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Stephen Auty

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  1. If it's the original clutch I would think it's probably done motorway miles or been driven very sparingly. I'm just doing a full brake/clutch bleed on my S ...brakes feel poor...but the clutch feels heavy too for 19K miles. I did the RMS . IMS and clutch on my 986 last year and the difference with new clutch /flywheel was incredible...so light now
  2. Might be an idea to rent that jig out once you're finished with it. I do the same with my IMS tools, it helps to get some cash back and provides a cheaper way of doing the job for fellow mechanics.
  3. Thanks ..they do lots of different styles in terms of materials but I wanted full Alcantara £195.99 inc VAT and postage.
  4. The wheel is thicker and feels really nice to drive with..really pleased. Cayman R stickers along the door bottoms next.
  5. I wanted to do something to my new to me Cayman S and had read of folk having their steering wheels recovered so I thought I'd give it a go. I decided on Royal Steering Wheels , removed my whell and sent it off finally deciding on full alcantara with thumb grips and yellow stitching. Really pleased when I got it back yesterday although I should have asked for bolder stitching in terms of thickness of thread and a bolder yellow to match my Speed Yellow car.
  6. Had the same problem as you with my 986 a couple of years ago. I had 8 of 12 snap off , left side was 5/6 so no way of fixing a jig on. I had some mini jigs made that screwed onto the stub of thread left sticking up and allowed me to drill a 3mm centre hole, then I worked up in 0.5mm increments and tapped the remainder out. Took about 3 weeks on and off, nasty job and I have a lift. Terrible design by Porsche, should be SS from the factory. I've got loads of photos I could upload but they're all too big (2MB) and I have no idea how to make them smaller.
  7. Excess smoke once up and running is more likely to be the Air Oil Separator, it's a common fault and not too hard to fit a new one.
  8. Mouse traps ! Always set a few in the garage, you don't want them nesting in your wiring loom..mucho damage can be caused You can get live traps so you don't have to kill them,..just take them a good bit away from your property before releasing them.
  9. Direct Line £295 limited to 5000miles (probably won't do that) My Boxster was £178 last year. I'm 48 , no points, good rural postcode
  10. Finally got something from Reading and an email to confirm the mistake was made. WP0ZZZ98Z8U770681.docx
  11. That's a tough one like Beanoir says you're right at the point of getting a 2.7 981 , i think they are fantastic looking cars, up there with the best, they look like a much more expensive car to me, but it would be a 2.7 (nothing wrong with that unless you are the type that wants the most powerful version, it's as simple as that.) A Gen2 987 S in my mind is a more classic looking and old school tech in comparison, I like that. I would keep an eye out for a peachy Gen2 987 S ( remember 320hp) for around £22K and save yourself £5k...that's how you'll justify your decision. Then in a few years you could sell it and look for a good 981 S or just keep it as I really don't think there is much that is going to make you smile as much as a Gen2 987 S. I've just bought a very good Gen1 S and coming from a 2.7 986 (which I still have) the difference is really quite noticeable in terms of power (220-290) and the handling..the Boxster is a really good little car, i've had mine for 8yrs and have been all over Northern Europe/Scandi with it ( did a 3hr 120mph dash through Denmark one day) ..brilliant for touring as the Cayman will be but the Cayman just feels more solid and it really pulls well from low down which the 986 2.7 doesn't ..you have to rev it which is still great fun. Good luck in finding your new car...
  12. If you're talking about the manifold to head bolts from personal experience I can tell you, they are a nightmare and I don't like using that word but it best describes what your up against if they break. I still have my 986 Boxster and 2yrs ago I decided to tackle a leaky RMS. While in there I thought I would change the IMS bearing / clutch /flywheel / slave cylinder/ etc etc etc... So to get the gearbox out you have to remove the exhaust but there was no way I could drill out those heavily corroded pressed in bolts This is a link to the thread on the 986forum http://986forum.com/forums/performance-technical-chat/70662-anyone-got-cam-locking-tools.html So I decided to remove the whole lot from the heads. 8 out of 12 bolts broke off! I hope you can see the photos of the exhaust bolts, the broken studs , the tool I had made to drill out the 8 broken manifold bolts. It took me about 4 weeks as doing 1 stud was physically and mentally draining but I got there and replaced all with Stainless Studs and nuts...oh forgot to mention I have a 4poster lift , I wouldn't want to attempt this on the garage floor. So if you're thinking of fitting a complete new exhaust system , bear in mind what might happen when you or your mechanic go to remove those factory bolts.
  13. My brother sent me a link to one in the US https://vinanalytics.com/unavailable/?vin=WP0ZZZ98Z8U770681 but it is unavailable...maybe because it's a non US car. I couldn't find one in the UK, the one you kindly sent is to decode the option codes, only I don't have them. I emailed Reading again today and they have been responded and said they'll do whatever they can (next week now)
  14. Am I right in saying Porsche Reading is now the official HQ for UK? I really don't know what to do as they aren't helping at all. I mean I know what options I think the car had but it would be nice to see it on official Porsche paper of some sort. I suppose I might have to write to Germany and see if they can help.
  15. I haven't yet, that would be Edinburgh. I'll do that thanks, not sure why Reading is being so difficult. I'm thinking of taking it in for a service just to get some up to date paperwork for it. It's only done 19k miles.
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