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For those who don't know me, I've been a member since early 2004. My Rubi has been all over Colorado and Utah.

I had been considering letting go of my 1-owner 2004 with 63,000 miles. I haven't been driving it much because I travel alot for my work and when I'm home, my wife and I are usually headed somewhere on the highways. And my 997 is a bit more fun as a daily driver when I am home. But I know couldn't replace it if I sold it. So I just ended up with some nice photos.

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As for what was done to get it photo ready.

Washed the jeep with a foam cannon and 2 buckets. Scrubbed the soft top with a stiff brush.
Washed the engine bay with simple green, a couple detailing brushes.
Applied Adams VRT to the rubber and plastic bits.

Clay barred all painted panels.
Wet sanded out some willow pinstripes with some 2500 and 3000 grit.
Compounded all the body panels with Meguiars Ultimate on a Meguairs DA microfiber compound pad.
Polished all the body panels with Rupes quartz on a Meguiars DA microfiber polishing pad.
Polished the rear soft top window with Meguiars Plastix with a wool pad.
Applied a ceramic coating to all the paint. I did this to my basalt black 997 in July and have been really happy with how it has held up.
Then washed the hard top and reinstalled it for winter, which is quickly approaching.


Dino would have been proud.


This is what shares space in the garage. They're quite the odd couple.
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Nice looking TJ. I have to confess, I had no idea you could wash them. LOL
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My Jeep next Mel.... Looks good.

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Stirring the pot ever since... Now where's my bucket of gas...
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That was a pristine TJ! I'm sure the Porsche is a ton of fun, I miss my Corvette sometimes.
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That was a pristine TJ! I'm sure the Porsche is a ton of fun, I miss my Corvette sometimes.

It is a pristine(ish) jeep. It's got a few scrapes from trails like Blanca Peak and Holy Cross, but I've been able to keep it in a garage most of its life. But inside and out, its always been well cared for. I've got the Tuffy overhead console inside and the OR Fab swingout on the back which gives me the range to get really out there in places like the Maze District. For years the thing I've disliked about it is the lack of power. It just wheezes in the mountains. I'm looking at some forced induction options, which would make it much more enjoyable to drive. I've thought about it for years. It's taken me some amazing places though and although it isn't always in the picture, I do appreciate that about it.

The Porsche is like a scalpel on a mountain road. With AWD, electronically adjustable Bilsteins and 4 piston Brembos from the factory, the handling is fantastic. It has a valved exhaust, and sounds like a sports car should. With its winter tires, its very good on snow too. Great fun all around.
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.... For years the thing I've disliked about it is the lack of power. It just wheezes in the mountains. I'm looking at some forced induction options, which would make it much more enjoyable to drive. I've thought about it for years.....
Wheezing around the mountains was the catalyst for me to boost my I6 with a RIPP supercharger kit - makes a huge difference at 9,000 feet on the highway.
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If you thought it was bad at 9,000 you should have experienced 11,000+ ft! Eisenhower tunnel has always been a bit terrifying where you're way faster than the semis, but not able to stay at highway speed. 3rd gear revs out, but 4th isn't enough to hold 65mph up there.



My wife used to have a WRX and it was enlightening on the high passes even with the 4sp auto. At the time I had a 305hp N/A Acura RL and when you reach those highest passes the power of the WRX (235hp) was about the same as the RL, maybe even a little more. I not saying the RL struggled. It had plenty of power and was amazing on snow with the SH-AWD system and good tires. But forced induction just loses so much less power. And that's beside the advantage of higher torque in the mid RPMs. The WRX ran 14psi of boost and if you do the math (simplified approximation of power at elevation)



RL (9.39psi/14.7psi)*305hp = 194.9hp
WRX ((9.39+14)/(14.7+14))*235hp = 191.5hp
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When I was chatting with RIPP about a blower I told them my primary requirement was high altitude performance so they spec'd a smaller pulley, it runs a moderate ~8 pounds, maybe a bit more. More boost would stress the engine too much.

My buddy has a 700 hp Hellcat, he used my lift to do an oil change, new drive shaft, driveshaft hoop at the tranny end for 1/4 mile race requirements. I forgot exactly what his 1/4 mile times were, something in the 12 second range. Once you go below 12 seconds you need a cage and other stuff.
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For those who don't know me, I've been a member since early 2004. My Rubi has been all over Colorado and Utah.

I had been considering letting go of my 1-owner 2004 with 63,000 miles. I haven't been driving it much because I travel alot for my work and when I'm home, my wife and I are usually headed somewhere on the highways. And my 997 is a bit more fun as a daily driver when I am home. But I know couldn't replace it if I sold it. So I just ended up with some nice photos.

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As for what was done to get it photo ready.

Washed the jeep with a foam cannon and 2 buckets. Scrubbed the soft top with a stiff brush.
Washed the engine bay with simple green, a couple detailing brushes.
Applied Adams VRT to the rubber and plastic bits.

Clay barred all painted panels.
Wet sanded out some willow pinstripes with some 2500 and 3000 grit.
Compounded all the body panels with Meguiars Ultimate on a Meguairs DA microfiber compound pad.
Polished all the body panels with Rupes quartz on a Meguiars DA microfiber polishing pad.
Polished the rear soft top window with Meguiars Plastix with a wool pad.
Applied a ceramic coating to all the paint. I did this to my basalt black 997 in July and have been really happy with how it has held up.
Then washed the hard top and reinstalled it for winter, which is quickly approaching.


Dino would have been proud.


This is what shares space in the garage. They're quite the odd couple.
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Wowzaaa Mel
good to see you in the group again.

yes...Dino would approve of the cleaning...dayummmm i miss that guy

i'm still around....not as much but check every few days


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When I was chatting with RIPP about a blower I told them my primary requirement was high altitude performance so they spec'd a smaller pulley, it runs a moderate ~8 pounds, maybe a bit more. More boost would stress the engine too much.

My buddy has a 700 hp Hellcat, he used my lift to do an oil change, new drive shaft, driveshaft hoop at the tranny end for 1/4 mile race requirements. I forgot exactly what his 1/4 mile times were, something in the 12 second range. Once you go below 12 seconds you need a cage and other stuff.
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That's nothing, my TJ can run 6's in the quarter, the only problem is it's super expensive and time consuming arranging a C-130 to get it up to drop altitude :-p
12 seconds is a decent time and nothing to scoff at for a daily driver on pump gas!
I remember having a driveshaft attempt to come up through the backseat of the Camaro once. I have loops now.
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