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docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
3/29/19 7:28 p.m.

Got my new workbench in this morning and spent several hours going thru my stuff, throwing things out and organizing.

Ended up having some drawers empty, time for more tools!!

Dammit
Dammit Reader
3/30/19 2:12 a.m.

I have garage envy - mine has been described as "a nerve-wracking game of adult kerplunk", as it's got everything packed in so tightly.

 

bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
3/30/19 8:50 a.m.

Doc has a nice garage for sure. I wish I had his 3rd bay. 

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
3/30/19 11:29 a.m.

Thanks guys.  I'm debating putting a vice on the workbench.  I can clearly use one but the maple top of this workbench is so nice I'm having a tough time with drilling holes in it for a vice. 

bmw88rider, technically I have 4 bays!  Just two are vertically stacked.  cheeky

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
3/30/19 11:35 a.m.

So on the local PCA Facebook page someone posted a set of black leather 997 front seats.  For free!  My car currently has the factory sports seats, which are incredibly uncomfortable.  They seem to be made for a 100lb stick like person.  I literally can't fit in between the bolsters on the seat back.  I'm not fat, nor am I a huge weight lifter, so I end up sitting ON the seat vs IN it.

I'd heard the 997 seats were more comfortable, so let's go get em.  Kicker is they were in north Ft Collins, 1.5 hours away from me.  The "seller" was kind enough to hang onto them for a week or so until I had time to go get them.  Left early this morning with my 5 year old son, in somewhat inclement weather.  Passed a bunch of accidents but got up there and got the seats.

They're in pretty good shape, have the embossed crests on them even.  I'll need to figure out the wiring, as they're full power and the seats in my car now aren't.  Hopefully I can find a DIY on rennlist for that.  I gave them a test fit on my garage floor and sure enough, I fit in them well.  The seat back bolsters are further apart than on my seats, so I sit IN them.  Woot!

I also was kindly sent a 997 GT3 shifter from another GRM'er, which you see in the above pic sitting on my workbench.  Gotta find some time to get that installed too.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
3/30/19 4:25 p.m.

OK, so some googling has shown me that to wire up the full power seats in my car, which doesn't have full power seats currently is going to take quite a bit of work.

Pretty sure I don't feel like doing that.  So I'm currently trying to see if anyone wants to trade me their sorta power 997 seats for my full power ones, as I suspect these will plop right into a 997 and plug right in.

If not, I'll just pass them onto the next enthusiast.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/3/19 8:38 a.m.

So one of my friends in an auto broker and has a client with a 911 that needs new seats in order to sell.  He picked up my 997 seats yesterday and hopefully his client will be buying them.

On other news, I bought a used set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers.  I usually don't buy used suspension stuff, it's more likely to be blown out/wasted than in good shape.  However these are low mileage and for what I paid, if I need to I can send them off to Bilstein in San Diego for a full rebuild and still have gotten them for a good price.

So I'll evaluate them when they arrive and decide whether or not I want to have them rebuilt immediately or not.  Unfortunately the seller is not including the Tarret upper hats, so I'll just put my stock top hats on them.

Dammit
Dammit Reader
4/3/19 3:44 p.m.

It's surprisingly affordable to get Bilstein UK to rebuild shocks - as in, I was amazed how little it was.

If it's similar on your side of the pond I'd be tempted to get it done simply for peace of mind - you'd be starting from (effectively) new.

Of course if it's a fortune then YOLO, roll the dice and fit 'em.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/3/19 4:35 p.m.

In reply to Dammit :

Last time I had it done, it was something like $275 to rebuild an entire set of coilovers and that included the shipping charge back to me.  So it's quite a bargain when you think about it.

If these have good compression on them and no visible leaks I'm inclined to just throw them in the car and roll the dice.  From what the seller told me, they've got very little mileage on them...

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/5/19 3:08 p.m.

Got the 997 GT3 shifter installed this morning.  I followed the B&M Short Shifter instructions and they were pretty damn good.  Everything went back together well and it's hitting all the gears properly.  Throws are shorter than stock but not insanely so, which is good because I hate the typical super short shifters as they're notchy.

