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About ldrhoades

  • Birthday 05/26/1969

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    Augusta, GA
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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2000 996 w/Aerokit
    2006 CLS55
    2005 Odyssey Touring
  • Former cars
    2001 Audi S4
    1989 944

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  1. I was thinking the same thing, but I've never heard of the plastic pieces breaking. I'm guessing there must be some performance advantage. I've heard the plastic can flex quite a bit, perhaps that is part of the puzzle. On the weight side, I suspect the plastic is actually lighter.
  2. Odd question perhaps, but I'm wondering what the advantages are of the aluminum intake distributors used on the x51 power kit cars (and GT3s) vs the normal plastic parts on the production engines. Anyone know or have a hypothesis? Thanks!
  3. In the FWIW department - my son and I put the first set of coil over's on my 996 (H&R RSS Club Sports). We spent lots of time on the forums (thanks to Loren and others for all the great info), and dialed in ride height. We went with some pretty well known alignment specs found on this forum too. The care handled good and we were pretty satisfied. To make a long story short, I ended up having a race shop (Goldcrest Motorsports in North GA - fantastic shop) do some work on the car, and had them do an alignment and set ride height. The bottom line - night and day difference in how the car handles (they actually raised it up a bit). While my 996 is now a dedicated track toy with JRZ RS Pros, and no longer street legal, I can't emphasize what a difference getting the car professionally set up has made. If you have a race shop near you that knows 996/997 vehicles in my opinion it is well worth the relatively modest cost to have them dial it in. It's some of the best money I've spent on the car.
  4. Just go my set of Schnell headers installed this weekend (early Christmas present!). My son found a set of $299 Schnell headers that fit up perfectly. They are burried on the Vertex site, and while perhaps not as nice as some of the Fabspeed products, they are a heck of a value for the money. Anyone else have any experience with these? They are nearly impossible to find on the Vertex site - part is SBHBASIC. They sound great, and hopefully they last - but at $300, I guess I can replace them in a few years worst case!
  5. I got mine from FVD - it was a little expensive, and required me to drill a couple of holes in the bumper of my MK1 equipped car. Fits nice. It's a porsche motorsport part and came from Germany. I don't recall the part number - but you may want to give them a call. I think the're down in FL somewhere.
  6. I have them on my track car with no cats, they work - most of the time...
  7. My 2000 C2 is now exclusively a track rat. About 60k on the clock, Last 10 have been exclusively track. I don't habitually bounce off the rev limiter (have banged it once or twice), don't generally run to redline either, but again do so occasionally. Honestly, I'd be more worried about your transmission - if you are rough on the box the syncros can be a little fragile. Assuming you maintain, and warm up the car properly, have at it I say.
  8. Thanks JFP - makes sense. Looks like I'll be replacing the very cool and light Braile, with a more durable and 10lb heavier Optima (still half the weight of the boat anchor from the factory).
  9. Have you tried pushing it back in and re-seating it? Trying to remember last time I yanked mine out, but seem to recall this might have helped. Just my $.02
  10. I pulled my box when stripping interior. You can get the nuts off with a pair of pliers if you are careful. I used a small set of vice grips and lots of patience. Nuts came off intact, I suppose if I was so inclined I could put them back on (although I'd use a regular nut for convenience if I were to do it). Good luck.
  11. Little bit off topic, but has anyone else had issues with life of their Optima or other lightweight battery (e.g. Braille). I have the 11 lb Braile, and after about 2 years, it's not holding a charge. I've heard anecdotal evidence that the lightweight batteries can cause damage to the alternator? I'm curious if anyone has any experience or opinions about either life, or possible issues with the alternator. Thanks.
  12. I'm in the wrong part of the world for you, and Northern Cal is a pretty broad area (I lived in Dunsmuir for a while, but didn't pick up much other geography). Isn't The Racers Group out there somewhere? I've had great luck with "race" shops, even on street cars. Goldcrest outside of Atlanta helped me get out a stripped oil drain plug (I tried all the tricks). They did it with out batting an eye, all for the price of an oil change. I've heard good things about TRG, but have no experience with them. Don't know how far they are, but I'd try a race shop over a dealer. Good luck. (My sons sitting across from me and reminded me that that airbag screw was "satan").
  13. I'll be the contraian here. I've had my oil cap come off at the track (wasn't tightened up after checking oil - supid, I know). Anyway, car ran fine. Turing great laps at Road Atlanta. High G loading, high RPM, all the normal track rigors. The only reason I figured it out was that I was black flaged for smoak. Made one hell of a mess but the car ran fine. That said, I've got a semi-permanent CEL due to other mods on the car (it's strictly a track rat). But it did RUN fine, no noticible difference in performance. That said, when I'm not being stupid, I prefer to have the cap on and TIGHT.
  14. Little bit of a strange question - adjustable links with stock sway bars? Do you have stock struts? Assuming you've started by adjusting to the stock legth? For adjustable bars, the trick is to adjust them so there is NO PRELOAD on the bar. In other words, you should be able to move the lenth (at least side to side) reasonably easily when installed. Not a great expalnation, but if you put them on you should be able to "feel" them. Hope this helps. Good luck.
  15. I also had one side not too bad and the other side extremely difficult (also on 4-spoke wheel). Tightening a bit is a good tip. Mine too a LOT of force. Quite frustrating, but eventually got it loose. Good luck.
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