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Everything posted by ADias

  1. Isn't yours a 911 and the original poster a Boxster?
  2. What is your point? I have the Porsche DVD - is there a new one?
  3. No kidding. The joke is that SUVs became so popular in the US due to the poor quality of our road surfaces. We should instead vote out of office the guys who are responsible for road maintenance.
  4. If you run 17"rims the factory quotes 36 front 36 rear cold. You are above factory numbers !? I would try 33/33. By running 17"rims you already have a softer ride than w/ 18".
  5. Your 996 should be fine. As others said, 17" rims make more sense in most US roads and more so in MI roads. A 911 gives you a total feel of the road as a true sports car should. The other thing to look at is the condition of your tires. If you do not drive much and the car sits, you may have flat spots, and you may need to replace tires. These cars should be driven, they should not sit. Type of tire makes a difference. Contis are very hard and noisy, Pirelli Rosso (and only Rosso) and Michelin are quieter. Tire pressure is also an issue. The factory recommendations are way too high. On 18" rims they recommend 36 front, 44 rear - I settled on 33 front, 39 rear.
  6. The question is: why were they stolen? Vandalism? if vandalism it seemed that they could have done worse.
  7. Never noticed it, but if it does what you say it actually makes sense. I know on another car, when I push the fluid lever, because the wiper is moving, I have to time the fluid release just right , as it can be thrown in one direction by the wiper.
  8. PAG tire recommendation has little to do w/ tread wear and much more to do w/ underpressure liability issues. 36/44 on 18" is way too high for regular driving. The original poster center wear on the rears clearly proves that, exactly against your argument. Tires wear more on the center if over inflated. On a C4 w/ 18" I settled on 33/39 for regular spirited driving. Yes, pressures are set cold.
  9. I would not do it. It's not very useful on a coupe anyway.
  10. Question for Loren/Tool Pants: A friend of mine drives an 02 C2 and often hits the rev limiter in second gear. Can that be an issue in the long run? Is that an issue if it just happens sporadically?
  11. How do you reconcile that with the fact that Porsche states that you can open/close up to speeds of 50MPH?
  12. Was the car left top down outside or inside a garage? If outside, maybe moisture got into some electric contact.
  13. What do you recommend for touch up/buff light scratches or stone chips on standard turbo alloy wheels? Mainly, scratches around mounting bolts.
  14. Just FYI - I was told by a body shop that if you paint the bumper, you'll have to wait a bit (2 months) before a clear bra is applied - it has to do w/ paint curing/hardening.
  15. I think your conclusion is correct. It is not needed.
  16. This sounds like a bad clutch - that is the clutch does not disengage completely. When this happens it is noted in the low gears and less so in the high gears.
  17. I don't see the point. I will only use a front plate because the law demands it. If not, no plate. I see cars w/ marque plates BMW, MB, etc... why? we already know the marque, why do we need to be reminded again? A fake euro plate? We are not in Europe. Just my 2 cents.
  18. I do have the plate mounting bracket. I'm polling the group to get a consensus on plate yes, or plate no. Update: I made up my mind - bumper plugs ordered from Eric...
  19. Many in CA do not mount a front license plate (even though it is illegal to drive w/o one). Some cars (such as the Jag XKR) do not have a "place" for it and others look odd when the plate obscures grills, etc. However, I'm warming to the idea that P-cars do have a place for it, they almost seem naked w/o a front plate. In Europe all carry one, so the car was designed for it. In my case, I also have a cool P-related plate that everyone likes, so I'm inclined to mount it on the front. What is the general consensus in this forum?
  20. Q: Wait wait, so what exactly does PSM do on a C2 in terms of power distribution? A: PSM does not affect power distribution. On a C2 power is strictly applied to the rear wheels. Q: What does a C4 do in terms of power distribution? Front and Rear Wheels in let say no traction conditions. A: A C4/C4s is a an AWD car. Power is applied both to the rear and front wheels all the time. In steady state conditions only 5% of the available power is applied to the front but, dynamically, that can change up to 40%. In no traction conditions no power (or control) is applied anywhere. See earlyapex's reply for a comprehensive description of PSM. The C4/C4S has both AWD and PSM.
  21. The C2 w/ PSM is not the equivalent of a C4. The C4 is a 4WD car, the C2 is not. The C4 normally sends 5% of its power to the front and a maximum of 40% (in low rear traction conditions). A C2 w/ PSM does not do that. I have a 2000 C4 and love it. I think its design makes absolute sense - it adds AWD w/ minimal weight added - the C4 is lighter than a C2 cabrio. I do not favor the C4s - I think it is an overweight C4 without added benefits. Paul Frere says the C4s is "a lot of show and no go" - I agree.
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