Did an oil change too.  Many things to drain as there are oil drains for the turbos, the crank case and the oil tank.  The oil comes out of the oil tank like a freaking geyser!  Then put the car down, take the filter off, suck the remaining oil out of the filter housing, new filter in.  Filling the oil is sort of a PITA as the oil filler pipe is narrow and I couldn't get my usual funnel in it plus the deck lid got in the way.  I pulled out a funnel I used to use on my dirt bikes that has a hose on the bottom of it.  It worked fine but took forever to fill.

Then the motor doesn't have a dipstick, so you have to run the motor, wait for it to come up to temp, which takes forever, then let it measure.  Then shut the motor off, add as necessary and recheck.

Done tho! 

Coilovers are supposed to show up Tuesday.  I'll clean them up but won't have a chance to install them until early May.  Going skiing next Friday, then we're out of town for Spring Break...

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/11/19 1:13 p.m.

Unpacked and gave the coilovers a quick clean up and discovered some missing parts and parts that need to be replaced.  I'll need to hit the coilovers with some aluminum polish and maybe a wire wheel to really clean them up.  I'm quite skeptical of the sellers claims that these were on a garage queen/fair weather car only.

Despite me asking him if everything was included/complete for plug n play and his affirmative response I found that they didn't come with the front swaybar endlinks.  These are supplied by Bilstein, you don't reuse the stock ones.  He did give me a set of stock endlinks for the rear though. 

I called Bilstein today to see if I could order the parts and they want me to give them the part #'s off the shocks/struts.  Apparently they made several revisions and want to make sure I get the proper part numbers, which I'll then use to order the parts from ECS Tuning or Pelican (aka ECS Tuning!).  So its a good thing I don't have time to install these for 3-4 weeks because I don't have all the parts I need anyways!

There are these rubber isolator rings that also need to be replaced and I'm not sure if I'm missing these little spacers that need to be on the front struts.  I have some spacers that the seller gave me but I'm not sure if they're the correct ones.  I also need the pin style Bilstein coilover wrenches.  I have 4 sets of coilover wrenches at home but none of them are a pin style, of course!

On the good front none of the shocks/struts are leaking and they all have excellent gas charge/rebound.  So I'll have to make a small order of the wear items and I should be good to go.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/11/19 9:23 p.m.

Got the part numbers and called Bilstein back.  They’re totally awesome btw!  They found all the parts I need and will be shipping them to me.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/14/19 9:33 a.m.

In the never ending quest for more storage, I added another shelf to the garage.

Then I promptly filled it with stuff that was either stacked on top of other things or on the floor.

I need a bigger garage!

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/14/19 1:52 p.m.

Since I was pressure washing the salt/dirt off both my GX and the wife's Cayenne Diesel, I hit the coilovers with the pressure washer too.  Didn't really help, so I took some fine metal sand paper and cleaned most the crap off of them.  They still don't look brand new but they look a whole lot better.

I also removed the stock swaybar end links from the rear coilovers, since I have adjustable ones on the car now with the H&R rear swaybar I plan on reusing.  I was a little worried they'd be frozen in place but surprisingly they came out easily with an 18mm wrench.  Then I took off a swaybar ball from one of the front coilovers.

I tried to see if the perches were free but only one was.  So I hit the other three with penetrant and I'll wait for my coilover wrenches to show up from Bilstein.  Hopefully all of them break free easily.  Then I'll lube up all the threads and get ready for installation!

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/25/19 7:18 p.m.

Got back from some R&R to discover a box from Bilstein.  Inside were my front swaybar endlinks and coilover wrenches.  I need to go to RM Euro tomorrow and pick up my axle nuts, then I'll have everything I need to install the PSS9's.

Tonight I'll see if I can free up the other 3 ride height adjusters on them.

Sunday is my first auto-x of the season, I'll see if I can hook up my Traqmate and GoPro this time.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/28/19 4:57 p.m.

Was able to free up all the coilover spring height adjusters easily.  Woot!  Install had to wait tho, my son had a half day at school on Friday and my daughter was still on break.  Plus I had an auto-x on Sunday, today and I didn't want to run the car without having an alignment done.

So today's auto-x was on stock suspension and the H&R big rear swaybar, set on medium.  I did hook up my GoPro and Traqmate, I need to plug those in and review the footage and remember how to stich the data and video feeds together.  Pretty sure I have the software on my work laptop, so I'll try and do it tomorrow over lunch.  I did figure out how to flip the video feed on the GoPro, so at least everything will be right side up, score!

