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IMS Solution


IMS Solution: The Only Permanent Solution to IMS Bearing Failures

IMS Solution replacement intermediate shaft bearing kit

NO MOVING PARTS. NO BALL BEARING. NO ROLLER BEARING. NO SERVICE INTERVAL. NO MORE IMS PROBLEM.

The factory IMS bearing needs to be replaced as part of preventative maintenance to prevent costly engine failures. The unique approach and patented design of the IMS Solution makes it the only permanent fix for the problematic intermediate shaft IMS bearing in Porsche Boxster and 996 models with the M96. By completely eliminating rolling elements, it backdates the IMS to a plain, oil-pressure fed bearing - a bulletproof solution used in aircooled Mezger engines, as well as in 911 GT2, 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo® Porsche cars.

Designed for the life of the engine, IMS Solution kits carry a 5 year limited warranty with no mileage limit. No replacement / service interval is needed unlike ball or roller bearing ims bearing kits.

The IMS Solution was developed by the team that brought you the IMS Retrofit bearing replacement kit- Flat 6 Innovations's Jake Raby and LN Engineering's Charles Navarro. The team is highly regarded as North America's foremost M96 experts. The IMS Solution became the first Patented IMS bearing kit on the market, granted US Patent 8,992,089 B2 on March 31, 2015. The IMS Solution is also protected by US Patent 9,416,697 B2 and US Patent 9,909,469. Their patented IMS bearing solution is the last intermediate shaft bearing your Porsche engine will ever need.
 

Why buy an IMS Solution from LN Engineering?

With 35,000+ IMS Retrofit and 3000+ IMS Solution installed since 2008 (as of Jan 2020), LN Engineering's IMS bearing solutions for Boxster and 996 models are trusted by industry professionals and discerning Porsche owners worldwide.

LN Engineering offers fast and free shipping and has industry leading technical support. We also offer an IMS bearing replacement tool rental program including the rear main seal tool, available exclusively to retail customers who purchase their IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution from the LN Engineering website.


What IMS Solution bearing does my Porsche Boxster, 996, or early 997 need?

* 1997-1999 engines are equipped with dual-row bearing. 2000-2001 models can have either single- or dual-row bearing. 2002-2005 engines have a single-row bearing. Early 997 models with 2005 build dates may have the serviceable single row bearing that can be fitted with the 106-08.20 single row IMS Solution.


What IMS Solution bearing do I need for a 997 or 987 Boxster or Cayman?

*M97 engines found in model year 2006 through 2008 Porsche 997 and 987 Boxster and Cayman models have a non-serviceable IMS bearing. As full engine disassembly is required to correctly replace the bearing with an IMS Solution, we recommend removing the grease seal off the original bearing to allow the engine oil to properly lubricate the original bearing.

For more information about the IMS Solution, visit http://imssolution.com

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  1. Replacement Oil Filter for the IMS Solution Spin-on Filter Adapter/ 9A1 Spin-On Adapter

    SKU: 106-01.2

    $12.00
    Replacement Napa Gold / Wix Filter for use with LN Engineering Spin On Oil Filter Adapter on vehicles equipped with the IMS Solution or with 106-01.3 Spin On Oil Filter Adapter for 2009 and later Boxster and Cayman Models with 9A1 MA1 engine. Specifications Standard Filter (Napa 1348 / Wix 51348): 7-9 GPM, 21 micron, 8-11 PSI bypass, 275 PSI burst pressure Learn More
  2. IMS Solution Bearing Replacement Kit for Single Row IMS MY00-05 Boxster & 911 Models

    SKU: 106-08.20

    $1,849.00

    $1,479.20

    DESIGNED FOR THE LIFE OF THE ENGINE. 5 YEARS / NO MILEAGE LIMIT WARRANTY

    NO MOVING PARTS. NO BALL BEARING. NO SERVICE INTERVAL. NO PROBLEM.

    Prevent costly engine failure by eliminating problematic ball-bearings or roller-bearings by backdating your IMS with a permanent, pressure fed oil lubricated plain bearing, just like in an aircooled Porsche. This patented design is the last IMS bearing you will ever need. Brought to you by the team that developed the original and often imitated IMS Retrofit™, the IMS Solution is the only permanent solution to catastrophic IMS bearing failures by complete omission of the problematic single row ball bearing and now the dual row ball bearing.

    The IMS Solution became the first Patented IMS Retroit product on the market, granted US Patent 8,992,089 B2 on March 31, 2015. The IMS Solution is also protected by US Patent 9,416,697 B2 and US Patent 9,909,469.

