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Bradaz2488

Traded 986 for 987.2... DIY same??

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I recently traded my 2001 Boxster S w/ 80K miles for a 2009 Boxster S w/ 18K miles. I owned the 986 for 8 years and did all the maintenance/repair work myself. Did not take it to the shop once or have to buy any special tools... Okay, once to turn off the air-bag light when doing my first window regulator :).... Have done most every common DIY project on the 986 with the exception of the clutch/IMS/RMS job. That was going to be my next project before I found the 987.2. I do not anticipate doing any heavy wrenching on my 987.2 anytime soon, but I have noticed there does not seem to be near as many DIY articles for the 987 vs. the 986. I have to assume that is because the procedures are very similar to the 986? I do not consider myself a full on gear head and I do rely heavily on online DIY articles to help me get the job done right. I'm looking for some feedback from the Boxster community on which common DIY projects are different from the 986. Will I now need a SW (Durametric) tool or other special tools? Are there project that were DIY on the 986 but are not for the 987.2? Just trying to get my head around what I will and wont be able to do on my new Boxster... Thank you...

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The Durametric system would be a good acquisition.

 

The 986 and 987 similar in many ways, but the 987 will have some later variations, like greater use of CAN Bus technology, DFI, the 9A1 engine instead of the M96, and later electronics.  The reason for a lack of information is that Porsche stopped publishing service manuals around 2004-2005, so there is not a lot in print.

 

Good luck with your new car.

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