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For insurance, I plan to have the IMS bearing replaced even though I have under 20,000 miles.  What is latest opinions on the bearing replacement?  It is worth an extra $1200 for the oil feed?  Thanks.

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Yes.  I think most on forum would agree.  Right, Jeff?  Like replacing the old sealed hydraulic chain tensioners with oil pressure tensioners.  (That’s for those of us who might have had an air-cooled 911.). I think LE calls it “the solution.”

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First of all, LN Engineering's IMS Solution is a LOT more than just an oil feed line; the bearing insert is a solid bearing (no moving parts) with annular oil passages just like the almighty Mezger turbo engines used, the IMS shaft is plugged to prevent oil accumulation and the balance problems associated by running the shaft full of oil, the replacement rear IMS flange is coated with a Diamond like coating for strength and longevity, and the oil feed is sourced at the oil filter to get clean, cool oil rather than where some others have sourced it.  Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of the Solution is that it never has to be replaced like other IMS retrofits, it is the ONLY permanent fix for IMS related headaches.

 

We have never has any problems with the LN IMS Solution; it simply works, period

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Yep, adding the name Porsche to anything also adds some cost.  All part of the deal. What’s your 996?  Mine was a C4$.  And there’s that old saying, “if you have to ask the price you probably can’t afford it.”  The issue, imho, boils down to spending big bucks now to avoid spending monster bucks later.  Owning a Porsche means keeping up the maintenance without hesitation.  Best not to learn that the hard way.  I had the LN replacement ims bearing, and following Jeff’s good advice would have put on The Solution when it was time to replace it.  Oh yes, ya gotta replace your replacement ims at say 30k miles.  So spending more now for The Solution makes better sense to me.  Good luck.  Most of all, Enjoy the car!

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14 minutes ago, Ric Garwood said:

I asked for that.  I will definitely spend the extra money.  Might not make me faster, but I won't be worrying about that @#$% bearing.

Good decision.  Good luck. 

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2003 911 Cabriolet with 19800 miles.  Got from a neighbor who is even older than me.  Chasing down the little things that need fixing.  New tires, battery, mirror adjustments, window down fix, oil pressure gauge going from 5 to zero, others.  And the bearing fix.

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