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101 Projects for Your Porsche 911, 996 and 997 1998-2008 (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – Illustrated, February 15, 2014
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Wayne R. Dempsey is the author of 101 Projects for Your Porsche 911, How to Rebuild and Modify Porsche 911 Engines, and 101 Projects for Your Porsche Boxster, all from Motorbooks. Dempsey resides in southern California.
- Publisher : Motorbooks; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0760344035
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760344033
- Item Weight : 2.36 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.38 x 0.83 x 10.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #472,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With this book as a guide I feel much more confident starting a significant project, and even a simple one for the first time, because I'll avoid the mistakes that are usually learned the first time. Example: if replacing wheel bearings, put the bearings in the freezer before installing. Another positive is specific recommendations for tools, including a number of unusual ones that the author's experience has shown are valuable to have (not expensive ones, just unusual). I think this will become my go-to first reference for 996 DIY.
Other reviews mention disappointment in the book that you need a full tool set. I think if you want to go past the super basic projects, yes you will need a significant tool set but you don't have to invest a great deal. Many bundled sets from Home Depot for example (mine) are plenty good enough, with a few specific other items as mentioned in the book. To do anything beyond the basics (about 90% of the projects in the book), yes you need a good tool set. The bottom line, though, is that if you do even a single ONE of the larger projects in this book yourself, you have already recouped much if not all of the cost of the tools. My guess is $500-$700 for the tools, plus whatever you want to spend for a good jack and stands ($300 - $700). Taking the high end of those, it's about 8 hours of a mechanic's labor. As also mentioned in the book, I would also highly recommend getting the Enthusiast Durametric tool to do diagnosis through the ECU fault codes and resetting check engine light, etc. But then, I have found that the 996 is pretty enjoyable and easy to work on, more so than most cars, so I will easily get back many times what I've spent on tools.
But even the simple projects requiring few special skills or tools can save you a lot of money and let you become more familiar with the car: changing oil, air filter; changing serpentine belt; replace plugs and coils; replace oxygen sensors; replace battery; replace hood shocks; replace window regulator and motor; install an aftermarket stereo head unit for example. All these will require just an hour or two and under $200 in tools although a couple will require at least a usable jack and one jack stand.
By Nick and Lea on March 22, 2016
Some of the same info is available on Pelican Parts, but it is nice to have a printed resource.
One small complaint is that the printing is fairly small and hard to read even with my glasses.
By KCole on February 10, 2016
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Save yourself money and view some YouTube videos which are way more informative.
Also, the book title refers to 997, but apart from the title there is nothing about 997.
Basically the author completed (very poorly) the 996 book and to widen its purchase audience slapped a 997 on the title.
- if you own a 996 (and want to tackle some DIY Tasks) you might find 1% of the book of some use, although i would recommend you to look at YouTube 996 DIY videos instead as they provide much better information and step-by-step guide
- If you own a 997, do not waste a minute thinking of getting this book as it is of no use whatsoever
I got it on Amazon - very fast delivery too for a good price and it's probably something any keen 911 owner should have. Most, if not all of the information in the book is already available on the internet from the author (pelicanparts.com) - with even more photos if you need them - but this brings it all together into an easy to read book.