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Everything posted by Hroussard

  1. That is cool! Where did you get the Porsche crest and how did you adhere it to the paint? It is actually a magnetic "sticker" that you can peel off at any time without damaging the paint. Can you tell me where you purchased it? Thanks ! http://www.ebay.com/itm/YOU-GOTTA-SEE-THIS-PORSCHE-BOXSTER-BADGE-EMBLEM-BODYKIT-/180842833150?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a1b12a4fe
  2. That is cool! Where did you get the Porsche crest and how did you adhere it to the paint? It is actually a magnetic "sticker" that you can peel off at any time without damaging the paint.
  3. Some pointers for folks that are looking into buying a 996 Turbo. They are THE best value on the Porsche market right now and, no matter what people tell you... this is the FIRST of the NEW Porsche (water cooled etc) with a GREAT GT1 engine (no known engine defects). The car is well understood in the aftermarket tuner and modification market with a wide array of aftermarket options available at reasonable prices. It is also 1/2 price compared with the 997 versions if which more than 100,000 copies ( all variants) were made worldwide. There are very few gotcha's with the 996 T assuming it was accident free and maintained correctly. The gotchas's are: a/ 2nd gear pop-out - modification is available. engine needs to be lowered to repair. b/ coolant pipes not welded but glued prone to dumping our coolant - engine needs to be lowered to be repaired c/ check front differential for wear if previous owners have used incorrect tires sizes back / front d/ Porsche batteries have short life and are hugely expensive - so replace asap is best option e/ Brake system and clutch servo system uses Pentasin and can leak - modify clutch master/ servo to GT 2 system is the solution f/ air leaks in turbo system - pressure / leak test the system So here is a write-up on my hunt for the right car. I started off thinking that I did not want any mods or " enhancements". My initial criteria were: 1/ 2002 or later 2/ nice exterior color / interior color combo 3/ California car 4/ low mileage 5/ DME read-out acceptable - no over revs that matter 6/ six speed 7/ preferable a 1-owner car 8/ Carfax solid 9/ PPI acceptable. 10/ only meaningful mods (wheels, suspension etc) 11/ full documentation I looked a several cars during my chase and I ended up purchasing a 2003 T 996 with the following build / options 1/ metallic basalt black / natural brown full leather 2/ Cal car 3/ 23k miles 4/ no overrevs 5/ 6-speed 6/ 3 owners - last owner 6+ years 7/ carfax solid / docs complete 8/ PPI done by Porsche dealer OK When I was done, I also ended up with additional goodies such as: 1/ Factory Aerokit 2/ 19 inch Sportecs instead of 18 inch Hollows 3/ Fabspeed headers / exhaust 4/ Evoms airbox 5/ Tial A28 turbo/s 6/ Evoms ECUtune to 520 -550 HP 7/ Upgraded sound system to Alpine, including JLA amp / cross-over complete with 2 x12 inch woofer box custom built on parcel shelf, etc 8/ K-40 installed incl Laser scrambler 9/ full ruffled leather interior, headlining Alcantara 10/ complete JIC coil over installation I am estimating that I paid no more than $2,000.00 for the complete mods / upgrades. I am also calculating that the cost of the mods - when NEW - including the various installation(s) would have been pretty close to $20K. So , I recon I paid 10 cents to the dollar for the mods. One rule: Take your time... there is ALWAYS another one just around the corner to look at. _
  4. Could not resist so I acquired a set of 18 Inch Porsche Original Hollow Spokes - Turbo rims. They are currently tireless :thumbup: And.. I am starting to think about what set of tires I am going to put on them. My plan is to swap the 19's Sportecs out for a while, just have some summer fun with the 18". Ahhh the hunt !!!
  5. Always trying to do something.... Got the idea from... Ferrari of course... So cheezy or cute??
  6. Check this out... Just a little tidbit to personalize the car. Ferrari does it so it's OK, I guess.. :-)
  7. Very unusual.... congrats... How much for the wrapping job??
  8. Topping off the oil you said?? I hope you read the manual and understand how to check your oil level. Over filling can cost you your engine.... and, it still does happen to either owners or to mechanics that are not familiar with the dry sump engine that we have in the 996 Turbo ( and others).
  9. OK, thanks folks. So.... here are the part numbers from the mufflers : 996/20 996.111.121.57 996/19 996.111.122.57 So are they the cans belonging to the 3.6 liter engine or the 3.4 liter one??
  10. Question. Are the mufflers for the 996 Carrera 2 - 3.4 liter engine (1999-2001) different from the 2002-2005 version with the 3.6 liter motor??
