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Old 02-06-2017, 06:24 PM   #61
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So, instead, I decided to do the infamous radiator/AC condenser cleaning. Since I don't really have any reference point with a water cooled 911, I can't really tell if my car is running hot, but I do see the coolant temp occasionally cross 100 deg. Celsius... so I figured it couldn't hurt to make sure the radiators were clear.
You inspired me!

I'm amazed at all the crud in there.


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Old 02-06-2017, 07:53 PM   #62
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One bottle will do the trick.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:06 AM   #63
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Great work Chris.

We should get together at some point for a drive/meet up. Any other Bay Area 996 owners up for it?


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Old 02-07-2017, 12:13 AM   #64
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Another 996 story:

The wife had issues with the Land Rover and ended up getting stranded in Santa Cruz, so I drove over in the Porsche to help her out. For the drive back, she took the 996 while I crawled back in the LR desperate to get home without it dying on HWY 17 (no shoulder for most of it). She promised to stay behind me the whole way in case I needed to stop... but that lasted around 5 minutes before she shot past me and disappeared.

When I finally made it home, I asked her what the hell happened to her promise to stay with me. Her response was golden:

"The Porsche was crying to be driven faster"

I couldn't argue with her. She's definitely a keeper.
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:46 PM   #65
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Another 996 story:

The wife had issues with the Land Rover and ended up getting stranded in Santa Cruz, so I drove over in the Porsche to help her out. For the drive back, she took the 996 while I crawled back in the LR desperate to get home without it dying on HWY 17 (no shoulder for most of it). She promised to stay behind me the whole way in case I needed to stop... but that lasted around 5 minutes before she shot past me and disappeared.

When I finally made it home, I asked her what the hell happened to her promise to stay with me. Her response was golden:

"The Porsche was crying to be driven faster"

I couldn't argue with her. She's definitely a keeper.
Good for you guys having a LR and 996. Every weekend it seems like I tinker with the 996 and my colleagues ask if it's worth it. Sometimes it takes me a while to answer because it almost seems like a rhetorical question.

I don't know if you have or plan to have kids, here's something I enjoyed reading.

http://jalopnik.com/automotive-suffe...ids-1787059112
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:57 PM   #66
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I'm in the Bay Area as well.

I'm lucky that my wife is also a car enthusiast. When we had our daughter she OK'd the family car (M5)

She also OK'd the Porsche, but that's our third car. Her every day driver is a 400hp SUV, she had to get the bigger motor
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:35 PM   #67
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Good for you guys having a LR and 996. Every weekend it seems like I tinker with the 996 and my colleagues ask if it's worth it. Sometimes it takes me a while to answer because it almost seems like a rhetorical question.
Thanks, the LR is really the only "must have" vehicle in our fleet since we live in pretty mountainous terrain. Just today, the bottom of the driveway was flooded due to the recent storm... and the Rover was in the shop.



So in order to get my Fiat 500e DD through the "lake" without electrocuting myself, I had to pull out the old rake to clear the clogged drain.



Finally... whirlpools!



Just another day in the mountains.


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I don't know if you have or plan to have kids, here's something I enjoyed reading.
I have a 6 year old daughter. She absolutely *loves* the Porsche and practically begs me to take it every morning when dropping her off at school. In fact, I had the whole family in the car this last weekend and it was great to cruise around in relative comfort.

For this reason, maintaining street drivability is very high on my priority list as I mod the car. It's going to be a delicate balance...

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Heh, very nice... thanks for the link.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:40 PM   #68
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I'm in the Bay Area as well.

I'm lucky that my wife is also a car enthusiast. When we had our daughter she OK'd the family car (M5)

She also OK'd the Porsche, but that's our third car. Her every day driver is a 400hp SUV, she had to get the bigger motor
A E39 M5 is on the bucket list. In fact, I almost bought one over the 996. I may still get one when it's time to replace the current DD.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:46 PM   #69
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Update:

Maintenance
Clean out front radiators (done)
Unclog drain holes (pending)
Oil/brake/transmission fluid (pending)

Parts Installed
Michelin PSS Tires

Parts received but not yet installed
GT3 Console Delete - needed to order a trim piece before I can relocate the HVAC controls
Tarett Monoball Camber Plates - Front
OEM Fuel tank valve
NGK Spark Plugs & coils

Parts ordered
Belts
FVD Motorsport Oil Pan with Baffle
Magnetic oil drain plug
Air filter
Pollen Filter
Water Pump
Wevo semi solid engine mounts
AC/HVAC control trim
Adjustable Endlinks - Front/Rear *new* (thanks Slakker!)

Stage 1.5
Coilovers - GT3 vs. Ohlins vs. KW V3?
Monoball Camber Plates - Rear

Stage 2
Clutch+Flywheel (Light weight?)
IMSB - dual row LN solution
RMS
Short shifter (997/GT3/other?)
Upgraded AOS
New rotors/Brake pads
Suspension bushing refresh (Powerflex?)

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Old 02-08-2017, 05:07 AM   #70
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Unboxed the parts that arrived today. Shiny new goodness.

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Old 02-08-2017, 11:47 AM   #71
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Hello,

I happen to have a set of Intrax 1k2 coilovers for a 996. Much better than KW or PSS10.

Front and rear with monoball mounts. Fully adjustable in height and preload, damping and rebound with one ****, therefore staightforward to setup when compared to more sophisticated 3-ways. You can check on their website http://en.intraxracing.nl/producten/1k2/ but mine do not have the separate bottle (easier to fit in a "civilized" car).

You'd have to check if shipping is affordable since I'm across the pond.

PM me if interested.

Best, Stephen

PS: slippery slope or not, the 996 is a very interesting platform.
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Hello,

I happen to have a set of Intrax 1k2 coilovers for a 996. Much better than KW or PSS10.
It's funny that they are from the Netherlands because when I read this I thought "what is this guy smoking?"
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Old 02-08-2017, 08:30 PM   #73
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It's funny that they are from the Netherlands because when I read this I thought "what is this guy smoking?"
Heh, I had the same reaction.

I think I'll stick to known local solutions. Probably useful for future maintenance, warrantee work and rebuilds, etc.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:51 AM   #74
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One last maintenance item before the big ticket items start: I cleaned up the drain holes in the Frunk.

My weapons of choice.



Opening her up (side note: the battery looks pretty new).



As expected the the four drain holes were clogged up with debris.





A couple shots after cleanup.





Accumulated crap extracted from the drain holes.



All done.




Nasty work in tight quarters, but at least I didn't need to do the sunroof rail drain holes.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:24 PM   #75
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If you live where I think you live, you have no pity from me...small price to pay for paradise. =P

I don't really remember, but I thought you could just pull out those rubber grommets and stick your finger through it?

I'm guessing you don't have the rear drains because of the sunroof delete.
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