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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I got in at 3am this morning and had to be up at 8am for a breakfast Easter Egg hunt with friends and family. The weather was crap. I needed something to do that would accommodate bad weather and my head so I thought I would fit the 993 rear central light unit I purchased a few weeks ago........

jonttt wrote:
A common age related OCD "Issue" Rolling Eyes with the 993 is that the rear centre light unit plastic fogs over time with exposure to UV light. This can't be polished out and requires a new unit to rectify.
Its one of those things that was not necessary but on the nice to do list so I've kept my eyes open for any discounted new units on eBay etc... with zero luck.
The "What have you bought your 993" thread identified an online car discount store that was selling these at a discount and so I took the opportunity to order one.
It arrived today and I'm pleased to say is genuine Porsche stock of newly manufactured part.
The item came very very well packaged in a large outer box, inner box and loads of soft packaging to protect what can be a delicate unit when not fitted. Opened in perfect condition...










These are easy to fit so I'll wait a few weeks until it warms up what


Lol I wish the weather was warm !

Anyway the job is dead easy......

Remove the rear side light units with are only retained by one screw...




and disconnect the two bulb holders....




Remove the "tidy strip" above the central light unit by rotating the x4 retaining clips 1/4 turn nb be careful when lifting the cover free as these clips can spring away and get lost in the engine.....






Next there are x3 retaining hex bolts to remove....






Then the central light unit is free to just carefully pull away..




At this point I removed the light harness from the light unit but there is no need to do this...... the new unit comes complete with harness and new bulbs (which I forgot to check as it was still in the packaging at this stage). You remove by carefully levering the 2 retaining clips to separate the connector. It is easier to remove the connector to do this by undoing the retaining screw on the light unit....




So this pic shows the central unit light harness still on the car but there is no need to leave it there....




Obviously OCD kicks in at this point and a clean up and wax is necessary....(nb I leave the wax in place as extra protection)....










Before fitting the new unit it was a chance to compare new and old side by side. My old unit is not actually that bad compared to most I've seen on cars, its the white reversing units that have degraded the most...






So then its just a matter of refitting everything.....

The side units push fit into the central unit and then screw back in place...







and finally a comparison fitted....

OLD


NEW



Its the small things that make all the difference Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freshens it up a treat Thumb
The reflector strips seem to age worse than anything else on a 993 Dont know
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have neglected to update this thread with the 993's new stablemate.....



I have started a separate Boxster GTS journal (link on my signature)


This was bought after a change of heart on the Macan GTS order which was simply not the right car for SWMBO...... so I got her an Evoque Autobiography and with what I "saved" on the Macan I got the boxster (or so she believes Wink )


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

........ I want to your wife jontt ........ Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can have her, she has just spent £100 on matching flip flops for her and little SWMBO Rolling Eyes

Good job she knows the cost of clothes better than the price of cars though Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

........ OK ...... I'll settle for the Boxster GTS ........ forget the flip flops ........ and the Mrs ......... Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

His and Hers Crocs™ thumbsup
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dommorton wrote:
His and Hers Crocs™ thumbsup


I wondered who would notice Thumb

The Mrs hates them so I have 2 pairs. One pair for mechanics and one pair for painting Bandit
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same Crocs chap. I too rate them massively as there is nothing better for a day in the garden or garage when slipping off and on numerous times would be a pain with any other footwear. Gold.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you selling your old rear reflector?..
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MattyR wrote:
Are you selling your old rear reflector?..


Pm sent
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well its about that time of year again for reflection. This year the 993 has been neglected in that it has effectively been in storage for the whole year, albeit in my garage at home. Thats is due to both having too much fun in the Boxster GTS and work commitments (spent most of the year setting up a new business).

The car has not even had an MOT or service Hand so has truly done 0 miles Surprised

I know I know, it will fall apart when I come to use it Rolling Eyes

The important thing is that I still love the fact that I own it Grin

Hopefully it will get used more next year, lets face it getting an MOT will mean more mileage Thumb

The car was 20 years old earlier this year and I even forgot its birthday wack but the current ferrari 360 thread got me thinking, what was I driving 10 and 20 years ago. 20 years ago is harder as I was young and changed my cars every few months but it was definately either a Nissan 300ZX or Subaru WRX, yep I was big into jap cars back then..... and turbo lag Floor 10 years ago I used to wake up to this beauty .....
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonttt wrote:

The car has not even had an MOT or service Hand so has truly done 0 miles Surprised


Surprised Will that be a 'gap' in the service history Dont know It'll put buyers off what
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn Hand

To me it would have done more harm than good to get the car out of storage to get it MOT’d and serviced especially when it does not need it.

Its first run, when it does get back on the road will be for a service Thumb

I’ll take pictures of the guys at unit 11 removing the air filters again to replace them and give me a quizacle look as they will be cleaner than the dusty ones off the shelf they put back in Grin
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before I endeavour to update all of my journal pics to another host I thought I should test it with........... a new ferrari, delivered this week Driving



ps its not so clean now Grin
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonttt wrote:
Before I endeavour to update all of my journal pics to another host I thought I should test it with........... a new ferrari, delivered this week Driving



ps its not so clean now Grin


What a beast ..
Dirty pics are good too ...
. We don’t judge on cleanliness ....you know that ...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Last Saturday I got the 993 out of the garage and out for a run (on a private road) Surprised

First time out for c18 months Bandit

I reconnected the battery, fired the ignition and it started first time, it simply purred away, not a single drop of oil on the floor, no a creak or rattle and simply drove like a dream..... who says you have to drive these cars to keep them maintained Grin

Now its been a while since I've actually driven a manual car but I managed not to stall it and I even managed to back it out without the engine cutting out which given the engine had not turned over for so long I thought was remarkable (if you know these cars reversing when cold they are prone to stall)

I ran the car around for a glorious 30 min in the sunshine and then inspected it on the driveway. Oil level, pressure, temp all perfect, no smoke in site and the lovely unique smell of an aircooled engine and the lovely purring noise as it idled and cooled.

#993hewnfromstone, what a pleasure for a petrolhead...

My plan is to get it MOT'd and serviced in April so I can at least drive it a little this summer, BGTS when the sun is shining and 993 when its duller as my rides of choice for a fun blast. The 488 is not really hitting the sweet spot in the same way as this combination will Thumb
















and even just the "feel" of the engine lid opening, ooooooh, you just do not get that feeling of engineering / absolute build quality in any modern car .....

[img]https://i.imgur.com/Ijk8eCo.mp4[/img]


The 993 is back Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That glove box needs a bit of adjustment to level it off. My OCD alarm went off straight away what
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thumb it shall be sorted
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Looks like you got a little too excited with the opening and closing of the engine cover as you've left a bit of man mess around the entrance to the airbox Floor Floor Floor Floor
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