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  1. Ahh, I think I know why TP said the hack won't work for 2001 MY - he was probably referring to Yoseif's instructions, where one of the part numbers for a wire is incorrect. It needs to end in 10, but ends in 09. That makes the wire not a perfect fit into the 2001 MY clusters. We ran into this when TP was helping me do the install. What reminded me of this was going to the threads TP included in his responses.
  2. I don't know why Toolpants singled out the 2001 2.7 as the one where the OBC hack does not work. The OBC hack works (both the 4 stalk and the button hack) on 2001 2.7. I have the button hack on my base 2001, and interestingly enough, TP helped me install it! Here is proof: Maybe TP forgot because of all the beer he had that day :D :
  3. Hmm, opened up the assembly, took out the bulbs, put them back in etc. Was unable to locate the vent :( - looked all around the casing, and couldn't find anything that looked like a vent. Anyone with a 986 try this? Have a pic of the vent that you could point me to? Thanks!
  4. Thank you for the speedy response! Completely agree with keeping things as stock as possible. The pics (esp. the one with the arrow) helped a bunch - I am sure my 2001 halogens will be a bit different, but with my Bentley and the pics here I should be able to figure out what goes where :) One quick question - I am considering the 4300K/5000K H7 Kit found here: http://www.xenonexpert.com/ddm_kit_sale.html Is that the 'correct one'? As I understand, my halogen housing should require D2R as opposed to the projector beams' D2S type (IMO needed for 987 models since their non-xenon low-beam was also a projector one).
  5. Thank you for the response and for the link, Al! I need to understand what you mean by the vent tube, and (going by its name) whether I will be 'blocking' it if I pass wiring through it. This pic of yours (http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=8197) is helpful, but leaves me with a couple of questions: * Is that a pic of the inside (towards the bulb) side of the black plastic cover, or the outside of it? I haven't opened mine yet, but my guess would be inside. * I don't see any vent tube in the above pic - is that vent tube built into the plastic cover, or is it located someplace else? Thanks again!
  6. Great writeup and followup commentary. I too interested in doing the HID retrofit, but without having to drill any holes in the plastic cover. I have seen online items at vertexauto which come with pre-drilled covers but are a bit expensive, and no one here appears to have used them. I saw a post on pg 7 with a kit from Xenon Expert that doesn't require any drilling and claims of everything fitting well, but their site doesn't mention anything of that nature. The question is - has anyone successfully done the HID retrofit while keeping everything as stock as possible (in other words, without having to drill a hole into the plastic cover)? All input appreciated.
  7. Decent turnout, including one Cayman S! We all went for lunch to Santana Row afterwards. Here are some low-quality camera-phone pics. Wing, George, Rhonda and Steve: Steve working on his Cayman: Efren prepping the orbital: The action shot: Let's inspect, shall we: George directing traffic on a boxster:
  8. We have 5 confirmed, 2 probable, and 3 maybes for the Wax-your-car day. Saturday looks to be beautiful. If anyone here is interested, please post so we have an idea for how many might be making it. Thanks :)
  9. Now that the weather is finally looking up (and how!), let us get together for some spring cleaning :-). Wash your car at home, drive it over to the venue, and lets detail the cars together. cas951 has generously offered us his garage and more! If this sounds familiar, cas951 also hosted the mini-work-on-cars day last year. Now for the details: DATE: March 8th (Saturday) WHEN: 9am onwards WHERE: cas951's place. 2840 Mauricia Av Santa Clara, Ca 95051 2 blocks from the GMC dealer on Stevens creek. Stevens Creek Porsche is also only 2 blocks away. Cross street is Kiely/Mauricia Av. Directly in-between Prunridge and Steven Creek. The plan is to get an early start. Work on cars from 9am-12noon, so bring your detailing products/tools. At that point, we will convene together and decide on the drive and lunch-venue, so bring your ideas. The plan is to finish up around 2.30-3pm. cas951 has not only offered us the use of his garage and expertise, but he is also OK with people washing their cars at his place if they can't do it early enough. Side Notes: Beer that early may not work well for most (except Paralizer, of course :) ). Anyone up for whipping together some spicy Bloody Marys? Please reply back if you plan to attend, so we have an idea for how many will show up. Thanks!!!
  10. That is so weird. I can understand $$ difference between Walmart and Costco, but this is a huge difference between two Costco stores, both of them in CA! (My group 48 battery, which I bought at a costco in San Jose less than a month ago, cost ~$90). Heck, even with the gas prices nowadays I might save some $ driving to the Roseville costco :)
  11. There is an outside chance that I might be traveling to Chicago, but if I'm around then I'll be there. Are there specific work-items you have in mind? (Mind you, I'm less useful than a block of cement :) ). I've been meaning to do my fuel filter, but want to do it with someone who has done this before and can guide me.
  12. Yup, you noted at that time that I was still on the original battery, and Cas did a test and thought that the battery wasn't doing too well :). I'm hoping that the alternator is not the culprit, as Cas thought that the charging system was not pushing out enough, while you thought it was doing OK. Guess I'll find out soon enough with the new battery :) Old Battery : New Battery : Batteries at costco (47 and 48) :
  13. Had my battery go out over the weekend - it was the original one (in an 01 boxster). The price of the one from costco is now about $90 (core charge of $5), and the prices at AutoZone, Kragen etc. were about that or more. The person working at Costco told me that prices had gone up in the past couple of months. This Costco (Almaden Expy) had several batteries with sizes 47 and 48 (I got the 48). This thread helped me quite a bit - so thanks all for your posts.
  14. And to add some perspective, this manual is many (5?) times the size of the owner's manual. I was surprised by how thick the darn thing was. It is a good buy regardless of whether you use it for the headlight work or not.
  15. I've heard very good things about Cecil's shop as well. Since you are in Los Gatos, you may want to drop by the Los Gatos Acura bodyshop - they are the preferred bodyshop for Stevens Creek Porsche.
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