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Posts posted by Gundo

  1. PSE is not that loud and IMHO not worth the effort of installing the electronics at all. You'll be spending a serious amount of cash on the install.

    Many just run it in the default "on" mode and enjoy.

    Cost breakdown.


    $1,750 minimum for the parts

    $1,000 in labor for install.

    Ebay/Secondary market

    $1,000 for a super nice, barely used PSE

    $100 of labor for install (you can easily do yourself)

    3rd option

    Have the input and output tubes on the muffler "bridged" and you've got a hacked PSE that sounds even better.

    I opted for number 3 and LOVE it! Most others that hear the car are amazed it isn't PSE.

    Here's the video:

    My Exhaust Video

    Here's the welded crossover pipe.


    This is the muffler before picture. The little chrome pipe next to the muffler is the Fabspeed Muffler Bypass Pipe - WAAY TOO LOUD!


  2. Okay, I'm finally compelled to take an informal survey.

    Please state your year, motor, approx. annual mileage and observed oil usage.

    I've got nearly 4,000 miles on my 3.8l motor now (Since May 1!), and have added 3.5 quarts already. This seems high to me, and I'd like to collect some independent information from my esteemed friends here on the board.



  3. I've got 3,800 miles on my 2006 C2S Cab, and so far, I've put in 4 quarts of Mobil 1. Yes, I do drive hard, but only recently, as I was obeying the break-in procedures.

    At this rate, I'll never need to change the oil...

    Seriously though, with that much soot on your tailpipe, I would imagine you've got quite a bit of build-up on your lower bumper valence as well.

    Burning as much oil as I have been, I'm having the techs look my car over real good next month.

  4. I know many of the regulars here also visit PPBB.com from time to time.

    Wanted to make you aware of the death of Chuck Hammersmith, an individual that lived larger than life through his creation and moderation of PPBB.com, and truly was an inspiration to many of us in the extended Boxster Family.

    More info over on http://www.ppbb.com, where Chuck's family has appealed to those that knew him or were influenced by him to post.


  5. jmatta - I see you've got the sport exhaust that dude in Germany has been selling. How do you like the sound? Any resonance? I've heard great things about this set-up.

    I've done some runs with guy named Pedro from South Florida, and having been behind him under full throttle, I can say it sounds pretty darn nice. He used a smaller diameter pipe than you've got.



  6. You need new headlights.

    Either Clear halogen headlights lights or Litronics. 911 headlights have been clear since 2000, Boxters have been clear since 2003. There is no way to remove the yellow in the lights you show because it is molded in.

    Check ebay. A pair of used Clear halogens go for $600, a pair of used Litronics go for $950.

  7. My new Aerokit II front bumper (AKA GT3) is being installed as you read (side skirts are being painted at same time, but I'll be installing in a week or so)

    Has anybody installed the GT3 Chin Spoiler also? Mine was not included and I've been looking around for the part number.


    You can see the part I'm looking for at the bottom of Al Vogl's car:


  8. Sorry, but this looks like a waste of money to me. Not really your fault, as these companies should not be allowed to sell such products.

    The reflectors in the halogen headlights are not designed to accomodate the HID light bulb. The end result is an overbright light, with a ton of glare and unfocused beam. You will be blinding oncoming cars with an extreme amount of glare because the light is unfocused.

    Read on below, the NHTSA has ruled that these kits are illegal as the beam blinds oncoming drivers and is unsafe.

    NHTSA Press Release

    NHTSA 43-04

    Tuesday, October 19, 2004 Contact: Rae Tyson

    Telephone: (202) 366-9550


    Continuing its crackdown against manufacturers and suppliers of illegal lighting equipment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced its decision that high intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits produced by a Texas company do not comply with federal safety standards.

    The owner of ASTEX USA, a supplier of aftermarket HID kits, was ordered to conduct a recall campaign and provide a no-cost solution to the customer. The company is based in Dayton, TX. When installed in a motor vehicle, the HID kits "can be expected to produce excessive glare to oncoming motorists and others," NHTSA said in its decision.

    To date, NHTSA has investigated 24 HID conversion kit suppliers; all investigations have resulted in recalls or termination of sales.

    "These illegal lights are a potential hazard to those who share the road," said NHTSA Administrator Jeffrey Runge, MD. "And we will continue to pursue those offering them for sale and violating the law."

    Companies that sell, import or manufacture non-compliant equipment could face substantial civil penalties, NHTSA said.

  9. Hi guys,

    I'm in the process of putting together an Aerokit for my car. Bumper and skirts are on the way - :D

    Question for you parts experts about the trunk - I seem to recall seeing a smooth trunk installed with the rear spoiler, as the spoiler has an integrated brake light. But I've also seen the third brake light blanked out with a piece of plastic.

    Do you know if there is a trunk that does not have the brake light indentation? If so, what is the part number?

    Here is Den Vogl's car with the plastic third light blank


    Thanks in advance!

  10. If you want to do some research you can see the Bosch part number for the control unit for the beam rotation, 0 307 870 007. I took this picture in 2003 because a guy asked me for the Bosch part numbers for the headlights and the control unit. He worked for Bosch and could get a discount. Turned out Bosch had sold the automotive headlight division. Do not know if the control unit is specific to Porsche.

    The white sticker is the Porsche part sticker I pulled back. The actual part number is 996 618 151 15, but 000 044 900 38 is on the sticker and listed in the TSB.

    Thanks! - I'll do some checking...

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