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Here's the place for all things 996/986: purchasing questions, ownership experiences, technical questions, etc.



First, a link to the 996 appreciation thread:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4356430-Porsche-996-Appreciation-Thread

Is there a 986 appreciation thread?
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?6154148-Possible-to-make-an-early-986-base-Boxster-look-clean-and-modern (Closest thing I could find)

A few of purchasing, ownership, and maintenance threads:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7190970-I-ve-made-a-terrible-(financial)-mistake-(watercooled-P-Car-content-within)
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7223580-I-ve-ALSO-made-a-terrible-(financial)-mistake-(watercooled-P-Car-content-within)
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?6881559-Is-the-996-the-bargain-911-or-what
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7109948-My-First-Porsche-(996-Turbo-content)
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5552359-996-Kiddos-in-the-back


If anyone can think of other useful 996/986 threads, or have any questions of your own, please post them here.

Finally, my own latest question:

Check your front strut mounts. They like to tear and cause shaking. Thrust arm bushings are another weak point.
I'm assuming the upper mounts? How do I check these without pulling the strut? The best angle I have on them is from below and it's hard to tell.
 

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Gotta undo the struts on top and pull them to check the strut mounts. You can kinda see into them if you pull the plug off the top of the body were the strut sits. In my last year working on Porsches I've never seen a set bad. Some boxters I've driven felt shaky at highway speeds but it not being a customer complaint means I just report it to my service writer and let the customer decide if anything should be done. Also beware that the 3 bolts holding them to the body are how camber is adjusted and by undoing them the car will need an alignment after. These cars are very finicky about alignments too.

Any technical questions or service info and torque specs needed I would be happy to provide. I have access to all service info and can pull up options codes if needed :thumbup:
 

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If anyone can think of other useful 996/986 threads, or have any questions of your own, please post them here.

Finally, my own latest question:



I'm assuming the upper mounts? How do I check these without pulling the strut? The best angle I have on them is from below and it's hard to tell.
Gotta undo the struts on top and pull them to check the strut mounts. You can kinda see into them if you pull the plug off the top of the body were the strut sits. In my last year working on Porsches I've never seen a set bad. Some boxters I've driven felt shaky at highway speeds but it not being a customer complaint means I just report it to my service writer and let the customer decide if anything should be done. Also beware that the 3 bolts holding them to the body are how camber is adjusted and by undoing them the car will need an alignment after. These cars are very finicky about alignments too.

Any technical questions or service info and torque specs needed I would be happy to provide. I have access to all service info and can pull up options codes if needed :thumbup:
Corey beat me to it, but yes you will have to pull them out. You can jack the car up and use a pry bar under the wheel to check for clunks in the front. As Corey also stated, alignments are very important on these cars. Mine tried swapping ends on my way to the alignment shop after putting in my coils. My experience is mostly on the turbo's, but most things carry over from NB cars to the WB cars. Surprisingly easy to work on, some parts can hurt the bank account with surgical precision.


I have had mine since December and have put on ~4500 miles so far. In stock format the 996tt is a fun car but leaves a lot on the table to the fire breathing widow makers that turbo's are supposed to be, best way to describe it as trying to dance with a 800lb gorilla. Since December I have completed the following:

SpeedTech 3" X-Pipe with 200cel cats


New o2 Sensors
Rennline Solid Engine Mounts
Upgraded Rennline solid rubber 997 style transmission mounts
GT3 Seats using Audi TT sliders which are the same thing as GT3's just a lot less money ;)
H&R RSS coils
New N75
Ultimate Motorwerks - Kevin knows the turbo cars up, down, left, right and backwards. If looking for a flash, expect to be on the phone for at least 45 min to two hours as he fills you in on everything on the 996 Turbo's (Have a note pad as he will rattle off parts and numbers for just about everything)
Chased down Vacuum leaks (turbo's have 47 connections iirc, putting zipties on all the push on ones is a good idea, all 10 or so you can reach)
Wheel Studs and spacers....just found that the wheel shake I had noticed at 80mph is from the front spacers not being machined properly thus throwing the wheel concentricity out by .014"
New plugs, which for the 996 Turbo should be FR6LDC
Static mounted the spoiler

997 Shift Box with Billet Shift Bushings (15% shorter throw. The billet shift bushings help tighten feel by replacing the plastic bushings, the 997 GT3 box uses aluminum bushings but cost ~$150 more than the regular 997 and billet bushings)

Cayman shifter vs GT3 Shifter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxCccu4Y_xA

DIY Install of bushings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b_2Qg5lhng and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG0yBpfwKVg

2nd gear detent pressure upgrade using the 900 108 064 00 8mm ball bearing $1 from Porsche. Here is the DIY for install http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/...nd-gear-pop-out-even-caveman-can-do-pics.html

Over all I absolutely love the car, its a blast to go out and find roads to drive. Only thing I am not happy with yet, is that the suspension is still not 100% to my liking, with stock power its great however with 550+ it gets a little harry with all the rubber control arm bushings moving around on imperfect roads. Going to make up some new bushings and adjustable arms to correct some of the toe/camber angles that are maxed out with the current eccentric bolts. That and currently planning on pulling the motor out this fall to weld the coolant fittings/remove the AWD system and install a 60/40 differential. I'll be sure to update more on this thread as I tackle things.



Oil Dipstick Conversion for 996TT
Here are the parts for the oil dipstick addition for any 996TT/997 GT3 using 996 GT3 parts. Will run you about $100-120 or so. Pretty sure you can do it while the engine is still in the car and will confirm at a later date.

