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I had the same problem and had to replace my lock mechanism. I think the part you're looking for is one of these: 8N1 837 015 C door lock /L 3B1 837 016 P door lock /R
Anyone who has heard my Boxster will tell you it sounds fantastic. The secret is more than just the muffler. You're on the right path with the Borla, but you'll need to get a pair of 100 cell cats and a nice set of headers. Additionally, I have changed the intake completely to a straight BMC canister. The growl may not be quite as low as the 996, but it will be very impressive.
I'm using Toyo R1R tires for street driving which aren't N rated, but are fantastic tires. I've even used them on the track when my Hoosiers were spent or it was too wet for them. I wouldn't worry about the N rating too much.
If you're pushing the car at all, you'll completely fry the Redstuff. Yellowstuff is a bit better, but if you're really flying at 100%, you'll end up cooking them as well. Yellowstuff is better than Redstuff, but if you're not at least in an advanced group, you probably won't notice. The brake ducts are an important upgrade to keep things cool. The extra airflow seems to make a difference. Excellent choice to put them on there. Cross-drilled rotors are pointless nowadays. In the days of pads that released gasses, it was a good idea. Now it just reduces the braking surface area and the holes get clogged up with brake pad material. If you have 17" wheels (or larger), the best thing you can do for your braking system is put Carrera brakes on the front. They're the same as the Boxster S brakes, but the calipers are black. Then, put something like GS610 or some other 600 degree fluid in. Then, depending on your level of commitment, a good set of racing pads. I'm currently using PFC 06 pads on the front and stock on the rear. I've run Hawk Blue, PFC 97, PFC 01, Pagid Yellow, Pagid Orange, and Hawk HP+. The PFC 06 pads on the Carrera rotors/calipers is the best combination I've found so far, and I think I've stopped looking. Before any of your smarty-pants say something about the Carrera brakes being cross-drilled, I know. I've been looking for a solid disk, but haven't been able to find any. Once I do, I'm switching and will get even better braking.
savowood replied to lmac1129's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Wow...a lot of vitriol for Roock. He did a great job on my car and also on my buddy's 996. I didn't have any issues with him at all. Everything was as promised.
savowood replied to lmac1129's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)A buddy of mine had Roock in Atlanta do a swap in his 99 from a 3.4 to a 3.6. The only real hard part apparently is getting the Variocam+ to work properly. Once you get it going, it's a screamer. Call Roock and let him know I sent you. -Michael
Personally I run 245 up front and 275 in the rear on 17s. Those are Hoosiers so it's a little bit different story. My regular street tires are 235/255 on 17s. I like the better grip up front and have run my Boxster that way since back when it was stock. -Michael
Keep the pre-2000 5 speed. Your acceleration is much better with that setup. Mine with the 2000 5 speed is frustrating in 3rd gear. Your final drive ratio is better for acceleration. -Michael
This might be too simple, but are you pulling up the hand brake? Even just one or two clicks is usually enough. You may also have a bad switch on the brake. I'm pretty sure there's an article on this site about checking and replacing the switch. -Michael
Take a look at the glass. Not the plastic part, but the glass behind that up close to the bulb. If it's brown, then you found your problem. My guess is it's caused by putting Silver Star bulbs in there instead of the standard ones. I had it happen on two cars. Now I use only standard bulbs. -Michael
Check the method used to get the octane rating. Different methods produce different numbers, all close, but one country's 87 is another country's 91. -Michael
The picture of that Kokeln car looks exactly how I did mine. You'll need some tubing, hose clamps, and patience. It's a tight space to work in, but it fits. -Michael
savowood replied to JeTexas's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I had the same issue and ended up buying a set of used ones. I surmise that my using the higher intensity SilverStar bulbs is what did it. Back to the regular bulbs for me. -Michael