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  1. There are two types of headlights: first ones are halogens (Mercedes, Porsche non litronic, Hondas, Acuras and etc.), the second types are projectors (Porsche Litronics, Bimmers and etc.)

    Both types has xenon lights. The first type uses D2R bulbs like that:


    The second type uses D2S bulbs like that:


    sorry to contracdict you but "both types" do not have xenon lights. Halogen bulbs produce light when current flows through a tungsten filament in a halogen gas atmosphere. the light in xenon lamps (HID) is produced by an electric arc (no physical filament) flowing through a xenon gas atmosphere.

    two completely different ways of producing light.

  2. Well if you were able to disconnect the cable then you should be able to trim off an inch of the plastic sleeve to expose the drive cable.  Once you have done that you can use an electric drill to spin the cable and open that half of the clam shell.

    i was thinking that but it's very difficult to trim the housing off of that cable since it seems to be metal reinforced. i tried with a utility knife but couldn't get through it.

  3. i just had a look at a friend's 2002 S who's top won't go down. only one side of the clam shell moves. so after lot's of diligent research right here, i found the two most common problems (broken ball joint and flexible drive cable failure). i could reach down the side of the soft top and feel that the ball joint was fine but getting to the cable by the motor was difficult.

    i'm wondering, how do you disconnect the clam shell so you can swivel it open? i looked at the "Conv top R&R" thread which says to put the top in the service position. but that's the problem, the clam shell doesn't move at all on the passenger side.

    i managed to slide my hands under the clam shell (carefully) and disconnect the cable all by feel. i found that the square drive part had been shorn off of the cable.

    but now it would be good to be able to open the clam shell so we can replace the cable. any help would be very much appreciated. thanks in advance.

  4. Is there any way to tell the difference between a boxster & a boxster S

    on the outside besides the labels or the twin exhaust tips?

    And is there a 2.5L  boxster S

    and could anyone help me with what kind of rims are on my car 19" with porsche centres.

    My nieghbour has a 02 boxster and is swearing mine is a sport? ;)

    more differences are that the S has silver trim around the windshield and a center radiator hole in the front bumper.

    the S is only the 3.2 liter model made from MY 2000 onwards.

  5. Thanks to everyone who tried to help my car's vibration problem. 

    "…The 98 Boxster's tires are from the very beginning- they're original.  Despite the mileage of the car only being 5K,…"

    if those are the original tires and the car only has 5k on it then i would be even more convinced that the "not feeling planted" is an alignment issue. the reason being is that the factory alignment can go out of spec very quickly when all the suspension parts bed. if the car is 7 years old and has never had an alignment then i would almost bet money on it.

  6. jinijazz,

    you're right. the city light is yellowish. You need to buy the Philips Blue Vision H6W bulbs. they match up really well and reduce the yellowish tint that it casts on your litronics.

    you can't get them in the US as they come from the Europe.

    They don't make your headlight look bluish either as they are pretty small.

    If you're interested, I have a extra pair in the package still. otherwise you'll have to order them from the UK.

    i have the philips 3400° bulbs for my headlights and parking lights (W5W). they are noticeably whiter than standard halogen bulbs but not as white at litronics. they do look better than the standard parking bulbs with HID lights though as i put them on my other car.

    i've seen that philips now has 4000°K bulbs. those should be whiter. haven't tried them but i will when mine burn out.

  7. Tom,

    Thanks for your reply.  At 40-45 MPH, I feel some vibration, but nothing that raises red flags.  So, I believe at the lower speed the steering feel to be pretty normal.  On the freeway, the car just doesn't feel "planted."  Thank you for recommending the Hunter 9700 everyone.  I'll look for a shop that has it and call around for pricing. 


    i respectfully disagree with those who think it's a balance issue. you say the car doesn't feel planted, that is for me an alignment issue. wheel tend to spread apart at speed resulting in "toe out" which will definitely make the car wander. i suggest you have an alignment and find out what the toe was at.

  8. Here is a Pilot Sport question.

    I have from what I can tell, the same tires front and rear, however the tread patterns are totaly different.  The rears have a V type tread pattern yet the fronts ave more of a square block type pattern. The tires seem to have the same tread depth so I am guessing they were installed at the same time from the same place.

    Anyone else have their tires set up this way?

    there are two versions of the original pilot sport; the "V" tread and the "Rib" (square block tread)

    both of those are available in "N" and non-N versions for standard boxster sizes.

    the new pilot sport 2 seems to not be available (yet?) for the standard size 17" wheels i.e 205 front and 255 rear. someone please correct me if you have seen them.

    and a note about the "N": it is not a "rating" per se but rather a "homologation" by porsche. in theory a non-homologated (no "N") brand X could possibly be better than a homologated (with N) brand Y. it's just that porsche hasn't worked with the tire mfg to approve it.

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