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Everything posted by Team996

  1. Another great alternative is always the BIRD Armrest...<http://www.birdautomotive.com/996.htm>. I didn't say it was cheap, but it looks killer and I've heard great things about it. I intend to put it in soon.
  2. Loren, as always, you're a great help. The only thread I can find on V1 telephone hardwiring is "Another Valentine 1 hardwire installation," which I'm uncertain is the right instruction. Is there one thread you prefer over another for optimal installation you can easily point to? Thanks again.
  3. Not if you buy from Sunset... I completed the replacement, but none of the buttons on that panel work now (including door locks). It's pretty sweet when things like this happen for no reason. Any suggestions? Are you sure everything is plugged in the right places and there are no blown fuses? If I had a diagram for correct plugging and knew what a blown fuse was, looked like, and where to find it, I'd be able to answer your question better. However, I'm super-layman to taking apart even the little P-things. Does anyone have (1) lighter electrical plug and/or (2) fuse diagrams? Thanks. I'd love to get some power out of my lighter for my new V1 (which I do plan to eventually hardwire).
  4. Not if you buy from Sunset... I completed the replacement, but none of the buttons on that panel work now (including door locks). It's pretty sweet when things like this happen for no reason. Any suggestions?
  5. Thanks, Loren... I'm going to do a search for a diagram of the upper strut mounts so I know where to spray a little soapy water.
  6. I hope at least one us here knows something about struts... I'll appreciate any input! Thanks!
  7. My steering sounds like a door hinge on an old Spanish ship...sometimes and sometimes not, but I haven't figured out the trigger. My mech told me it's my forward struts, and I would just like some Renntech consensus. The stealership gave me a price of $1,500 to replace them with rebalancing, while my local specialist quoted $850. Any thoughts?
  8. Actually, last week I took mine into my specialist for a routine check-up, and one of my complaints was the creaking you're talking about. The guy told me it's my struts (whatever those are) and he recommended replacing them (naturally). Anyone know more about these "struts" and whether or not the diagnosis checks out?
  9. How much did you get the IVA-W505 for? I think I'm getting it, as long as it's Blackbird compatible!
  10. Hey all, I've been really interested in this Bird armrest, but find it very pricey for what it is (frankly, even with the $100 discount off the $500 price tag that Sam Bird is currently advertising). I wrote him to see if he'd consider selling it to me at $350 (still a little high IMHO), figuring that he's heard some complaints about the high listing. This is what he wrote me this morning: "I've been making this product line for Porsche since 1985. Price then: $499 + $50. Sales: thousands per year. Your price today: $399 + $50. Our costs over 22 years: up 70%. Sales: hundreds per year. This is what you'd call a "mature" product line. Never dreamed it would be selling many years since patent expiration. We have retained quality and return rate below 1/2 of 1%. Outlook for future? Better buy soon." Does this mean he's going out of business? I didn't love the tone of his email (it's as though he was offended I could imagine his product would be sold for less than $400). That aside, if I were Sam Bird, I wouldn't lower my prices when I'm selling more than I ever expected to. In fact, I'd raise my prices in order to maximize profits and reduce the number of units I had to produce to satisfy the market. Why would sales drop from thousands to hundreds of units when he the lowered the price to something more reasonable? It should be inversely proportional. I wish he had a competitor I could buy from, but I'll probably just end up going back to him in the end and pay his inflated list price. It does look like a strong, functional interior mod.
  11. Max, Sweet set up. I think you've convinced me to go with the W205/B200 combo, looks pretty killer and available for under $1,200. Thanks for sharing!
  12. Jascha (the photosuperstar), I recently had the same issue with the shakiness, close to unbearable between 68 and 75 mph, and when I told my Hoehn P-service writer that I needed an alignment to fix it, he told me it was a balancing issue and not an alignment issue. I'm still kind of unclear what on the distinction, except that front balancing costs about 1/10 of an alignment. So, check it out before you pay $200-300 for an alignment. Good luck.
  13. Jascha, I must say you're one gifted photographer. I know the P-car inspires, but you've got some raw talent! Tall women are great, aren't they?
