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  1. In case you wondered what a Cayman looks like without a gearbox. Quaife diff arrives next week and then the daunting task of putting it all back together begins. Reading other build threads I've noticed all the US Caymans seem to be spotless and clean underneath! Maybe it's the weather, but seeing as this car is kept in a garage, the dirt, salt and grime collected is unreal. Probably spent hours simply cleaning, probably 2kg lighter now.
  2. The winter build has started. Took the plunge and ordered a Quaife LSD, new clutch, track rod ends, oil seals and brake pads. £££££££££. Just started preparing to take the transmission out ready for the diff and new clutch, not something I'm looking forward to. In the process found a broken rear control arm, didn't see that coming. Suspension turned out to be an easy fix, just a new adjustment cog and pliers. Still not sure how it broke, but found it stuck on maximum bump stiffness, so should have completely unsettled the car. This is going to be a long process so no track days for quite some time If anyone has advice on the best way to take the trans out give me a shout.
  3. Salty Gritty winter roads: Found myself behind the bloody salt gritter on the way to Brands Hatch and after the track day noticed the car had collected around 3kg of salt/dirt. It was so thick I had to scrape it out of the brake cooling ducts, radiators, suspension and even the air vents, not ideal for a track car. Even the exhaust tips turned powder white. Has anyone else come across this in winter?
  4. I run Toyo R888 for the dry, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 for the wet. Ive done 20 track days on the R888 and they're great, but wouldn't use them on the road.
  5. @jamesfunge I've been out in this Cayman that has PASM with Bilstein B16 suspension, it keeps the PASM working as well so no need to code it out apparently. Not sure if this helps, but here is the article. https://www.regalautosport.com/blog/customer-cayman-s-987-project-bilstein-b16-damptronic-install/
  6. I also had a pretty unpleasant experience with Regal Autosport with a simple exhaust replacement. I won't criticise them too much, because the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, so maybe just an off day or one individual being sloppy. But when an exhaust bolt falls out within 20 miles that isn't a good start! End result a blowing exhaust, but a simple fix I did on the drive way.
  7. Ah good shout, definitely something to look at, cheers. I used a small bit of hard cardboard originally, It's probably fallen loose by now.
  8. I've been reading this thread with interest as I've recently changed my engine / gearbox mounts to the RSS ones, but hadn't heard of Function First, they seem to be good value. The RSS make a noticeable difference on track and on the road especially over the bumps at Castle Combe, however there is a strange vibration occasionally off throttle that wasn't there on the old clapped out mounts... Any ideas? Also on the roll bar / harness debate: I'm strange and have both the RSS harness bar and a half cage. The harness bar alone definitely can be felt, but adding the cage as well makes the whole car feel more tight. It's difficult to describe it, but you basically know its there doing something. I just hope it won't be required.
  9. Back from a soaking wet, yet amazing day at Brands Hatch. Thanks to Michelin Pilot sport 4 tyres the snappy Cayman is tames, I now can't wait for wet track days. Also Driver 61, Scott Mansell driver tutorial on driving the wet line was so useful (and free). The tyres are incredible, comfortably the fastest car all day even lapping race cars to the point 3 people asked for passenger laps. I'm probably late to the party with the pilot sport 4 tyres, but Im just amazed at how good they are. The original purpose was to test the new front splitter we made, but torrential rain made that difficult. Although the car now makes a nice rooster tail at high speed, so clearly it works. Also when the track dried out and I put the semi slicks on, all understeer is gone and I accidentally set one of my fastest times. It may be home made earo, but now the cup car wing is balanced. Next to make a diffuser from scratch... how hard can it be?
  10. @BenH Cheers. Interesting you're looking to replace the M235i, I was very tempted by one because of the BMW VLN 235i cup cars and that engine.
  11. Hi @Kai Sounds interesting and a good question to ask. Likewise I have a track kitted out 987.1 and spent way more on upgrades that I paid for the car, however selling is going to be difficult. I spoke to an independent Porsche garage in Guildford about it when looking for a 981 S manual as a replacement and he said, he couldn't sell a highly modified car through his dealership because it would take too long to find the right customers and would have too many tire kickers with questions. The Porsche Centre Portsmouth told me they would take my car in part ex on a used 981 S, however offered me a very very low price and advised private sale or an independent Porsche garage with racing heritage like Parr, Strasse, Paragon etc...They have the contacts and expertise to answer questions. Hope this helps, there are options out there. My advice is invite a potential buyer to a track day, overtake everything on track, embarrass GT3 owners and the sale is done
  12. Splitter finally done. I planned this a year ago, but finally got round to it today. Still a few bits to modify, but I'm happy with how it turned out. And yes, it will take the weight of a human standing on it, so it should be functional and help balance the massive cup car wing. Side note: We discovered the car was crashed head on by the previous owner Slightly cracked front impact bar, dented chassis and a bumper with date codes 3 years after the car was manufactured. The good news is the air con radiators, coolant pipes were changed only 3.5 years ago, so maybe it was a good thing?
  13. @sevenfourate Yeah not too pricey compared to last year. No I'm on 18s, 8.5 and 10J. The tyre setup is perfect for the track, but I use the stock wheels on the road.
  14. @Dougle_turbo Cheers that was Castle Combe, the photographers there are really good. MSV need to take note and stop taking 20 pics of the same corner on a sighting lap. Let me know how the LSD goes if you get started before me. We were planning on doing it when the clutch needed changing seeing as it will take some time.
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