Since I was stuck waiting on parts for the 964 and GT3, I decided to tackle some maintenance on the chump car. First thing to do was to tackle the engine mounts. Our fan shroud kept popping off during the race, and I kind of figured it was likely due to the motor mounts being shot and the engine moving around enough that the fan was hitting the shroud. Easy problem to fix though. From the looks of them, they …

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Time for some pre-winter maintenance on this 964 C4 🙂 First round will be suspension overhaul, including Chris Walrod bushings, Bilstein HD (also known as B6’s outside the states) shocks, and H&R lowering springs. Followed up with an alignment and MVI. Once that is done, then the motor/trans will come out, transmission sent off for rebuilding, and tackled a few minor things on the motor while it is out. As you can see, the monster truck ride height has to …

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Had this nice little 964 come into the shop today for some brake pulsation issues. He had replace the pads and rotors about 300 miles ago due to pulsation/warped rotors, and then it was good for awhile before the pulsation returned under braking. My initial thought was that a caliper was hanging up, and after putting it in the air and spinning both front wheels, the front left was definitely hanging up. Hard to see in this picture, but the …

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Went and grabbed this nice 09 997.2 PDK from a customers storage unit so we could install some lowering springs on it. The car just sat too high, so we needed to do something about that! mmmm pdk and sport plus 🙂 Starting with the fronts, out come the struts. We have seen this dozens of times before. Notice anything different about the .2 997? Let me help. No more simple brake pad changes 😉 Old strut torn down for …

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This awesome Supercharged XJ came in with the same kind of rattle with the same kind of start-up rattle that led us to update the VANOS on the M5 earlier on the blog.   The dealer told the customer that it was the timing chain tensioners and that they were not covered by his extended warranty.  Well they are, and we’re getting this customer taken care of. For many years the Supercharged Jags dropped the VVT that was on the N/A …

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Ignore that previous post, because I’m going to blow that apart with this one. Had these 6×15″ deep offset fuchs come in this week for some new valve stems and tire mounting. Turns out, mounting a valve stem in these little buggers is not as easy as it seems. There have been numerous discussions online about this issue, and it appears whatever the original valve stem was, that they are impossible to get. Not only are the valve stems a …

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The issue with the Boxster really got me thinking today about the quality of parts we use on these German cars. Years of experience has taught me when you can and when you can not use an aftermarket part in place of a more expensive OE replacement as we typically use. The problem with German cars is that not only are they very finicky, but the domestic supplier support for these parts is not always correct. While we may use …

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Had this Boxster literally limp into the shop the other day for some badly overdue maintenance. With 70k miles on the clock, it had never had spark plugs done, or a fuel filter, or any part of the 60k service from what I can tell. As badly as it was running, it was not throwing a CEL, but there were a couple of odd MAF codes in the system that we don’t see very often. The car was backfiring through …

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Knocked out some fairly good progress on the Dragon this weekend. Parts ready to assembly. Custom building the fuel line from the supply line in the wheel well to the fuel rail. The old return line will be removed completely After mounting the Tilton dual master cylinders, I noticed the larger 13/16″ cylinder was mounted on the bottom. Since I need to connect two lines for the front brake calipers to this cylinder, I decided to swap them and but …

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After knocking out the oil pan job on the 745Li, I tackled the door check. The owner had left the door open and the car rolled backwards into the garage door which bent the door forward. Luckily, all it broke was the hydraulic door shock which keeps the door from swinging too far open and causing damage. How the sheet metal wasn’t bent, I don’t know. Off comes the door panel to replace the shock. Here you can see the …

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