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  1. I've used Pagid discs and pads bought from ECP or CP4L on several Porsches and a couple of times found the pads to be Textar. IIRC they are both part of the same group.
  2. I fitted the Porsche short shifter to one of our two Gen 1 Caymans, with the other left stock. Owning two at the same time allowed for side by side comparisons over the 3.5 years we owned both together. The shifting action was one of several noticeable differences between the two cars. The car that I fitted the short shift to always had a stiffer gear change, particularly when cold so my advice would be to only fit the short shifter if you are completely happy with the current shift action. The short shifter will make it stiffer. I actually preferred the lighter, though longer, shift over the shorter, stiffer one if I'm honest.
  3. For the Gen 1, it is 12 years or 120k miles IIRC. One of ours was around 95k, the other around 77k miles.
  4. I changed the gearbox oil in both the Gen 1 S cars we owned back in the spring. I used exactly 3 bottles of Redline 75W90NS in each, at 1 US Quart or 946 ml each, so a total of 2.838 litres nominally. I carefully leveled the cars on axle stands and in both cases, they were slightly overfilled from new as oil ran out when I removed the fill plug. I probably ended up getting around 2.8 l into the box, allowing for dregs in the bottles and fill pipe and this just about brought the level to the overflow point so pretty much perfect, being between the level quoted in the workshop manual and what had actually been installed at the factory. Make sure the suspension is not loaded when you remove the rear subframe braces for access to the drain plug. Also, I bought a length of plastic pipe so I could stick a small funnel in the end and secure it in a static position alongside the car and simply pour the three bottles in, standing up. This seemed a lot easier than laying under the car using my oil syringe to fill it up.
  5. Just to clarify, the Carnewal option will deal with the corroded studs at the flange joints between the manifolds and rest of the exhaust system, not the bolts that attach the manifolds to the heads. As far as I'm aware, it's at these flange connections where the leaks typically occur, not the manifold to head connections.
  6. Having done this job on my old 987 a few years ago, I can confirm it's a complete pig of a job as a DIY. Given the cost many specialists charge for removing the rusted/snapped studs, for only a couple of hundred quid more (plus the tunnel cost), you could get Gert Carnewal to supply and fit one of his modified exhausts and he will deal with the studs as part of the service. Tie it in with a short trip to Bruges or similar and it starts to look like a no brainer!
  7. If anyone has a 2013 Cayman, I'd appreciate a bit of help. Does your upper left steering column stalk have two distinct selectable positions for normal and main beam or just one.? In the 981 Boxster, 2012 and 2013 model years apparently have a two position stalk, whilst 2014 model year onward has a single position stalk which is pushed forward against a return spring to activate the main beams. Just after buying my April 2013 registered Cayman, I had my local OPC retrofit cruise control. Only recently did I drive the car for the first time at night, when I discovered that the main beams only stay on when I hold the single position stalk in the non-latching forward position against the return spring The car is currently back with the OPC who have spent 3 days investigating. My March 2013 built car is officially a 2014 model year and the OPC is insistent that the stalk unit they fitted with the cruise option is the correct one for the 2014 MY. I don't have the original (non-cruise) stalk assembly but I suspect that although the car has a 2014 VIN, it was build with at least some 2013 Boxster model year equipment including the two-position stalk. One of the listed options in the build spec (option 751) suggests this was the case. So I'd be especially keen to hear if any other early 981 Cayman owners have the two-position stalk, whether fitted with cruise control or not. My OPC is waiting for advice from Porsche Germany and hopefully will sort this out soon but in the event they don't then I need to know whether there are any cars out there with the two-position 2012/13 spec stalk assemblies Many thanks.
  8. Thanks mr pg. The OPC say they've fixed it and I'm picking it up tomorrow. They've said that Porsche in Germany has given them the info they needed to code the later stalk into my car which based on my build build spec sheet and your confirmation was originally fitted with the two position stalk before they retrofitted the later cruise-equipped stalk assembly. So I'm expecting that a momentary press flick forward of the stalk will now switch the main beams on and keep them on, just like the later model year cars.
