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Hello all,

Just wanted to say hello, and thanks for all the valuable information that I've gotten from this forum. I finally bought my first 911 a couple months ago, and it's a 2000 Carrera C2, tiptronic. I've already begun the process of stripping her down and customizing her. So far, I've added the double-din nav system, new wheels, replaced a couple speakers, and various other maintenance things. She's currently at the bodyshop getting a rather extensive makeover that includes: GT3 sideskirts, rear aero fins(?), all rock chips taken out, headlights polished and clear-coated, interior pieces getting painted body color, brakes painted, a little spoiler, and I'm having a turbo style bumper put on, although I've just ordered the 997 GT3 style bumper also, so I'm not sure which look I'm going to go with.

Well, just wanted to hello, and look forward to contributing to this forum in the future.

Thanks,

Peter

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Here's a couple of update pictures.

The first is my turbo style bumper, and I also have OEM turbo grills to go in it.

The second is the prep before painting. The car really wasn't too bad, but I wanted to get all the rock chips done while it was at the bodyshop.

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Welcome Peter, and nice find! Speed yellow seems a love-it-or-hate-it color, I happen to love it. It sounds like you have a clear picture of what you want your car to be, and it'll be great to see the finished result. We have a tiptronic P-car in the family (my wife's Boxster) and although I'm a manual trans snob, her car gives me grins and sees track duty.

I'm very interested to know more about the clearcoat for the headlamps. Is your body shop doing this? I'd be afraid the clearcoat would yellow over time with the heat coming from your halogens. There's also the potential issue of diminished light output. If it were me I'd probably start with the polish, and see how long the improvement lasts. There are films out there that protect the lamps and are removable when they go bad; my wife's car has a set and they've been on for years now.

While I'm bandying about my opinions unsolicited, I'd stick with the 996 Turbo bumper, the 997 style looks a bit out of place on a prev-gen car. Have you looked at the MK1 aerokit bumper? I think the prettiest 996s are MK1 with factory aerokit. For a nice example, see Loren's ride in the Registry.

Mark

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Thanks for the comments!

The clearcoat on the lenses are being done by the bodyshop that's doing the rest of the work. They've actually worked on several of my cars, and have done stellar jobs. They have polished my lights on another car of mine before, that were very nasty. They looked great after the polish, but by adding the clearcoat they looked even better, and they still looked brand new after 4 years.

I have seen Loren's MKI front bumper with aero kit, which is essentially the kit I bought, except for the front bumper. His aero kit looks great, but I wanted something a little more aggressive than the smiley face look.

And so now, my struggle is deciding between the turbo front end or the 997 GT3. I probably should have carefully considered which one I liked BEFORE I ended up buying both. lol.

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