    Why buy an IMS Retrofit from LN Engineering?

    As of 2020, with 35,000 IMS Retrofit and 3000 IMS Solutions installed since 2008, our IMS bearing replacements are the most trusted and used by hundreds of independent mechanics and dealerships worldwide.

    LN Engineering offers fast and free shipping and has industry leading technical support. We also an IMS bearing replacement tool rental program, available exclusively to retail customers who purchase their IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution from the LN Engineering website.

    As featured on Motor Trend's Wheeler Dealers

    IMS Solution as preventative maintenance:

    • IMS replacement takes an average of 10-14 hours and requires the transmission to be removed. Tipronic 911 models require the engine and transmission to be removed as a complete unit to be able to separate engine and gearbox.
    • Typically coupled with clutch and other maintenance such as replacement of RMS, AOS, Water Pump, Dual Mass Flywheel, etc.
    • If an engine failure occurs, rebuilds take 60+ hours and can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. Once the IMS bearing has started to fail, it cannot be replaced safely as wear metal from the original bearing can damage the replacement bearing or other internal engine components.
    • Engines must be pre-qualified prior to bearing replacement. To learn more about pre-qualification, visit https://lnengineering.com/products/ims-bearing-installation-tools/ims-pre-qualification.html

    How do you install the IMS Solution?

    Download IMS Solution Installation Manual Download IMS Solution Installation Manual

    What factory bearing does my engine have?

    • 1997-1999: This engine featured a dual row bearing IMS.
    • 2000-2001: These engines came from the factory with either a dual row or a single row bearing IMS. A single row flange measures 19.27mm deep and a dual row flange measures 13.34mm deep.
    • 2002-2005: This engine featured a single row bearing IMS. Some late production 2005 models will have a non-servicable IMS.
    • 2006-2008: These engines were fitted with a larger bearing, readiliy identifiable by the 22mm center nut, that is not serviceable without a complete teardown of the engine. Removal of the IMS bearing grease seal will ensure proper lubrication of the original bearing.
    • If the engine in your car has been replaced, it will have whatever IMS bearing was in production for that model year of manufacture for the replacement engine.

    Take advantage of free tool rental when purchasing your IMS Solution from LN Engineering

    Note: Free basic technical support is provided through our ticketing system. Assistance with the IMS procedure is not provided outside of directives and videos provided online. Advanced Technical Support (ATS) is a paid service where you can speak to an actual technician experienced with the IMS procedure and your vehicle to assist in case you run into a problem you cannot solve on your own.

    Learn More
  3. IMS Solution Spin On Filter Adapter Indexing Shim

    SKU: 106-08.20.4.SHIM

    $11.25

    $9.00

    Indexing shim used to re-index spin on filter adapter when oil port is not in the proper location. Please see IMS Solution Technical Service Bulletin 2016-09 for more information. Learn More
  4. IMS Solution for Dual Row IMS MY97-01

    SKU: 106-08.40

    $1,849.00

    $1,479.20

    DESIGNED FOR THE LIFE OF THE ENGINE. 5 YEARS / NO MILEAGE LIMIT WARRANTY

    NO MOVING PARTS. NO BALL BEARING. NO SERVICE INTERVAL. NO PROBLEM.

    Prevent costly engine failure by eliminating problematic ball-bearings or roller-bearings by backdating your IMS with a permanent, pressure fed oil lubricated plain bearing, just like in an aircooled Porsche. This patented design is the last IMS bearing you will ever need. Brought to you by the team that developed the original and often imitated IMS Retrofit™, the IMS Solution is the only permanent solution to catastrophic IMS bearing failures by complete omission of the problematic single row ball bearing and now the dual row ball bearing.

    The IMS Solution became the first Patented IMS Retroit product on the market, granted US Patent 8,992,089 B2 on March 31, 2015. The IMS Solution is also protected by US Patent 9,416,697 B2 and US Patent 9,909,469.

    Why buy an IMS Retrofit from LN Engineering?

    As of 2020, with 35,000 IMS Retrofit and 3000 IMS Solutions installed since 2008, our IMS bearing replacements are the most trusted and used by hundreds of independent mechanics and dealerships worldwide.

    LN Engineering offers fast and free shipping and has industry leading technical support. We also an IMS bearing replacement tool rental program, available exclusively to retail customers who purchase their IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution from the LN Engineering website.