  9. I've had my 981S PDK since April and have driven about 2k miles but I'm still not bonding with it. Yes, it's quicker than my 987S, the tech is better, it rides better on 20 inch wheels with PASM than my PASM 987 on 18s but the dead feel to the steering and the PDK really kill the analogue feel I love about my 987. I've tried the gearbox in manual, normal, Sport and Sport Plus but even in manual, it still doesn't give me the direct connection to the car that a proper manual does, whether shifting with the stick or flappy paddles. As a manual guy for 40 years, I took the plunge and went for an auto (C Class MB) when I changed the family barge last year and love it so its not that I have a complete aversion to autos. But the Cayman is a fun car only, not a daily, and I feel it is too compromised and synthetic. My 987 is sharper handling too despite the 981 having PTV but that may just be down to a more agressive custom geo on the 987. I'll give it a while longer as I spent 3 years looking for a high spec Cayman R before settling for the high spec 981 after finally accepting that the R spec I wanted doesn't exist. But if I still feel this way next spring, I'll sell it and stick with the 987.
  10. Thanks for taking the time to put these up Nick.
  11. Great photos Nick, thanks for posting. I'd be interested in your route map too and the idea of a group trip.
  12. A couple of days ago, there were a couple of threads about a possible run out on the 1st July (tomorrow) and DJMC's "The Beach" thread which I tried to reply to, only to find it disappeared. What happened to them?
  13. Anyone else going to the Classic Motor Hub's Porsche-only Coffee and Classics meet next Sunday 17th June?
  14. I've had my 981 S PDK for a month so still getting used to it as its not a daily driver but some initial thoughts compared to our Gen 1 987 S: - Steering feel is much reduced - Not sure about the exhaust pops and crackles (but the wife loves them!) - PASM on 20 inch wheels is in the same ballpark as the Gen 1 PASM on 18 inch wheels for compliance (a pleasant surprise as I was expecting this to be worse as the trade off for the looks of the 20s) - The jury is out regarding the PDK vs manual box - standard mode shifts like my Mercedes diesel, upshifting at 1500 rpm or so when tootling along. Sport is a bit better for delayed upshifts but brings the pops and crackles, even with PSE off. Sport Plus is pretty mental and I can't see me using it much if at all on the road. Manual mode is handy though. - My 981 has PTV and the handling is sweet but both our 987s are really sweet too with more negative camber than standard at the front so no major improvement there that I've discovered yet. - Performance (acceleration) is slightly improved but I suspect you wouldn't see any difference from a Gen 2 987 S. - Looks are completely subjective and I personally don't see the 981 as overall distinctly better than the 987. - Tech is obviously much better on the 981. The Bluetooth for phone and media capabilities including the Jukebox are very handy. Also the third display on the right side of the instrument binnacle is really useful with the ability to display oil pressure and temp, extra satnav display, etc. But, here's the thing. Last night, I had to make an unexpected 250 mile round trip at very short notice, so I wasn't in the best of moods! Mostly motorway but a bit of fast A roads too. I took our silver 987 S which is up for sale and I hadn't driven either of the 987s since getting the 981. I really enjoyed driving the 987 and when I got home, I realised that the 987 has a unique appeal of its own and beats the 981 in some ways that to be honest I can't really explain. Certainly dynamically there's little in it and for me the relative simplicity and more old school feel and driver involvement are real advantages. I think you might have guessed where I'm heading with this. As the shiny new toy effect wears off, I'm questioning why I've spent three times the value of the 987 on the 981!
  15. The Porsche spare parts catalogue which you can download from the link below shows the part numbers as 987 542 075 01 (L) and 987 542 076 01 (R). https://www.porsche.com/uk/accessoriesandservice/porscheservice/serviceandorgininalparts/originalparts/ I bought a replacement for my drivers side last year for £146 (after TIPEC discount) from my local OPC. The consensus on several forums seemed to be to stick with the Porsche OEM item as many of the aftermarket ones apparently don't ladt as long.
