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    Austin, TX
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    '03 Carrera 4S
  • Former cars
    '01 Volvo C70 T5
    '95 Volvo 850 Turbo
    '66 Mustang
  1. when you moved the seat heater buttons did you have to splice in more wire to reach the switch blanks behind the ashtray? or were the factory wires long enough to reach? i've got the parts from suncoast porsche. it could be a DIY, but i don't want to mess with wiring. update: oh. i took a closer look at the last pic. you moved the seat heater buttons up to the stereo surround. i guess they reached there ok?
  2. congrats on the car! you'll love it. my name is vick and i'm a mod-aholic. :D seriously tho, you can rack up some big bucks on mods for not much return. you're just not gonna squeeze that much more power out of a normally aspirated engine with bolt-ons. start adding up cold air intake, plenum, mufflers, headers, ECU software and you're talking $5K or $6K easy, probably more. and, the tricky part is that 10HP+20HP+10HP+20HP+20HP equals around 20HP. here's my subjective personal experience favorite two mods and why: ECU software from softronic definitely made my car rev faster and more fun to drive; fabspeed mufflers sound a lot better than stock. the real rational answer to enjoying your car more is to join the porsche club and do some driver education events. that's like a few hundred bucks. if you're a great driver and you reach the performance limits of your car's stock setup, invest a couple or three grand in suspension upgrades. if you find yourself at the track all the time and you're super good, drop another three or four grand on brake upgrades. same $6K in mods, but your car will be a track monster that you can drive much faster and more safely.
  3. the shop i use here in austin charges $130 for a performance alignment. the factory suspension is not height adjustable. i may be misunderstanding what you want to do. you cannot corner balance a car that is not height adjustable. anyway, corner balancing is $150 in addition to alignment charges at the shop i use. i cannot imagine what they are charging $1100 for unless that includes new suspension parts. again maybe i'm misunderstanding, but i thought you said you wanted your car to remain stock.
  4. i just put in my new lloyd's mats this weekend. they have a clever clip mechanism that mounts to the seat rails and clips on to the mats so they don't slide around.
  5. yep. i have a MY03 C4S and my passenger seat rattles when unoccupied. i've learned to shut it out. i had a squeak in the sunroof right above my head that the dealer fixed under CPO. that one i couldn't live with. looks like there's a tie-in here with another thread about consumer reports, at least for my model year, where rattles and squeaks are a black circle. no other issues with car, except for the obligatory RMS replacement, done under CPO, which i think dealer just did as a matter of course as i never saw an oil leak.
  6. yeah, i went into an off-camber curve too hot and lifted the inside front wheel. scared the crap out of me. not the car's fault; stupidly aggressive driving on my part. the sport dampers/springs are great. and it's certainly not wallowing around. i just want to see if i can tighten it up with thicker sways. i'm still checking prices on GT3 bars. i want a matched set. if the GT3s turn out to be too expensive and i go with H&R, i'll keep you in mind. thanks. vick
  7. i searched around and found that GT3 sway bars require new shorter drop links on narrow body 996 C2s. i didn't find a definitive answer for wide body cars like my 03 C4S. i want to tighten things up to see if i can reduce some body roll. i've seen the GT3 bars advertised for less money than H&R aftermarket bars. but if i need new drop links in addition to the bars themselves it about doubles the cost. anyone fitted GT3 sway bars to a 996 C4S, or know whether or not drop links need to be shorter (replaced)?
  8. i just ordered mats from US speed inc. they have a lot of options to choose from for contrast stitching and whatnot.
  9. thanks for the reply. i'll check into a repair manual set. it might be just what i need. i understand that it's at least 1000 pages. nothing like a little light reading. :)
  10. i'm looking for more detailed information about 996 engine internals. things like valve size, maximum lift, cam specifications, etc. searched here, google, amazon... closest i've gotten is engine rebuild books that are more how-to than reference. any recommendations?
  11. thanks for the replies. i was trying to settle an argument that there isn't one. i use aural cues for sensing when it's time to shift.
  12. hope i'm not covering old ground. did a search, but no joy. is there or isn't there an indicator light on the tachometer for when the needle hits redline? (asking about MY03 996 C4S.)
  13. i had the IPD plenum installed two weeks ago. i can hear a difference in the intake sound and feel a difference in the seat-of-the-pants dyno. but, i doubt *seriously* it's making 30 HP. however, you have the 3.4L engine and they claim more gains for your car than mine.
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