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Team996

Replacing Old-Style Headlights/Nose with New

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I love my '01 996, but the '02+ nose and headlights are unquestionably sleeker and more attractive to me. My present headlights are yellowing and the laminate eroding anyway, so I figure I might replace the headlights and the nose with the newer style of both.

I'll probably buy the components on eBay and have someone other than Hoehn do the installation. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.

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I love my '01 996, but the '02+ nose and headlights are unquestionably sleeker and more attractive to me. My present headlights are yellowing and the laminate eroding anyway, so I figure I might replace the headlights and the nose with the newer style of both.

I'll probably buy the components on eBay and have someone other than Hoehn do the installation. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.

im a buyer if you sell these headlights

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I'll definitely be selling these at some point and will give you the option before eBaying them.

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I have not done this swap nor am I an expert, but the parts catalog lists different part numbers for 99-01 front fenders versus the 02+ fenders. So, you'll want to investigate what changed there before you start shopping for lights and bumpers.

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I have not done this swap nor am I an expert, but the parts catalog lists different part numbers for 99-01 front fenders versus the 02+ fenders. So, you'll want to investigate what changed there before you start shopping for lights and bumpers.

Great point and I'm glad you brought it up. Though, I wonder how the fender could make a difference? I guess I don't understand specifically what the "fender" part would be...I'm pretty new to the DIY world. Thanks.

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I have not done this swap nor am I an expert, but the parts catalog lists different part numbers for 99-01 front fenders versus the 02+ fenders. So, you'll want to investigate what changed there before you start shopping for lights and bumpers.

Great point and I'm glad you brought it up. Though, I wonder how the fender could make a difference? I guess I don't understand specifically what the "fender" part would be...I'm pretty new to the DIY world. Thanks.

Good subject,

I have also been wondering what would it take to just upgrade the nose style. I found a couple of possibility via kits to go to the 997 but nothing on the 996 02+:

http://www.xtrememotorcars.com/

http://www.prestigebodykits.com/products/b...107656f7a7e036e

BUT the prices are CRAZY :eek: + paint + lights on top of that.....

Let me know if you do find a DIY way to work in either the 02+ nose or the 997 nose to the old 996.

thanks,

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One member wrote me the following and I thought it could be useful to anyone else interested in the cost of this type of conversion:

"Here is the price if you buy it on ebay or used Porsche part store:

- '02+ headlights: $1500

- '02+ GT3 front bumper: $1000 (hard to find at this price)

- new fenders ($400 each)

- new headlight mounting brackets: ($300 with all the nuts and bolts, dealers only)

Paint & Install will cost $2000. You have to blend the color with the hood and doors."

All this adds up to roughly $6K, which is much more than I care to spend on any aesthetic upgrade (...for a car I just bought). I'll keep it on the back burner, however, in case I ever find some extraordinary deals on these components.

I appreciate everyone's input on this... it's an attractive modification for older 996s.

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Yep, that will be exactly what you need, but maybe not the GT3 bumper (just the standard one). If i were you i'd put the money you'd spend on doing that and get the 'facelift'. Its a far too much hasle and you get a few more goodies as well as external changes and more bhp (3.4-3.6ltr)

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Yep, that will be exactly what you need, but maybe not the GT3 bumper (just the standard one). If i were you i'd put the money you'd spend on doing that and get the 'facelift'. Its a far too much hasle and you get a few more goodies as well as external changes and more bhp (3.4-3.6ltr)

This is all I could find on the "facelift:"

"This is without a doubt the cheaper alternative to buying the 997 and consists of an entirely new A) front spoiler bumper, B) two fenders with a racing fuel tank cap, plus an original Porsche parts kit including C) complete lighting units and D) headlamps (for vehicles with or without Litronic ). At first sight, it is not possible to tell the 996 apart from the 997. The conversion kit is available from HAMANN for the 996 series models Carrera, GT3, Carrera 4S as well as the Turbo and GT2."

Is Hamann UK the only one who does this? They charge around 2,200 brit pounds ($4,400). Is this what you were talking about fastboydave?

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Alright...there's a apparently a debate on facelifts and I'd like to hear some of your input on it if I can. Basically there's a 996-purist argument that warns that resale value will plummet if a 996 is modified to look like a 997. However, there's the other side that argues that the 997 is more of a classic look and might help sustain the value of the car. My preference is the 02+ 996 look.

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