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mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
6/8/21 7:20 p.m.

The driver side bolster was worn through, so I swapped out that portion of the seat the other day. Head unit next.

https://youtu.be/Ev4m5cZf5S0

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
6/15/21 6:42 p.m.

Head unit install went smoothly and I like how it matches interior amber illuminations at night. I plan on tackling the front struts next- Does anyone have any 986 tips/tricks or is it all pretty straight forward compared to other cars?

 

Troubleshooting Becker CDR 220: https://youtu.be/_bUcn9l5d0s

Installing head unit: https://youtu.be/h-1Kn66MUB4

infinitenexus
infinitenexus Dork
6/16/21 7:29 a.m.

While I have my heart set on a 996, this thread and the low prices of Boxsters makes me want one really badly.

Caprigrip
Caprigrip New Reader
6/16/21 9:37 a.m.

In reply to mxandcx5 :

So in your short ownership, how is it comparing to past Miata that you have owned?   

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
6/16/21 8:54 p.m.

In reply to Caprigrip :

Short answer: More mature, capable, solid, and special, but hides speed rather than amplifying it, so less exhilarating, tactile, and fun. If I had to get rid of one, it would be a really hard choice. 

Long answer: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/986-vs-miata-comparison/182783/page1/

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
6/16/21 8:59 p.m.

In reply to infinitenexus :

After owning this car I started looking into 996/997/Caymans for a daily, but the upcoming BRZ/GR 86 just makes much more sense IMHO. I'm sure some people would question that cross-shop, but I cross-shopped this 986 with a JDM Honda Beat and a NA8 Miata.

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
6/17/21 7:53 p.m.

I replaced the cam solenoid seal that had a small oil leak pictured on page 2 of this thread. So far having the previous maintenance records have helped point me in the right direction- I had no idea what the component was called when I saw the leak, but found it listed in the records as recommended for repair & declined- along with the spark plugs & tubes and rear scavenge oil pump seal that I still need to replace (very minor seep as well).

https://youtu.be/hd4sIcwBmYo

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
7/11/21 5:12 p.m.

After discovering the mounting studs were bent to my driver side convertible top transmission, I converted it from power to manual operations (after failing to persuade them into alignment). I removed the components pictured below from the car and it felt like a good heft of weight, but total they weighed just under 11 lbs according to the local USPS scale. I had good luck bending the clamshell back into form in a matter of minutes using the technique depicted below (thanks to renntech forum and a pair of helping hands!).

 

 

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
9/24/21 7:37 p.m.

 

In preparation for the Boxster's journey from TX to PA, I replaced the front struts, strut mounts, bump stops (old ones must have disintegrated long ago), sway bar end links and bushings. I had plans to swap the rears before departing as well, but I didn't make it happen in time. My ancient phone didn't have space to shoot a concise YouTube video which is lacking on the web or I would have made one. The job was fairly straight forward and didn't give me any issues

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
9/24/21 7:51 p.m.

We fought weather the vast majority of our trip for days on end. I was surprised at just how stable the car was on Pilot Sport tires at highway speed in absolute downpours. I didn't hydroplane once. The front end suspension felt great in the twisties and I can't wait to take care of the same on the rear.

 

 

oilstain
oilstain New Reader
11/5/21 11:19 a.m.

More please!

 

I'm digging this thread as I'm contemplating buying a roach of a 986 for a couple thousand bucks and I'm enjoying seeing your experience with your beautiful car!

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
4/14/22 8:55 p.m.

I was able to have the A/C refrigerant fully drained and recharged today. It only had .40lbs remaining of it's nearly 1.9lbs capacity and no record of a recharge. I usually only drive it in the top down  configuration, but it's going to be my DD while my BRZ is getting a new motor.

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
5/2/22 6:31 p.m.

I always found the gas pedal to sit way too low in relation to the brake pedal to make heel-toe downshifting to be an easy or satisfying action. I ordered some nice aluminum pedal covers from SRPracing in North Carolina last summer, but the pedal still sat too low for my taste. I finally am happy with adjusting the spacers underneath the pedal cover to make it a seemless transition between the brake and throttle. 

Product unboxing/install/adjustment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYYeuUJvD14

Chris Harris is my sanity check at 8:05 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk-6s-ZhlYs

And I'm just realizing now that I had started this thread in the general forum instead of the Builds and Project Cars. My apologies.

mxandcx5
mxandcx5 New Reader
5/13/22 9:13 p.m.

Rear suspension refresh complete and I was able to give it an alignment on a nifty new machine after shaking it down and checking torque that values held. Oil change this week too after putting 5,000 miles on it in my first year- coming up on 150k. I'm considering a 987 to replace the BRZ. I've never driven one and would like to check out the Cayman and PDK too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj0X3KqzfUs

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