Specialized training for technicians and enthusiasts of Porsche® vehicles.

FOCUS ON: M9X ENGINE ASSEMBLY

Jake Raby is bringing more than 30 years of his experience with Porsche engines to create this 20 part video series on how to assemble a 3 or 5 chain M9X Porsche engine. Regardless if you’re a professional, DIY’r, or enthusiast, this series will teach you step-by-step how to build a M9X engine from scratch to long block form. The box DVD set includes all 20 episodes.

FOCUS ON: M9X Engine Assembly was produced by The Knowledge Gruppe and Rennvision. The Rennvision channel is a resource of The Knowledge Gruppe. The Knowledge Gruppe offers specialized training for technicians and enthusiasts who have a desire to learn more about Porsche vehicles, and engines. Classes are based from both online and classroom environments. Online classes provide initial information to enrollees, and provide the necessary groundwork for the enrollee to progress to the classroom & lab environments, where hands on instruction is carried out. This unique method of progressing through the learning experience helps build confidence, while providing a more evenly trained group of hands- on class attendees.

DISC 1


Disc one of the series includes 5 stages of tasks associated with the deepest internal assembly of the M9X engine. These five stages include component preparation, special tools, and assembly of the crankshaft carrier, connecting rods, and installation of the crankshaft carrier into the crankcase. This disc ends with the bank 2 crankcase half being installed onto the assembly, and being prepared for piston installation. Content excludes GT2/GT3 and Turbo models.

DISC 3


This disc is comprised of 3 stages, and encompasses the tasks associated with assembly of the essential items found within the oil sump of the M9X engine, as well as completing front console fitment. Also covered are the preliminary procedures associated with fitting the cylinder heads onto the engine. Content excludes GT2/GT3 and Turbo models.

DISC 5


This disc is comprised of 3 stages of assembly, specifically covering valve train component installation, and cam/ valve timing for the 5 chain variants of the Porsche M9X engine. This disc is filled with “silver bullets” and other tricks to help the assembler understand how to best use the cam timing special tools. The “Raby method” of 5 chain valve timing is also explained in detail, and carried out to complete the project engine. This disc swill be helpful for those who will be working with the 2001 and older Porsche 996 variants, as well as 2002 and older Boxster, and Boxster S models. Content excludes GT2/GT3 and Turbo models.

DISC 2


This disc takes the assembler through 5 stages of preparing the crankcase for bank 1 piston installation, preparing, and understanding the piston rings, and their proper orientation onto the pistons. Installation of the front console is also covered, and the disc is completed with the pistons being installed into bank 2 of the engine, using special tools, and the “Raby method” of piston pin, and piston pin clip insertion. This disc is filled with critical “silver bullets” that will aid the assembler through some of the most confusing portions of assembly associated with the M9X engine. This disc is essential for any M9X assembler who wishes to avoid the potential of a mistake, that could lead to instantaneous failure of their newly assembled engine upon its very first start. Content excludes GT2/GT3 and Turbo models.

DISC 4


This disc is comprised of 4 stages of assembly, specifically covering valve train component installation, and cam/ valve timing for the 3 chain variants of the Porsche M9X engine. This disc is filled with “silver bullets” and other tricks to help the assembler understand how to best use the cam timing special tools. The “Raby method” of 3 chain valve timing is also explained in detail, and carried out to complete the project engine. This disc should be purchased by those who will be working with the 2002 and newer Porsche 996, and 997 models, as well as 2003 and newer Boxster, and Cayman models. Content excludes GT2/GT3 and Turbo models.

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TKG BOOKS

Lacking these publications, most technicians find themselves looking through pages of workshop manuals to search for fastener torque values that are well hidden; at times they cannot be found at all. This publication makes these fastener torque values quick and easy to find. This book, a reference handbook for the technician, or enthusiast proficient in Porsche repairs, presents illustrations of Porsche  996 / 986 / 997 / 987 subassemblies and their fastener torque values. This directive covers the entire vehicle, including all engines, and transaxles, suspension and sub- assemblies. The format of this book can save the user valuable time on almost every  996 / 986 / 997 / 987 repair task, as each assembly, and sub- assembly is referenced with illustrated parts breakdowns, with each fastener identified, and torque values specified.

TKG CLASSES

Hands-on Classes

Curriculum of our Hands-on classes is being reorganized.
Classes will return in 2021.

