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  1. More 911 pr0n. Question: Does PSM freak anyone else out when it kicks in, or am I doing it wrong? When the suspension gets light while cresting during a rising turn, PSM thinks I'm understeering and hits the inside front brake, scaring the crap out of me and attempting to point the car at the nearest wall. This is my first 911 and first car with PSM, so I'm not sure how much it is excessive nannying, or if I'm really not driving correctly and it feels like I'm in immediate danger of dying. I took this corner at 1.5x the speed in my Boxster for years without feeling that I was on the ragged edge of fiery death. Should PSM be disabled for anything except the most conservative driving, or do I need to really dial back the speed entering turns, much moreso than I needed to in the Boxster?
  2. After impulse-buying my '99 C4 w/ aero kit, I scheduled a service/suspension lift/"post-purchase" inspection at Black Forest.The dealer I purchased from said it had been "recently serviced," but I had still Black Forest do an oil change so they'd get some quality time with the car on the lift. I'm relieved to report that it came back with a clean bill of health... not flawless, but as close as a 13 year old car can get. There are a couple of things to address at the 60K service (the left cam cover needs resealing), and some stuff I want to jump on immediately (low-temp thermostat, brakes, etc.). It looked awesome slammed, but the extra inch of ground clearance makes getting in and out of the driveway much less stressful. The computer scan came back with great info - no over-revs or other details to indicate it had been ragged out by the 3 previous owners. Interesting info from the Carfax report: almost all of the mileage was put on by the first owner. The third owner only logged 3,171 over the 3 1/2 years he or she owned it. Seriously? 906 miles a year? Buying a Porsche with no service records is dicey. Some people will tell you you're an idiot to consider it, but this beauty was impossible to walk away from. If it has some dark secrets, they'll show themselves eventually, but I plan to drive the hell out of this beautiful ride in the meantime. I finally started swabbing out the engine bay... lookin' OK now...
  3. Shifting at < 5k rpm is criminal. Wind the gears out... have some fun. If you want to hypermile, get a Prius. :cheers:
  4. After careful consideration (about six seconds), I picked up a 1999 C4 with 49K miles. It's in amazing shape. The second owner had the GT3 aero kit installed by Porsche - all parts (except perhaps the wheels - I don't know) are Porsche sourced. I'll miss the Boxster, but ****, I'm in love...
  5. To answer my own question for the sake of anyone who might come looking, they're quite substantial. You'd have to try to put a dent in 'em. Maybe a ball-peen hammer.
  6. I did that mod and later added secondary cat bypass pipes to my '03. I love the sound. I had my Boxster in for its 30K mile service yesterday - when I called to see if the detail was finished, the service manager asked me about the exhaust setup... said it sounded sweet.
  7. I picked up a set of aluminum track mats. For those of you who have these, can you let me know if they dent easily, or can I leave 'em in for daily use? My floor mats are pretty much done, and I'd prefer to just leave the track mats installed all the time... but I don't know if the wife's high heels are going to ding them up.
  8. The CDR-23 is always powered - you can run it even with the key off. It powers itself off a few seconds after the switched power lead indicates that the ignition is off.
  9. A while back, I added a JVC KD-AVX44 head unit in place of my CD storage tray and use an inline RF modulator to play it through my factory headunit. The modulator is powered by the 12V switched power from the phone connector that runs to the center console. My remaining vexation about this setup is that the RF modulator powers off with the key, while the factory radio stays on for a few seconds after the key goes off. If I'm in range of a station broadcasting on 88.3 (or whatever the radio is tuned to so it matches the RF modulator), I get a few seconds of unexpected music. Any of you who are electrical hobbyists - can I wire up a capacitor inline to my RF modulator that will be sufficient to power it for those few seconds? Any tips on cap size, as well as wiring (inline or parallel, etc.) would be great. And if it's a stupid idea, knowing now would be better than knowing later. ;) Thanks in advance!
  10. Oh, darn, I read that wrong. '05 turbo vs. '08 non-turbo. If they're both CPO, I'd get the '08 with a nice, long warranty.
  11. If you can afford either, by all means get the turbo! 500HP!
  12. Excellent! I will try tapping the antenna pin tomorrow. :D Looks like the one person who had issues clipped the lead - so I will be sure to just tap it rather than clipping it. If this works, I will be 100% happy with my setup. Thanks to all who contributed.
  13. I'm still very happy with the addition of a JVC headunit to my Boxster using an FM modulator and the CDR23 as the amp. However, my only complaint is that the Boxster radio stays on for a few seconds after ignition off, but the cell phone power I tapped under the batwing to power the FM modulator turns off as soon as the key comes out - so for a few seconds, the CDR23 plays whatever is coming in on FM at whatever volume it's set to. :( Does anyone know if there's +12v wire in the harness for the CDR23 that's used to switch the amp in the frunk - or another +12v accessory wire coming from the CDR23 that is hot as long as the CDR23 is active? I'd like to tap that for the RF modulator so the modulator is powered whenever the CDR23 is on. Thanks in advance!
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