with quote

I've never really liked the fog light unit on the 993 which I think lets the look of the front end down. This is made worse by the fact that after upgrading the dipped beams to HID I'm less likely to ever need the front fog lights (especially as its not a daily driver so mainly summer use) and when they are on the colour looks very yellow compared to the HIDs and LED sidelight bulbs.

There is an OEM option that I do really like which is the Turbo S ducts which have an additional air intake for the Air Conditioning Condenser and Oil Cooler in place of the fog lights.

I was really impressed by the improvement in light quality the change from a halogen to LED bulb made in the sidelights (supplied as part of the HID kit documented previously) so decided to take this one stage further.

Gert Carnewal offers an upgraded LED unit for the Turbo S ducts in place of the standard Halogen units. This has the advantage of being made to measure ie custom LED enclosure and OEM connection. I ordered one of these upgraded units to try.

The units some primed ready for paint and the custom LED light housings can be removed (simply pulled off) to make painting easier.

However I did not like the fact that the yellow LEDs could be seen through the front lens so I decided to try some film over the lens to take the yellow contrast away whilst not adversely affecting light quality.


The units as they arrived primed for paint. I have removed one of the light housings for the pics.....






Parts for paint nb the primer was not needed as the units are ready primed I just gave them a key with wet n dry.




Ready for paint




Whilst waiting for the various layers of paint and laquer to dry I tackled the light lenses

I used some proven film from Ebay. There are various options but I thought I would try this stuff first and if I did not like it I could use more traditional smoked film. The advantage of this kit is that it retains a brighter light output than normal film.




Its very easy to use, you just cut to a rough shape and remove the backing to reveal the tacky back. You can put it in place, stretch it, refit it etc... and fix it in place by using a heat gun to cure the glue. It is removable if required with no residue.








One done prior to curing with heat from a hair dryer




The finished ducts




and with the LED units back in place




Before fitting a reminder of what it was like before.....

with HID dipped beam and LED sidelight bulbs




with the yellow looking fog lights on




The retaining clip for the sidelight can be reused with the custom plug and play LED unit




The only "snag" I hit was the the replacement duct did not have the retaining hole of the original. You can use a bolt and washer to retain but it was easy enough to drill a small hole and retain using the original screws






and the finished look (not the best lighting in an underground car park)....






and side lights on.........






and a good colour match to the HIDs






After fitting I realised (Doh!) that as well as allowing extra air flow these would also allow water to enter through the additional vents so I ensured that all electrical connections were fully waterproofed and refitted...




I'm very pleased with these and the sidelights are now bright enough to be used as daylight running lights. They retain the OEM appearance but bring the cars lighting fully up to modern specifications.

Fitted I think the lens film works really well, it hides the yellow LEDs, looks in keeping with the front end and does not affect light output, quality or colour.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Battery Isolator Fitted Reply with quote

Battery Isolator fitted.....

before:




after:


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Broken Seat Trim replaced Reply with quote

Whilst cleaning the interior of the car I noted that one piece of plastic trim on the drivers seat was broken.

Replacement fitted......


broken hole where the retaining screw had been pulled through (the trim had probably been caught and pulled away at some point):




Trim removed and its always good to see genuine Recaro original labels still in place:




Job done in one minutes (I'm on a roll)....


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work Jon!

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: LED number plate lights Reply with quote

Upgraded LED lights for rear number plates fitted.....

This is a quick job with two fittings to remove and two bulbs to replace. The fitting are simply held in with two philips screws and then pull out. The rubber sheath then pulls away to reveal the bulb which simply pushes into a retaining groove.

Note the wires are not as delicate as they appear as they are spade connectors under the protection cover. I took the opportunity to scrape away 16 years of surface corrosion off the spade connectors to leave nice shiney copper connectors

Original bulb in holder to be removed:




Upgraded LED bulb replacements:




Before:




Left side upgraded:




Job done:


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your work and enthusiasm continues to astonish me!

As does your ability to do all this yourself.

Do you do foreigners? Question

I'm not too far away and can pay in cash. Thumb

Only joking, but I've just bought the same exhaust tips as you and the OPC want an hours labour to fit them, even though I told them that the originals were removed last year for a bypass and polishing, so there will be no difficulties in removing them!!!!!!

Oh to be practically minded.

I was pleased with myself when I fitted the original over mats. Wink
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