Please check back and follow The Knowledge Gruppe on Facebook for the latest updates and schedules.

01-18-2020: Another Porsche M9X Engine Rebuild School is in the books. After a decade of instructing this class, this was the last one. Time to move on to newer Porsche engines! If a version of this class does return, it will have a completely new method of instruction!

TKG ABOUT US

Specialized training for technicians and enthusiasts who have a desire to learn more about European vehicles and engines.

Classes are based from both online and classroom environments. Online classes provide initial information to attendants, and provide the necessary groundwork for the attendants to progress to the classroom & Lab environments, where hands on instruction is carried out. This unique method of progressing through the learning experience helps build confidence, while providing a more evenly trained group of hands- on class attendees. Progressive training in this manner ensures that hands- on classes flow well, increasing the amount of content the attendee can absorb during the class. Some attendants will choose to only attend the online classes, while others will wish to carry out the procedures in the hands- on comfort of our Advanced Training Facility.

The Knowledge Gruppe LLC is comprised of a group of instructors that have extensive experience in their field, and are often experts, inventors, and developers. These instructors all share the common trait of “learning things the hard way” through years of hands- on experience in their field of specialty. These instructors are not just trainers, each spends the majority of their time researching and developing problems in their own shops, and once every few weeks they take the time to share these as instructors for Knowledge Gruppe LLC classes. Put simply, our instructors are real shop owners and technicians/ mechanics that get dirty on a daily basis, and then instruct others the smarter, easier way of getting the job done.

Our Team

Jake Raby

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Inventor and developer of IMS Retrofit and IMS Solution. Owner at Flat 6 Innovations, Raby Engine Development and Raby Aircooled Technology.

Charles Navarro

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Inventor and developer of IMS Retrofit and IMS Solution, Charles Navarro is an owner and CEO of LN Engineering – manufacturer of Nickies™ Performance Cylinders and Sleeves.

Tony Callas

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Tony belongs to the small group of worldwide prestigious technicians that carry the highly honored Bosch Master Technician’s Degree. He was a part of many Porsche racing teams with, incl. winners of Daytona 24 and Le Mans back in 2000s.

Lake Speed Jr.

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The son of former Karting World Champion and NASCAR driver Lake Speed, Lake Speed Jr. also has a history in both Karting and NASCAR. Lake Jr. began racing karts at 6 years old and has worked for NASCAR championship winning teams Melling Racing (Bill Elliott) and Joe Gibbs Racing (Tony Stewart). While working for Joe Gibbs Racing, Lake Jr. played a key role in the development and selection of lubricants for JGR as part of the team that started Joe Gibbs Driven racing oils.

Len Hoffman

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Hoffman Automotive Machine is the choice of meticulous professional engine builders throughout the U.S. , specializing in personalized, detail oriented, value-added, aluminum cylinder head services.

Testimonials

"...the most technically exhilarating experience in 30 years." - Jim Orlando

I have just completed Jake Raby’s M96 101 class and I got to attest that the three -day class has provided to me the most technically exhilarating experience in 30 years. Jake has masterfully taken the mystery out of this complex piece of hardware and presented it in a practical, easy to understand format. My learning curve on the Boxster has been exponential and I now have the necessary knowledge to properly maintain and upgrade my vehicle. It refreshing to listen and learn from someone who is a pioneer and expert in his field and Jake is nothing short of being prolific. I want to give kudos to Charles Navarro for providing his application expertise for this class.

"Jake and Tony hold an incredible M96 class!" - Karl Wilen, Rennsport KC

While on a side step from the original topic since Jake posted a pic, Jake and Tony hold an incredible M96 class. With Jake’s new facility, you wouldn’t want to train anywhere else, it is above and beyond. The only issue you will have is finding ideas of ways to spend money on your own garage when you get back home For the enthusiast, shop owner, or technician, it is worth every penny, even if you think you know it all…..you don’t. I’ve been working on these cars professionally since about 04, and I learned a ton! Jake and Tony are both an incredible source of knowledge, and work very well together to keep the class informative and entertaining at the same time. It’s hands on, jump in and get a motor built as a collective effort. I can’t recommend it enough. From Jake’s original picture, that is my ugly mug on the right.