    As featured on Motor Trend's Wheeler Dealers

    IMS Solution as preventative maintenance:

    • IMS replacement takes an average of 10-14 hours and requires the transmission to be removed. Tipronic 911 models require the engine and transmission to be removed as a complete unit to be able to separate engine and gearbox.
    • Typically coupled with clutch and other maintenance such as replacement of RMS, AOS, Water Pump, Dual Mass Flywheel, etc.
    • If an engine failure occurs, rebuilds take 60+ hours and can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. Once the IMS bearing has started to fail, it cannot be replaced safely as wear metal from the original bearing can damage the replacement bearing or other internal engine components.
    • Engines must be pre-qualified prior to bearing replacement. To learn more about pre-qualification, visit https://lnengineering.com/products/ims-bearing-installation-tools/ims-pre-qualification.html

    How do you install the IMS Solution?

    Download IMS Solution Installation Manual Download IMS Solution Installation Manual

    What factory bearing does my engine have?

    • 1997-1999: This engine featured a dual row bearing IMS.
    • 2000-2001: These engines came from the factory with either a dual row or a single row bearing IMS. A single row flange measures 19.27mm deep and a dual row flange measures 13.34mm deep.
    • 2002-2005: This engine featured a single row bearing IMS. Some late production 2005 models will have a non-servicable IMS.
    • 2006-2008: These engines were fitted with a larger bearing, readiliy identifiable by the 22mm center nut, that is not serviceable without a complete teardown of the engine. Removal of the IMS bearing grease seal will ensure proper lubrication of the original bearing.
    • If the engine in your car has been replaced, it will have whatever IMS bearing was in production for that model year of manufacture for the replacement engine.

    Take advantage of free tool rental when purchasing your IMS Solution from LN Engineering

    Note: Free basic technical support is provided through our ticketing system. Assistance with the IMS procedure is not provided outside of directives and videos provided online. Advanced Technical Support (ATS) is a paid service where you can speak to an actual technician experienced with the IMS procedure and your vehicle to assist in case you run into a problem you cannot solve on your own.

    Learn More
  5. IMS Solution for MY06-08 Engines. Engine disassembly required.

    SKU: 106-08.60

    $1,849.00

    $1,479.20

    DESIGNED FOR THE LIFE OF THE ENGINE. 5 YEARS / NO MILEAGE LIMIT WARRANTY

    NO MOVING PARTS. NO BALL BEARING. NO SERVICE INTERVAL. NO PROBLEM.

    Prevent costly engine failure by eliminating problematic ball-bearings or roller-bearings by backdating your IMS with a permanent, pressure fed oil lubricated plain bearing, just like in an aircooled Porsche. This patented design is the last IMS bearing you will ever need. Brought to you by the team that developed the original and often imitated IMS Retrofit™, the IMS Solution is the only permanent solution to catastrophic IMS bearing failures by complete omission of the problematic single row ball bearing and now the dual row ball bearing.

    The IMS Solution became the first Patented IMS Retroit product on the market, granted US Patent 8,992,089 B2 on March 31, 2015. The IMS Solution is also protected by US Patent 9,416,697 B2 and US Patent 9,909,469.

    Why buy an IMS Retrofit from LN Engineering?

    As of 2020, with 35,000 IMS Retrofit and 3000 IMS Solutions installed since 2008, our IMS bearing replacements are the most trusted and used by hundreds of independent mechanics and dealerships worldwide.

    LN Engineering offers fast and free shipping and has industry leading technical support. We also an IMS bearing replacement tool rental program, available exclusively to retail customers who purchase their IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution from the LN Engineering website.

    As featured on Motor Trend's Wheeler Dealers

    What factory bearing does my engine have?

    • 1997-1999: This engine featured a dual row bearing IMS.
    • 2000-2001: These engines came from the factory with either a dual row or a single row bearing IMS. A single row flange measures 19.27mm deep and a dual row flange measures 13.34mm deep.
    • 2002-2005: This engine featured a single row bearing IMS. Some late production 2005 models will have a non-servicable IMS.
    • 2006-2008: These engines were fitted with a larger bearing, readiliy identifiable by the 22mm center nut, that is not serviceable without a complete teardown of the engine. Removal of the IMS bearing grease seal will ensure proper lubrication of the original bearing.
    • If the engine in your car has been replaced, it will have whatever IMS bearing was in production for that model year of manufacture for the replacement engine.

    What can I do about my non-serviceable MY06-08 IMS Bearing?

