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About Toby

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  • From
    Arlington VA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    Speed Yellow 2001 Boxster S
  • Future cars
    996 GT3?
  • Former cars
    1997 Mazda Miata
    1998 Honda Civic EX
    1993 BMW 325i
  1. I am looking to remove the side airbags for my track car. (The front airbags will remain in place and functional.) Is there a way I can avoid the airbag lights from coming on, be it through PST2/PWSIS, or by tricking the airbag control unit? I have a 2001 Boxster S. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for the write-ups! How long did it take you for each bearing? (esp. the part from rotor off to rotor back on.) Thanks again! Toby
  3. Search function worked perfectly! My CEL was blinking and the engine shut itself off within 10 seconds. It started back up with no CEL. My dealer read codes for misfire from 2 cylinders, and they found frayed wires in my ignition coils. I am going to change them myself and save $$$. Thanks for setting this site up. Great resource. Cheers, Toby
  4. If the engine won't even turn, I would still suspect ignition switch. Good luck! Toby
  5. Cleaned the pistons and changed out all inner and outer seals last week. Time consuming, but not difficult. Thanks for your help.
  6. Sounds like the tires to me. If the cupping is on the edges inside or out then the tire side walls are not holding up under harsh driving and may need more pressure or just slow down on corners. If you run your hands over the cupping and you can feel it in one direction but not in the opposite direction then this is call feathering. If it was suspension or wheel alignment then how are all the wheel affected the same But poor quality tires do the same My car does the same thing. It "recurred" (never really went away) through multiple sets of tires, two set of rims, multiple alignments (by different shops), and even a full racing spring/shock/sway/toe link change. Now I just ignore it.
  7. My left rear caliper seems to be binding. I noticed (heard :eek: ) the inside pad is worn to the backing plate when the outside pad still has 1/3 left. This has happened for the last two sets of pads. At the Glen I also felt the car pulled hard to the right when I brake for the bus stop. (I imagine the stuck piston is preventing the ABS pump from releasing that caliper?) Are these newer Brembos are rebuildable like the older ones? (I searched the internet and can't find any articles) Would a rebuild help with the problem? (e.g. are the pistons just out of round?) If so how difficult and how time consuming? (Relative to the ~$300 I think for a brand new one, or less if rebuilt ones are available.) Thanks for your help! Toby
  8. I use the Willwood hitch to tow my tire trailer. (~500lbs loaded.) It works great.
  9. You can definitely drive RA-1's on the street. They are not sensitive to # of heat cycles at all, and even at half tread they are decent in the rain. Even after I got my track rims and trailer, I still use RA-1's on the street. I trailer the "slick" set for dry track use, and the full-tread ones for street driving and rainy track days. I have no experience about how durable Victoracers are, (track use or street driving) but I know people who drive them to AX's, so they must be fine with light street use. (Edit: why don't you ask the guy who sold you the wheels ;)) Watch out for their asymmetric tread design, though. With stock suspension, the outside edge of the fronts tend to wear very quickly. Symmetric tread (such as RA-1's) allows tires to be remounted inside-out, (aka "flipped on the rim) which make them much more economical.
  10. Sounds like the Rear Main Seal (RMS) is leaking. It's quite common for Boxsters (and 996's). If you see the oil droplets between the engine and the transmission, that would be the likely cause. Repair costs ~USD$1000 here. (Don't know whether there is heavier markup in HK) Many (including me) would wait to repair if it's only a couple drops once in a while, until you are replacing the clutch. I wouldn't go in to buy a car knowing it leaks. Given the heavy clutch use in HK (I grew up there many years ago), I would probably ask the seller to pitch in for 50% of the cost for a new clutch and RMS. (But that's just me, and I am cheap :D) Cheers, Toby
  11. Since you are getting a set of track wheel you will want R-Compounds. 235/40 and 255/40 Toyo RA-1's are the tires of choice for Boxster stock 17". My brother and I have used these for the last 80 or so DE days and many AXs. (Almost everyone else in our region use the same.) Just to preempt your next question. Yes 235s will fit 17"x7" rims. The extra rubber helps dial out understeer esp. at corner exit.
  12. The remote receiver will turn itself off after a few days of inactivity (4 or 5?) so it won't drain the battery. Once you have unlocked your car with the keys, it will switch itself back on.
  13. Yes tires are best bang for the buck upgrade, but don't sell your own improvement short. On an average ~1:30 lap, RA-1s or MPSCs driven at the limit is no more than 2-3 seconds faster than standard street tires. It's not unusual to improve by many seconds in the first few events. Congrats! Going forward it would be most useful to compare against the really fast drivers in similar car/tires (e.g. Boxsters, 964s, 993s and even 996s in instructor groups). It provides a good gauge of how much is still left in the car.
  14. Not necessarily. It really depends on the gearing required for each track/AX.
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