  16. This happened to me last year. I got the springs from my local OPC for around £183 including TIPEC discount. I also replaced the top mounts and bearings and bump stops. I got the top mounts and bearings from Carparts4less and bump stops from OPC. The top mounts, bearings and bump stops were around £160. My car has PASM too, which makes it a bit more difficult to disassemble the struts due to the PASM cable. You'll need a 21mm ring spanner or injector socket with side cutaway to clear the cable when removing the top nut, plus a peg spanner (easy enough to fabricate) to hold the top washer which is keyed to the damper rod when undoing the nut. I didn't need spring compressors as you can compress the spring sufficiently by hand to get the top nut on/off. On one side, the damper rod was seized into the top mount. I used a steel tube that fitted over the top nut flats but sat on the integral washer on the nut, with the PASM cable pushed safely inside the tube, then tapped the end of the tube with a hammer while holding the top mount in a workmate bench, to separate them. With the cable coming out of the damper rod, you can't hammer it directly. I also had difficulty getting one of the drop link bolts out of the strut. A heat gun and copper mallet did the trick, after disconnecting the track rod end to allow the strut to rotate sufficiently to get a good clear swing with the mallet.
  17. As Rob says, you really need to take the bumper off to clean out the crap between your a/c condensers and coolant radiators. You can't get this stuff out by poking a vacuum down the intakes from the front. This isn't part of the Porsche service schedule so only gets done if you DIY or specifically ask for it to be done as part of the service. http://IMG_9781 by DRH986, on Flickr
  18. Yep, I'm signed up for it. http://bicesterheritage.co.uk/whaton/sunday-scramble-drive-it-day/ Looks like advance tickets are gone but tickets on the gate are still available.
  19. I like lots of options which is why I gave up looking for a Cayman R and settled for a reasonable spec 981 S which I bought a couple of weeks ago. Mine has: PDK PCM with mobile phone preparation & universal media interface (with the Jukebox thing) Sport Chrono with dynamic transmission mounts PASM PTV PSE Sport Design steering wheel with paddles 20" Carrera Classic wheels Sport Plus seats Heated seats Full leather Crested headrests PSE Auto dimming mirrors and rain sensor wipers Electric folding mirrors Bi-xenon PDLS lights ParkAssist front and rear Cruise control Dual zone climate control Light design package Bose There are a couple on the list that I'm not that fussed about (crested headrests, folding mirrors, light design package and maybe Sport Chrono too) but the rest are highly desirable/essential in my view. I'm also sure that many people would not want many of these, so it really is each to their own.
  20. Our gen 1 Caymans are 130 Nm / 96 ft lbs but our new 981 is 160 Nm / 118 ft lbs.
  21. Hobdayd, it can be a bit tricky getting the cooling system fully refilled with no air trapped. In the engine compartment there is a bleed valve on the right hand side. After filling the system to the max mark, this needs to be opened and the car run for a while. I left the valve open for several journeys, keeping a close eye on the coolant level and topping up as required, before mine settled down. As for changing the hoses, I'd be very surprised if the ones that connect to the aluminium coolant pipes that run across the car near the steering rack could be separated from the pipes without damage to the pipes. These connections seize due to corrosion. Unfortunately sooner or later they will start leaking and replacement of hoses and pipes will be required. Often these are the source of slow coolant loss that can be difficult to track down until the leak rate becomes obvious.
  22. There is a pressure switch in the system that prevents the compressor from running if the pressure is too low.
  23. On the 987 and 997 cars, the coolant hoses between the radiators and aluminium crossover pipes suffer from corrosion at the connection between the two. The rubber hoses have quick release Henn couplings which push into the pipes and are retained by wire clips. The steel Henn couplings corrode to the point where you can't seperate them from the crossover pipes so need to replace both. All 987 and 997 cars will need hoses and crossover pipes replacing sooner or later. The parts are around £200 but its a fiddly job which requires the front subframe dropping for access. I did mine last year and wrote up a fairly detailed procedure. Let me know if you intend to DIY and I'll PM it to you.

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