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TBE997
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the positive comments, i have thought long about the colour (maybe too long) but I would love for the car to "pop out" a bit more, i can always change it back.

if it was basalt black, i would definitely keep it as it (i have also though about respray as i am generally more a fan of "real" paint, but that would probably cost more than double the wrap)
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that colour looks lovely, i wouldnt wrap it if I was in your shoes.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks cracking.... and great wheels too... thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed the early part of this thread so it was good to read it with the update.hear are my thoughts for what they are worth.

Semisolid engine mounts
I had rennline on my 997.1 which did add a little NVH but it was worth it for the improved handling of the car it sat low and flat into bends.
What I am exploring at the moment for my new gen2 is using OE gt3rs engine mounts I am hearing they are harder than stock but without the NVH I am still gathering data at the moment but seem like they might be a great option and worth you looking into.
Sound
My new gen 2 has full cargraphic race exhaust and is very supercar sounding IMO with huge pops and bangs on overrun.worth you looking at something like fabspeed muffler delete pipes loud fun and no cels etc as its after the cats. ,I have just sold a set.
Colour
It looks great as it is I have always liked that metallic green if you want something try adding a contrast colour to the lower door mirrors and some graphics on the door bottoms as I did with my gen1 , dont wrap it you will spend £1500/2k and be disappointed at how cheap and chavy it looks.
the black or anthersite alloy sounds great
dont just tint the rears in privacy looks much nicer if you do everything except the windscreen in 15% tint and Cop shoudnt pull you with it ,I have had it on my cars for 4 years no issues .
spacers are a great idea to get the stance better along with lowering but dont slam it .
SSK
just looking at this myself on my new gen2 is has a D911 ssk on it which I would think is the same as the cheapy ones , quite notchy, very short ,hard to get in gear when cold and never gives confidence its in gear. I am just in the process of changing it to an OE gt3 shifter which is 15% shorter than stock but has metal bearings giving it a bolt action gear change and none of the lateral slop the cheapy SSKs have. the OE SSK is no better than the cheapy ones plastic bearings and a 35% shorter throw as the cheap ones are.
991 LIGHT UPGRADE
I am with you on this love the 4star and halo DRL but they are low on my list at 1K to buy
I have just added alcantara gear knob and gator, arm rest, handbreak rear section as the front is steel . I am just deciding what to do with the steering wheel but leaning to either alcantara or alcantara and carbon.
RE Carbon Dont wrap any bits pay the extra and get them carbon dipped far far better finish carbon wrap looks just what it is cheap . or get the actual carbon aftermarket parts but they can be pricey.
Grilles,
Have a look at rennline grilles they are a bit more money and effort to fit as the bumper has to come off to fit them , but they are so much nicer looking and more OE that zunsport that you can see the frame edge of when fitted and always look a bit wonky when fitted. but that is only my opinion .
Smoked rear lights
best option is dectane smoked led but nothing wrong with just tint film on the stock ones but again not too dark or you will look like a slammed corsa lol.

As I said these are just my opinions or things I have found out from modding these cars myself good luck with whatever you decide and keep us posted.
let me know if you want some pics of my old or new one for ideas.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the exhaust have 200 cell cats? If not, you might want to try that route.

Fitting them made a heck of an increase in the exhaust note and sound on my PSE although being the shy retiring type Grin , I wouldn't want it any louder.

Without doubt the best mod I've done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't bother with a wrap or black alloys: I'd focus on the noise (the 200 cel sports cats should make a big difference) and the stance: some H+R lowering springs and some TPI spacers will make it sit better on the road.

And if you add some colour, like Phil997 successfully did, the car can stand out a little more. Porsche Racing Yellow would work with olive green. Just pick out some key parts and have them repainted. I did for example consider the intake slats in the bumper on my 9972, as I don't think the silvery plastic finish looks good against the rest of the car which is either white or black.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Phil!

Engine mounts - i think i am going with the rennline semi solid and see how i get on

sound - i have ordered the cargraphics 200 cell cat and tubi rear mufflers, will take around 4 weeks, can't wait to get them fitted!!!

lights - agree, very price, but my current standard lights, which i believe are the original that came with the car from factory, have become fairly milky/unclear in the center, so i think i should get new ones

colour - i think will still do it, just need to get it out of the system, if i dont like it i can always take it off again and think about a respray hehe


Phil 997 wrote:
Missed the early part of this thread so it was good to read it with the update.hear are my thoughts for what they are worth.

