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    2001 986 (grey on grey)
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  1. Are you in another country? 8 degrees is pretty cold, even in Celcius. I probably wouldn't put the top down if the temperature were lower than ~50 (F).
  2. Dan, A guy on 986forum.com mentions that you don't have to remove the headliner when replacing the top. Sounds like that should be pretty simple!
  3. Dan, I'll be in the same boat, since my 2001 has the headliner. I don't think it will be too much of a problem to get it out. I'll be detailing it's removal and reinstallation to send to Mike so he can update his page. I'm going to try to get outside and look at how it's attached in the rear portion. I think the front and middle sections are held into the rails like the rest of the top is. Also, I'm going to move up the install date. I'm getting anxious to get that top on my car and ditch the old worn out one that's on it now!
  4. I received the top yesterday, but haven't unboxed it yet. I will likely do so soon, and take pictures and write up a 'pre-install review'. The top is a Robbins glass window top. I've heard the instructions Robbins provides are VERY good, so I'll make note of that in my review. I'm tentatively planning installation on Saturday the 27th, to give it a couple weeks for notice.
  5. I just ordered a new top from Topsonline.com. I had put the word up here before, but I'm inviting anyone who wants to come and either help or observe to come on down! I expect I'll have the top within about a week, but will plan on doing the install on either Saturday the 20th, or the week after, on the 27th. For those that want to come, I'm in Austin, on the north side (pretty much in Round Rock). I expect this will take all day, so I'll try to get started around 9am. Most people who have done a top replacement themselves have noted it takes about 10 hours... so I'll be at it all day! If anyone is interested, let me know by emailing me (I don't frequent the boards so much lately) at mqjaustin at yahoo dot com. I'll decide which weekend I want to do the install hopefully by the 13th, so you'll have at least a weeks notice. Also.. if anyone has a video camera and mad video editing skillz - we could do a DIY video!
  6. If you're concerned with your engine getting a bit warmer than usual - check your coolant level. The more coolant there is, the more capacity to absorb heat there is. Also consider removing your front bumper skin and cleaning out the radiators. Those puppies can get dirty, and particle matter in there insulates, reducing the ability of the radiators to lose heat like they should.
  7. I think I've seen them on Ebay. One of the dismantlers puts a lot of stuff on Ebay.
  8. Some new tops come with cables already installed. I know Robbins do.
  9. Definitely looks great! I don't think I'd go with a double DIN unit myself, though. My 01 originally had the cheesy a$$ cup holders in the top slot, and when I got it, an Alpine (I think) stereo. (missing the face plate... never got it from the small dealer) I swapped in my Sony MP3 playing head unit. Later I swapped the cupholder with another forum member, since his single DIN head unit had a fold out display that blocked his HVAC controls. I got his top mount hardware and the bin for the bottom most slot. I like it that way now, so I'd rather not have anything force me to move the HVAC unit again. I also have a PDA and a GPS receiver, so I gots t3h NAV when I need it ;)
  10. MAF is the Mass Air Flow (sensor). I also suspect with a leaner mix, the engine will run a little bit hotter. You should take it back and have them check the AOS, and other things. Your car should NOT have a sooty buildup on the bumper.
  11. THWARTED!!!! For now... I just got home a while ago, so I decided to remove the gauge cluster and swap in the LED bulbs I got. (Yeah, I got the ones from porscheLEDs.com, just for the cluster, tho) It's THE WRONG STUFF! What I received was 7 LED 'bulbs'. Looked easy! Just take out the old ones and swap in the new! WRONG My cluster's illumination is ALL from surface mount LEDs. I'm really not sure if I want to risk messing it up by doing surgery to replace all of them... Maybe I'll try to find a cluster from a junked car... if I can for cheap... and use it's board... maybe... But for now, the project is THWARTED!!! (looked it up, and yeah, Porsche changed the gauge cluster in 01... leaves me limited in my options at this point...)
  12. If you hit the button, and the motor starts to do something, it's not likely an electrical/electronic problem. With some sort of electrical or electronic problem, the motor would not respond to the button at all. I would guess a failed motor, or something is binding up that it cannot overcome. As for your other issues, I'd look into replacing the ignition switch. When an ignition switch starts going out, all kinds of goofy electrical things happen - stuff not turning on... stuff not turning OFF when the key is removed... DEFINITELY sounds like a possible source of your non-top problems. They're not very expensive, but can be a little tricky to replace. A dealer will try to sell you a new switch, which requires a new ignition cylinder, which will cost quite a bit more.
  13. WOW!! Excellent work! Next time I go up to DC, I'm going to have to look you up and check it out!
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