Have you ever wanted to own an electric car? or have you ever wanted to drive a Porsche 911? I wanted both, so I decided to build one. This blog is here to document my journey as I convert a 2002 Porsche 911/996 Carrera 2 from a gas guzzler to a completely electric vehicle - not a hybrid!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Update

After months of learning and small tests around the neighborhood, I've reached the conclusion the transmission needs to be replaced.  The main issue is a mechanical grinding noise whenever the RPMs get above 900RPMs.  Once I reached the conclusion the transmission had to go, I put the car back up on car jacks, removed the back wheels, and the bumper to prepare for the major change.   

I looked into replacing the automatic transmission with a manual transmission.   I priced out the manual transmission and all the supporting equipment (clutch lines, clutch pedal, shift cables, shifter, console, longer transaxles, etc.) and the total ranged about 4-5 times the price of a used automatic.  Once I figured out how expensive it was to convert, I turned back towards just replacing with another automatic.  

Today I ordered the new transmission.  While the car is up on jacks, I'll also install the Orion BMS system and try to get the 6 remaining batteries mounted.  More to come when the new stuff arrives.

2 comments:

  1. Too bad about the transmission. Aside from the cost, delay, and extra work to install, it will be nice knowing that you have a strong, new unit matched to the motor.

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  2. What were the prices you encountered for the used auto and manual transmissions?

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