Semisolid engine mounts
I had rennline on my 997.1 which did add a little NVH but it was worth it for the improved handling of the car it sat low and flat into bends.
What I am exploring at the moment for my new gen2 is using OE gt3rs engine mounts I am hearing they are harder than stock but without the NVH I am still gathering data at the moment but seem like they might be a great option and worth you looking into.
Sound
My new gen 2 has full cargraphic race exhaust and is very supercar sounding IMO with huge pops and bangs on overrun.worth you looking at something like fabspeed muffler delete pipes loud fun and no cels etc as its after the cats. ,I have just sold a set.
Colour
It looks great as it is I have always liked that metallic green if you want something try adding a contrast colour to the lower door mirrors and some graphics on the door bottoms as I did with my gen1 , dont wrap it you will spend £1500/2k and be disappointed at how cheap and chavy it looks.
the black or anthersite alloy sounds great
dont just tint the rears in privacy looks much nicer if you do everything except the windscreen in 15% tint and Cop shoudnt pull you with it ,I have had it on my cars for 4 years no issues .
spacers are a great idea to get the stance better along with lowering but dont slam it .
SSK
just looking at this myself on my new gen2 is has a D911 ssk on it which I would think is the same as the cheapy ones , quite notchy, very short ,hard to get in gear when cold and never gives confidence its in gear. I am just in the process of changing it to an OE gt3 shifter which is 15% shorter than stock but has metal bearings giving it a bolt action gear change and none of the lateral slop the cheapy SSKs have. the OE SSK is no better than the cheapy ones plastic bearings and a 35% shorter throw as the cheap ones are.
991 LIGHT UPGRADE
I am with you on this love the 4star and halo DRL but they are low on my list at 1K to buy
I have just added alcantara gear knob and gator, arm rest, handbreak rear section as the front is steel . I am just deciding what to do with the steering wheel but leaning to either alcantara or alcantara and carbon.
RE Carbon Dont wrap any bits pay the extra and get them carbon dipped far far better finish carbon wrap looks just what it is cheap . or get the actual carbon aftermarket parts but they can be pricey.
Grilles,
Have a look at rennline grilles they are a bit more money and effort to fit as the bumper has to come off to fit them , but they are so much nicer looking and more OE that zunsport that you can see the frame edge of when fitted and always look a bit wonky when fitted. but that is only my opinion .
Smoked rear lights
best option is dectane smoked led but nothing wrong with just tint film on the stock ones but again not too dark or you will look like a slammed corsa lol.

As I said these are just my opinions or things I have found out from modding these cars myself good luck with whatever you decide and keep us posted.
let me know if you want some pics of my old or new one for ideas.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, ordered the cargraphics sports cat together with a tubi exhaust without any valve controls Thumb

CarreraMonkey wrote:
Does the exhaust have 200 cell cats? If not, you might want to try that route.

Fitting them made a heck of an increase in the exhaust note and sound on my PSE although being the shy retiring type Grin , I wouldn't want it any louder.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
I wouldn't bother with a wrap or black alloys: I'd focus on the noise (the 200 cel sports cats should make a big difference) and the stance: some H+R lowering springs and some TPI spacers will make it sit better on the road.

And if you add some colour, like Phil997 successfully did, the car can stand out a little more. Porsche Racing Yellow would work with olive green. Just pick out some key parts and have them repainted. I did for example consider the intake slats in the bumper on my 9972, as I don't think the silvery plastic finish looks good against the rest of the car which is either white or black.



i must admit that i am bit hesitant with decals, not because i don't like them, but the car is parked overnight on the street, and i think if i go too crazy, it might attract some unwanted attention. if i had a garage where the car would be safely secured, i would probably try something more exotic like the martini wrap or even "build" a 997R (GT3 kit without wing, GT4 alloys and the two stripes Very Happy )
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also keep the colour.
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Phil 997
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaxA wrote:
I wouldn't bother with a wrap or black alloys: I'd focus on the noise (the 200 cel sports cats should make a big difference) and the stance: some H+R lowering springs and some TPI spacers will make it sit better on the road.

And if you add some colour, like Phil997 successfully did, the car can stand out a little more. Porsche Racing Yellow would work with olive green. Just pick out some key parts and have them repainted. I did for example consider the intake slats in the bumper on my 9972, as I don't think the silvery plastic finish looks good against the rest of the car which is either white or black.


Interesting you suggested yellow accents Max as that exactly the colour I thought would look great with olive green and there is quite a lot available in that colour lower door decals seat belts get the lower mirror section done. subtle but good I don't think it would attract unwanted attention overnight.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="TBE997"]Thank you Phil!

Engine mounts - i think i am going with the rennline semi solid and see how i get on

sound - i have ordered the cargraphics 200 cell cat and tubi rear mufflers, will take around 4 weeks, can't wait to get them fitted!!!

lights - agree, very price, but my current standard lights, which i believe are the original that came with the car from factory, have become fairly milky/unclear in the center, so i think i should get new ones

colour - i think will still do it, just need to get it out of the system, if i dont like it i can always take it off again and think about a respray hehe


I think you will love the exhaust you have ordered, if you go with the rennline use the yellow over yellow bushing thats the softest option and your fillings will be ok lol.
your lights if the clouding is on the outside you can get them refurbed polished and then clearcoated about £100 ish .

