No not any Porsche content here, but rather another daily driver.  Buddy dropped off his wife’s FWD Lexus RX330 so we could put in new struts while she was out of town.  The rear right was leaking which is a fairly common issue in the vehicles I guess.  Couldn’t be that hard right……. The patient….. First up, access the rear upper strut mounting points. Disappointed we didn’t have to pull the rear seat as I was hungry and looking forward …

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Had a freind bring by his boxster that had started smoking on him excessively out the tailpipe.  Worse on startup, but would happen when driving as well.  This is pretty typical of a bad oil air seperator.  When the car got here, it was idling extremely roughly and had a CEL.  This was odd, and you start to think the worst.  Read down the CEL and came up with the following laundry list! P1128:  O2 sensing adaption (bank 1) P1130:  …

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Well looks like a good freind of mine is shipping off his 993C4S to it’s new home.  Sad to see a car leave the area, but on to bigger things.  A few items ended up not in the deal, so while he is out of town, I will swap out a few things and get the car ready to ship out……hey wait a second….i see what is happening here…… Up on stands.  Old wheels are coming off and the stock …

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We tackled the rollbar yesterday in the RS.  It was hot, damn hot, even in the garage.  Got it knocked out by about 7 or so.  Spent more money mid install when we decided the car needed a new exhaust……. There is nothing more fun than taking a brand new $150k car with 600 miles on it and disassembling it….. Massaging the carpet out of the side panels to modify the plastic housings under the carpet. Fitting the bar.  Did …

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Slapped new brake pads in for a buddy and helped him with his V1 hardwire install.  There are a couple of ways to do the V1’s in the 996, I usually like to pull power from a plug in the center console.  On a non-auto dimming mirror car, you can hide everything up in the sunroof control/light area, but with the dimming mirror, space is a little tighter. Brake pad replacement. Starting the V1 install.  Running the wire up over …

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With the addition of the GT3RS, Jack has decided to sell his 997TT project to move forward with the GT3RS project.  The build has been covered 100% on this blog over the last year. 2007 911 Twin Turbo Miles:  13,000 Price:  130k Location:  Kansas City Contact:  dockarl (at) wilen.us Car will include open car steel tilt trailer, 2 sets of wheels (CCW’s with hoosiers, and Champions with PS2’s), and the stock parts. The build: GMG adjustable sway bars front and …

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Got a call last Friday from good friend to come up with him to test drive and take delivery of a new 2011 GT3RS from the local dealer.  Spent some time with the car on the road, and it is absolutely amazing.  Now time for some mods!  We will get a GMG RSR Rollbar ordered asap along with a set of harnesses.  Also will be doing a Laser Intercepter Quad install along with a Valentine 1.  It doesn’t get any …

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Odds and Ends

Been busier than could be over the last week or so and haven’t had time to update the blog.  Work work work. Had a low mileage 944 come through for a round of belts and rollers, ignition relay, defrost wire repair, and just small odds and ends here and there.  The car had not been run in 5 years, but the belts had been done 500 miles ago.  The previous shop had not replaced any of the rollers when they …

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Brought in a buddy’s 993 tonight to fix a rear wheel bearing that was making some noise. Brake caliper and rotor off.  Axle nut removed.  Getting the axle out is the tricky part as the inboard end hits both the subframe and the transaxle….. Outer hub off, and the outer section of bearing in pieces. Hard to tell by the blurry picture, but the outer race is pretty chewed up. Old bearing completely removed. Pressing the new bearing in place.  …

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Mobile service calls again.  Had to get the car ready for MAM this Friday. Started by changing the oil….. Unfortunately, when I got underneath the car, this is what I found.  Dried coolant everywhere. The culprit.  A loose hose clamp under the intake manifold.  It was so loose, that either it was not tightened from the factory, or someone else had been in the motor in the first 3k miles of it’s life.  The hose is stuck between two pipes, …

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