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  2. LED Spars

    someone on here recently and kindly posted a link to the new MOT regs. this might help. if nothing else, wire up the spars through the front fog switch
  3. get your local battery re-seller or auto electrician to do a drop test on the battery, it should be a free or nearly free check. places like Halfords or other high st car accessory and bike shops will just tell you its FUBARED and get you to buy the most expensive option without having any skilled techys on site to do a proper drop test. Batteries like to be cycled and will last longer if not kept overcharged.. On the flip side, a low or flat battery will not like being in the cold for long. the Cayman has a 150 amp alternator and will happily charge a low battery within a few miles as long as it starts in the first place. a low but healthy battery should never drop below about 11.5 volts and should not deliver more than 13.5 volts whereas an unregulated charger can chuck out 17 volts without load. I have heard of many motorcycle batteries ruined by so called smart chargers that are left plugged in over winter. the batteries sulphate (gass off) if overcharged and can grenade under sudden load if gassy so a drop test must be done carefully and safely. you could try connecting another battery to your Cayman in parallel using jump leads then reconnect your charger. the extra load might just kickstart the charge cycle. hope this helps.
  4. Good excuse to come back to Wales though !!
  5. My OPC just gave me the same malarky about the exhaust bolts/clamps after my MOT. I took it to my exhaust specialist and he said not to bother, the OPC is just being picky about it. I would go to an actual exhaust specialist and get a second opinion on that front, personally. Sounds like your battery needs a test and that it could be naff. Even if it's been sat over winter without charge, I wouldn't expect a decent quality battery to lose its capacity so quickly. I have a battery tester but I think you're a bit too far away to borrow it.
  6. Here's a quick snap of the headunit: I took some photos with the interior light on and flash but it's not that great. I'll have to take some on the weekend in the natural light.
  7. Just before the winter set in and the road tax renewal demand reminder dropped onto the doormat, the R was serviced, drive belt changed, and brake fluid refreshed. The battery decided life was no more in the same week and so it was swapped for another Porsche OEM item. I've had the car on a SORN since end of October, but my wallet has now recovered from the earlier trauma and so the next phase of cost begins.......... Tyres seem to be headed towards GY Eagle F1 Asymmetric N0 - largely on price vs the aged Michelin SP2 currently fitted which seem to significantly more expensive for probably not a proportionate return in performance advantage for a car driven only on the road. It'll get a track outing but it will be a very rare event. Any experiences and anecdotes with the F1's would be appreciated. The new battery has barely been used. The car did about 300 miles between the service and battery replacement before being locked away in my garage and hooked up to a Ctek MXS 5.0 charger for the duration of its winter slumber. However, having taken it off charge a couple of weeks ago, and taken for a very short drive of about 5 miles to agitate the fluids and rotate the tyres, the battery has refused to allow the charger past the test for it retaining 12v. With red error light brightly glowing, it fails and refuses to step onto the next phase of the program. I've tested the charger on another car (no problem) and disconnected the battery from the car to ensure nothing is draining it during the charge cycle (still errors). Any suggestions ? Could the car just want a damn good run to warm the battery up chemically, so to speak ? I've clearly no idea but don't want to go back to OPC and look like a muppet for not doing something basic! (The battery is not draining or losing charge that prevents the car from starting). Lastly, the service showed up that the bolts on the exhaust where it joins the manifold are corroded, but they wanted to charge me approx £400 to drill them out and replace them. I don't know if they tried to remove them, but I suspect not. Do I let OPC do the work, or do I go to a specialist ? The car is still under OPC warranty. I'm on the verge of taxing it for Feb 1st as I really miss driving it. I feel I should leave it to March so that the salt is washed away more so from the roads, and temps begin to improve. The novelty of driving the car has still not waned in the slightest and I am truly gagging to get behind the wheel for a decent run out. These winter months and salty roads are driving me insane and the 13 year old Mini Cooper S just isn't cutting it !!!! Well done if you made it to the end of this lengthy monologue - all advice, thoughts and opinions greatly received.
  8. That paintwork is looking awesome. What sort of money does paint correction of that nature cost ? Do they sort out stone chips etc as part of the package ? Nicely done mods that are pretty sensible too.
  9. Luggage recommendation

