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jonttt
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the repaired / replaced Carbon Fibre Sports seat arrived from Germany yesturday.

To be fair to the seller he has done a top job in replacing the carbon back. One of the advantages of the parts being new is that they are easy to match and the replacement back is identical to the one on the other seat.

In between heavy rain and showers today Rolling Eyes I managed to get them fitted.....

First a reminder of the current look with Midnight blue 8 way comfort seats...






Drivers seat out.....




A comparison of the two seats out of the car...






On both seats you have to swap over the seat belt restraint. This is just held in with a single bolt. The driver side has a sensor connection to check the seat belt is worn when driving so takes slightly longer but is still a simple job to tie in the cable....




It is just a matter then of connecting up the electric blocks and screwing the rails back in place.

Drivers seat fitted.....




and then passenger seat, job done....




To say I'm chuffed with the quality and look is an understatement. The original two tone interior really has taken on a better balance.....










By the time I had finished the sun was out and so a great excuse for a blast on some of my favourite local overtaking "B" roads.......

The more I drive the car the more I am getting to know its limits and on slightly damp roads its poise and feel through the twisties never ceases to bring a smile to my face. Not too much power to be scary but powering through a bend on the accelerator really is a lovely feeling and sound.

The seats...... well to be expected that offer much more in the way of lateral grip but as per my previous experience of them I would say the comfort seats are more comfortable for my build but by the end of an hours blast through country lanes I had either got more used to them or they were beginning to mold more to my shape. Not bad at all and they don't half look smart.

The quality of the carbon fibre and leather used really is top notch. With the new steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake lever it really does feel and smell like a new car.

So next on the list is to tackle the rear seats, I have already sourced some genuine leather black rears so they just need fitting Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent Jon! Seats look lovely. You took a big gamble and had a wobble en route but the result looks good.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep was a real gamble but paid off big style. To be fair the seller turned out to be very genuine, great comms and cost me no extra other than patience in the end Thumb

i've just got to find a way to get the comfort seats in the garage loft now nooo
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it worked out ok in the end.

Now watch as the interior gradually moves over to fully black. Only a matter of time Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New seats look like an excellent upgrade.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dommorton wrote:
Glad it worked out ok in the end.

Now watch as the interior gradually moves over to fully black. Only a matter of time Grin


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Jon, a really good match with the steering wheel. I think that once the rears are in, it will have a good two tone balance Thumb
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have really enjoyed driving the 993 as a daily around Liverpool this week........time to treat it to a clean and take the opportunity to remove the 911-50 sticker I put on last year. It was more time consuming to remove the sticky stuff than I thought it would be but after a quick polish and wax it was back to original.














and the badge now has pride of place on my new garage workbench....




of course I then had to take the car for a quick twilight blast to ensure it was completely dry before going back in the garage Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a bit of progress over the weekend fitting out my garage. Its a bit of a weird shape as it narrows with the boundary line towards the back. It is long enough to allow a workbench and storage (my main workbench is in the man-shed) and wide enough as you enter to allow easy egress from the car and access to the passenger side if needed.

Peek a boo....












Its never going to be the best garage in the world but with a bit of planning I can make it more than suitable. I just need to figure out how to get 8 sets of wheels on the walls Dont know I'm waiting for delivery of a wall frame from Germany to try out.

I'm thinking of painting the brick walls (to help seal them, keep down dust to a minimum) and to brighten up (with additional lighting) but have never painted brick before Question
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painting brick is not a problem. You can use any paint but the best finish will be with an exterior masonry paint like sandtex. You'll find that the brick will soak up the first coat like blotting paper.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

use Sandtex, mix it in with Fairy washing up, put loads in mix it up so its all frothy and it will apply easier, do this for the first coat only, works wonders, just looks a bit odd initially.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmmm we have 10 litres of powder blue bathroom paint left over (don't ask Rolling Eyes ) that may be worth a go, if it does not work it can act as a primer Dont know
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I treated myself to a new car jack today. Partly because I cannot find my old one Rolling Eyes but was getting on a bit (I inherited it) and it was never that good anyway (man logic at its best Thumb ).

I went for the Arcan item from Costco as Arcan have a good rep and Costco cannot be faulted for customer service if there are any issues and at a good price (c£120 I think, may have been a bit cheaper in store).

