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    2002 Porsche 996 C2
    2006 BMW 330xi
    2004 BMW X3 3.0i
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  1. Cross posted this q on rennlist. I'm pleading ignorance. How do I unplug the coupling to release the wiring harness for the tail light assembly? Thanks.
  2. Can anyone tell me which of the following OEM parts are carried over for use with the PSS10 installation?: Front: stop plate (upper and lower), bearing collar, support ring, compensating plate Rear: stop plate (upper and lower) Thanks.
  3. That's great information and much appreciated. That tells me what I needed to know. Thanks.
  4. What is the standard Porsche OE suspension on the GT3? I own a 996 C2 Coupe with X51 package. Currently running Bilstein PSS10s with GT3 sway bars, but can't seem to get the Bilstein package adjusted to my tastes. Live in the midwest where the roads are full of asphalt patching from every winter's potholes. Smooth roads it's great, bad roads and washboard sections of regional tracks it tends to porpoise and lose compliance in rough sections. Thanks.
  5. Will the 993 Turbo wheels fit my 996 C2 narrow body (2002)? The fronts appear to be no problem as the 996 owner's manual says 50 or 52mm offset on the 18" wheels is acceptable, while it lists 40mm for the rear. The rears of the 993 wheels are 65mm. It doesn't seem to me that they would fit, but my Porsche service tech at the dealer says they will (20 years experience). I don't want any handling issues, caliper issues or anything else. The offset is what's bothering me, so I thought I'd ask this group for their experience. Please advise.
  6. I bought an extinguisher (halon) and Brey and Krause (B&K) mount through CDOC online. Best pricing and great service. The mount mounts on the driver's or passenger's seat track and moves with the power seat. Put it on the passenger's side and avoid banging the bottom of your legs on it while driving. It fits great and is close at hand. My 2002 996 C2 has been making the short horn chirp when I lock it as well, but this just started after I had it into the dealer for service. Is this also a setting that's available with the locking mechanism, as opposed to just indicating something is open?
  7. HEAT IS YOUR BRAKES AND ROTORS ENEMY along with a heavy foot. :( I've only owned the car for 2,000 of its 16,000 miles and they just started to appear. I'm about as anal about my cars as you could be, so I know it's not a heavy foot or unusually high heat. I thought that's why they cross drilled them anyway - to help dissapate heat. So far in my ownership I've been more impressed with my BMWs I've owned in terms of braking power, feel, and durability. This is disappointing to say the least. It's a great car and I love to drive it, so I'll obviously replace them, but it's too bad they don't last longer. Thanks for the input.
  8. Can anyone tell me why the rotors on my 2002 996 C2 with 16k miles on it are cracking / checking? I have hairline cracks spreading out from the drilled holes in the rotors. An indy told me when the cracks "join up" or run out to the edge of the rotor, it's time to replace them. I've looked at a lot of friends' Porsches and no one else's is doing this, several with 2 to 3 times the mileage. Can anyone shed some light on why this would be happening with so few miles? Thanks much!
  9. Thanks Izzy. That helps clarify things a lot. The gators won't be a problem at Laguna-Seca, they're not rumble strips, they're a series of little ramps (all relatively new). At my first DE event in March, we were warned that these were new and to watch out for them. It was not a problem, people actually began USING them at times to get more traction on the outer tires. I admit I am doing the reverse of what most people do with street vs. track wheels/tires - I have 17" street tires on plain twist wheels, and 18" track tires on nicer 2-pc wheels, but that's only because the Pilot Sport Cup tires came with the 18" wheels when I bought them, so it's just temporary until I use up the Pilot Sport Cup tires, then those wheels will wear a set of street tires and become my daily drivers. I am still planning to stay in the novice group this year and probably part of next year. Anybody use simulators as well? I have GTR-2 with the Logitech G25 wheel & pedals, and it's really amazing. Izzy, Thanks for the info as well. John - thanks for asking the question again. I'm running the Carrera open spokes (18") on the Contisports (ugh), so once I scrub those tires I''ll be in the market for a dedicated track set of wheels and tires as well. Would like to get the same wheels I have (OEM), but improve the rubber. These tires were on the car when I bought it a few months ago. I will experiment with pressures and take input from the instructors as well. I'm driving at Mid American Motorsports - a couple year old track in the midlands. Thanks again.
  10. Buy an SA2005 rated helmet. PCA chapters allow SA2000 or M2000 or higher rating, but 2005 is the current rating. SA is for auto racing; M rating is for motorcycles. If you buy an SA rated helmet with a 2005 rating, you'll be set for any auto event for the next several years. You can get a great full face helmet for under $400.
  11. Doing a Porsche DE this weekend and wondered what people have found to be the most optimal tire pressures to run on the track. I have a 2002 996 C2 with the 18" OEM wheels and tires and have been running the recommended tire pressures for street driving. Any and all input welcome. Thanks.
  12. Concur with Rodger. If you're that interested in upgrading, there are plenty of better examples out there for the money. Keep looking and be patient, or be satisfied with what you have, since you know it better than anything else out there!
  13. If you're using the dental floss method, make sure you heat up the emblem thoroughly with a hot hair dryer before you pull the floss underneath the emblem. That will help minimize the sticky residue that's left. Goo gone should be sufficient, but the adhesive neutralizer sounds like a good product as well.
  14. What parts are you looking for - interior or exterior? Interior parts can be purchased through Bumperplugs.com - they will do center consoles, trim, etc. Go to their site and peruse the "order" tab to see all the parts they offer.
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