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About SoCalTurbo

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  • Birthday 05/05/1970

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  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    MY03 996TT
  • Future cars
    997TT ordered
  • Former cars
    lot's of VWs and Audis, a Volvo, Saab, Harley Davidson
  1. I will have to dig around, but think I have mine. Give me Saturday and Sunday to check. In the meantime, have you tried the Bilstein site or emailed them asking if they have a PDF version that they could either email to you or direct you to for download?
  2. i would be willing to trade my kick *** 03TT for the right 06/07 cs2
  3. lol...i hear you on the 'it's got windows' tip. i see you're in boulder...i used to be a dj on kbco, when ginger was at the peak...i did the 10-3 midday show for a few years. the durametric software works, but it's a bit tricky figuring out how to get the hardware to be recognized if you don't read any instructions (like myself). if you happen to do it, and need any assistance, feel free to message me.
  4. yes, mr. smarty pants ;) i actually lost that booklet (doh!). thanks so much for the copy. you have no idea how many hours you save me and the others on this board...i can't thank you enough. seriously.
  5. i have looked high and low (docs menu, search, etc) and can't find a link for my 03 tt. i had mine until recently, and now it's gone and wouldn't you know i need it? heh. tia if anyone can set me up. Nathan
  6. nah, the clusters are changed out all of the time to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking a car has lower miles than it does. i learned this when someone was trying to sell me gauges and used that as the pitch; "hey, i've got one that's only 8k on it, buddy"...and, yes, this software can read the actual miles off of the car's computer, as well as over-revs and a bunch of cool stuff. i bought windows xp, installed it on my mac, bought the hardware/software, installed it and it worked beautifully! cleared my airbag code and the world was at peace once again!
  7. i took the plunge, loren, and my software/hardware should be here tomorrow (it's enroute as i type). i decided that the best course of action would be to take one of my new mac laptops with the dual-core pentiums and run multiple OS's using parallel. i'm just sitting down with a 'still in the wrapper' copy of windows pro and it feels like a bicycle. having been a windows guy for a decade before switching, it feels oddly comfortable putting a win os on my computer again. anyway, i wanted to thank you for the advise. i decided that, since i plan on owning several porsches in my life, the small investment end-up saving me thousands...especially when buying used porsches and wanting to know what the 'real' miles are, as opposed to the miles on the gauge cluster that some guy bought at the junkyard for $600 and knocked 50k miles off of the odometer...gotta get into the brains of the car and get the truth ;) thanks again for always being here to help. i don't know of another car company that has such a fantastic base of owners and enthusiasts. it feels more like a scattered family. best, nathan :renntech:
  8. i only changed the bumper cover, and didn't touch the radiators or hoses or anything. i'll post-up a pic or two once my camera is recharged. hoses coming loose sounds bad, especially when you drive like i do. a simple hose could turn into a funeral real quickly ;)
  9. hmmm...i have an '03 TT and just switched from standard front bumper to an after market GT2 nose, and just changed the skins. i didn't move any hoses or radiators, and it didn't seem necessary, especially since the openings are in roughly the same spots. am i missing something? curious. 'turbo
  10. thanks, loren. i think i'm going to grab that software and just install windows on one of my new apple laptops with intel inside.
  11. but, is it Mac compatible, or will i need a windows machine? i guess i could get a used laptop for about $500, which isn't too bad. what else is the software good for, Loren? i'm in the hills above beverly hills (between beverly hills and sherman oaks), so i could go to the valley or to the city. where would i get the software? thanks for your help. also, what cables would i need to connect to the car?
  12. i am in the LA area. looks like going to the dealer is my only real option =\ would a PST2 come in handy for lots of things, or is it something that would rarely be used? i'm planning on a 1997 Turbo and have ordered a 997 Turbo already...so, I'm planning on working on Porsches a lot. if it would be a worthwhile investment, i'd do it. although, i don't really have the room right now...ugh...dealer?
  13. so, i did the whole 'take out the driver's seat while battery is still connected thing, and as such have an airbag sensor going off. instead of going to the dealer with this precious beast of a car, i decided to get the mac-daddy ODB2 reader/clearer/explainer/coffee maker...basically the guy at the auto parts place picked-up the cheapest and the most expensive and asked which one i wanted...and i didn't want to seem cheap. plus, i figured for sure this thing would do whatever i needed it to do now and down the road, with all of my cars. i'm following the instructions, do everything right, and go to read the codes. airbag doesn't show-up on the reader. i try to erase all codes anyway (there are none showing), and, of course, the airbag warning goes off without fail. i log onto the porsche website with limited time, trying to figure out what went wrong and i got the sense that it's not an ODB2 reader that i need to clear the codes, is that correct? the store won't take the reader back (maybe i can modify it to actually make a mean cup of coffee), and i'm actually hoping that it will eventually end-up doing the job after all...that's why i'm here! anyone have any ideas? is it a setting with the ODB2 reader? i haven't gone through all of the different features and ways of reading/clearing codes, just the most basic and common. here's the procedure: connect reader, insert key, turn on car for 10 seconds, turn car off, read codes... stumped.
  14. i removed the carpet using a heat gun. i got the glue nice and warm and the carpet came right off. it even pulled through the seam between the top and bottom door panel sections, so i was able to feed the new carpet back through there for an OEM look. that's the easy part of what i went through; rebuilding part of the door panel with abs plastic, fiberglass and body filler...fun but not recommended ;) but, yeah, the carpet is pretty easy to remove with a scraper, random orbit sander with 60 grit paper and a heat gun. just hack the carpet up, scrape it, sand what you can, then heat and pull out the rest...don't try and make the carpet removal a 'clean' project...go after it and you'll get it. good luck. post pics when you're done!
  15. Great job on the install! I especially like the faceplate that you did. I have all of the needed materials (although my ABS isn't gridded on the back, and I'm tempted to go that route for ease of construction), but haven't had time to get to it. I did the Z1 with LOTS of other changes going on at the same time (all the way down to getting different colored air inlets for the sides of my turbo, and learning how to fabricate slick CF parts on my own...did you know that those little air inlets are freaking $425/ea OEM? I almost died.). Anyway, I wanted to thank you for the post. It got me inspired to clean-up and finish the audio aspect of my overhaul...something I had gotten a bit weary of after rebuilding my door panels to fit larger mids with a slightly slicker look than what came stock, as well as dealing with the 3sixty.2 interactive audio processor and the crappy reception my callers were getting with the mic in that hole in the dash next to the gauges (I found that creating a new 'grill' with more audio transperancy (sp?) helped a lot...that stock piece that covors the mic hole really killed the conversations quickly, not to mention the sound from behind the dash speaker bleeding into the mic and creating reverb...ugh). I feel like I have lived and learned on this project like none other...the project being my entire car. My intention was and still is to post my experience here on Renntech.org. I just have to find the time to put it all together...I'm currently petitioning God to make the days longer, but I haven't been able to get enough signatures and he's running out of patience with my whole "just give me a little more time..." pleas. Thanks for the great info!
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