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Everything posted by iamtheari

  1. I hate to jump in and maybe hijack a topic, but I am in the market for a similar car and making a budget/list of upgrades and preventive maintenance items that I would like to do early on in owning the car. IMS retrofit from LN Engineering, RMS replacement, new clutch, flywheel while I'm at it, a new AOS, a new water pump, upgraded oil pan, a good car cover, screw-on oil filter adapter kit, a Durametric, jack pads, etc. are all on the list. But chain tensioners weren't. Can someone point me to a good link explaining the problem and, most importantly, instructions or guidelines for a DIY fi
  2. Gary: Good advice. I was also reading about oil-change procedures on the 993 and ... wow. Taking off a wheel, changing two filters, draining from about a dozen places, etc. Maybe someday when I am wealthy I can get a 993 Turbo to add to the stable, but for now as a man of limited means the 996 is sounding like a better choice all around. And I'll wave to every P-car I see, just as I do to every motorcyclist who's on the same piece of pavement as I am on my bike. There are those out there on bikes or in Porsches for the wrong reasons, but the safer bet I think is that each one you meet app
  3. I definitely can't afford a turbo right now, as far as I can tell. The car or the girl! I have, however, found a couple 993's in my range so that type is back on the table after all, assuming they are home-maintainable as well. I found some oil change instructions for the 993 that look ridiculously tedious and involved, but leaving that to the side are they generally easier or harder to maintain than a 996? (Both in terms of expense and technical expertise/hassle.) Again, thanks to everyone for helping so far. I'm feeling a lot more comfortable with the whole idea now than I did when it
  4. I picked up Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide, 2nd ed. by Randy Leffingwell. I read the introductory material, including how to do a walk-around and test drive in the general 911 case. There is a short chapter for every model year, 1965-2009, including things to watch for and ratings of the various models, including price lists for commonly needed replacement parts and major/minor service intervals. I will also look for copies of one or more of those other great recommendations. The problem with the "like girls" advice is that I have a thing for women in general. I've tried them all and haven't
  5. Thanks for the reply. I've spent a lot of time in the past 2 weeks researching online the best I can and am not stopping that process anytime soon. I like the book recommendation, though. Do you have any particular books you'd recommend I pick up? I have inquired after a couple of cars and question #1 is always whether they have the full service/maintenance/repair records for the car, in large part because that not only shows that they cared for the car but also gives an indication of whether any of the known issues have been addressed (RMS and IMS bearing on the 996, for instance). I gu
  6. This is my first post on the Renntech forum. If I step afoul in this post of any rules, please don't hesitate to let me know so I can adjust to the community as needed. My background comes from having loved a 1985 911 Carrera Targa as a teenager in the late 90's, courtesy of parents who had more love than good sense. I've spent the past decade missing that car, even while driving the 1996 Trans Am that I also had a blast with until an electrical fire took it from me 7 years ago. Since then, I've been a pickup man (thank heavens for my boxer-engined BMW motorcycle or I wouldn't even remembe
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