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Everything posted by maytag
maytag replied to mbufkin's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Finally! I've searched the web over, top to bottom, looking for someone, ANYONE, who had even a single failure caused by a LWFW. Now I've finally found one. ONE mind you, amidst literally hundreds of people confirming they've been running their LWFW for years and hundreds of thousands of miles without issue. Oh, there are plenty of people saying "I know a guy who installed a lwfw and it broke his crank", but in every instance they credit Jake raby as their only source (except JFP, who also credits several porsche engineers as saying it's a bad idea). Anyway..... Thanks for posting here as the owner of that infamous crankshaft. I was beginning to think it was all made-up! Haha Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
No offense taken! It's interesting that the only time I've ever asked for (and expected) records was on Ferraris, and that has ONLY been because I know what those records mean to my ultimate resale value on that car. And so I'm asking myself "WHY" on that car, is it so important, but not on any other car (to me)? I've come to the conclusion that it's because those are cars which I intend to, someday, sell. They're a larger investment than my other cars, and so they require more attention to the protection of that investment. Otherwise, my cars have been about driving. I haven't looked at them as an investment; they're simply enjoyment. And I figure I can tell more about a car and how it's been taken care of by looking it over carefully (and comparing what I see to what the seller is saying) than I could from service records. Of course: I'm fooling myself.... there's no way that's true.... but it's the "gut" approach I've always taken. In short: you're helping me to see another way.... I'm not sure I'm organized to do something other than throw a receipt away.... but maybe I can try to be. ? But I may find I'll start to ask for service records, and see what the difference is in the cars that I find.....
This is tough for me. I am always emotional about a car purchase.... if I'm not, then I'm probably gonna look at something else. But I've had to learn to temper that with a time out, haha. I find that if I walk away for 2 days... the emotion doesn't blind me anymore and I can be more objective. Of course, I've missed - out on some cars I really wanted that way.... But in the end, it has saved my bacon many times. To the original post: I do a TON of maintenance.... But I almost never keep records. It's never occurred to me to save receipts, or keep a folder. What items do y'all keep? Even down to the basic oil change? Marker light replacement? Where's the line? Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Thanks Mike. I've used parrot- type devices in cars before, with relative success. But never in a convertible. I'll do some looking around, but don't want to reinvent the wheel, only to start with a square one, haha. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Hmmm, great post, penguin. Thank you for the link! Yeah.... im not going to go making this car no fun on the street. My wife wouldn't ride with me in the last roaster I had because it was too.... (everything, haha). I won't make that mistake again. I also spent 15 years of our marriage focused on being at the tracks, traveling all over... I won't make THAT mistake again either. Thanks for your reply! Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Thank you for the warning! I'm going to buy one, and it is the Enthusiast that I was looking at. It's such a tough thing to do, when everyone said the same thing about the Mercedes-Benz, yet I discovered the accu-gage that I purchased for my Range Rovers works just fine with the Mercedes-Benz. However, my autel unit did not work at all for the Range Rover, that's why I bought the Accu Gage! :-) Thanks silver! Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Huh... I just reread JFP's post and realized you weren't dismissing strut-braces globally, but rather just for these cars. So my reaction was in error, because I missed a word... dang it. sorry. I also reread my own post... and it may sound more harsh than I intended... hehe. I'm a chuckler, and a fun-poker. I could NEVER use enough smiley-faces to convey my personality. :-) So if it sounds a little harsh, please accept apologies. But maybe I'm simply being overly cautious 'cuz I don't know y'all yet? So I'll let the post go unedited, because the idea i was trying to convey is still encapsulated there. Thanks Y'all!
