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I too am looking to purchase one for a 08 GT3RS FOR customer....dealer said nla? just yesterday and bought one from them 8 months ago?? any ideas of where to go for one?? the rear section of the factory cage is what we usually want to use in a RS....thanks Mark Rich, Suncoast Porsche is still selling the Clubsport (rear) rollbar and they are usually best priced, here's the link: http://www.e-partssales.com/miva/merchant....Code=997gt3seat
Adam, I'm interested in the comments about your RS smoking at startup. I have an 07 GT3 RS that has no history of RMS leaks (so far!) however as it is not my daily driver it tends to sit, sometimes weeks at a time. From my experience it will smoke on startup, often more if it has been sitting a while. You compared this to the smoking you experienced with your M series BMW. I previously owned an '02 E46 M3 which was prone to producing a small puff of blue smoke on cold starts.
I've owned an '07 GT3 RS for 14 months and have driven 4,000KM's during that time including a couple of track excursions. I have a North American version without the Clubsport ROW equipment (rollbar, lexan rear window etc). Although the cabin noise is much more present than non GT3 versions of the 997 (I previously owned an '06 997 C4S Cab) I have noticed only minor rattles however nothing unusual. I haven't experienced any resonance or trim rattles at specific rpm levels either. I have read the CS roll bar can be noisy (groans and clicks) as it flexes under load and the lexan rear window is prone to vibration noise especially when the side window is open. Nothing else.
Interesting experience and helpful feedback regarding the Lexan rear window - thank you. The US / North America spec GT3 RS comes equipped with a thin glass rear window only. The cost to replace the glass with the ROW spec Lexan plastic window is ~US$1,400 + installation for a 3KG weight savings. Most would consider the price too high to justify the weight savings. I have heard comments from some GT3 RS owners who have done the conversion that they experience rear window vibration noise at higher speeds when a side window is open. In North America only early production 2007 and no 2008 GT3 RS' came equipped with the stud plates welded to the floor of the tub used to install the front and rear roll bars. My RS (#2710) did not come with them.
Nick, turns out you had the right part number, many thanks! Here's a photo of the carpet shelf (with pre-cut holes for the Clubsport roll bar - 997.551.033.90.A10) I ordered from Suncoast Porsche. If anyone is planning a GT3 RS Clubsport roll bar installation I highly recommend you buy this part. I will save a lot of time and frustration.
Thanks again Nick, I ordered the part and the dealer should have it before the end of the week. Awesome!! So next the Plastic Rear Window ??? Nick, I'm told the plastic / lexan rear window tends to vibrate at speed which makes me wonder if the 6lb weight savings is worth the $1,300 price + installation and vibration as a byproduct. I've installed Rennline pedals, Cargraphic rad grills, a Sharkwerks bypass and the 997 euro/ROW GT3 RS seats (which rock). The roll bar may be the finishing touch....can't say for sure!!!
Thanks again Nick, I ordered the part and the dealer should have it before the end of the week.
Nick, thanks for the lead :) , I've placed a call to the dealer with this information and I'll see what happens. How did you come across this part #?
I was helping a friend on the weekend install a Porsche GT3 RS Euro/ROW clubsport roll bar in his US spec 2007 GT3 RS (#2373). As it is an early production RS it has roll bar stud plates factory welded to the floor behind the seats where the front base of the roll bar attaches, bosses welded to the floor under the seats to screw in eye hooks for the sub belt attachment and even stud plates welded to the floor in each of the foot wells to bolt a front roll bar extension. Installation of the Euro/ROW clubsport roll bar was straight forward however we spent considerable time measuring and cutting the rear shelf carpeting and undercushioning for the bar pass through where it bolts to the rear shock towers (see attached picture). The carpet undercushioning is difficult to cut with any precision as it consists of thick, spongy foam (up to 3" thick) and some rigid styrofoam. It occured to me that a better solution would be to order a replacement carpeted shelf piece for a ROW spec 997 GT3 RS that came with the factory Clubsport option as it should have the proper bar pass through holes already pre-cut in the carpet and foam backing? Attached is a picture of the reverse side of the carpeted panel from #2373 which shows a 997.551.033.00 part number. Do any of our RennTech forum subscribers have a ROW spec RS that came factory equipped with the clubsport option? I would appreciate the part number of the carpeted shelf panel (and pictures of the carpet cutout section)? Many thanks :)
It is here listed under Literature and Other TSBs. Purchasing VIN Plates, Certification Labels, and Emissions Labels, 987/997 Tire Pressure Labels Link only works for Contributing Members. Many thanks Loren, that is exactly what I was looking for (I am a contributing member)
I'm trying to locate a Technical Service Bulletin dated 03/07/2006 "PURCHASING VIN PLATES, CERTIFICATION LABELS, EMISSION LABELS AND 987/997 TIRE PRESSURE LABELS - REVISED" I have browsed the TSB's listed on the site and have performed a general search with no success. Does anyone have this TSB? Loren - can you help?
Mike, here is the area I was having trouble (circled in red), I couldn't get the bottom of the plastic trim piece to release from the dash seam - how did you succeed, careful pursuasion, prying or?
Mike, outstanding pictures and step-by-step description! Many thanks :clapping: . On a small point, in step #2 you state " Pull the plastic former right under the cluster towards you or stright aft. This will reveal the two torx screws that holds the cluster locked." I was able to dislodge the upper portion of the plastic piece where it wraps around the area below the guages however wasn't able to dislodge it where it's sandwiched / friction fit in between the seam of the dash (low side). Did you simply pull on the bottom of the piece to get it to release or? I stopped there as I feared I might break the plastic which seemed fragile and wasn't sure if there was a fastener?
Last night I tried again to access the guage cluster to remove it, this time I tried to access the mounting screws shown in Loren's schematic from behind the flap below the cluster (see picture, area circled in pink). I was able to detach the leather flap from the drivers side of the steering column (clips in) however had no success trying to detach the other side where it is wrapped around the trim below the cluster. I was able to dislodge the plastic somewhat however I was concerned about possibly breaking the piece as it seems there may be a couple of fasteners holding it below the cluster where the 2 horizontal sections of the dash meet (above the ignition) - so close and yet so far...any help would be appreciated!