The Porsche crest has been located on the bonnet of the 911 since time began. It's one of the features that sets the Porsche apart from other cars. Unfortunately set atop the bonnet at the front of car, the Porsche crest can take a real battering. Not just from road debris, dirt, dust and grit, but also from owners themselves using the crest as a pad on which to push the bonnet closed. Luckily the crest is easily replaced, doesn't cost a fortune and quickly restores that prestigious look to your Porsche.
Don't think about trying to save money by buying a cheap aftermarket crest. They are cheap for a reason. They are often of inferior quality. The original equipment crests available from Porsche are your best option. They are manufactured to a higher quality and noticeably better.
The Porsche crest has changed very subtly over the years and there are two different designs. Once for pre 1989 are different from those that came afterwards. Make sure you get one that matches your existing one or that is right for your year of Porsche. Make sure you also get a rubber sealing gasket that sits between the crest and the bonnet.
The crest is attached to the Porsche bonnet by two aluminium speed nuts tightened to two threaded studs which protrude from the back of the Porsche crest. They use a soft metal like aluminium to ensure you don't damage your Porsche's paintwork.
To remove the old crest first, open the bonnet and unscrew the nuts using an 8mm socket and if necessary, a socket extension. Before installing the new crest, first place the rubber sealing gasket around the crest and test fit it against the surface of the bonnet. Be delicate when handling the crest and especially the threaded studs. They are easily broken.
Some quick tips to make life a little easier; with a small piece of masking tape, stick the crest and seal to the bonnet before you install it. This will keep things in place while you fiddle with the speed nuts and sockets. Use a small dental pick or thin bladed knife to fit the gasket around the crest before it's completely tightened down. Don't be in a hurry. Go slowly, and check the rubber seal is properly in place before you tighten up the nuts. This is a very simple job. It should only take a few minutes, but care should be taken to ensure you don't mess things up.
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