  14. Whatever you do, don't go to Peter at Performance Imports in Atlanta. They had my car for a few days (!) to do the PPI and eventually gave me the thumbs up to buy. When it came time to see what they actually checked (I was hoping for some sort of a semi-professional report for the warm and fuzzy), boss Peter sent me an email with horrendous misspellings that amounted to what I felt was a total blow-off. Who knows if they actually gave the car a thorough PPI before I bought. I'm just glad the car hasn't blown up yet. I replied to the email telling him what I thought, and never heard back (that was 6 months ago). I know you're no where near Atlanta, but I felt like venting.
  15. How's 2,200 miles in 32 hours? I actually flew out to Atlanta from Fresno to buy the car, and drove it to San Diego in less than two days. Hell of a test drive! I counted on my third-party PPI and the dealer to prepare the car for the journey. As for myself, I brought the then-new Foo Fighters album and a credit card. I'll never forget this feeling...
  16. These are definitely the best floor mats I've ever felt or seen. They're so thick and soft that you're actually petting them when you touch them. Though I feel kind of stupid for getting the rear 2, since I don't know any chinchilla-sized people to fit back there who might admire them and remind me how cool my 6"x6" floor mats are. But at extra $15 a pop, why not go ahead and be a completionist? I highly recommend Lloyd's "heavy-weight premium mats!" Cheers.
  17. P, you made me laugh out loud with your first post. Yes, I thought it would be pretty ridiculous to post an image of what I like to use to shift my gears, but I admit feeling a little ridiculous asking the question, so I thought I'd top it off. I appreciate everyone's responses. I just wanted to see if you're SUPPOSED to cruise at 4,000 RPM, and just "get used to the engine noise at higher RPMs," as vette said. Good to know there's not really a rule, and I think my tendency is to want to baby it (but I'd like to get over that and start DRIVING my 996). Great posts, and I will definitely (!!!) pick up the High-Performance Driving Handbook when it comes out. Thanks, Porschefans!
  18. I'm new to "performance" driving, whatever that might be, but I do want to hone in some optimal driving habits. One thing I do, and I don't know if it's just because I'm overly fastidious or methodical, is up shift when I'm at the top of a specific range of RPM (i.e., between 3,500 and 4,500 RPM). Before I started thinking about it, I was up shifting around 3,000 RPM, which i now feel is too low. So, I raised it to 4,000 RPM, which feels like there's a much higher charge behind me. Is it okay for the engine if I cruise at 4,000? If not, is there some kind of doctrine to this? Thanks. This is similar to what I use to shift my gears with:
  19. A week ago I was driving down to San Diego from the Valley when I blew a rear tire 230 miles away from my destination. AAA towed me the rest of the way for free to Big O Tires in Carlsbad, where I had fortunately already ordered 2 rear Fuzion replacements rom TireRack. Fairly seamless, and I'm lucky I noticed the severity of the tread wear in time to buy the tires in the nick of time. One thing that remains a nagging annoyance to my P-driving enjoyment is this untolerable shakiness in general, but is especially pronounced between 68 and 75 mph. It's much better around 90 mph, but doesn't solve my problem. When I took it into Hoehn, my service writer told me the shakiness was a result of improper balancing and not alignment issues. So he advised me o replace the front tires before getting them rebalanced. My questions are: A. Has anyone experienced this ridiculous shakiness? B. What is the difference between balance and alignment? C. Does the service writer's diagnosis sound correct? D. Does it really make more sense to balance once I replace the front tires? Thanks, Porschefans.
  20. I just bought the 4-piece super-duper heavy-weight premium Lloyd mats in black for $180 after shipping. These better be some mf'ing charmin' floor mats. They better be the Cary Grant of floor mats.
  21. After careful deliberation, I've settled on getting Fuzions for my '01 C2 from TireRack, but the "recommended installer" they gave me urged me not to go with Fuzion because they're not "N1 rated" and could "void the suspension warranty." Can someone put this into simple, but informed English for me? Thanks!
  22. Hey, I'm sort of in the same spot as you. I bought my car with these horrible "universals" in front: (1) They don't fit and (2) they're sh*tty in every other regard. So I've been looking around for the right ones at the right price, and think I've settled on Lloyd's Premium Plush Mats. They can't embroider them with cool script to remind you you're driving a Porsche in case you forget, but they look spectacular in quality...like driving-barefoot quality. The set of 4 is $232 ("free shipping") at www.autoanything.com, but I'd like to see them lower.
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