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    I was talking to a guy at our local TIPEC meet a couple of months ago and he was about to have his third steering rack on his gen 2 Cayman, owned from new and currently on 39k miles. He was a bit miffed as you'd imagine.
  2. Cayman S 3.4 engine reliability

    My approach for what it's worth includes: - Always (without fail!) warm it up properly - keep the revs under load between 2-3k RPM and use light throttle application, until about twice as long as it takes for the temp gauge to hit 80; - Never labour the engine (i.e. large throttle application below about 2k RPM) even when warm - Take extra care when setting off with a hot engine (e.g. sat at lights after a spirited drive) - avoid large throttle application until coolant flow and any local hot spotting in the block has improved; - Regular oil changes (I'm doing 6k/annual changes) I haven't gone for a low temp thermostat or centre radiator.
  3. Coolant leak

    I had a 986 Boxster years ago that was losing coolant from one of the rads soon after I bought it but it was slow enough that there were no drips under the car. Once I got the bumper off and separated the a/c condenser from the coolant rad, sure enough there was a tell tale sign of leakage on the rad itself. The problem seems to be caused by leaves and other muck getting sandwiched between the a/c condenser and coolant rad, accelerating the corrosion process. Unfortunately, removing the bumper to get access to clean out the muck isn't part of the service schedule so it won't be done unless you ask for it or do it yourself. One of our Caymans has Zunsport grilles but these don't seem to have made much difference to the accumulated muck between services.
  4. Tyre ‘weld’ gunk & puncture repair

    Porsche charged me around £53 to replace my out of date sealant earlier this year when they picked it up on their free health check. I wouldn't normally buy that sort of thing from them but they have done me a couple of favours recently so it was a case of grin and bear it!
  5. Cayman S exhaust flange bolts size

    Your nearest OPC should be able to post them, or else I suggest Design911 for the gaskets.
  6. RPM Technich, Bucks - recommendation

    Good man Beanoir! About time we had another OC meet and RPM Technik sounds like a great opportunity.
  7. Cayman S exhaust flange bolts size

    The bolts I used on both our gen 1 Caymans were bought from ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/M5-M6-M8-M10-FLANGED-HEXAGON-HEAD-BOLTS-FLANGE-HEX-SCREWS-A2-STAINLESS-STEEL-/150935671186?var=450136610314&hash=item2324779192:m:m6bwIyL6Ib2ZpOsvLDOrG5g I used the M8 x 30mm ones, along with stainless nuts with integral washers: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FLANGED-NUTS-TO-FIT-METRIC-BOLTS-SCREWS-A2-STAINLESS-STEEL-M4-5-6-8-10-12-/150792649468?var=450073161428&hash=item231bf13afc:m:m29sMLzdGJ6duAp1w6ztYdQ You also need to replace the gasket between the two flanges but not the flanges themselves as these are an integral part of manifolds and exhaust system.
  8. Cayman S exhaust flange bolts size

    I can confirm through personal experience that this is a pig of a job at home with the car on axle stands and without an oxy acetylene torch! So when our other Cayman needed a clutch recently, I got my local OPC to do it this time. Our TIPEC region has a very good deal with our OPC so the labour cost was £460 to change the clutch and deal with the corroded exhaust studs in the process. They even let us supply the clutch kit and exhaust clamps and stainless bolts. So £500 is way over the top.
  9. Cayman S 3.4 engine reliability

    The cost differential between a gen 1 and 2 Cayman S is similar to the cost of a decent engine rebuild. Then take into account there are a lot less gen 2 cars than gen 1, which makes it harder to find a gen 2 car that ticks all the boxes, especially if you are (like me) fussy about colour and want a well optioned car. On top of that, a well maintained gen 1 with average miles (70k?) will have had a significant amount of expenditure on issues that the average gen 2 will probably be needing soon (suspension/clutch/flywheel/coolant pipes/etc etc). So factor all that in and I would definitely not rule out a gen 1, providing you take care (borescope check or better still try to establish the oil consumption and trend with confidence before you buy). Having found a good car, look after it properly in terms of maintenance and how you drive it, and you will have a good chance of coming out significantly ahead in terms of outlay. Even if you are unlucky and do need an engine rebuild, you'll have cash in the bank compared to the gen 2 option to pay for it, especially when you consider the potential additional costs the average gen 2 is likely to need in the next few years.
  10. 987.2 Lower rear 'coffin' arms

    Chaps, the Meyle online catalogue suggests the items being sold by ebay member tierod69 may not be correct for the 987.2. He is listing a pair for £118.99, Meyle part number 416 050 0000. The Meyle catalogue shows a change from 416 050 0000 to part number 416 050 0009 fairly early in the 987.1 (Gen 1) production run, from chassis number 986U774552 (my early 2006 built car is about 600 units before this). I'm not certain but think the difference may be a change to a harder bushing material.
  11. PSE - Modification

