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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/13 13:07:51 (permalink)
Update, not too much has been going on with the car since winter and more lockdowns kicked in..
 
I did have an issue where I broke down on a busy bypass, this was down to a voltage regulator with sticky brushes. 
 
So I replaced the dodgy VR with a new BERU one, a really simple job to do. 
 

 
Pull this forwards
 

 
Remove a cover, 2 screws to remove old one and put new one in, simple.

 
As the car is getting on, some of the bushes have been changed to an unknown brand of Polyurathane and OEM by a previous owner, I wanted to just refresh EVERYTHING. So I went for the full Powerflex kit, wishbones, gearbox and ARB bushes. I chose the new Heritage range of bushes, these are not as firm as the usual yellow, purple and black bushes that Powerflex are known for. These are grey, which indicate that they are the Heritage range and with that, not hard but OEM in feel, if ever so slightly firmer but won't degrade like rubber bushes, so will outlast them and keep motoring for many more years to come without lose in performance. 
 

 
Changing bushes is the worst job for me, it is just one of those pains, I will be investing in a press to make it much easier and then it may not be a job I put off in future. The results are always the most satisfying however, that's the drive I need to remind myself so that I get on and get it all fitted. 
 
I got myself some later spec 4 pot rear calipers to upgrade my baby 2 pots, I will be stripping and rebuilding, new piston and dust seals anyway. New finish, decal and stainless nipples. 
 

 

 

 
I got to work on fitting the gearbox mount bushes. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Just fitting the gearbox bushes alone has made a noticeable difference, the car generally feels more solid and the pickup when initially setting off is like a sport mode button has been enabled, it is a night and day difference and for the effort and cost, hugely worthwhile doing! I fitted the insert kit which fills the voids around the existing bushing, I went for this option rather than full bush replacement for ease, I don't regret it as the improvement is superb. I went for the void filler bushes on another car of mine which had good results (mx5 differential mounts), no disappointment here with the 964! 
 
Finally, I was getting a bit fed up with my car cover leaving light marks, dust getting under it and coming to the car during these cold months to find a hazey finish on the paint and windows and even my gauges, where condensation had clearly got to it. 
I bought a car bubble from ebay (www.carbubble.uk) £385 or so and now, the car will stay immaculate and save me the annoynce of marking the car and condensation damage! My Golf sits in a Carcoon in a damp garage and it has remained perfect so I know the benefits of these chambers. Well worth a purchase!
 

 
Next are these 2 big boxes
 


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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/13 14:07:49 (permalink)
All looking good. Keep it coming Mark. Have my Beru VR here but yet to fit (means heating up the garage - flippin cold). Didn't know about the grey 'Heritage' range from Powerflex. However, mine all done a few years back using the SuperPro bushes. Chris at Centre Gravity did them all and made a massive, more confident, difference.

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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/14 17:47:36 (permalink)
I was thinking of getting some of those 4 pots for the rear brakes, how do they feel in comparison to the 2 pots?
 
It's really annoying, as reported here previously, that my rear brakes have always been fine, but after a recent pad change, now they squeal all the time.  Try fitting 4 pots, said the garage 

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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/14 17:52:02 (permalink)
What new pads Colin? Garage talking a bit of tosh if the answer was to replace the calipers. Pad material change should fix that (plus new anti-squeal shims).

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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/15 17:40:57 (permalink)
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What new pads Colin? Garage talking a bit of tosh if the answer was to replace the calipers. Pad material change should fix that (plus new anti-squeal shims).




Well you would have thought so.  They (should) always fit OEM parts and I've never had a brake squealing problem before.  It's a well known, and respected, garage, but since the last of the original owners left, It's not quite the same.  My bodywork guy, who has his workshop round the corner and who they originally recommended to me, no longer works with them.  Also, after my last service, the receptionist got the right hump (silent treatment) because I was 5 or so litres short refilling the loan car, whilst I was paying my 4 figure bill!
 
I think our long association (20 years) may be over and I may try the people you use.  I heard several of the staff have moved over to them anyway 
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944S2 1990 Guards Red - Gone & very sadly missed
BMW 318D - slow, slow, slow coach. Most disappointing car I have ever owned.
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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/16 15:10:57 (permalink)
Problem I've got now with them is their labour rates are now £98/hr - creeping close to London OPC rates. Thing is it's slowly becoming more of a GT3/2RS and 991/2 RS performance parts resellers. Clearly I guess that's where the money is and not with the likes of me - diy'ers who occasionally use them for more specialist repairs or maintenance. 10 hours of labour pays for the new garage lift I have.

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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/18 17:33:49 (permalink)
My guys are heavily into the GT3 scene too, as well as very expensive used cars.
 
I'm not sure what their current labour rate is, tbh, virtually everything they do for me is menu priced, but it can't be far off that (£80/85 + VAT).  Still, I think you are looking getting on for double that at an OPC.

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944S2 1990 Guards Red - Gone & very sadly missed
BMW 318D - slow, slow, slow coach. Most disappointing car I have ever owned.
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Re: My Porsche 964 C2 diary 2021/01/23 14:23:51 (permalink)
Many thanks for an interesting and detailed article, most long term 964 owners can relate to the issues and challenges that come with a car of this age 
Look forward to reading the next challenges
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