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  1. Some sound advice above! I have to admit that the (however small) potential for bore score (or IMS failure) was enough of risk for me at the time of buying my Cayman to rule out an S in favour of the 2.7, however the higher running costs (tax, insurance etc) were also a consideration! The scare stories are of course not just about the Cayman but all the models with the larger capacity M96/97 engines, which creates a lot of over inflated noise on the internet - as ever, you only ever hear about the ones that go wrong, not all those that are working perfectly! If I was in the market for an S today, I would carry out due diligence (borescope, professional inspection, history etc), but I would also make sure that if the worst happened I had a plan (and enough money) to resolve it to my advantage, i.e. a Hartech rebuild (oversized 3.9 perhaps?!), or maybe drop in one of those LS3 V8 engines!! 😁 https://www.hartech.org/oversized-engines
  2. I bought one of these for too, for my godson - was less than a tenner in Debenhams before Xmas - when I saw it put together, I wanted one!! Now they are indeed harder to find, but John Lewis still have some £13 + delivery https://www.johnlewis.com/lego-speed-champions-75895-1974-porsche-911-turbo-3-0
  3. Great work Craig, will be good to meet up again, Beaulieu is always a good day out
  4. OK. so Sprint Booster successfully installed and tested over the Xmas period.... and I have to say I am massively impressed. To me, as with the lowered suspension, I think this is the way the car should have been setup straight out of the factory. I'm running it on the standard middle setting - Sport 5 - and it seems to be just the right balance between immediacy of throttle response without being so sensitive that it's difficult to drive smoothly, and most importantly, the annoying 'lag' of the fly by wire is gone. It feels like the car has an extra 50bhp off the line - which of course it doesn't - but the way the power is delivered so quickly now is amazing. I've installed the little remote on the dash as I wanted to be able to change the settings back to normal so I could remind myself what a difference it makes! Its a relatively easy install, which took about 45 mins for me, mostly due to trying to figure out how to remove the throttle cable connector. This is a great guide to give a general overview of the process: https://www.6speedonline.com/forums/997/196447-installed-sprint-booster-my-997-c2-instructions-w-pics.html Only a couple of issues I found which may be of help to others, to add to Syers advice: when removing the throttle pedal assembly, after removing the single screw, you have to pull the whole unit up and back, towards the bulkhead - I was trying to pull straight up and wondering why it was so difficult to shift (I was being a bit dim!) as others have mentioned, releasing the electrical connector is the biggest PIA - I found a suggestion else where to use adjustable pliers to prise the grey clip down, which worked perfectly for me - see here: https://www.planet-9.com/threads/accelerator-pedal-electronics-connector.231162/ as previously mentioned, the included cable tie is far too small, so have a bigger one available to tie the unit out of the way behind the throttle pedal the wire for the remote can be easily threaded under the steering column to enable the controller to be installed next to the steering wheel, if you so desire! For £150ish and less than an hour to fit I think this is an excellent mod!
  5. Not yet, too much eating, drinking and rubbish weather! Hoping to get it fitted this weekend, will keep you posted
  6. Merry Xmas Nick, plans for next year sound good to me!
  7. Couple of close ups of the calipers and the car in the daylight after springs and spacers install:
  8. No worries mate, the one I've ordered was £167 ish at time of writing, from a company called Nex_motorsport in Germany, so just over £150 with the discount: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sprint-Booster-V3-Porsche-Cayman-2-7-2687-ccm-180-KW-245-PS-987-2006-07-11335/132580986788?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Hoping the couple of weeks delivery was an over estimate!
  9. Yeah I think it might be something I have a search for when I have a spare moment in the daylight!
  10. What do you not like about the Lotus, if you don't mind me asking?!
  11. Just thought I'd raise this one again as my passenger window is still whistling! More noticeable in the winter I suppose when you have the windows up more often . Tried using tape to determine the source but found that to be inconclusive. I read on another forum that it could be due to the glass not sitting tight enough up against the rubber seal, and that there is some sort of adjuster at the bottom edge of the door under a rubber grommet - anyone ever come across this before?!
