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About RJ'sGottaDrive

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    2002 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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  1. It's been awhile since I've posted because my old laptop was running Windows 7 and it wasn't working well with this forum anymore, but now that I finally pulled the trigger on a new laptop- I've installed an Alpine ILX-650 head unit and I'm really pleased. Enjoying the Apple Carplay features. The next step is to swap out the speakers. From everything I've read, the only option for the dash and rear panel speakers is to destroy the OEM speaker cages to mount any aftermarket speakers. After much searching, I found a guy in the UK who designed and now sells kits for this application. He's an engineer that saw a problem and fixed it. Unfortunately, the rear panel adapters only work with the coupes. There is just not enough room in the cabrios behind the speakers. The soft top drain channels are in the way. I bought a set anyway, since I was paying for shipping from the UK, thinking that maybe I could modify them, but there's no way. Hell of a nice guy and he says he only makes enough money for a pint or two for each kit he makes. I actually found him on a Boxter forum. The front adapters fit excellent The drivers side was a bit tight, but it worked. So, I have the adapters available for the rear panels that I'll sell. Both kits cost me $100 shipped from the UK. So how about $50 including shipping anywhere in the continental US. I can also put you in touch with him if you wan the kit for the front. Yes, $100 does seem like a lot of money, but not so much if you want to keep your OEM speakers intact. PM me if your interested.
  2. I don't know if anyone has done any repairs on scratches on their center consoles, but I have a couple on mine I'd like to fix. If you have, I'd be interested in how you did it and how it turned out, short of taking it completely out of the car and respraying. I know SEM makes a spray paint for auto interiors and I've used it on a previous car I've owned with so-so results. Don't know if they make a color that would match up to Savanna Beige. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  3. The one thing that was realy letting my interior down when I purchased my 911 last year was the steering wheel. The leather was shot and the wood was cracked in several places. I checked on cost of a new one- not spending that kind of money. I looked for a used one, but they just don't exist in good condition. So, I looked for anyone who might recondition. I came across a company in Texas called Craft Customs. Based solely on their website and before and after pics, I sent them my wheel. It came back looking incredible. Just like brand new. well worth the $700 I spent. Kathy gave me excellent customer service. I highly recommend them if your steering wheel is as bad as mine was. I'm sure pricing is less for wheels that are just leather. They also do shift knobs, parking brake handles, etc.
  4. The '02 C2 came out of storage yesterday. It's been a mild winter in upsate NY and I'm anxious to get to my list of projects. Last year was my first with a Porsche and I really enjoyed it. The PO had done nearly everything it needed except the AO seperator and I took care of that. The first thing I'm doing is sending the steering wheel out for refurbishment. It's ugly and really let's an otherwise excellent interior down. The second thing is to take care of a rough idle. So, I'm looking for some advice. 20K ago new OEM coils and plugs were installed. I figured it could use a new fuel filter but but the canister style only goes up to MY 2001. Is it integral to the fuel pump? Could be a vacuum leak? Suggestions please. Thank you, RJ
  5. I was trying to get some input here and I thank you for yours. No, I really don't want it sitting on my dash considering my interior color is Savannah and it would stick out like a sore thumb. The consideration was born out of a hot summer day when I blew buy a trooper doing 90 and then realizing I was only doing 76 because I was looking at outside temperature and not speed. Last summer was the first with my 911 and the first with any car where the tach is the center gauge.
  6. Anyone have a Heads Up Display? I came across a video by this guy Flexx and he installed one by DMP Car Design. A nice, simple unit for around $50 shipped. Easy set up. Plugs into the OBDII port. It reads out a few parameters, but it would be nice just to have your speed right there in front of you. Making a list ofprojects for the Spring and trying to decide if this goes on it.
  7. My C2 has been put to bed for the winter and as I dream of projects for the coming Spring, refreshing the suspension is one of them. Can someone provide part numbers and/or a vendor for the Bilstein B8 with H@R springs some folks here seem to like? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
  8. Thanks for all the replies. Out of all the many cars I've owned, the speed difference on this one is the biggest.
  9. I've verified this by 2 different methods and my speedometer reads 3-4 mph high. One possibility I've explored is the difference between 17" tires and 18" tires. I compared the two and at most, the difference is 1mph. Anyone have this issue? Is there a way to recalibrate the speedometer? '
  10. I bought my first 911 just this past June. I had a list of what I wanted- 996, exterior color, interior color, well maintained, IMS bearing replaced would be good, Cabrio. And I had a max price. Beyond that, if I found a C4, great. A turbo, excellent. It took me 3 months to find my 02 C2 with 80,000 miles on it. I absolutely love it. The only money I've spen on it was to replace the AOS. My advice is to make a list of what you have to have, then search. Get the things you really want and you won't be dissapointed. I also have mechanical skills and a friend with a lift in his garage at home. It's a good time when we get together to do some maintenance ( cleaning out the rediators when I first got it), so to me it brings down the cost of ownership. So, you're in good shape there. Best of luck.
  11. Thanks again. Unfortunately Wurth's doesn't make that exact can anymore. I'm sure it's been superceded over the years. Both of the links I provided say they match all German cars. I might have to take a leap of faith. Excellent write up.
  12. Loren- I found the paint- https://www.autopia-carcare.com/wus-892181.html#.XWs34ONKjIU Then I found this kit with everything I need for a good price. But the paint is different. Lacquer vs. enamel? https://www.autogeek.net/german-wheel-scuff-repair-kit.html Please advise. Thank you.
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