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dear Sir,

I am a reg­u­lar reader of To­tal 911 and have been a Porsche fan for al­most 30 years. I have re­cently con­verted a Porsche 997.1 from Tip­tronic to man­ual and wanted to share this story.

Orig­i­nally I am from Ger­many and owned most of my cars there, but sev­eral years back I re­lo­cated to Sin­ga­pore. The only down­side here is the speed limit and the fact that the car mar­ket is tiny. It’s a fan­tas­tic place to live, but not re­ally the best place for a car nut like me.

There are very few man­ual cars around. For the ‘nor­mal’ 997.1 or 997.2 C2 or C4 we have only a hand­ful of man­ual cars. As im­port­ing used cars of that age is pro­hib­ited, the only op­tion is pay­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pre­mium to get a man­ual car, live with the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion or try out a con­ver­sion.

For me the last one was the op­tion of choice. Af­ter a long search for a suit­able 997 and on a bud­get, I ended up with a fairly low-mileage, un­mo­lested 2006 997.1 C4S Tip­tronic with a re­newed COE. So I took the plunge to con­vert my Tip­tronic to a man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Sev­eral months and a lot of grey hair later, the car is con­verted and drives as it should! The long time it took was not be­cause it takes so much ef­fort; it can prob­a­bly be done in a few days pro­vided you have ev­ery­thing to­gether and know what you are do­ing. All parts are pretty much plug and play thanks to the smart pro­duc­tion plan­ning by Porsche. There are no in­va­sive pro­ce­dures or al­ter­ations to the chas­sis or mount­ing points, so, if you want to do it, you can al­ways con­vert it back for orig­i­nal­ity. The big­gest ef­fort went into re­search, study of wire di­a­grams, talk­ing to ex­perts and sourc­ing and im­port­ing all the nec­es­sary parts.

I am thank­ful to every­one who helped on the way. I can now fully en­joy my 997 as a daily driver and also dur­ing the spir­ited drives up north to Malaysia with fan­tas­tic B-roads through palm oil plan­ta­tions or rain­for­est… or once in a while on the Sepang track. Wow, this is some com­mit­ment to three ped­als, oliver! We ad­mire the ef­fort you’ve gone to here. read­ers of To­tal 911 can ex­pect to read all about the con­ver­sion in great de­tail in an up­com­ing is­sue, should oth­ers wish to do the same with their tip­tronic cars.

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