I still think accents like max and myself suggested in yellow where I did mine in acid green would look great on your olive car. subtle but would lift it. gen a yellow S for the rear and a custom yellow bonnet crest from porschecrests.com in the states see the yellow/silver and yellow/gold on the top row in the pic
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been considering a wrap for my other car, which is dark silver (or metallic grey), but it turns out that they are not that easy to apply and don't last that long. Maybe three years. And then it's a pain in the arse to remove. As such, I would probably be better off paying to fix the chips and then repainting it in a new colour. I have in mind the dark Jaguar version of BRG "Connaught green". But in your case, a wrap might be best if you want to preserve the original unusual colour. Dont know

The alternative is to consider the accent colour. My other car looked fresh with red accents over the grey: I added a red bonnet scoop, red belt line, and for a while at least I was running red rims. I'm now changing the accent colour to yellow, and I had the scoop repainted Porsche Racing Yellow. I'm adding a yellow belt line, and I already have big yellow calipers. Just one or two items help make the car stand out, but not perhaps quite as much as a lime green Lambo stands out. Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick weekend update, got a few things of my list yesterday from D911


New Rear Headlights

I had the 997.2-ish led lights on before, but they were a bight too bright for my taste, really like these ones as they are a little bit darker. also i think they are closer to the original ones, hence giving it a bit Generation 1 flavour back hehe




Will put my previous headlights on sale soon!


I also got
- Black Aurora Xenon Headlights - delivery will take around 4 weeks Sad
- Dark bonnet badge
- Black wheel caps with silver crest (to got with the alloys when they are painted black)
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drop the car 15mm on H&R springs stick some 12 rear and 7 mm front spacers and then do the exhaust.
Leave the bodywork and wheels alone, that is a lovely colour and I like the wheels as is.
A cold air induction kit and GT 3 throttle body would be money better spent.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good , keep us posted on progress but as others have said leave the olive alone its lovely. Thumb
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok some update, i have made some further progress and now also a better idea of sequencing, i started buying a lot of stuff and slowly it is all coming together

What i have bought so far:
- Tubi Silencer & Cargraphics Sports Cat
- Project Style Black Headlights
- Eibach Lowering Springs
- Rennline Semi Solid Engine mounts


Exhaust - The exhaust has finally arrived last week and I dropped off the car yesterday evening, planning to pick her up again with the new exhaust on Wednesday. As expected, given the mileage, all oxygen sensor are rusted in, so i needed four new (2x front and 2x rear). Also one of silencer brackets is broken as it turned out... extra $$$ i didn't plan for. Whilst they had the car up today, the discovered a coolant leak - i suspected that but never saw any fluid build up underneath the car, it all dropped on the exhaust and burned off



Headlights - After 2 months i picked them up last week, however it turns out they shipped a wrong pair... LHD instead of RHD.. waiting for them to come back and then i need to figure out if i fit them as they are or look to take them apart to black out the outter grey ring (if possible, if not I need to get headlight covers) and also grey out the ring (looks very bright/white). The quality of the headlights is not great, and there is a good forum post on rennlist or renntech where someone reviewed them in detail, i found similar marks/paint faults in my pair as you can see below







Engine Mounts - This is on the list as soon as I get the car back after the exhaust install. I would love to do this by myself but I don't know how/where i can jack up the car safely, might get them fitted worst case





Eibach Springs - I was a bit hesitant and did a lot of research, and finally pulled the trigger on the Eibach springs. They were not very expensive (cheaper than the engine mounts) but getting them fitted will cost twice as much lol. My plan is to get them fitted together with wheel spacers at centergravity so that they can also get aligned right away with them. They are a bit pricey but i have read only good things about these guys, and also looking to hear what they have to say in general when they inspect the suspension etc.






And last but not least, got her cleaned yesterday and went over it myself with Meguiar Quick Detailer Smile



 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good post, check the lights convert from lhd to rhd by the flick of a lever as per OEM, leave the colour as is..... Lovely !
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frenchmeister wrote:
Good post, check the lights convert from lhd to rhd by the flick of a lever as per OEM, leave the colour as is..... Lovely !


Thanks, i will have look. I will also need to figure out how to get the DLR working properly, or leave it off and get some LED fogh/indicator lights replacement (although i dont like the chrome look)

I don't regret buying them (and i don't know yet what the normal 997 OEM lights look like from inside with the wiring etc) but the quality it noticeably low

 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking car! Well specc'd too. Very nice, love the colour, rare so embrace it. I'm a fan of those wheels too, had them on my old 911.
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