"Jake Raby and Charles Navarro team up to deliver a powerhouse of knowledge and experience." - Jeffrey Brubaker

The Engine Assembly class at Flat 6 Innovations was outstanding. Jake Raby and Charles Navarro team up to deliver a powerhouse of knowledge and experience. They combine mechanical ingenuity and technical savvy with an engineering approach that helps unlock the mysteries of the M96 engine family. The classroom presentations are clear and concise, and are backed by a passion for understanding the Porsche breed and solving the inherent problems. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and left with a great deal of knowledge that is simply not available anywhere else. It is rare to find experts who are willing to share their extensive and hard won knowledge with those of us who are new to the world of water coolers. It would be a mistake to undertake an M96 rebuild without attending the class.

"I believe you are, and have been for some time, on the bleeding edge of the next wave of aftermarket P car history. I am happy to be riding and driving along."" - Lon Tussler, Rennenhaus Greenfield, MN

I would like to personally thank you for the opportunity to step into your world. The 4 day M102 class was time well spent and I don’t think I have attended a better class in my professional or personal experience. The location, facility, presentation, hands on, and creature comforts are outstanding. Although getting to the facility can present some challenges, once I arrived, I knew this was going to be something different. Arriving in Atlanta, driving to Athens, then travelling through the countryside on a frosty morning leaves everything else behind and allows one to concentrate on the reason for being there. The presentation portion of the class is well laid out and provided the detail needed to see what was going to happen during the hands on sessions. I thought that the mornings in the classroom and the afternoons in the shop worked well to keep everyone engaged. Nothing is worse than being treated to a nice lunch and then have to sit through an afternoon of slides. With half the class being pros and the other half being enthusiasts, me being one of them, none of the subjects got overly technical and it was very nice to leam that the engine assembly is not magic, but does require a good bit of knowledge and concentration to complete successfully. Your ability to translate the school of hard knocks into real world operations is a blessing and a testament to out of the box thinking that is sadly lacking in today’s world. As a past, present, and future customer of yours, I believe you are, and have been for some time, on the bleeding edge of the next wave of aftermarket P car history. I am happy to be riding and driving along.

" Having all of the fanatics in one room is an educational and memorable experience." - Brandon Reeves, Schneider Autohaus

Jake has a teaching style that is very understandable and is thorough on the explanations and answers to questions presented to him. Tony, of course, is always a riot to be around and I look forward to being in more of classes; his wealth of knowledge on Porsche overall is amazing. The atmosphere at the training facility is very home like, almost like going to a buddies house to tinker, without the beer. You can tell Jake has a lot of pride in his work with the collection of personal cars there. I’ve already recommended this class to two other technicians my first two days back from class. This class is a valuable asset to technicians not comfortable with the M96/97 motor, but is even MORE valuable to the owner/enthusiast that would attend. Having all of the fanatics in one room is an educational and memorable experience. Thank you Jake and Tony, you always make going to class an enjoyment!

"The confidence your class gave me to rebuild and even service an M96 engine has been invaluable. " - Jason Williams, Chris' German Auto Service

Hi Jake, I just wanted to drop a note to let you know my first M96 complete rebuild was a success. The only hiccup in the process was my reassembly of the oil pressure spring and piston in the vane assembly for the variocam. I installed the plastic spring locater up-side down, which as you probably already know, limits the spring/piston travel and locks the vane assembly as if there were no oil pressure. The car now has over two thousand miles on the new engine and the owner is very happy. As an aside, the day I got back to the shop after attending the inaugural M96 101 I was able to apply the knowledge gained through your instruction and not a week has gone by since that I haven’t. The confidence your class gave me to rebuild and even service an M96 engine has been invaluable. Thanks for hosting/teaching a great class and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.

" Class was a 10 out of 10 without a doubt, and I will be back for every class I can in the future. " - James Toothacker, Porsche Technician at Marque Motors, Portland OR

Jake has a teaching style that is very understandable and is thorough on the explanations and answers to questions presented to him. Tony, of course, is always a riot to be around and I look forward to being in more of classes; his wealth of knowledge on Porsche overall is amazing. The atmosphere at the training facility is very home like, almost like going to a buddies house to tinker, without the beer. You can tell Jake has a lot of pride in his work with the collection of personal cars there. I’ve already recommended this class to two other technicians my first two days back from class. This class is a valuable asset to technicians not comfortable with the M96/97 motor, but is even MORE valuable to the owner/enthusiast that would attend. Having all of the fanatics in one room is an educational and memorable experience. Thank you Jake and Tony, you always make going to class an enjoyment!