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    2001 Boxter S wht/blk
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    Caymen S
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    '84 Audi 4000S Quattro, '85.5 Porsche 944, '86 Porsche 944 Turbo, '92 BMW 325i - all bought new.

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  1. Fronts: 19x8.5 with 225/35-19 Toyo Proxess (50 mm offset) Rears: . 19x10 with 265/30-19 Toyo Proxess (47 mm offset) 2001S - No problems of any kind whatsoever.
  2. Question on vents. My 2nd Moll died (relays clicking, no start if longer than an hour since the charger was removed). My radio was turning on and off, the rear spoiler went up and the trip meter reset itself to zero! Got a new Interstate MTP-91 and proceeded to make the swap. Couldn't find the round vent hole in the new battery but did notice the oval center rear "thingy" exactly like all of the other Johnson controls manufacturered variants pictured in this thread. Until I read this here, I only suspected that it was the vent and that some kind of adapter connection was M.I.A. Good assumption and since I bought it from the parts department in the Chevy-Toyota store where I work I will be asking them tommorrow morning about the missing vent adapter package. I'm sure our Interstate guy will produce one immediately. My question is, when I noticed the oval fitting I didn't look into it with a light but I did poke a pocket screwdriver into the oval hole - it hit soild. Is there just a small pinhole in there that is the actual vent (and is it open now?) or is there some sort of knockout plug that I have to open? Thanks, John
  3. 19's on a 986 I have posted these before and always get railed for "you are not supposed to put 19's on that year of Boxter" but the outside dimensions of the front and rears (diameter and width) are the same and the rims themselves are 1/2" wider than the stock 18's. I've had these Ruf (knockoffs) for two years and they work great. The ride is 95-98% as good as with the stock setup. The look is unlike any other Boxter and I love it. The quality and finish of these aftermarket rims is above reproach. I am completely satisfied. Probably the easiest wheels out there to clean also. Check it out at "Porsches to Oxford" next week and see for yourselves. Fronts: 19x8.5 with 225/35-19 Toyo Proxess-4 (50 mm offset) Rears: . 19x10 with 265/30-19 Toyo Proxess-4 (47 mm offset)
  4. Not only does it have 4 spokes, it's on the wrong side of the car!
  5. I have the same thing (2001 S). A couple of times a season I'll start it up (no lights on) -or- I'll come up to a stoplight and turn the lights on......I'll hear a loud thumping in the rear and will have to turn the car off and restart it. It's something in the spoiler circuitry because the next day I'll turn the car off and get out after a sub-40 mph ride and the rear spoiler will be deployed. I retract the spoiler with the switch on the kick-panel and then all is well for weeks/months. The spoiler seems to get out of synch with where it actually is and is trying to retract when it already is - I think that is the thumping noise (Porsche techs?). Then it deploys on subsequent start-ups before it is supposed to. Manually positioning with the switch seems to fix it for a while. That's my opinion on the (our) problem. I've posted this concern before - no responses.
  6. The offsets look close enough. Here's mine and they fit fine: Fronts: 19x8.5 with 225/35-19 Toyo Proxess-4 (50 mm offset) Rears: . 19x10 with 265/30-19 Toyo Proxess-4 (47 mm offset)
  7. New 1984 Audi 4000S Quattro at age 32 New 1985.5 944 at age 33 New 1986 944 Turbo at age 34 Had a BMW 325i here in the middle at age 42 (Very slightly) used 6200 mile 2001 Boxter S at age 53
  8. Something tells me that is not his objective.......
  9. 225/35-19 and 265/30-19 are the correct sizes for a 986 running 19' wheels. These make the overall height exactly the same as the original 18's. The factory used 19" wheels on 987's and they used slightly taller tires (40 frt and 35 series rear). The stock 986's tires were a size shorter than on the stock 987. I have 19 x 8.5 and 19x10 wheels on my 986 with no issues whatsoever.
  10. Last Saturday presented a rare opportunity to have a garage full of Boxters and take some pictures. My Brother was moving, so he entrusted me with the temporary storage of his 6,033 mile bought-new 1999 986 (the one with the hardtop on it). After pulling it in the garage beside my white 16,000 mile 2001 S I noticed how little room the two cars took up (this garage is 24' x 36' deep). I got out the tape measure and then backed both cars out. Without even moving my tractor, I backed his car in along the wall and cranked it hard. It slotted in right in front of my workbench with only one 3- point jockey. Then the test - I pulled in my Boxter, no sweat; then my daily driver Grand Prix. Plenty of room. I must admit I was somewhat astounded as I have lived here 12 years and never thought to try this before. This means that when my car goes to sleep for the winter, I can put it in crossways and still get 2 other vehicles inside. The final piece of the puzzle was when our friend Mark arrived to spend the day with his 20,000 mile Artic Silver/Blue/Blue 2001 S. the Pontiac went back outside and Mark parked his car inside next to mine. The weather was beautiful so I grabbed the camera while I had the chance. These 3 cars had never been together before and since my brother had lived out-of-state we had never seen the white cars side-by-side at the same time either. The stark contrast between his brilliant white 1999 and my Barritz White 2001 (cue-ball white, as I call it) is easily visible in these photos.
  11. Now 6 months later and MANY emails. No response whatsoever. Still nothing (Aug 1, 2010)
  12. Thanks Loren. I understand their recommendation. They probably don't recommend 19's on 2001's either but mine work great. I guess I would like to hear from anybody that has tried18's on a '97-'99, recommendations notwithstanding.
  13. I understand that something in the suspension was updated with the 2000 model but is there anything that would keep a friend from bolting on my 2001 18" Turbo Twists to his 1997 model?
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