  12. Have you had a chance to try out the Sprint Booster yet Syer? I bit the bullet today and bought one too as eBay have a 10% off code, but don't expect it to arrive for a few weeks!
  13. Calipers restored to previous condition (and bill picked up by Regal Autosport, so full marks to them!). And the more I drive it the more I love the new suspension setup. I can't find any negative aspects to it. They should come out of the factory like this. Would definitely recommend!
  14. Looks great! Any issues when fitting it?
  15. Due to a change in plans for the day, I now can't make it to the Bicester event, but will be attending the Piston Heads Sunday Service at Thruxton instead!
  16. Agree with Craig - I also think that if you're unlucky the bills can stack up quite quickly which may encourage some people to move a car on - or changes in lifestyle, as its only a 2 seater. I've had mine for a year and a half and it still feels new to me, and have every intention to keep it for quite some time yet!
  17. I've always felt that the throttle response in the Cayman had some built in latency so am willing to give the SprintBooster a go - not expecting any kind of power gains but just a more immediate response to pressure on the loud peddle. More the kind of response you would get from a mechanical throttle control rather than drive by wire.
  18. Would be interested to know where you sourced your Sprint Booster from Syer, and what overall impact it has on the driving experience. Its definitely something on my Christmas wish list!
  19. They're yellow - zinc yellow to be exact!
  20. Also the car is booked in to have the caliper paintwork sorted next week, and Regal have told me they will pick up the cost, so I'm happy with that! I can't fault the work they did on the suspension of the car, they obviously know what they're doing!
  21. Hi Syer Sorry for the delayed response - work and other things got in the way! And the rubbish weather which has limited the amount of times I've been out in the car recently. Happily though I had the chance to take the Cayman out on Sunday morning for a run in the New Forest. And my initial impressions have been confirmed - I love the way it handles now. Not that it handled badly before - but everything just feels improved - much flatter around corners, more feedback, more planted, and therefore inspires much greater confidence. And the car also looks so much better now IMO - not too low, which I was a little concerned about - just right. And no problems with speed bumps or pot holes. The only other thing I would have liked to have done is to upgrade to adjustable dampers, but that would have been a step too far for the wallet right now. And the current setup seems pretty decent to me. So one for the future perhaps. So overall, yes, I would definitely recommend the H&R springs and spacers combo. But just be prepared to pay a fair whack for fitting, particularly if, as mine, the suspension hasn't been fettled with for quite a while!
  22. Slightly ropy pic of the car in the rain, will try and get some better before and after pics over the weekend
  23. So I picked the car up from Regal Autosport in Southampton in the dark and rain yesterday so not had much chance to experience the new setup but here are a few initial thoughts: - the stance of the car is massively improved. I totally agree with those that say it should have come out of the factory looking like this. A huge visual improvement which on its own makes the springs/spacers worth it IMO. - the car straight away feels more 'planted' - but I need to take it on a proper run to test out the handling properly - the ride is maybe a little firmer before, but not to any great detriment - I haven't scraped over any speed bumps (yet!) On the slightly less positive side.... - it cost me a lot more than I initially thought to get fitted (actually nearly double) which was primarily due to the number of knackered/rusted/seized parts that needed removing/replacing (control arms, top mounts/bearings etc). Took over 8 hours in labour. - my newly refurbed calipers came back from the garage in a 'sub optimal' state, to put it mildly! Whoever had removed them did not seem to have taken any care whatsoever to prevent damage to the paintwork. I was very disappointed by this, particularly as Regal work on some very top end cars (Lambos, McLarens etc). But to be fair I have sent them pictures and they have indicated they will sort it. Will update on this when I hear back from them. More to follow....!
  24. Springs and spacers being fitted on Tuesday chaps, along with a full geo setup, will update when complete!
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