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Kevin Bryck

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About Kevin Bryck

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    Velocity on Wheels, Guitars and Composition, Designing and Building, Cooking and Eating

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    Portland, OR, US
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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
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    '02 996.2 Cabrio, '00 F-150, '78 BMW R100RS
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    All done for now, thanks
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    '67 Beetle, '73 Datsun 510, '89 Taurus SHO, '89 Miata (First Day!)

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  1. Both 17" and 18" wheels will fit your car. Factory 17" rims are easier to find since most owners seem to want to go up in wheel size and have fitted 19" and even 20" wheels to a 996. My 17" Carrera2 wheels are listed as 1/2" narrower in front and 1" narrower in rear than my 18" Carrera wheels, presumably for clearance to fit cable chains. Many of the factory wheels floating around are from Boxters and are even narrower so beware of sellers saying that they are a correct fit your 996. Check the width. Given the current state of the pavement in this country I
  2. There are 9 motors involved in operating the cabriolet top and they all need to be working in synch with cabriolet "computer" with all the relays back there by your clamshell and hydraulic pump motors. After I completed all the mechanical fixes my top would still not operate until the local independent worked their PIWIS factory tablet computer magic to attempt to "top synch" the "computer." This took several visits since each visit would diagnose one error (confused latch motor, top position potentiometer arm broken off, flap motor nuts stripped causing a timing out of the process) Now abou
  3. I was warned to never hold/force the stalk in the on position to keep the signal blinking during a complex turning maneuver, like in a traffic circle. I have tried to be very careful with signal use since I replaced mine a one year ago for almost $400 for the part. The left signal is already intermittently failing to self cancel after completing a turn. Since the existing signal sound does not rise above background noise in these cars that leaves me phantom signaling as I proceed down the road. Need to retrain to manually cancel the signal now. This vehic
  4. Given that 9 motors are involved in opening and closing a cab top, I was warned to only run the top up and down with the engine running.
  5. 2002 996 Welcome everyone to another installment highlighting the wonderful world of fragile Porsche parts! Have both 17" and 18" wheels and have recently lost the metal Center Cap logo medallion off of one wheel of each size. While removing the other center caps every remaining medallion fell right off in my hand. Metal medallion secured with a random dab of some type of adhesive. We have reached the end of lifespan of whatever adhesive the Center Cap supplier used to keep precious colored metal medallions stuck to those cheap plastic caps.
  6. Welcome everyone to the wonderful world of fragile Porsche parts! See this thread: https://www.renntech.org/topic/51246-convertible-top-lid-issue/ These side flap motor lead screw follower nuts are a very soft plastic that does not even cover a single turn of the lead screw, not a proper self lubricating material or design. The fact that Porsche continues to foist off the exact same parts with a well documented history of failure shows just how much they care. Remember when paying through the nose that the Porsche and Piech families are the 7th wealthi
  7. The 17" rims are listed in my manual for winter use, perhaps to leave room for cable chains? My 17" rims are listed as 1/2" narrower in front and 1" narrower in rear.
  8. Welcome everyone to the wonderful world of fragile Porsche parts! The fact that Porsche continues to foist off the exact same Steering Control Switch Assembly with a well documented history of failure shows just how much they care. Remember when paying through the nose that the Porsche and Piech families are the 7th wealthiest oligarchs in the world per Wikipedia. Probably manufactured by some addled 4th cousin working in a remote German mountain village and supporting an entire shirt tail wing of the family. Or contracted out to some poor slapdash eastern Eur
  9. Drove my '02 cabriolet with almost 50K miles from Minneapolis to Portland in the blazing August heat based on a PPI and optimism. Only trouble on the way was key fob failure. Will not be posting max speeds through ND and MT. If you're buying a fussy fragile cabriolet, familiarize yourself on the emergency up and down procedures and make sure the you have a Phillips to undo the back panel. Then think positive thoughts, smile and enjoy the ride...
  10. Okay this is REALLY specific. The adjustable tension cable on the drivers side of my cabriolet disconnected at the top where it threads (8mm) into the top frame, not at the bottom where it snaps onto the ball. The is a larger diameter (10mm?) clean smooth painted hole where the cable needs to thread in, which leads to the presumption that there was a nut on the back side? Searched all over including removing driver's side rear 'door' panel and fishing around with a magnet but no loose nut found. Looks like getting to back side of this frame casting would entail a major disa
  11. Late to seeing this thread. Due to other cabriolet fragility problems both of my side flap nuts were stripped and cracked like your second to last photo. This causes too much friction to complete the flap open or close process before the cabriolet computer times out. The factory solution is to replace the entire flap and motor assembly. Someone with a 3D printer should make an upgraded version of this part. I was able to source a couple of proper self lubricating 8mm x 1.5 pitch follower nuts, machine them down in every dimension and slide them into the slot. An expen
  12. From what I have read clicking means the drive cable end is stripped. Need a new cable or perhaps just the cable end?
  13. Upon purchase I received one battered key with a working remote fob and one no-remote valet key with my '02 996. Seller swore he would mail along the second working remote key from its secret hidden location. Hah! The one remote fob died on the trip home. New battery did not resurrect. After wasting countless hours on fruitless research I finally purchased two new RFID "Master Key Remote" fobs installed on the existing keys from Sunset for $459. $153 each for the shiny new RFID remote heads and $152 labor. No registration or ID required. Merry Christmas! Perso
  14. Cabriolet side/mud flaps are actuated by this lead screw which is attached to the shaft of the drive motor. If your tops gets out of synch as mine did when the bolt that holds a side arm casting to the hydraulic piston fell out, then it creates a cascading nightmare of fragile part failures. First that spindly potentiometer arm with the lightening holes to save a hundredth of gram of plastic breaks off, now these. This tiny molded soft plastic nut runs on what I measure as a M8 x 1.5 pitch lead screw, which is apparently less common than the M8 x 2 pitch lead screw used
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