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Eric (Plug Guy)

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  1. Yes. There seems to be some debate on what Porsche recommends and what may be best practice. I start my '04 C4S Cab in the garage (it's always backed in) and exit immediately (within a couple seconds). On cold mornings, I sit outside the garage for about 30 seconds just while the garage door closes, then I take off. I am careful not to gun it while the temp is low. Once the temp is close to 180, I too can feel the short shifter ease up a bit, and I'm ready for anything. No need to idle for minutes. Just get in and go. Just go easy the first few miles. :beer:
  2. We stock most of them, factory caps (plastic) as well as billet aluminum w/full crests, and no-turns. ---> http://www.bumperplugs.com (go to the order page, or email me)
  3. Really appreciate all the advice. I spoke with the expert, Larry Reynolds, at CarCareOnline.com, and he was well aware of the problem. Coach Leather uses vegetable dyes. The seats are anilyn dyed. The fact that so much fiber from the belt is exposed from the 'twisted' design leaves a lot of dye to transfer. Larry's recommendation was to use P21S Citrus Degreaser, which I did, followed by lots of water (wet cloths) and then dry, then Lexol conditioner. I did it in about 30 minutes, but it still shows. :( I may try leatherique, but still not sure. Wondering about swapping the inserts on the uppers from passenger to driver. Anyone try that? How best to pull them out? Easy, simple? Thanks.
  4. I had this problem on my ’99 w/Savanna Beige leather (996), and I now have an ’04 C4S Cab with the same Savanna Beige leather. Had it nearly two years. My leather belts apparently rub off on the leather, creating a 2” high darker stripe across the seat. It really pisses me off. I’m no fatty either: 6’, 175. The dealer used some lacquer thinner one time on the ’99, and it did take some off, but nothing major. I detailed this weekend, and I tried mild first: Lexol Leather Cleaner. I let it sit on the stain for about 5 minutes, then wiped it off. Nothing much. Repeated, nothing again. Then I tried warm sudsy water and a soft toothbrush, working the suds in a bit, letting it sit 5 minutes. Again, nothing much. I even tried a tiny bit of mineral spirits, but it did very little as well. My leather belts are high quality, so I don’t understand why they keep depositing small bits into the Savanna, but they are mostly woven, dark brown, so I know that is the cause. And no one makes a Savanna Beige belt, or I’d be all set! Anyone have this problem or a resolution? Graphite or Savanna would (I assume) have similar problems like this. Thanks!
  5. You can pull up the ashtray, then remove two torx screws below the housing. That gets the switch cover out, which ought to give you enough space to find the rest of the money. If not, go here: http://www.bmracing.com/media/products/pdf/67.pdf And if you want your console painted to match the car, go here: http://www.BumperPlugs.com :jump:
  6. PULL! Work from one side (under lighter) with a plastic spatula, but go slowly. When you can grip the edge, pull gently outward from the dash, and work your way around the horseshoe piece pulling it out.
  7. Nick - are you just remove the storage LID, or the entire rear console? What year/model?
  8. Or...the alternative: Clear 3rd brake light. We stock 'em.
  9. Yes guys, we paint these. After you order online, we send the set to you painted, you send the old ones back after installation. No sweat.
  10. Not bad overall....hard to tell from the small pics...but is one of the problems at the taillight area where there appears to be a raised corner? And does the paint match? That last shot appears to show the bumper a bit lighter, but could be lighting. Key is, are you happy with it?
  11. Did you try to insert your key in the door, lock and unlock it? That usually renders the alarm mode back into normal position.
  12. Since we supply painted interior parts, we often supply full instructions on removal, installation as well. Dash strips have a long history, and in fact a fabulous writeup on this site for a very easy removal without damaging your dash. Best of luck with your project.
  13. And don't worry if you blow it. The crap Becker head unit will work on occasion, and a good number of times a call will come in, radio mute and say 'phone' and when call is over, you will get a blank faceplate with music in the background. When you turn it off and back on, all your presets will be back to '0' and you have to reset it. Trust me, I've had this same thing in my '99 C2 Cab, and it still sucks in my '04 C4S Cab. Becker makes a crap head unit. :soapbox: Best of luck with your interface.
  14. Rumor is, if Porsche releases DSG, it will show on the 997 Turbo first. Could take a couple years or longer to show on other models if successful. Get what you want/need now. Deal with the future later. :beer:
  15. Check with dealers in your area...there is usually one 'go-to' leather repair specialist. Call the Mercedes, Lexus and BMW shops to see who it is, then make the call. A pro can make it look good as new, probably not too expensive and in short time.
  16. Your last line is the clincher. You get what you pay for. This looks ghetto. If you want the real deal, get the real deal. You should see the side rockers in person before buying. My personal opinion: front bumper is good, rockers look bad. Just my two cents.
  17. You own a narrow body car. You bought a widebody bumper. Two don't mix. Go see a pro body guy in your area. It can be done, but it may not be worth the cost.
  18. RMS is pretty straightforward to diagnose...take to dealer. But a little oil consumption may be normal. If you are seeing tablespoons of oil where you park it each night, it's more likely a RMS issue or another seal issue in the rear. But nothing is 100% until it is diagnosed properly. If it continues, I'd get it to a dealer for review....it's under warranty, and a RMS replacement is no big deal nowadays.
  19. You may have to erase all codes, then hit the 'programming' button on the motor overhead, at the same time hitting the homelink button on the vehicle. Takes two people. I've done this on some of my other vehicles (I have 3 liftmasters).
  20. One question, sort of unrelated....why hold it at 6400 rpm? You rev-happy? :D
  21. Sounds like a warranty replacement top to me. If it was fixed once, and it came loose again, they should put a new top on. Typically factory parts have a 2-year warranty. Best of luck. Had my '99 separate 3 months out of warranty and PCNA basically told me to stick it. Cost a bundle. Fixed it. Glad to have sold it and got into a glass-back '04 C4S Cab for now. :)
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