  11. Update after exhaust change. Folks, it is a different car for sure and I must say that I do like the way the engine sounds now. The sound is "there" for sure and gets a " urgency" when running above 4K revs. I am thinking that perhaps this exhaust is "tuned" by Porsche to give a quite uniform sound foot print at a set of frequencies that is pleasing to the ear ( hey I am a musician so I hear that stuff). Somehow, the engine seems to be pulling just as hard as before and more importantly, the engine sounds "happier" and more linear in power build-up with this OEM exhaust. It just could be me of course!! :-). Also, I notice that - unlike the 996 - the 996T seems to have less of a problem with ambient temperatures, the engine temp sits just at 180 degrees and does not move too much north whereas the 996 temps goes pretty high up to 200 + in the summer months. It was something I did not like too much and yes, I kept the radiators clean. All-in-all it is a very positive change. Happy face <here > :drive:
  12. Fabspeed sold! Still have a 3.4l C2 exhaust complete with EOM tips available... 450 buckaroos!!
  13. Thanks Loren, great insight there. I was anticipating something like that because a turbo / exhaust system creates a lot of heat in minutes from when the engine is started and if the engine was hot to start off with .. WOW .. It's cookin' !!
  14. This is what happened last week....I exchanged my Fabspeed Loud Gen 1 for a factory OEM exhaust. What a job!!! FabSpeed is for sale...
  15. Just wondering. Obviously we have a bunch of fans for cooling purposes and then there is the fan that pushes air into the engine compartment. What is the proposed cycle for this fan? Is is supposed to be on at all times, or when the engine is warmed up or when the engine is "hotter" than X degrees?? Is it supposed to be working in conjunction with the radiator fans in the front of the car or what??
  16. Ok, some more on this subject. I got to talk to Jake Niergarth at Tial Motor Sports who produces the Tial Turbo's. The units have been identified as Alpha 28. I am happy :-)
  17. BobBobert. How much was the conversion kit from Evolution and what parts did it contain?? No worries . I found it - available from Ssharkwerks here in the Bay ; http://www.sharkwerk...cts.php?pid=162
  18. So, here are some thoughts after 3 months of ownership. First, there is NO comparison between a C2 and a similar model Turbo. This thing is frighteningly fast whereas the C2 can be driven with full throttle up to 6th gear, the turbo is just too fast and will hit triple digits before you know. It's a good idea to only hit the go-button when you are reasonably straight. The car just hunkers down and goes, boost comes on very quickly and holds .9BAR (I have Alpha 28 Tial turbos) all the way up. Gear shifting is smooth and consistent... but a bit long ( if you are used to a shortshifter). Brakes are powerful and inspire confidence for sure. Must say I like the "weight" of the front part of the Turbo. It is not "floaty" and it is planted very well. Perhaps my JIC Coil overs have something to do with that. I decided to raise the car about 1/2 inch to get some more cushioning as I am running 19 inch wheels. It is still quite low and looks right to me. I also bought a set of Porsche Hollow Spokes and I am planning to swap them over some time in the future to see how the 18 inchers feel as I am running mostly on 405 freeway type roads. I think the 996T is a real good bargain at this moment but I also believe that the prices are started to climb and that many 996TT are in the hands of folks that have no intention of rotating them out in a year or so... I believe that, because of the Mezger engine, lots of people will be hunting for these cars as the engines can be modded so easily and the engine can go to 700 HP without problems. There are lots of parts and tuners that have options and parts for these cars. They will be there for a long time to come.
  19. Loren, thank you, so.... I am trying to find those TSB's but they are hiding. What is the recommended pressure?? I will check my users guide tonight but I wonder as indeed I have the 19's and boy, they are skinny :-) I am wondering.
  20. My 996 TT 2003 runs on 19 inch Sportec's. The tires are; front 225/35/ZR19, back 315/25/ZR19. Continental ContactSport2 Recommendation for tire pressure please ... 50/50 town / freeway driving, no tracking. Has anybody these same tires or at least the same sizes? Thanks a million.
  21. I know this is an ancient thread but here is a picture of the 2 Amps I have in the front of my 2003 TT
  22. It still works. Just a quick update. I am extremely surprised to see how often the charger's display changes from "battery full" to " battery charging" with the appropriate activity of the charger. I take it that there is a lot of power consumed while the car is just sitting there (hence the suggestion to lock you car as that turns off more electrical systems). No wonder Porsche is using these HUGE batteries to prevent them from draining too quickly.
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