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Alkem

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About Alkem

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  • Birthday 03/02/1956

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    Male
  • Interests
    Sport cars (especially Porsche!), golf, running, writing, model railroads, photography

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    Virginia
  • Porsche Club
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  • Present cars
    2011 Porsche 911 997 4S
    2013 Honda CRV (spouse)
  • Future cars
    None at this time
  • Former cars
    1979 Mazda RX-7
    1983 Porsche 944
    1993 Probe GT
    2002 996 C2 Targa
  1. I traded the 996 to a 997 with the TPMS. I haven't put many miles on it yet, but the TPMS is seem to work. The readings are a few PSI from what a tire pressure gauge reads.
  2. Thanks. I will try to get one. I just got my front license plate mounted with a US Mill Works plate frame in the tow eye bolt receptacle. Now I can drive it worry free!
  3. Is this wheel and tire usable in my 2011 997.2 4S? It is similar to the spare I had in my 996.
  4. Thanks, I'll look into a collapsible spare and the plug kit. I do have a set of stock 996 wheels with winter tires in my garage that can act as a spare for local use. The strategy would be to park the car in safe spot, call the wife or take a taxi, and retrieve the 997 with one of these tires, tools, and a floor jack. The on-board spare would be for longer trips. My son was telling me tonight that his old Pontiac G8 also did not have a spare.
  5. I just got a 2011 997 4S and I am wondering what to do about preparing for a flat tire. I got a flat on my previous car, a 2002 996, while driving on the interstate. By the time I pulled over the tire side wall was shredded. The tire repair kit could not fix it ( see photo) I used my spare to get home. With the 997 there is no spare. Furthermore, there doesn't appear to be any room in the frunk for a spare. Carrying a spare in the passenger compartment doesn't seem like an elegant solution. Would the TPMS give me warning that the tire is going flat before real damage is done while driving at highway speeds? This is assuming it is a slow leak and not a blow out from hitting an object. In that case I'm calling my insurance company as they offer road side assistance.
  6. Here is a photo of the missing bolt area. This is on the passenger side, behind the rear wheel. It looks to me like there is a tapped hole where a bolt could go. Should I order one? If so, anybody know the part number? Thanks, Bernard Kempinski PS. I never realized how rusty things look underneath. Topside the car is like new. Maybe it's time for a Stainless Steel exhaust?
  7. Thanks for the info. The dealer told me that the skid plate is aftermarket. He says that Porsche did not offer one in my model year. A previous owner must have installed it.
  8. I recently brought my 2002 996 Targa, 6 spd manual, in to the dealer for service. When it came back, I was inspecting underneath and I noticed a bolt missing that connects the skid plate and another component to the transaxle. Do you have to remove the skid plate to change the oil?
  9. Thanks for the tip and offer. The car has the factory sport suspension. Does that include a different sway bar? In looking at the Pelican parts web site, I didn't see a bar for the sport suspension for sale. Since I use this car more for Grand Touring as opposed to track use, I appreciate the smoother ride. I just finished reading the latest issue of Excellence and the two articles about the autocross cars were really interesting and inspiring. I'd love to have a project car like those.
  10. I just don't see how the sway bar has anything to do with alignment. And I don't see how you could snap a sway bar. They are made of substatial metal. Porsche does have some unique ability from an engineering perspective to screw things up, but I would still have to see it to believe it. What's your alignment specs? I got the car back and all seems well. The old sway bar broke at the point where the connecting link bolts to the main bar. The shop tried to order a new OEM sway bar, but it took to long to come in, apparently from Germany. So they asked me , and I agreed to install a "used sway bar" off the shop owners GT3. It was almost new and they gave me a good discount. It is adjustable. They installed it at the second setting from the rear (looking forward). I'm not sure how that would affect handling compared to other settings. They also installed a new set of Potenza RE50 Pole Position tires on the rear. While the same size size spec, 285/30-18, they look like they are higher profile than the tires they replaced. These tires also have a pronounced ridge that runs along the inner circumference where it meets the wheel. As a result the tire appears wider than the old one. The old tire looked like it sloped in from the wheel. Now that I've driven it a bit, I believe the ride is smoother, and my wife commented on the smoother ride too. I suppose that is mostly due to the tires, but I am not sure. Any way, I'm happy to have the car back and running great.
  11. No, I am not sure. The shop rep said it was the sway bar. He said it looks like the bar snapped when I spoke with him on the phone. I haven't been out to the shop yet to see the damage, so I am not sure. I will ask when I get there. The shop is a motor sports oriented shop that specializes in Porsche, so I assume they are reputable though this is my first dealings with them. I have noted that the car rides rough, but truthfully, I haven't been driving it hard. I've only put 3K miles on it since I got it 18 months ago. I haven't tracked or auto crossed it.
  12. During routine inspection on my 02 996 C2 Targa, prior to taking it in for a 30K service, I noticed that the rear tires were worn heavily on the inside shoulders on both rear wheels. The outside shoulders still had good tread. The tires looked good at the last service at 27K miles last year. The front tires are wearing evenly and still have good tread. I took the car in for service and the mechanic called me to say that the rear sway bar is broken. Would this have contributed to the uneven wear? Or should we be looking for some other problem. The mechanics are going to check and realign everything once the new sway bar is on.
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