From the Costco website:
http://www.costco.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/cos_8,cos_8.5,cos_8.5.10/107255

This heavy duty Arcan aluminium service Jack features side mounted handles, making it easier to position the Jack. With a quick lift design and 5 pumps, this Jack has a capacity of 1,814kg. The wide track wheels and casters provide easy mobility and the rubber sadle pad and foam bumper pad protects the vehicle from getting damaged.

Specification

Dual return springs
Capacity: 1.8 Ton
Material: Aluminium
Min height: 8.9cm
Max height: 49.8cm
Weight: 24kg
Dimensions: H 81 x W 36 x D 19 cm















The handle is easily removable via one screw for easy storage...






I've not used it on the car yet but first impressions are fantastic compared to my old one. Judge

I've also stored my car manuals in the garage now. The workshop manual from Porsche takes 2 arch lever files to print out fully Surprised but can be downloaded in PDF format from my manuals thread in the 993 FAQ section....

http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=82579


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for the Arcan jack. I bought one last year.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got around to fitting the 15mm rear spacers (only took me about 10 months lol)



Before....




After.....






and I got to play with my new jack Very Happy




You may remember I fitted 20mm spacers to the rear last year but these where too wide and rubbed the rear arch.

I managed to go on a quick run on the same route as I experienced problems last year and no rubbing Thumb However this was in Friday rush hour traffic so not the best way to test. I will judge properly in the coming weeks (although i am about to go on holiday which may delay matters Bandit )
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonttt wrote:







They are originally made by ETA Beta (Italian manufacturer of the centres) but have been completely refurbished to with barrels / lips to give the following sizes:

Front 18x9 ET49
Rear 18x11 ET52

These compare to the OEM Widebody Turbo Twists which are:

Front 18x8 ET52
Rear 18x10 ET40

This means that they will "sit" compared to the Hollow Spokes as follows.....

Front -10mm inner clearance; +16mm outer
Rear -25mm inner clearance; +1mm outer

I have no real concerns over the rears as they will need the 15mm spacers I've already bought for the Hollow Spokes which will give...

Rear -10mm inner clearance; +16mm outer

I'm hoping losing c10mm inner clearance will not be an issue as its within tolerance for most cars but again I'm still learning about the 993.

The fronts are the bigger concern for two reasons. Firstly the offset of +16mm outer clearance. Again as I'm not used to the 993 this may be pushing it a bit but normally you are safe with +15mm over OEM spec wheels without considering suspension setup, camber settings, wheel stretch etc.... so I'm hoping this will be OK. Secondly is the 9inch width. The 4 wheel drive 993 already has relatively heavy steering so I'm not looking to do anything to make this heavier. Fitting wider front tyres would likely make the steering heavier so I'm hoping I can get away with the same fronts as I have on now (I think they are 225's). I may need a little stretch anyway with the offset ?

I'll not be trying these on the car or considering tyre specs for a few months in all probability given everything else I have going on at the moment (new job on top of house move Rolling Eyes ) but it gives me something to look forward to fiddling with in the new year.

I can't wait to see what these look like on a WB 993. They are very similar to the RH/Speedline split rims so I'm hoping they look as good / better with the deep dishes.



After buying myself a new tool Grin it was a great excuse to take a break from gardening to trial fit the front Eta Beta.






mmmmmm will be tight but I think once the wheel is dropped back down to normal camber they will just fit (he states with eyes closed Surprised ).....





So bottom line is these are .......... going to be tight. I think I'll never know without fitting rubber, just got to decide whether to go for 225 stretch or 235's. I'm edging to 235's.

ps the inner clearance to the big reds is very tight but there is clearance and the wheels rotate fine, phew.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont think it matters what size tyres you are going to fit, what would worry me is the wheel is clearly outside the arch, I know the car being jacked up will twist it slightly but as a guide my fronts with a 7mm shim are still at least 15mm inside the arch at the top
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think once the suspension is dropped they will sit flush and having done some research 9x18 ET50 has been done successfully but is borderline so I think until I get some rubber on I won't know for certain.

My biggest concern was clearance over the big reds as there will be no scope for spacers and that bit worked.

So it's fingers crossed and trial fit. They are either going to look perfect or won't fit, there won't be much leeway

Dont know
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well good luck, TBH alot of the wheel/spacer/tyre thing is suck it and see!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I need a holiday first, too much stress Thumb
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