Onto the auto-x, it was a fast course with lots of sweepers and 180's.  I initially ran the course with my traction control on and could feel it intervening several times.  I worked on being smooth and trying to drive underneath the threshold of it.  Then it was time to pull up my big boy pants and turn it off and send it!

Send it I did, easily 2 seconds faster and there was still plenty of time left on the course.  Surprisingly the car didn't feel unstable, I never felt the rear end get loose or try and come around on me.  I did have some nice drifts and was able to put down the power unimpeded tho, so that was nice.

I was looking forward to the afternoon runs but the event was running around 1 hour behind and I was in the last run group.  My son has a makeup soccer game this afternoon and if I stayed there's no way I would've made it back in time, since the site is 45 minutes from my house and probably close to 1 hour from the soccer field.

So I decided to bail on the afternoon runs.  I had a great time and the car ran strong!  No issues with the PSM off and now I'm comfortable running without it on.  Next auto-x is May 18, can't wait! 

I'll try and post the Traqmate data/video tomorrow

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
4/28/19 6:05 p.m.

“Sorry, PAY-lay, but Daddy had to race!”

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/29/19 8:45 a.m.

Ha!  I would've loved to have gotten in my afternoon runs but it just wasn't to be.  My dad missed pretty much all of my games/meets growing up and I'm not doing that with my son.

On the drive home the stock head unit, single din CD with 6 disc changer started acting weird.  The CD changer cassette was full with 6 discs but was only reading 4, then it wouldn't let me swap over to the single CD in the headunit. 

I was planning on going to a double din Apple car play unit at some point but was hoping to not do it right away. 

jstein77
jstein77 UltraDork
4/29/19 9:11 a.m.

Looking forward to the video!  My next autocross is this coming Sunday, May 5th, on the kart track at Daytona (the site of my FTD in the rain last year).  I'll try to post video when I get home from the event.

TVR Scott
TVR Scott HalfDork
4/29/19 9:20 a.m.

In reply to docwyte :

I was going to attend that Auto-X with my Focus ST, but my daughter had her annual violin recital at noon yesterday.  So that wouldn't have worked out!  I've not yet done any autocrosses, so I'm excited to get Event # 1 under my belt.

What's your next event?  I was hoping to go the event at PPIR on May 19, but I've since had a business trip come up.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/29/19 10:09 a.m.

In reply to TVR Scott :

I'm doing the next PCA auto-x on May 18th.

TVR Scott
TVR Scott HalfDork
4/29/19 1:32 p.m.

In reply to docwyte :

Cool.  Do the PCA guys only let in Porsches or is it open to everyone?  Informational only at the moment - I'm doing a running race that day so I couldn't make it regardless.

More generally, any recommendations for a local newbie?  Who do you like to run with?  Anyone who can be super serious and less welcome to beginners?

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/29/19 2:07 p.m.

In reply to TVR Scott :

PCA could care less.  There were a bunch of SCCA guys there in miata's, mr2 spyders etc.  PCA is super chill and runs a very good event.  Tons of runs with fun runs at the end too.

SCCA are very, very serious about auto-x.  A good group of guys but not the place for me, I just wanna have fun and goof off.  I like NASA for real track day stuff, as well as PCA.  Both run a safe, well run event.

docwyte
docwyte UltraDork
4/29/19 2:08 p.m.

I managed to figure out Traq Studio again!  LOL, been awhile since I've used it but I managed to not only import my video but also the data.  Then marry the two and make a video! 

Disclaimer:  I left a ton of time on the course, this was my first run with PSM (traction control) off and I was feeling out how the car would react.  I was planning on running the afternoon sessions and really start leaning on the car but the event ran too far behind for me to make them. 

Oh yeah, my actual run time was something like 3-4 seconds faster as I had to manually start/stop the Traqmate.  Think this run was a 62.5, which was only 4 tenths behind my buddies 996 GT3 that's fully prepped with $$$ JRZ triple adjustable coilovers!

 

84FSP
84FSP SuperDork
4/29/19 7:37 p.m.

When you get them cleaned up you can hit the threads with marine grease.  It will keep the aluminum nuts from seizing on the steel threads.

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