Hehehe... you haven't driven some of the crap cars I have then! There is MUCH more than "seat of the pants" evidence to back up the use of strut braces on MANY cars. There's a reason the FRP's (and tons like them) come with them from the factory... it's because they've been proven to not only work, but to actually be necessary on the track, in that platform. BUT: you are SO right, that most strut braces are simply posing. this goes hand in hand with Silver's comment about the exaggerated claims of the aftermarket parts industry. So Right On. As to Driver's Education: absolutely no question that good education provides better bang for the buck than any modification one could make when starting out at the track. I said so above, as well. So can we please let that sleeping dog be? haha. Seriously: this is an age-old statement that comes out every time anyone on any enthusiast forum says they want to track their car. it should ABSOLUTELY be a person's FIRST investment. But to suggest that it remains the best bang for the buck, regardless of how much training or track time a person has is simply false. A person reaches a point where performance upgrades to the car outweigh the "bang / buck" ratio of education. Not that one shouldn't continue to learn; they must. But the cost of that time becomes more expensive than the upgrades. WHERE that point occurs has EVERYTHING to do with how expensive the improvements are, and how much track time and education a person has. I can tell you that, as a former racing instructor (Superbikes, not cars) it becomes very, very frustrating trying to teach someone advanced skills when their equipment isn't up to the task. I've watched and watched for years, and I hate to say that I've noticed a trend on the internet (and even to some extent in the paddock) where a newcomer arrives and expresses an interest in going racing (or just HPDE's), and so many people hit him with the negative vibe that he crawls back away and goes back to street-racing. I was always the guy who'd see those squids and quickly gather them in and tell them how awesome their modifications looked, and then tell them how simple it is to get to the racetrack to try them out. Of course, the very first thing we hit them with then is the cost/benefit of rider training versus putting a pipe on their bike, haha, just like you have, JFP! :-) But I don't tell them not to improve their brakes, or buy a steering damper, or GET A HELMET! haha. Let them spend their money where they want. And if I know their bike, and I know what it responds to, I'll tell them that too. As long as they're planning to do the education as well, why no let them improve their equipment? frankly: anyone getting on the track will immediately understand the difference between those who can / can't. It's much more obvious than the difference between those who have / haven't. haha. Thanks for all your help, y'all. I'm going to spend a little more time cruising around the forum. There's got to be some people on this forum who've turned their own wrenches on these things, and know what they respond well to. And should I be so lucky to have purchased the ONE CAR in the HISTORY of CARS that doesn't have any flaws when you push it hard.... then I'll be a Porsche-guy for life! :-) Thanks Y'all!
Thanks, silver. I've been reading through threads and the durametric is on my list, as soon as I'm able to confirm that none of the other tools I already own work with the porsche, hehe. Gotta get that car HERE!. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Yup, I've been towing this line for years: learn to drive first. Haha. Having said that; I'm not a novice. And I've never owned a car that didnt need a little help to be "squared - away" at the track. If the Porsche is "good to go", as you're suggesting, it'll be vey exciting to me, and a first. To be clear, I'm not talking about racing it, at any level. I don't need it to make more power (unless that came cheap and easy, haha). But I've never owned a car that couldn't benefit drastically from a strut tower brace, brake upgrades, stiffer springs, etc. Is it that the Porsche doesn't need these or other items like it? or is it that these things are so prohibitively expensive in these cars that nobody bothers until that last 1/4 second per lap needs to be found? Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
Thanks Mike. Plenty of track time under my belt, so of course many of these things are just a given. once I get my hands on the car, priority one is making sure everything is working the way it was designed to. I don't have any maintenance history, so I'll be particularly thorough.... but I tend to be anyway. Cam deviation? IS that a problem with these cars? I don't know the motor at all yet... I'll be learning. No, a "professional Porsche Experienced Mechanic" hasn't touched the car, that I'm aware of.... nor do I expect they ever will. If it comes to that, then I've chosen the wrong car. Unless I discover that they can do something I can't to improve performance? (That may be the case if we get into things like timing and injection parameters, but I'm not imagining I'll go there with this car) I'm a short 5'9", so I'm guessing I should be fine, relative to the rollbar (of course we'll see.... ).
Hi all. Today I put a check in the mail for a '03 Boxster S. Car will be here in about a week. I'm already looking at the calendar at my local racetrack.... hehe So my question: I'm very new to the Porsche world.... where sound I start with this car? What are the known flaws I should look out for? Weaknesses I should start looking at upgrading? Springs? Brakes? And: best euro-exotic sounding exhaust? (No rice-burner fart-cans, please) Looking forward to learning from y'all. Dan in Utah