    I've had a Carnewaĺ exhaust on my 2006 Cayman since early 2014. The secondary cats are removed and I've been through 3 MoTs since, without any problem.
  12. Tyres For Sale

    PM sent
  13. Huge thanks for posting this! Just got back tonight after taking in a fair chunk of your route. We started and finished near Bristol and after crossing to Wales on the old Severn Bridge, we picked up your route at Upper Brynamman to head north over the Black Mountain Pass. We spent the night near Caernarfon. I have to agree with you about the B4391. Unfortunately we only had the chance to do it once, from Bala to Ffestiniog, but it really is epic, easily the best road of the whole weekend. A weekend in the school holidays is not the best time to do this and traffic did spoil a number of sections including the Black Mountain Pass and Llanberris Pass. We picked up an unmarked police car tail at the start of the Evo Triangle and a cycle race around the Triangle also didn't help but we could see the potential. Even without traffic and other hazards, I'm still not sure any of them would have been better than the B4391. Another stretch I'd recommend is the B4391 from Bala heading south east to Llanfyllin then continue on the A490 to Welshpool. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to write this up and post the maps, very helpful and gave us lots of inspiration.
  14. Headlight removal

    Having owned a number of Porsches with this type of headlight securing mechanism, all of them have required a fair amount of torque to release. We currently have two Gen 1 Caymans and every time I remove a headlight, it feels like something is going to break!
  15. One way to check whether it is the coil pack is to swap the cylinder 4 coil pack with one of the other coil packs. Also carefully inspect the coil packs for cracks. Then clear the fault code and see if it returns. If it comes back as a slightly different code (e.g. 2309) that would indicate that it is the coil pack as it seems there is a different fault code for each cylinder.
  16. My guess based on googling the generic OBD2 code P2310 is this is a problem with the coil pack on cylinder 4. I replaced mine at 58K miles as they were cracking and therefore prone to water ingress. This is a common problem on cars in the UK.
  17. Cayman R Owners

    Thanks guys. Beanoir, PM sent.
  18. Cayman R Owners

    Chaps, what do you think of this Cayman R: http://www.cameronsportscars.com/used-vehicle-details/Porsche-Cayman-U523/ Had a quick look at it yesterday. It's a well specced manual - if anything, possibly too well specced for me with those PCCBs (I'd be paranoid about damaging them at £2K per corner apparently). It does have bi-xenons which are very high on my list, plus PCE, Sport Chrono, PCM, Bose, Climate and a few other options, though not Leather dash. Any views? Is it priced right at £45k with that spec and mileage (31K)?
  19. Hunting for my first Porsche

    Mine is a Gen 1 manual but I really like the Sport Chrono for the more responsive throttle. We have two Gen 1 S cars, the other one doesn't have SC so I am able to do back to back comparisons. You can get this retrofitted (without the clock but I've never used that) or there are aftermarket versions. Another option I really rate is zenon headlights, especially as I get older! That said, the aftermarket conversions seem to be quite good these days from what I've read.
  20. Rough feel / not smooth off gas

    It might be the dual mass flywheel failing. I had a Boxster a few years ago which had a roughness/vibration just below 3000 RPM on the overrun. I changed the front engine mount which made little difference. The new owner later told me it turned out to be the flywheel though the car had much higher mileage than yours.
  21. First world problem

    A moot point now but when we moved back to the UK from Sweden, the wife and I and two cats did much of that route over 2 days in my old 968 without any problems. A few years before, me and our three kids moved out there in my 944 but we did cheat a bit by taking the Newcastle to Gothenbutg ferry!
  22. Well that was the biggest gathering of scooters I've ever seen and that was probably the best bacon roll I've ever had! Great to talk to a few of you. Beanoir, I have to say you've got your priorities all wrong - who needs a house when you've got a Cayman R! And beeby11, sorry I was the last one left when you arrived but I'm sure you'd have got the same enthusiastic pitch from the rest of the guys and gals. Just get one bought!
  23. Ok Folks, can anyone recommend alignment settings for my Gen 1 S with PASM on 18" wheels? I probably won't be doing track days but I want less understeer than standard settings. I don't drive the car to its limits but I do like to have fun when I get the chance. It was set to around -0°20' camber and +0.2mm toe front, -1°36' camber and +1.0mm toe rear last time I had it done - these are nominally the factory standard settings. I recon the rear might be ok but I'm wondering about say 0°45' camber and zero toe front? I will be doing some long distance motorway trips so don't want to lose too much in straight line stability.
  24. Alignment recommendations?

    Thanks Beanoir. That's the sort of improvements I'm looking for. I've been into my local OPC this morning to order the replacement parts and I've booked the car in for them to do an alignment to my required settings on Wednesday. The consensus is to max out the front camber (around -1 to -1.2 if I'm lucky), zero toe and stick with standard rear settings. I'm sure it'll make a nice difference. Our other Cayman has around -0.6 to 0.7 front camber and it's noticeably less understeery than mine.