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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/16 12:06:30 (permalink)
Just checked on Mr Google and you cant £350 for Design 911
 
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/16 20:24:03 (permalink)
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Hi Mike, you are spot on regarding, 'it's a shame to cover the exhaust up with the bumper', but I guess its the law :)  And I think you can buy new covers for the oil pump, but on balance I thought it would be best to purchase a new one, but before I fitted it, I keyed it with some 'Wet and dry', masked it and painted it - well the casing anyway. 
 
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All put back together, running in.  The exhaust note is a 'fruitier deeper rumble' :) 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/16 20:26:34 (permalink)
https://www.flickr.com/ph.../in/dateposted-public/
 
I've posted a link with the engine running and new system so you can hear. 
post edited by usermjg - 2021/02/16 20:28:30

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/24 10:32:02 (permalink)
Update:  Been living with the new exhaust for a little now, and my opinion so far
Limited due to lock down and not being able to give her a good run, but I'm very pleased to date.  When I purchased my 1st 911 (1977 air-cooled) it had a sound track that was intoxicating, at or just above 3000 rpm the noise was just glorious, it brought out the little devil in me at times just to hear the scream as she winded up. 
When I started looking at newer 911's, I was worried that the idiosyncrasies that my early car had would be diluted out of the modern version.  However I was pleasantly surprise to find that the majority of traits had been passed on, and in a lot of cases improved considerably, except one.   I found that the exhaust note is very grown up on the 997 compared to my earlier 911, something which I really had no intension of addressing as I too felt I had also grown up, and the more refined note now suited.         Driving my 997 now however is like having my older 911 back, the tone of the exhaust isn't quite as raw as my earlier 911 but not far off, I've also noticed that I have regained my 'naughty smile', something I'm sure you all have noticed from time to time, but being grown ups, don't want to admit it in polite company :)  The car has its MOT booked in for next week, this will be the first one with this system in place, I'm sure it will be fine as its all legal and in limits, but I'm always nervous when my car goes for the test.  Hopefully then the lock down will ease, and I have the opportunity to take her for a good drive, and really enjoy my new sound track.      
 
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Lambda Sensor fits PORSCHE 911 997 3.8 Post Cat 04 to 08 Oxygen Lucas Quality | eBay
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/24 16:31:36 (permalink)
Hi Marc
Thanks fof the update always enjoy reading your posts. If you don't mind me asking where did you purchase the exhaust from?
Thanks
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/24 17:56:45 (permalink)
Hi Steve
 
I purchased the majority of the stuff from Design911, CATs, Mufflers and the Tandem oil pump, a one stop shop so to speak :)  I did look around to price match and such but generally found them to be the cheapest.  I know that the cheapest isn't really the correct term to use when looking for replacement parts for your beloved Porsche, is really should be the best parts for the car, however I'm not a rich man so I have to strike a balance between the best I can afford :) 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/02/25 09:48:36 (permalink)
Thanks Marc, on the upside you have saved on the fitting costs and had the experience of doing it, result!
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/03/02 17:34:38 (permalink)
True Steve :) I wonder what the cost would have been if I had it fitted rather than fitting it myself?
 
What make a man happy (or woman) ? In my case getting a phone call to say your car is ready for collection and it's passed its MOT :)

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/03/02 17:49:18 (permalink)
Good to see ! Keep it up !
 
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/03/08 16:46:43 (permalink)
Hi and Thanks Maurice :)
 
As the weather was nice this weekend, I decided to have a go at Ceramic Coating the car.  I have toyed with the idea for a little while, but like all things new, decided to do a little reading on the subject first.  But to be honest very easy process and defiantly worth it.
 
1st pre-washed the car and mitted down.
2nd snow foamed the car, and rinsed and then shammed dry.
3rd Used Polish /Wax remover all over the panels (used Pure Definition) very easy to use and it clearly removed all unwanted muck off the car. 
4th Panel by panel Ceramic Coated (used Carbon Collective), I've never used Ceramic Coatings before so have no comparison to base on, however very easy to use and straight forward process. 
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The images don't really show the level of shine, I'm impressed with the finish, so much so that I don't think I will be waxing a car ever again.  I was so happy I even did my wife's BMW :)
 
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/04/04 13:06:07 (permalink)
Another 'Warning sign' on the dash !! 
Decided to take the car to work last week, good idea to keep the car driving so I thought.  On the way home in traffic a warning sign popped up, Not again !! "Battery Generator", in red eg STOP. 
I know that if the alternator fails you only really have 30 mins at best before the engine will cut out.   However I managed to get the car back home and order a new Alternator.
 
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I decided to clean off some of the surface corrosion before reinstalling the new Alternator. 
 
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Nice new Alternator in place, Took about hour and half, quite a quick job really.  I would recommend it as a DIY job.  It was tight and fiddly but nothing really challenging:) 
 
And the best of it, no more warning lights on the dash, well for now anyway :) 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/04/18 17:49:47 (permalink)
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Couldn't help myself, purchased a Car Bra, I know its 70s retro, but I love it :) Plus keeps the big chips away.

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/09/12 15:20:29 (permalink)
Hi
Over the last couple of months I haven't been really up to much, apart from driving that is (which is nice:).  So I thought it was time my sons learnt not to be afraid of a bit of DIY - Maintenance, and servicing. 
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My eldest replacing the 'Air filter'.. He loved it :) even the oil change, wants to know what's next, I think I might have to get him a Boxster of his own to work on ;).

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/09/22 21:15:40 (permalink)
Great thread and a great job Marc. Keep it going!


 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/09/27 10:05:28 (permalink)
Just an additional note, if you change your own alternator it's a good idea to change the flexi oil fill pipe which is about 40 quid. Mine snapped recently and I had to remove the alternator to get to it. Again fiddly but possible. 
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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/12/20 11:26:06 (permalink)
Hi Guys, I hope you are all well and enjoying your cars :)  I haven't been doing anything with my car apart from driving it (which is obviously the best part of ownership). 
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2021/12/21 10:17:49 (permalink)
Marc I have enjoyed your posts, look forward to what you do in 2022. 
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Re: Diary of a 997 2022/01/29 14:39:25 (permalink)
Loved these posts, Marc.  Looking to get into 997 ownership at some point (it was the poster car for me as a kid) and it's fun to see how much DIY can be done on one of these. 

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Re: Diary of a 997 2022/01/30 13:10:25 (permalink)
Hi great job you are doing , can I ask what you sealed your lenses with once you buffed them ,
wanting to do mine but cant find a kit with the final u.v protector sealer
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Re: Diary of a 997 2022/02/11 17:07:37 (permalink)
Hi, thanks for the replies, it's nice to know my posts are of interest or help  :)
 
When I sealed my lights I used,
E-TECH Restored Headlight Headlamp Protect Clear Coat Lacquer Spray Sealer 200ml 5018413500388 | eBay
 
Needs to be used in a warm, well ventilated environment, and very light coats.

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