Oil Dipstick 996.207.231.94
Guide Tube for Oil Dipstick 996.207.031.90
Oil Filling Tube 996.207.016.70
Closure Cap 996.107.035.50
O-Ring 999.707.285.41

996 TT GT2 Slave Conversion Using Factory GT2 Parts

So here is the list for the GT2 Slave Conversion part numbers based of the kit I got. I will try to update more posts with part numbers for others to quickly reference. 6speed and Rennlist tend to have lots of half posts with missing info.

99642337754 - Hose 1x
99911341840 - Seal 2x
99920136500 - Bearing 1x
99920133900 - Bearing 1x
99731492050 - Reservoir 1x
99711608690 - Release Fork 1x
99611623790 - Clutch Slave 1x
99642317106 - Clutch Master 1x

Porsche Ignition Events and how to understand them

http://www.911virgin.com/porsche/rev-range-information/
 

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For finding parts, DC Auto has diagrams and part numbers, some times picking up some used parts here and there can save $$$
http://dcauto.gotdns.com/

For new stuff both Sun Coast and Sonnen are good. Sonnen tends to be better pricing wise

http://www.suncoastparts.com/
http://sonnenporsche.com/

Rennline, UMW, 911Tuning, Butzi Gear, AWE and DubNutz are also great to deal with for performance and stock parts.
 

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996 crew holla.

Aside from having to address a faulty slave cylinder that was causing pentosin to leak from the front reservoir (opted for GT2 Conversion) and replace some no name junk headers that had welds fail with OEM headers, I've had a pretty painless 5k miles with mine since picking it up in December of last year, including a trip to NC/TN (Dragon) and back and to GA for SoWo and back.

Shifter is definitely feeling way too notchy for my tastes right now though and reverse can be tricky to get into after hard drives i.e. after fluids get hot. Planning on servicing tranny and diff ASAP. Anyone got suggestions for gear oil? I've used Motul on previous cars and have no complaints.

I totally want to straight pipe it as well. lol. It's tuned - I just have no idea by who. Wheels eventually. For now sits on Bilstein PSS10's and gets driven on my days off.



If anyone has any questions regarding purchasing, feel free. I searched for 2 months - I easily could've searched longer if I was more picky. lol.

Sub'd.

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Shifter is definitely feeling way too notchy for my tastes right now though and reverse can be tricky to get into after hard drives i.e. after fluids get hot. Planning on servicing tranny and diff ASAP. Anyone got suggestions for gear oil? I've used Motul on previous cars and have no complaints.

I totally want to straight pipe it as well. lol. It's tuned - I just have no idea by who. Wheels eventually. For now sits on Bilstein PSS10's and gets driven on my days off.
I'll let you know Mike how the Liqui Moly 75w-90 GL5 goes. Motul should be perfectly fine for the trans, but the front differential has to be GL5 IIRC, planning on getting around to it in the next week or two depending on the work load.

Reach out to "whiteout" on Rennlist or 6speed if your looking for some good noise pipes, think they are $500. It totally changes the car ;)


That's a great looking vehicle. :beer::thumbup:
Thanks :thumbup::thumbup:
 

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Good thread. I myself am strongly considering a plane-jane 996. With the values where they are, they seem like an insane deal.

For example: one near me just sold. 1999, coupe, silver, manual, ~60k miles, IMS/RMS DONE, maintenance records. Listed at ~$18k. I probably should have bought that.
 

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Good thread. I myself am strongly considering a plane-jane 996. With the values where they are, they seem like an insane deal.

For example: one near me just sold. 1999, coupe, silver, manual, ~60k miles, IMS/RMS DONE, maintenance records. Listed at ~$18k. I probably should have bought that.
Most seem to be really moving over the past 6 months, mostly I think its due to all the SC/930/964/993 guys wanting a P-Car to drive that they dont view as an asset. This will only drive the prices up, Jake Raby mentioned that he has seen a huge swing up in prices for rollers that most would not touch, but with the jump in price on a 997 or the like they seem to be a good alternative for those that do their own wrenching.
 

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I'm so happy with my recent 996 c2 purchase, been completely :D since an autocross this past weekend. If anyone is on the fence about getting one, I say go for it!
 

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Cleaned out my front radiators last night. Boy they were full of crap.

Got these drain diagrams from a friend:



Good thread. I myself am strongly considering a plane-jane 996. With the values where they are, they seem like an insane deal.

For example: one near me just sold. 1999, coupe, silver, manual, ~60k miles, IMS/RMS DONE, maintenance records. Listed at ~$18k. I probably should have bought that.
Do it! I picked up a '99 in February for $16k. 96k miles, and no IMS fix, but still a 6-speed coupe with great options, one owner and maintenance records.


My friend saw it and got a 6-speed convertible last month with 56k miles at auction for $14.5k but his needed a bit more work.
 

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Year one:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...ar-living-with-a-daily-driver-Porsche-Boxster

Year two:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...-Later-My-daily-driver-Porsche-Boxster-update

Year three:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...rs-on-Vortex-3-years-in-the-Boxster-my-report

Year four:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...Vortex-4-years-daily-driver-Boxster-my-report

Year five:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...Vortex-5-years-daily-driver-Boxster-my-report

I'm closing in on year six and I'll post my report in the Car Lounge.

The Boxster still puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. I absolutely love this car as much as the day I first drove it.

obin :thumbup::thumbup:
 

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I'll try to do a more robust build thread for TCL at some point, but we bought a 996 C2 with IMS troubles for cheap, and decided to swap in a LS3. I know it will anger the purists, but its pretty interesting to drive. More power, lighter weight, and less costly than a new M96.

Link to a clip on our Instagram as a placeholder:

https://instagram.com/p/5PZXURwHAA/?taken-by=driveautoworks
Word. Would love more details on this. What was the total cost? How much did you do yourself?

I'm going to try to do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't happen, but if my M96 ever pops, it's getting a LSx.
 
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