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  1. I had a similar chirp/squeak that I heard only when engaging the clutch but it was very subtle - and totally gone after a clutch and flywheel replacement. Also check the torque on your spark plugs - you can get a chirp from a loose plug -Art
  2. Roof strips pop right out - there are plastic clips (~4) under each strip that grip on threaded studs protruding from the channel under the strip. Replacement clips are cheap - plan on replacing them for reassembly. Rubber is screwed on with each screw cleverly tucked under the folds of rubber. Some are real tough to find. Consider leaving the rubber in place and tape it. You can loosen it to better mask for painting.
  3. There is a TSB (number 2469) on the P2096/2098 codes that may apply if your 996 is 2002+
  4. Resurrecting this thread - many thanks for the original post - a great write-up. I just finished refurbishing mine. Fortunately for me there were no broken screws upon disassembly. Also, I went a slightly different route - I had the center sections powdercoated in black, and polished the outer rim. The tires will be mounted tomorrow: Pics before: There was a bit of corrosion on the rim: After polishing: The final product:
  5. I installed the Dension Gateway 500 in my '03 (CDR-23 MOST system) with an iPod. It is not a perfect solution, because the CDR-23 does not display any track information, but I mounted the iPod on a mount next to the dash, and it works fine. The Dension unit plugs into the MOST fiber loop, pretending to be a cd changer - the quality of the sound is superb (well, as good as you can get with the factory setup). Installation was easy, but it did require a trip to the dealer to "enable" the cd changer. The downside is that it is not cheap - I bought mine from bumperplugs. Good luck - Art
  6. The illumination should be on the harness going into the deck. You can use a multi-meter. The illumination wire should test ground when the light switch is off, and 11.8-13V when the light switch is on. Now, this is also true with the dimmer, but the difference is, the dimmer will change voltage if you brighten or darken your interior lights (when switched on), it will range from about 4V-12.8V. Hope this helps. FYI. Dont connect the illumination from the deck to the dimmer, this can damage "some" Decks. According to the pinout diagram (see this post), there is an "illumination input" at terminal A6, but my recollection is that there was no wire connected there. The CDR-23 does vary illumination level with the dash adjustment - but I don't know how it does it... Perhaps the CAN bus? That doesn't really answer your question - but perhaps you can just tap into a dash light line to get the illumination input you need for your Becker unit. The easiest place to tap into that, in my opinion, is the ash tray illumination in the center console. Also, best access to switched 12V is the phone interface connector behind the dash. Good luck - and please post your solution should you find it. - Art
  7. I got mine here: www.xenonmods.com I refreshed the finish on my calipers but didn't need the decals. I cleaned the calipers and lightly sanded with 800-grit sandpaper, feathering the edges where the clearcoat had peeled off, and even more lightly over the PORSCHE lettering. I sprayed the calipers with a clear engine enamel (duplicolor, I think). They look nearly as good as new. - Art
  8. I have the stock 986S dash cluster - no oil pressure or voltage. This has no impact on the warning lights in the cluster. My alternative was to go with the 996 cluster conversion, which has been covered here in a number of posts. The iPod setup is a panasert pedestal that I picked up a number of years ago mounted with the holder that comes with the Dension interface. It is pretty solid, and easily removed for security. It also works as a "hat holder" to cover things up when parked. B) - Art
  9. I installed a gauge panel in place of the cd storage tray. I purchased the panel from 9xauto.com and the gauges from eGauges.com. I got a voltmeter and an oil pressure gauge - and purchased the 996 oil pressure sending unit from suncoast (which operates roughly in the 10-180 ohm range). I painted the aluminum gauge panel with RustOleum satin black, which is pretty close to the dash color, and tapped into the wiring for the phone connection behind the dash. I pulled the center console to run the wire into the engine compartment, drilling a hole near the sending unit, using a wire grommet that I got from radio shack. While the center console was out, I tapped into the dash light circuit at the ash tray bulb. After wiring everything up, the panel literally snaps solidly into place. I went for the VDO vision series gauges which come by default with a threaded collar (spin-lock) to secure them to the dash - but because of the clearance in the dash opening, the spin-lock mount doesn't fit, and you have to order the side-mount (see pics). - Art
  10. The head unit on an '03 with MOST is likely the CDR-23. There is no aux input. I recently installed the Dension Gateway 500 unit with an iPod and it works great (03 986S). The Dension unit taps into the fiber optic loop and mimics the function of a cd changer. It's not perfect, as the CDR-23 doesn't display anything but "TRACK 1" so you can't just stuff the iPod in the glove box and forget about it. I mounted it next to the dash. It's pricey (about $500), but the alternative was a complete replacement of the head unit, amp, and probably speakers... - Art
  11. I just replaced my clutch on my '03 986S - my mechanic also told me it was "heavy" - but to prove the point, he had me sit in a 996 that was in the shop with a brand new clutch. The difference was amazing, but at the time, I passed, since I wasn't overly concerned with a heavy clutch, and decided to wait until the clutch started to show signs of slipping (I was at 65k, driven by me for the most recent 20k). Within two weeks, the clutch was slipping, and I had it replaced.
  12. Looks great! My calipers look like your "before" picture - this is on my list of things to do. Thanks for the pointers
  13. They're the same - I replaced all four of mine (03 986S) with Bosch 15738 sensors. 04 should be the same - Art
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