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  1. It's rock solid, especially if you have a 997 C4 like I do. Even on ice, you can pass any SUV on the road at Z-rated speeds in the worst conditions. You'll have a blast. Don't forget: it snows in Germany :) One reason the Porsche is an awesome winter car.
  2. I had the update installed when it came out and I'm very thankful I did. The Big Dig here in Boston has changed the whole downtown street system. The update has evberything up to date and works well when you're driving underground for 7 miles :) Damon
  3. First is the eating away of the factory clear coat by the wheel cleaner, then the paint is the next to go oce the protection is off. It may not account for every problem, but I hold to my theory that high-alcohol or bad pH-balanced wheel celaner can cause damage. Damon
  4. Ha..I just realized we may have gotten one of the rears the wrong way (both are facing down, when the left rear should be pointing up). Oh well. You get the idea.
  5. dcooper: The calipers (and the rims) look really, really nice. I'm a little confused about the orientation of the decals though. Could you label the photos (i.e., LF, LR, RF, RR) ? I am about to paint my calipers and would like to dol the decals the "correct" way. Regards, Maurice. Sorry about that. We (the Porsche service manager and I) closely examined a 997 Turbo that was onsite and oriented the lables exactly the same way. Let me see if I can label them. Damon
  6. I'd love top believe this is possible. Touchscreen nav + real-time traffic would be sweet. Keep us posted, please! Damon
  7. That's it, really: 1) Realize that using wheel cleaner with bad chemicals / improper alcohol levels had eaten away the factory-applied Porsche clearcoat and paint on my calipers 2) Had the dealer remove them, high-pressure steam clean them in the Porsche dealer's shop (special new machine they had just got in), then send them to their trusted bodyshop for Porsche Guards Red powder coat painting and baking/curing in their ovens. 3) Order 4 of the 4-inch white Porsche caliper decals from Suncoast Porsche and bring to my dealer and have them installed while they have the wheels off. Note they are installed with the "Porsche" written "up" on front right/rear left and "down" on front left and rear right to match the "S" and Turbo brake patterns. (I maye have these reversed, but you get the idea) 4) Have the dealer apply two coats of special Porsche (or VHT) high-temperature caliper clearcoat paint and let dry overnight 5) Recondition the wheels with the P21S Wheel Cleaners (the ONLY thing that's touching my wheels except good ol' soap and water from now on!) Hope that helps! Pictures in the next day or so. Damon Damon: Could you share with us the cost of the process you had done? Regards, Maurice.
  8. Ok, I'm installed and it's all goodness. I always seem to be an early adopter that gets to find some bugs, and this was no exception. I got some bad hardware, and they issued a recall on Feb 22, 2008 for a bunch of units and mine was affected. There were a couple rapid-fire softwrae updates that luckily didn't require dealer install/uninstall (laptop and Bluetooth are all that's needed to update the Tooki's SW). That fixed a bunch of serious bugs (the last update was May 27, 2008 as of this writing). It's all finally working in peace. I have the mic installed just left of the HomeLink overhead panel. Works great with the top up. The noise cancellation is so good, people have NO IDEA I'm driving! I contacted another Tooki user and he otiginally had the mic installed in the OEM steering wheel position, and he said it sucked and had it moved to the HomeLink position as well later and it was the best spot for him as well. HOWEVER...with the top DOWN in my Cabriolet, unless I'm at a stop light, the other end of the call can barely make out my voice due to the severe noise (wind noise is too much for it I expect). I can live with that though. Even my Jawbone BT headset can't kill the wind noise, and is overwhelmed, so no suprise there. Overall: if you're buying one now with the latest updates, check the compat list for your device (I've heard a few folks have problems parining or getting functioinality on some devices) and you should be good to go. I also added the Porsche multi-function steering wheel (I have a Tip so it also has gear shift buttons) and it all works great. I can control the telephone functions from the steering wheel, and since I have the Nav-TV iPod OP-iP unit as well, that my iPhone mounts into, I have iPod from my phone and full funcytionality of my iPhone, and the main controls are from the steering wheel. Hope this helps someone looking to marry the iPhone and 997. They're GREAT together :) Damon
  9. I got the calipers painted guards red via the Porsche dealer at their trusted paint shop contractor and they powder coatred them, nbaked them in the oven to cure, etc. They look awesome. Next up is the Porsche white logo and high-temperature VHT clear coat application over that. I'll post pics when it's all done. Should look high-gloss and identical to the "S" brakes. Damon
  10. Wheel cleaner is likely the culprit. Wheel cleaner = evil. Damon has the car been tracked ? This is normal for calipars that get v.hot (re tracked car) - not normal for even fast road use. Are the rears the same as the fronts ?
  11. I've come to realize from talking to the dealer that brake pad squeeling (assuming you have plenty of meat still on the pads) and caliper paint fading can be caused by: Wheel cleaner. It's evil. It faded my brake calipers to a dull milky white/grey from black and I'm now getting my calipers re-painted as a result, at a cost of about $400.00 per pair. Since I'm repainting anyway, I'm going gloss Porsche Guards Red + adding black Porsche caliper logos I got from Suncoast Motors and doing clear coat on top of that. One very expensive lesson, unfortunately. Damon
  12. One note for brake squeeling I've come to realize from talking to the dealker that could be the culprit, assuming you have plenty of meat still on the pads: Wheel cleaner. It's evil. It faded my brake calipers to a dull milky white/grey from black and I'm now getting my calipers re-painted as a result, at a cost of about $400.00 per pair. Since I'm repainting anyway, I'm going gloss Porsche Guards Red + adding black Porsche caliper logos I got from Suncoast Motors and doing clear coat on top of that. One very expensive lesson. Damon
  13. Sadly, I can't see anythig to do with traffic yet either. Of course, I haven't actually NAVIGATED into a trafic jam yet to see what might happen, but it doesn't look hopeful. Damon
  14. Install happening at the dealer now (with a bunch of other stuff getting done). I should be able to post this weekend on how well it works. Damon
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