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Everything posted by rick3000

  1. I hate bumping old threads, but wanted to give a little UPDATE the will hopefully help people in the future. There are two types of RTS (Roof Transport System), the old one and the new one. The old one came with two mounts one for the hardtop and one for the body of the car. The RTS was upgraded at the same time the hardtop lost the, "ears," to include only one universal mount. I have an original RTS and a hardtop with ears. After driving with the RTS mounted on the the hardtop, I got some noise issues due to the extra weight on the top. So I tried the body RTS mounts (pictures above, thanks Tool Pants), with my hardtop. They fit just fine, I was hesitant because I though because it had two mounts one for the hardtop and one for the soft top, but I was wrong. The ones I thought were for soft top only use, work just fine with the hardtop, and although the part number is different from the newer RTS mounts they appear to be identical. So apparently if you have an older RTS you can use it with any hardtop, via the body mounts. And if you have the newer RTS then you just have the body mounts, and that works too. I am going to switch to the body mounts to hopefully eliminate the noise the RTS caused through the hardtop, keep the top from flying off of the car if I am ever in an accident, and add a "roll cage" to my Boxster.
  2. Do you know the PN for leather matched color grills? Great Write-Up!
  3. mikefocke's site has a page on remove the convertible top. Also, you hand sew the new window in, so you can do it while it is the car, but it would probably be easier with the top off.
  4. I don't think it will fit in the 987, and there is no bolt to hold it in place.
  5. I know a lot of people including myself, said that summer tires aren't safe in freezing temps. But I drove 12° to 32°, on a twisty road at 50mph making 25-35mph turns, with no problems. There was no snow on the roads but it was cold. I actually don't think you would have a problem unless you are driving through snow, because the friction will heat up the rubber.
  6. So an UPDATE on this: I emailed Europa Auto Parts. They said they will be getting the kit in next week, and start listing them on eBay. So they won't send me a copy of the instructions. Personally, I would prefer to do it myself for half the price. So, I have made up a wiring harness, and I pulled out the relay panel to see what I am up against. I am going in favor of ease and making this fully reversible without making anything permanent. So instead of tapping into the back of the relay panel, I decided to make an extension from the relay panel to the relay. Does anyone see a problem with placing female plugs on the relay and male plugs in the relay socket, then tapping the wiper knob into the extension cable, and zip-tying the relay next to the fuse panel? It should work, but I want to get some opinions on whether or not you think this a good or bad way to do this. When I finish with this hack, I will post a link to my instructions. Hopefully my website won't be disappearing anytime soon. :D
  7. You can always get a set of high performance all-seasons when you change your tires next. Then there will be nothing to worry about wherever you go. You will be sacrificing high end snow tire like snow/cold temp. performance, and high end summer performance, but they will work a lot better in all temp. ranges than just summer or winter tires.
  8. I was looking over at the PPBB Archives. My understaning of it is that you install the relay and wiper switch, then yout tap pins 3 and 4 to the power and ground. Then you tap pins 1 and 2 into the main wiring harness. On PPBB they mention a wiring harnes for pins 1 and 2. Does anyone know where this wiring haress goes? My best guess is that you wire pins 1 and 2 to a longer wire then run it to the fuse panel and tap then into the main wiring harness there? Is this correct? If anyone has done this mod, I would really appreciate any information. Thanks! :D
  9. Most likely, the water dripped down from underneath the top. There are four drain points around the car, and if they get clogged it is not uncommon for them to leak into the car. If you google it, there a few websites pages on this. Also, check your drivers side if you get water on the cars electronics your going to be very unhappy.
  10. Thanks again Loren! :) If you have any more info in this hack please post it, but I think that is all the information I need to do this hack. I might make a page on my site on this, if I do I will post it here to replace the older site that has disappeared.
  11. Thanks Loren! So all you do is hook in the relay, then tap the 4 wires into the corrosponding wires in the main cable harness. The only question I have left is which place do you put the relay in?
  12. I just found this on the internet. I was wondering if anyone can tell me which pins on the connector are 1, 2, 3, and 4. Also, can anyone verify the colors of the wires you tap into. Thanks! :D Pin 1 Yellow/Red (Relay Pin 1) 2 Black/Green (Relay Pin 6) 3 Blue/Green/Red (illumination) 4 Brown (ground)
  13. I am not sure if those adjust but they do pop off. They are where the Roof Transport System mounts go. You could just try pushing them or pop them off and see if you can adjust them. If you need more info on popping them off look at the Boxster Wiki site. :D
  14. I am not sure about any Boston shops. But you can DIY with a replacement window off of eBay for about $100. I hear it takes about 4 hours to do.
  15. That's what I have been looking for as well. :D
  16. You do have a ground loop problem, that is why a ground loop isolator will fix the problem. A ground loop isolator minimizes the static your hearing, so that is only audible at very loud volumes. I have researched this a lot and had the same problem, and the only solution is a ground loop isolator. Your iPod cable is not faulty. Hope this Helps! :D
  17. I had this same problem in my Boxster. What you need to do is buy a ground loop isolator. There a few dollars at Walmart (cheaper than RadioShack). It plugs in between the RCA cables normally, but because you don't have RCA cables I would try looking for one the you splice between the power line. (Like this: http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Ite...11&tp=2653) The make them but they are not as readily available. It will minimize the whine so you will not be able to hear it unless you have the stereo up almost all the way. It is not a faulty cable, or iPod. This is a fairly common problem. Hope this Helps! :D
  18. I recently replaced mine. I couldn't find any wipers that fit the Boxster wiper arms, so I just replaced the rubber. There is no need to replace the metal anyway. I bought the two rubber pieces for $5 at PepBoys, and then used the current metal strips that fit in the rubber. Works great, and it only cost $5! :D
  19. The hood dash light is dependent on your year boxster. The older ones do not have a hood warning light.
  20. So I need to buy: 996 Relay (#996.615.103.00) Wiper Dial (#996.613.115.00) Computer CD-Drive Connector (I have one in an old computer, for free) And then which relay space to I put the relay in? Were do the wires from the Wiper Dial go? What do I hook them up to? Thanks!
  21. Hi, I have been thinking about doing the intermittent wiper hack in my '99 Boxster. I have been searching for information on this hack but it appears the site that had the instructions on how to do it has vanished. And the site that sold the hack kit has vanished as well. I was wondering if anyone had a guide or anything that would enable me to do the intermittent wiper hack. I would like to do it with the switch opposite the cigarette lighter. Thanks! :D
  22. That is cool! I am actually sort of hoping something like this happens to me, I would love to upgrade to Litronics, and my bumper needs a new coat of paint. :D
  23. What insurance do you have? I wish they would just send me a check and let me buy the parts, when I file a claim. Then you can buy upgrades on eBay for the same price as the OEM through a shop.
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