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Old 04-21-2016, 02:49 AM
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Default Life with a 997.2 GTS 6MT

This thread will be a journal of my forays with a 997.2 GTS. Some of the early posts are a bit out of order. I'll update this thread with new posts every time I do something I feel is significant enough to share and I think might be of interest or contain beneficial information for others. I do everything myself unless otherwise noted. Happy to share info with anyone who wants it. Just PM me.

2.8.15 A child is born
My search for a 997 began in late 2012, became serious in early 2014 and materialized in early 2015 when a friendly Brit named Guy at Porsche Conshohocken sold me a fresh, off-lease 2012 997.2 Carrera GTS with 21,393 miles on the clock.

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It was specced nearly exactly how I would have from the factory. The one thing it didn't have that at the time I wanted was SPASM. It wasn't a deal breaker because I knew I'd be changing the suspension on it anyway. In retrospect, I should have sourced a car with the Sport Buckets and aerokit, because $$$ but.. whatevs.

The sales transaction was smooth and I think I got a fair deal, shipping was arranged and it was almost delivered during the Super Bowl blizzard that blanketed 20 states (remember that?), but the carrier got stuck in Indiana. So, I was saved until the roads were plowed and picked it up a mile away the next day (can't deliver 18 wheelers to my downtown condo.. trucks don't fit).

Here it is coming off the trailer and immediately going into hibernation:














No one will ever know.

More to come as it needed some minor cosmetic work before it's spring awakening.

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2.8.15 - 4.1.15 Winter blues.
Like I said, the car needed some minor cosmetic work before I started track days and understanding what I needed to do to the car for it to fit me, literally and figuratively.

February: Clear side indicators were installed as an initiation into this Rennlist cult:










Glorious.

The front GTS spoiler lip had a small crack in it so I popped that off one weekend while the wife was out of town and used the spare bathroom to epoxy, sand, prime and repaint it.


I don't report things to Carfax so no one will ever know.


March: The car was serviced just before I picked it up but I did the 20k minor service anyway (air, cabin, oil filters and oil change) for peace of mind. Did this at a rent-a-lift place. Dale, the owner of I Can Fix this in Gurnee is as genuine as they come. Plus, it's the only one in a 200 mile radius. He cleans up and deservedly so.






I realized right away on the way home from servicing the car that I would need protection from hot fuzz.
So I hardwired a Passport Max2 and remote. Love this thing. The GPS memory is terrific.







Now I needed to focus on the cosmetic work. The car was full of swirls from poor washing... like the PO used a brillo. Really bad. I took it to Ivan at LUSTR here in Chicago. His biz is one of the most reputable and trustworthy in this city and he does outstanding work. Not cheap but not exorbitant either. He and his guys are awesome.

Two stages of paint correction and Cquartz went on. In retrospect I should have wrapped the entire car after the chips I've had from Chicago freeways. I'll do that when I feel the front needs a respray.























More cosmetic and functional tweaks to come.
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Spring/Summer 2015

So now we're into some little things that I'll breeze over.
Windows were tinted.



Then I tinted all the lights just to get rid of the high red and silver contrast.. personal preference:









I debadged and rebadged with just GTS instead of Carrera GTS.
I painted the shift cap pattern red.




The chrome headlight washers got a change to black and clear coat.




Finally, I added spacers for that hella flush look, yo. 5mm in front, 12mm in back with the plan to go wider (or get new wheels) when I lower the car.





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Summer 2015

On a Sunday cruise down Lake Shore Drive with some fellow pcar neighbors

It wasn't all sunshine and ********. The sunroof gasket decided it no longer wanted to be attached to the car. Warranty covered a replacement sunroof mechanism. The whole thing needed to be replaced at what would have been nearly $2k and took three weeks to get parts from the motherland. Yikes.
The dual tone horn stopped working and turned the car into a single squeaker. Hard to remind people not to cut you off when you're as intimidating as an ice cream cart. Warranty covered too.

So, on we go to functional mods which is what most everything after the previous posts will be and these will be described in more and more detail the closer we approach to present day. I'll link to previous threads that expanded on these in a lot more detail.. no need to reinvent the wheel.

Sharkwerks bypass.
What can I say that hasn't already been said a million times about these. I installed this with the help of a friend and his garage. Very easy to do in a couple hours. They are nearly essential for the 997.2 car and way too expensive, but totally worth it. Thanks, Dan and Alex.






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Rennline Pedals Added
Many of you have this same problem. The throttle pedal isn't high enough while braking during street driving to blip on down shifts properly. So, I added Rennline pedals to counter that. I'm tall too so I have to do a roll/heal blip even on track and can't execute a proper heal blip with the legroom available in the 997. So the added pedal lift helps there too.










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I'm not a fuse panel expert...
You wired your passport to the fused side? correct?
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Great thread, Nate. I've subscribed!
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Nice upgrades! Really like PACKERS flag.
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Originally Posted by BIG smoke View Post
I'm not a fuse panel expert...
You wired your passport to the fused side? correct?
Sorry, I'm not understanding what you mean by 'fused side'.

The RWD 997 fuse panel has a vacant slot at C1. I used a fuse tap and these instructions as a guide for installing it:
http://teamspeed.com/forums/991-997-...smartcord.html
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That add a fuse kit is perfectly fine
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OP can elaborate how you painted the headlight innards black? This is a mod I would love to do as I think it looks fantastic on the 991s.
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Originally Posted by Strelok View Post
OP can elaborate how you painted the headlight innards black? This is a mod I would love to do as I think it looks fantastic on the 991s.
Another one fooled. They aren't painted. It's the LAMINX tint that makes them look darker because it reduces light allowed into the housing AND reflecting out of the housing. So it makes them look darker than they are without sacrificing headlight output as much.

That being said, I did look into opening the housing and they are bonded with silicone. You'd have to melt the silicone with a heat cutter, literally cut open the lights, paint them and melt or silicone them back together. Not something I wanted to risk screwing up at ~$1500 per light.
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Originally Posted by nwGTS View Post
That being said, I did look into opening the housing and they are bonded with silicone. You'd have to melt the silicone with a heat cutter, literally cut open the lights, paint them and melt or silicone them back together. Not something I wanted to risk screwing up at ~$1500 per light.
Silicone is a viscoelastic, or a cross-linked polymer. It doesn't melt and re-flow.
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Beautiful car,love the tread. keep it coming!
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