    We use Dakine butterfly type cases. Medium size is ideal in the front. You could get two in, but we have one medium, and one small which leaves room for another holdall along with other bits and pieces.
  10. It gets about 1/4 the way across, I then shut the engine off and hop on the train... I could drive to another station (which is less than 1 mile there and back) but it's in a different zone and costs a tonne more for a season ticket. Don't worry, when she's not going to the train station, she goes to Powys or the Evo triangle for a thorough hoon. 60 miles is a long drive... I was doing that a few years back and vowed to never get another job where I couldn't easily commute after 11 months of it! It does replace it indeed. Gives the interior that modern lift that the PCM system seems to restrict it from. B&B Audio Concepts (who did the install) also supply a fascia for the double din that is pretty much spot on with the interior appearance and gives a factory look. They do an interesting little tweak which I'll take a pic of later. The plenum and TB was 10 WHP pretty much across the rev range, if I remember correctly. I sought to eliminate the flatness in the midrange and it's now clear and progressive after the mods. If I bought another CR, I would definitely do it again to eliminate that midrange bog. As for the remap, I never had another dyno after installing the Softronic map. The map was done to cater for an exhaust manifold should I decide to fit one later in the future and I was waiting to see if I'd take the plunge and never did. As above regarding the engine mods. Funny story about PS4s... I was going to fit some myself, but ended up stranded on the side of the road with a nail in my tyre! The only tyre they had in stock was the Goodyear Eagle F1s. I'll be switching to them once these Goodyears wear out. I enquired with Revolution Porsche; the price was £399 + VAT (I offered cash but it wasn't accepted) and then, adding on the 400 mile round trip, it just didn't make sense to not use Cardiff. The Android Auto headunit is a Kenwood DMX7017DABS. You can pick one up for ~£400. You can have the high-end model that comes with a CD/DVD player but I didn't have any interest in those features so spent the money on a reversing camera instead. Speaking of which, said reversing camera is fantastic for reversing off sloped drives and the likes - gives you eyes where you simply couldn't have them! --- Good news. My exhaust specialist has checked the clamps and said that, whilst they are indeed corroded, there's nothing wrong with them and they don't need to be changed. It's just the Porsche MOT tester being picky. I'm going to pick the car up shortly and I'll snap those head unit pics.
  11. Best advice is: Is the car for you to enjoy or are you just borrowing it for the next owner? Your answer to that question should give you an idea on what you want to do with the above modifications. I'm bias however as mine is very much 'heavily modified' with no thoughts about resale value because its been done for me, IF i ever come to sell it (unlikely) I can approach that 'hit' in value knowing full well I have enjoyed every moment driving and changing it into exactly what I wanted.
  12. Cayman R update: 1 year of ownership

    I paid £400 for Revolution Porsche to give my 987.2 cruise control. What is your Android Auto head as the stock head is atrocious?
  13. khumo

    Running some on mine at the moment the PS91 or PS71 I cant remember off the top of my head, but I really like them. And unrelated to the performance of them but they are a good looking tyre.
  14. khumo

    I ran Khumo tyres on my 500 Abarth for 2 years and they were great all rounder for the price, I also have a set of their winters on our Evoque and they good too. If I were going to run budget tyres on my Cayman they would be my first choice.
  15. Nice update, just curious do you think the engine mods have made much difference ? Also what are your thoughts on the Michelin PS4S tyres ?
  16. Cayman R Owners

    I have a Braille 3121 that I used on my racecar briefly before I changed it for a 1kg lightweight Lithium battery. It's £50 if you're ever up near North Wales
  17. Nice! Also interested in the head unit. Does this replace the ye-old looking monochrome pcm/radio screen? I wasn't aware we could swap that out but would like to get a more modern head unit in there. I asked the OPC if it was possible to fit a later model cayman PCM but was told its not possible. Did the other mods make any noticeable difference? I usually always mod my cars but haven't touched the CR other than getting Michelin PS4's fitted all round. I too am heading to the south of France late March so give me a wave if you see a Red CR
  18. 3 miles daily commute? Wow! Does the temp gauge move? How do you find the ride? Harsh? My daily trip is 60 miles in my CR. I love it but there is no slow gentle cruise home after a tough day. Has anyone had the dials converted to red? Is it even possible on a 987? Considering this at the next service.
  19. khumo

    anyone running on khumo's ? seem good price and decent quality
  20. Cayman R Owners

    anyone fitted a lightweight replacement battery in their CR ? I am thinking along the lines of a Braille B2317 or B3121. Wouldn't mind a lithium but think they are still bonkers money and the Braille seems to represent the best bang per buck in terms of price/weight saving and power.
  21. I will be fitting some GT3 adjustable control arms to my CR shortly. Have purchased new fixing bolts and nuts but I need the dimension of the standard fit outer bush that fits to the diagonal arm. The GT3 versions are shorter than OEM so I need to machine some spacers to make the overall length exactly the same. Does anyone have a standard one that they could measure accurately so I can have these spacers made before I start to dismantle ? I have also made adjustment shims 8.0 mm , 5.0 mm , 3.0 mm ,2.0 mm and 1.0 mm that would be much cheaper if anyone is interested.
  22. Unfortunately not my car chief. Just one I'd saved for future reference. No skirts on this I don't think. Front splitter, smile grill, wing and out of sight of this photograph some rear bumper mods.
  23. Radio off?

    interesting you had the same problem on collecting from an OPC ! and just out of spite (and because someone mentioned the battery!) ...guess what? Flat battery this morning probably my own fault as I realised I hadn't connected up the trickle charger and I last used the car circa 2 weeks ago...D'oh !
  24. Mine is away having the spoiler fitted at the moment! Yes that would be fun!
  25. Over £700? That's excessive. I paid £500 incl. VAT for my cruise retrofit from Porsche Cardiff. The cost for the four stalk part has gone up substantially - it used to be £130 or so but it's now nearly £300. The ironic thing is that I rarely do motorway cruising so haven't even used it besides a trip to Milton Keynes a few months back. I'll take some pics of the head unit today and post them up. The S2000 has actually taken me by surprise. I thought I'd enjoy it and easily be able to move on but I like the car so much that I can see myself keeping it!
  26. Cheers Pete, I did have visions of being burned at the Porsche stake if touching any of it but then as realised it had been lowered anyway and I really liked it and wouldn’t want it any other way. Your Cayman is awesome mate if anyone thinks that’s ruined they need to get their head checked, but I’m biased :D. When’s the wing coming? Thanks for the offer on the ride, might take you up :D. We’ll have to T up going for a jolly about in them both once this weather gets out the way!
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