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Jay.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally a big fan of the lights mate! Could you pm me the price you paid? Keep up the updates Smile
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jay. - Cheers mate, glad you like the lights. I've just sent you a pm. Hope it helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressed with the work on the lights - you've managed to do something I've not seen before, which is to keep the fundamental shape of the 996 lights but to highlight that the actual light shape is very 'standard 911'. Great work.
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lofi - Thanks mate, I really appreciate that. Glad you like them.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DW 996turbo wrote:
Lofi - Thanks mate, I really appreciate that. Glad you like them.


I'd love to see how those look on a darker colour car and perhaps with the washer covers darkened off, but I think you're onto something there
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I imagine they'd work quite well on a dark green car like yours.

I know what you mean about the washer covers. I really wasn't sure what to do with them. I sometimes wonder if they'd look better in black or maybe even carbon fibre.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never use the back seats and have always preferred the look of the GT3 without them. So I decided to remove the rear seats, seat belts and the sub. I was originally planning on just putting the various small plastic covers back on as when everything comes out your left with a lot of holes and gaps in the carpet. I was not really happy with the way it looked. It was looking too obvious that something was missing, so I took them back out and tried to come up with a way of covering the gaps that would look a bit more subtle.

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I ended up buying a used carpet section from a 986 Boxster that had a black interior and thankfully the colour match was good and the carpet they used was the same. I cut small sections to size and filled in the gaps. It's not perfect as you can see in the, very poor quality, photos. It does look better than the plastic covers did in my opinion though.

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I finished it off with a turbo badge to fill in the recess that was left behind the sub. My car wasn't fitted with one from the factory as far as I'm aware.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd changed my mind about keeping the spoiler in its carbon finish. I wanted to paint it body colour but couldn't bring myself to cover up the carbon completely. I'd seen another owner that had painted the majority of the spoiler but left a small section unpainted at the front. I really liked the way it looked and wanted to recreate it on my own car. I Got the paint shop to mask up the front edge then lacquer the whole spoiler so there was no lip between the two colours.

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To match the newly painted spoiler I also decided to remove the carbon mirror covers. They came off fairly easily and any residue from the double sided tape that held them on was cleaned off.

Another change I made was to swap the grey front emblem for a silver and black one. A fairly subtle change but I think the grey emblem looked a bit lost. Now the bonnet emblem matched the centre caps on the wheels as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good mate - I like the black and silver Porsche crest - might do the same myself.

Tequipment cage & harnesses next?

Would also highly recommend the centre console delete - makes a massive difference to the cabin and gives me leg room.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jamesyg - Thanks a lot mate, glad you like the front badge.

I don't think I'll go quite as far as the cage and harnesses. Mine's used as a road car rather than a track weapon like yours. Love the carbon buckets in yours though, they're next on my list. Thumb

Thanks for the recommendation, I have considered the centre console delete. It does look a lot cleaner without it.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also highly tempted with a mono wheel and eccentric spacer. Another member on here has fitted one... looks incredible. Just in 2 minds about losing the airbag
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DW 996turbo
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it, looks very purposeful. I think it would suit the interior of your car nicely, with the harnesses and cage etc.

I know what you mean about losing the airbag though. It's a tough one.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a fan of the smoked rear lights on cars like the Cayman GT4 or GTS. They're not so dark they look aftermarket but dark enough to look a bit different. I tinted the lower section of my rear lights and the 3rd brake light with the same Lamin-X tint film I'd used on the headlights. It's a fairly subtle change as you can see in the pictures below.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My next round of personalising took me back to the interior. I felt the interior now needed a bit more alcantara to balance out the few bits that I'd done previously. I had the same company, Tiggy Design, do the work as I was happy with their previous work and I was able to make sure the colours of the alcantara and stitching matched. I had the passenger airbag cover, glove box and the gauge cluster housing all retrimmed. While I was at it, I fitted a set of the silver gauge rings too. These aren't the best photos, but you get the idea.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Feeling the need to further decrease the investment potential of my car, I decided to do a modification I'm sure most people aren't a fan of......Led daytime running lights. I'd seen several aftermarket examples of these on various cars over the years and they always tend to look a bit too 'stuck on' for my taste. I spent a lot of time deciding how and more importantly, whether or not to do this. Then inspired by the grills on the Cayman GT4, the plan became to try and incorporate the lights with an aluminium mesh. The mesh might also offer some protection for the recently replaced radiators.

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This was the starting point. I removed all the grills from the front bumper and took a deep breath before reaching for the Stanley knife.

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This was how the side grills looked after the first round of plastic removal. I'd removed most of the plastic slats and sanded all the edges to get a smooth uniform finish around the outer edge. They still needed plenty of work to try and make the lights look like they were supposed to fit in the gap that was left though.

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I'd now finished all the trimming around where the lights would fit. I'd also reshaped some of the slats that I'd removed to help build up the thickness of the two remaining slats to help fill in that section.

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The central grill received similar treatment, with all the plastic slats removed and the edges sanded smooth. This was a lot more straightforward as there were no lights being fitted in the centre.

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All bonded together and given a coat of satin black. Ready for the led lights to be fitted.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lights I'd chosen were the Philips Daylightguide drls. They put out a solid strip of light rather than individual spots, so seemed closer to Porsche oem running lights than most aftermarket offerings. The black housing also matched my freshly painted black headlights.

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I'd chosen an aluminium mesh powder coated in gloss black. After cutting it to shape it needed something to form a neat join across the top of the grills on either side. I managed to find a satin black end cap that I cut to length to hide what would otherwise be an exposed edge.

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Here they are with the mesh all fitted and ready to go back on the car.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All fitted and wired up.

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Took some close up shots and a couple from further away, but hadn't taken any with the lights on at this stage. I'd also moved house recently so now had a new garage.

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I'm really happy with how they turned out.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The front grills took a while to finish and get back on the car, so I hadn't driven it for a while as the bumper was off the car. I'd also not taken any decent photos of the whole car for ages, so took a little drive back to my favourite road and took a few pics while I was there.

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The running lights were on for these photos, but in the bright sunlight they looked really dim. I also noticed how bad the colour match on my rear bumper looked in these shots. Thankfully it doesn't look that bad in the metal.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am really liking what you have done, I didn't think I'd like those DRL's but they look OK to me thumbsup

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I applaud all your work DW ...... that car looks mean ........ very nice indeed ...... Smile
 
  
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