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Posts posted by smistry007

  1. Thanks to Loren for a great write up and to Danyol for great photographs. I changed my drive belt this past week and would like to add a few things I learned along the way.

    1- getting the belt off is significantly easier than getting the new belt on!

    2- leave the new belt in the sun so it will warm up and be a little easier to stretch while getting on.

    3- I needed a second person to help pull the tensioner while I slipped the belt on the last pulley.

    4- I was able to do this without removing the servo pump wheel.

    Thanks again


  2. I took my alternator to a rebuild shop...they rebuilt it. I put it on and it would work for a while then go to 12 volts, start the car later it would work. They tested it good and tried to say it was my grounding. Long story short ...the rebuilt alternator would quit when the temp in engine compartment got to operating temp. Bought a rebuilt one at Auto Zone and it fixed the problem after taking the alternator in & out 3 times. I got pretty good at it!!

    what was involved in replacing the alternator? was it simple or did it need any special tools?



  3. is it that the linkage between the cable and the shifter is broken? maybe you need an Evo billet shift linkage?

    what are the benifits of the EVO Shift Link, i only use the car as a daily driver. do i need it with the B&M short shifter?



    the only benefit of the Evo shift linkage is that it is stronger and won't break. the short shifter will work either with or without it.

  4. Thanks for all of the feedback.

    I have put about 1800 miles on the car and as expected the drone has not improved. It did change though. I now have a nasty eardrum ripper at 3200 rpm. I presume this is due to the straps loosening up. Cruising on the highway I strive to keep the car at 3000 which is the sweet spot between the resonance at 2600-2800 and the bad one at 3200. Quite disappointing.

    The tuner hasn't called me back so I will go to AWE directly. I'll let you know what they say. I will also have a look at the straps and see if I can tighten them up.

    Thanks for the tip on Remus too.

    As for the warranty issues, my warranty expired in July so I'm on the hook now regardless. It cost me $200 to have a twig removed that was caught in the fan motor..... Oh well....

    an aftermarket exhaust should be enjoyable both from a performance as well as aural stand point. If your ears are being ripped and you have to keep the car in the sweet spot, I'd just swap back to stock or sell the current exhuast on Ebay and buy another brand.....

  5. The tuner called AWE and they said, "run it for 1500 miles and all will be good".

    Has anyone had any experience with this? Is there a better solution like perhaps Tubi or Fabspeed or....?

    After 1500 miles you will be deaf....? Europipes are the best!

    I feared as much.....my fault for not doing the research. After 1500 miles, there is no way they are going to exchange it for something else, so I guess I start the fight, sorry, negotiation now. I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise that when they remove 28 lbs of material from a muffler, there must be a trade off. I can't believe Porsche would leave that weight saving on the table if it were as easy as this. Less weight = fewer intricacies inside the muffler like baffles and choke tubes to deal with resonances.

    Thanks for the info.

    I tried the Fabspeed but was disappointed with the drone. I currently have Remus and am very happy with the sound and lack of drone.

  6. I have been searching around and I know it should be out there - but I cant find it. I purchased some new red instrument gauges for my 996TT and I just need to know how to install them. thanks in advance.

    For those interested in this project, I attempted to do it myself and would not recommend trying it. In addition, the red gauges are too dark and I did not like them once I got them in the car. Without going into all the details, the whole project turned into a mess. I now have a new GT2 silver gauge cluster and love it. My old cluster will be put back to stock one I get it working again (it’s too painful to explain what happened)

    ok I'll bite, What happened?

  7. question for the motorheads: is it possible to replace O2 sensors without removing the whole exhaust unit? I realize that they are easy access once the cats are out but was hoping not to have to remove the whole exhaust assembly to access them



  8. Hey Guys,

    My 01 996TT's climate control fan seems to be sqeeking intermittently. I'd like to remove it and either lubricate the bearing or replace it altogether. Did a search but couldn't find what I needed.

    Where is the climate contro fan located?

    How is it accessed- under dash or through trunk- schematic would be great!

    Thanks in advance


    ended up figuring it out by myself. The fan is located in the passenger foot well- just remove a couple of screws to remove the access plate and it is right there. I removed the fan and tried to oil it. It was quiet for about a week but then started squeeking again. I called my local dealer and was quoted a price of $495 for a new replacement blower/ fan motor. Luckily, I was able to find the same part over the internet for $325. Pays to shop around.



  9. Hey Guys,

    My 01 996TT's climate control fan seems to be sqeeking intermittently. I'd like to remove it and either lubricate the bearing or replace it altogether. Did a search but couldn't find what I needed.

    Where is the climate contro fan located?

    How is it accessed- under dash or through trunk- schematic would be great!

    Thanks in advance


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