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About rockhouse66

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    2004 996 Cabrio 6-speed

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  1. I wasn't suggesting a hardware store bearing. The RND roller bearing is sold by LN, alongside the ball bearing and sleeve bearing options.
  2. I also went with the roller bearing. RND retrofit in my case. Time will tell if we made a good decision, but I think a car with a lot of miles on it and the original IMS bearing will likely do fine with pretty much any new bearing you use. The LN "Solution" is clearly the superior approach. It was not well advertised (or, in my case, understood) when I did my retrofit.
  3. Did "detailing the heck out of it" include spraying cleaner and water in the engine bay?
  4. My info is all 996 so the 997 could be different, but I think the part you are talking about is Item 19 in this diagram. I have also attached the page with the p/n, which notes as being for a C4S (these have a center radiator, right?). My '04 996 had evidence of having had this piece installed at one time but I don't know why, since it is a C2. I hope this helps you get some info on this. If I were you, I would just buy this part and replace your damaged one. As you have agreed, Porsche put it there for a reason.
  5. I hope you get a definitive answer on this. My 2004 996 C2 has the slots under the front bumper cover. I have found the rubber deflector in the parts catalog before (though i can't find it right now) but it is listed a being a C4 part. I find this odd, because I think the C4 bumper cover is different than my C2, so why does my bumper have the slots? I have been told it is there on cars with a center radiator and that it enhances airflow through that 3rd radiator. Don't know if that is true or not.
  6. I had an issue like this with a non-Porsche and found the rubber brake line on the offending side had swollen internally and restricted the brake fluid flow to the caliper. Not sure Porsche's are susceptible to this but another thing to check. Does it bleed like it should, with good flow when you crack the bleeder?
  7. I bought a used set of Techarts for my 996 Cab that were intended for a coupe. Techart also lists a different number for coupe vs. cab. I found some installation info on line that suggested to me that the only difference is either a thicker or double spacer for the rear shock to raise the rear ride height slightly to compensate for the extra weight. I had H&Rs on previously and measuring them against the Techart springs for comparison they are essentially the same spring in free length, number of coils and diameter of coils. If anything, the Techarts sit a little lower in the front than the H&Rs did, i.e. too low to be practical on my roads. I had a pair of spacers made to replace the upper part of the front assembly but have not yet installed them. I am only looking for another 1/2" in ride height in the front or the front may start to look higher than the rear. As noted above, I wish I had just gone straight to coilovers and been able to adjust ride height for taste and practicality.
  8. The AOS, coolant tank and water pump are preventive maintenance items you could ask about.
  9. I am about to replace my clock stem as well so watching this with interest. What device or technique did you use to remove the speaker on the left side of the dash? Mine is really snug and I am concerned about forcing something in to lift it up as I am sure it will scratch the finish.
  10. I changed the clutch on my '04 at 70K miles because I was doing the IMS/RMS thing and it was only about 1/3 worn so would have been good for many more miles. All depends on how it is driven though. I am baffled by the arithmetic on your car. Only 3K miles per year but daily driven? That's 9 miles per day!
  11. PSM was an option. I have a 2004 C2 and the PSM is on the option list. When I was looking for a 2002 or newer 996, PSM was on my options wish list and many of the cars I looked at did not have it. There might be a special model, like maybe a C4S, that has PSM as standard equipment but it is part of a model upgrade package. BTW, you list the VIN as WPOCA.... and I am pretty sure that 3rd character is always zero, not "O".
  12. If someone has the actual mix info, is there a difference between Lapis Blue L3A8 and Lapis Blue M5W9? Apparently the code for Lapis Blue changed MY03 but did the paint color actually change as well? My paint code sticker on my 2004 calls it metallic but I have also seen this later M5W9 referred to as pearl so are they different?
  13. Maybe my "rear plastic plate" is really something originally supplied to support a front plate?? And maybe the washers go along with the plate on the front? Makes more sense than having an extra plate in the rear now that I think about it.
  14. Congrats on completing the job. I did the same. AOS was the hardest part IMO. I used "guide pins" in the block (made from bolts with the heads cut off) to help with the gearbox install. It ensures you are lined up square, which is kind of hard to be sure of when working alone under the car. The fine splines on the input shaft don't help either, as far as getting the thing engaged properly in the clutch disc. I have 1500 miles on my work now with no issues or leaks so I am starting to relax! Best of luck with yours.
  15. On my car, there are two washers like that behind the rear license plate plastic plate. Between the plate and the body. Not sure how one would end up where you found it though? Anyway, another place to look.

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