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    '99 996 C2
    BMW '95 M3 - BMW Club Racing IP#33
  1. The GT3 Seat DIY linked to http://www.renntech.org/forums/tutorials/article/17-diy-gt3-seats-install/ shows exactly how to wire the seat belt receptacle to the wiring harness plug that connects to the stock seat. Peter
  2. hmmm... Pelican has the 996 parts in the 996 sections http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/shopcart/996J/POR_996J_BRKpad_pg4.htm#item9 That said, I always reuse these. But I'm also not too concerned about brake noise myself since I usually run track pads which always squeal... Peter
  3. I noticed that connector piece on my car was broken so that it no longer attached and had been zip tied in place many years ago. I bought a new connector but had never replaced it since I wasn't comfortable with the whole coolant air bubble thing. Instead, I was able to use a zip tie strategically placed back to the bolt that was supposed to hold it and this had become a regular check item to make sure it was always being held in the right place and not rubbing into the accessories belt which is about 1/2" away from it. Well, a couple of weeks ago a noise around the accessory belt started happening and it got un-settlingly loud. I'd suspected (actually it was more of a hope) that it might be the idler and/or tensioner pulleys. I wasn't quite so lucky and I found out it was the water pump bearing getting ready to let go. I got the new water pump and decided to get an UView AirLift 55000 to help me with my coolant anxiety (an absolutely wonderful tool). I also found my replacement connector piece and decided to finally install it. Well, I couldn't believe it but when I cut the zip tie holding it and simply pulled it out a little bit to get clearance to cut off the crimp on hose clamp the bottom part just disintegrated in my hands, breaking off exactly like the pictures in this thread. I feel like I've dodged 2 bullets, the first one is that I caught my failing water pump bearing before it decided to let go, and now catching the connector (that I should have replaced long ago) before it decided to let go! Maybe I'll but a lottery ticket this weekend to see if I can continue my streak of good luck! Peter
  4. I did a search for exactly what you said, "oil pressure relief spring" and the only 2 post found are in this thread that says to do a search. I know it's off-topic but am I the only one who find the search facilities in this forum pretty close to useless? Any links to related threads on this topic would be greatly appreciated since my oil pressure sensor went belly up & I need to replace it. I'd like to also replace anything else that makes sense while I'm in there... Peter
  5. Ah yes, don't forget the longer studs on the front if you use spacers. Mine might also be 7mm, I think I got them from tirerack.com. Peter
  6. I think you've got it backwards. The offset is the measurement from the face of the hub to the centerline of the wheel so a larger offset means the wheel is closer to the center of the car. The +7mm offset difference between 997 & 996 wheels allows you to use a spacer if you want to put a 997 wheel on a 996 and maintain the same placement of the tire. I have a '99 996C2 that I use 18x8-57 & 18x10-58 997 wheels on. I have a 5mm spacer on the fronts to bring them back close to where the 996 wheel is. On the rear, the 997 wheels increase the track by 14mm total which works OK. Peter
  7. I would suspect the booster. If it gets filled with water (I'm not quite sure how the water gets in, but I understand it's reasonable common) it can make the pedal feel sluggish. Peter
  8. You can cycle it (open/closed every second) with a Durametric so you can see if it's working or not. I was able to disassemble the solenoid pretty easily and a good cleaning did the trick for mine. There's a little pin that holds it together that can be pushed out carefully. Peter You might be able to activate it with a PST2 or PIWIS but I doubt it will tell you it moved - I don't know how it would know. You will likely need to observe it when activated. If it does not move you know you have your problem.
  9. You might want to look at the Idle Control valve. I was having a stall problem and the problem was that the ICV was pretty dirty. I was able to disassemble it and completely clean it and now the idle is smooth again. My problem was stalling in all cases but I can definitely see that your could have a dirty control valve that is especially sensitive to higher temps. Peter
  10. I'd double check the part numbers... I just purchased a RoW M030 kit from Sunset and the front springs have white and green dots at "A" and a white dot at "B". I found this at a 993 site: 993 Factory springs part numbers: M030 ROW front: 965.343.531.01 (orange/green dots) M030 ROW rear: 993.333.531.11 (brown dots) I don't have the part number on my front spring at hand (and I can't find it on the assembled strut). Peter
  11. I was having a similar problem with the temp gauge moving up to the middle of the 0 in 180 in city driving. I double-checked the cap and made sure the fans were working. Then today, I decided to finally take the bumper cover off an clean the radiators. Wow, there was so much junk in there, I couldn't believe it. Vacumed it out, put everthing back together and I'm back to rock solid straight up right between the 8 and the 0. I did find that much of the plastic peices on the bottom behind the radiators was gone or broken to the point of not being of any value. Next weekend project is to replace all that stuff. Peter
  12. I think the organization running the event has more to do with how much you'll get out of it (and how much risk you're at safety-wise) than what track you go to. Sears, Laguna and Thunderhill are all very fun tracks. The Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW CCA has a 2 day driving school this weekend at Sears Point and I'm pretty sure there are still student slots available. Peter
  13. yikes... I don't think I understand what force would be put on the link to snap it. Where did it snap? Will the OEM GT3 links work with the PSS9's. The GT3 has a different spindle so the drop link ends mount to a point on the OEM shock at a 90 degree angle to where the non-GT3 spingle mount is. I don't think the GT3 links are adjustable so corner weighting the car will result in preloading of the bar. Peter
  14. I contacted Agency Power and they suggested that I lengthen the links to decrease the deflection angle during steering changes and that seems to have solved my problem... The rod ends were about 5mm unscrewed and I increased that to 13 both top and bottom (a little over an inch longer than the minimum possible length). I also used a little medium locktite to help keep the jam nuts tight. Peter
  15. I just installed HR coilovers with GT3 bars and Agency Power adjustable links. For normal street driving (ie. turning the steering wheel move than 1 rotation is either direction), the bottom jam nut loosens very quickly resulting in alot of noise. Has anyone else had this problem? My car is '99 C2 Coupe, 6 sp Peter Vinsel
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