    The incidence of failure with a 2006-2008 M96 or M97 Engine as found in the Boxster, Cayman, and 911 that have the larger (but non-serviceable) IMS is highly unlikely. Best estimate is about a 1% failure rate.

    The IMS can be changed but complete engine disassembly is required to safely extract and replace the IMS bearing during an engine rebuild. This kit backdates the IMS housing bore to accept our single row IMS Solution, allowing future servicing if required without engine disassembly.

    However, there is some preventative maintenance you can do. When you have your clutch replaced, it's best to have the grease seal removed off the original bearing to allow engine oil to better lubricate it. At that time, you can reseal the IMS flange and have the rear main seal replaced as well.

    There is a black plastic seal on the front of the bearing - you would use a dental pick or something similar to pop the seal out of it's groove. Just be sure not to loose it in the engine when you do remove it. We don't have a how-to for this, but I found a short video on YouTube that shows seal removal on a ball bearing.

    The larger bearing found in MY06-08 engines has the same load capacity as the early dual row, which have proven to be the most reliable of the factory bearings. I wouldn't worry too much about it after you pull the grease seal. There is no need for a direct oil feed or forced oiling for the factory ims bearing as the bearing will be submerged in engine oil once you have the grease seal removed.

    Under no circumstances do we recommend or advise boring out your engine block to allow extraction and replacement of the larger, non-serviceable IMS bearing due to foreign object debris that will be generated and will compromise the engine, leading to premature bearing and engine failure.

    Take advantage of free tool rental when purchasing your IMS Solution from LN Engineering

    Note: Free basic technical support is provided through our ticketing system. Assistance with the IMS procedure is not provided outside of directives and videos provided online. Advanced Technical Support (ATS) is a paid service where you can speak to an actual technician experienced with the IMS procedure and your vehicle to assist in case you run into a problem you cannot solve on your own.

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  6. IMS Solution O-Ring and Spares Kit

    SKU: 106-08.IMSSSPARES

    $58.95

    $47.16

    IMS Solution spares kit including replacement o-rings, oil line, fittings, and sealant. NOTE: Does not include the spin on oil filter adapter o-rings or shim. If your spin on oil filter adapter oil port needs to be re-indexed, please contact us for further instruction. Learn More
  7. M96/M97 Camshaft Plug and Tensioner Seal Set

    SKU: 106-08.INSTALLKIT

    $28.26

    $18.75

    Pair of cylinder head camshaft end plugs and aluminum tensioner seals (crush ring/washer). Must be replaced when carrying out IMS Retrofit or IMS Solution procedure. Learn More
  8. Billet Washable 45-micron Racing Oil Filter (For use with IMS Solution)

    SKU: 106-24.3

    $200.00
    Billet Washable 45-micron Racing Oil Filter. Increased porosity stainless mesh - 45 versus the 30 micron of the stock paper filter. For increased flow. For track use only with the IMS Solution or 106-01.3 spin on filter adapter for 2009 and later Boxster and Cayman models with the MA1/9A1 engine. Replaces Napa 1348 filter. Features: Billet Style Precision Machined Removable And Washable Filter Element Double Mesh Stainless Steel Element Quad Bypass Filter Design O-Rings On All Sealing Joints Magnet In Base To Collect Small Particles Filter measures 4.2" tall NOTE; We recommend running this filter in combination with the BRS 2 Quart Deep Sump and Stainless Skid Pan/Guard as this filter longer than the 1348 it replaces) Learn More
  9. Replacement Long Oil Filter for the IMS Solution Spin-on Filter Adapter/ 9A1 Spin-On Adapter

    SKU: 1068

    $12.00

    $9.60

    Replacement Napa Gold / Wix Filter for use with LN Engineering Spin On Oil Filter Adapter on vehicles equipped with the IMS Solution AND 2 quart deep sump with skid plate or with 106-01.3 Spin On Oil Filter Adapter for 2009 and later Boxster and Cayman Models with 9A1 MA1 engine. Specifications Longer Filter (Napa 1068 / Wix 51068): 7-9 GPM, 21 micron, 8-11 PSI bypass, 275 PSI burst pressure Learn More
  10. Advanced Technical Support (ATS)

    SKU: 107-10

    $170.00

    $136.00

    If you require technical assistance while installing one of our products outside the scope of basic email-only technical support through our ticketing system, we offer our paid Advanced Technical Support (ATS) with one of our service technicians familiar with your Porsche model. ATS availability for phone support limited by technician availability and must be scheduled. Support outside of normal business hours is available. Price per hour, minimum one (1) hour. Learn More
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