Making a little more progress on odds and ends things while I wait for the suspension and exhaust to show up. A lot of these parts were available to purchase through various sources in the past, but for some reason many companies are no longer making SPEC boxster parts, so I had to make a few things myself. No big deal and fun to build, but with our labor rate, in the end it is usually cheaper to buy small …

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Well, this is kind of part 2 and 3 since we have already done some work, tested the car at Hallett, and moved on to the next stage: First thing we had to do was to catch up on some maintenance and get the car trackable in order to test what we had. First thing to do was to flush all the coolant out, change the waterpump and switch to a low temp thermostat. Next we needed to replace the …

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I’ve been waiting for a fun project for awhile now, so here it is. We sourced a very cheap 45k mile Boxster locally with a factory hardtop on it recently. The car is in need of maintenance, but nothing we wouldn’t be replacing in the process of building a race car anyway. The project will be a drawn out build, starting with a modest track car and using the car while slowly finishing the build to full Spec Boxster Class. …

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Have this Boxster in this week for a 120k service, but these higher mileage services always seem to turn into a more extensive repair than expected. Probably not included in the dealer 120k service list, but at the major services every 60k, I like to drop the sump plate and inspect what is going on. This not only gives me a good idea of if the oil change intervals are where we want them (by the amount of staining/sludge in …

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Going through this little Boxster before the end of the year. With almost 100k miles on the clock, I noticed some pretty significant plastic chain tensioner debris in the oil filter when the customer brought it in for an oil change, along with some out of spec camshaft deviation numbers, which tells us we are getting play in the chain system as the pads erode. Along with a significant oil leak coming from the IMS area, it was time to …

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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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After we got the motor transplant done in this Boxster, the owner later mentioned his wheel bearing was making noise in the rear as well. DOH! We were just in there and had everything apart, but that’s how it goes sometimes 🙂 Take care of the big things first. So yesterday I took that side down and pulled out the bad bearing. Typically with the new sealed wheel bearings, they will exhibit a growling noise rather than having play in …

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The doctor made a house call the other day, unfortunately, this patient was too far gone to save on site 🙁 I think this one has had a yellow CEL light on the dash for some time now, and it started running rough to the point where it wouldn’t move at all. I pulled down the codes and received a screen full of fault codes, about 12 in all. Typically plugging in the computer and getting a fault code is …

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Had this little Boxster come through the shop after 6 years of storage. The owner was coming back to the states and needed his car back in running shape 🙂 We gave it a good look over and found a few minor things here and there. The storage unit was starting the car every so often, and they had to jump start the car and crossed the battery terminals. All of a sudden the radio didn’t work. Luckily it was …

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Swapped out the factory beefy exhaust on this 2.7L 986 for something with a little more growl to it. While Borla states the exhaust only fits the 3.2L S, it can be made to fit the 2.7L with some modifications (the exhaust to transmission mount specifically). The old OEM muffler. The weight savings is substantial. And the new exhaust installed. VROOOOOOM!