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About demick

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  • Birthday 08/22/1969

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    Pleasanton, CA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2004 Boxster S
  • Former cars
    1974 Porsche 914
  1. Polishing tends to make you notice all of the paint chips and imperfections. Driving tends to make you forget about them. I prefer the latter. Congrats on a beautiful car.
  2. Well, it's a pretty dumb driver who manually locks the armrest compartment with his key, but is unaware that he didn't actually close it.
  3. Yes, and if the alarm chirp told you whether the glove compartment or armrest was locked when the top was down, that would be useful. But it does not. It simply let's you know if it is latched - which isn't any better than unlatched if it is unlocked. Therefore, it's useless.
  4. I like the chirp. So I just disconnected the switch that goes to the armrest. I couldn't care less whether the armrest is latched or not, and don't understand why Porsche thought this was important.
  5. Sorry, I was mistaken. It is not discussed in the owners manual. But rather in the Bentley service manual. Flashes 5 times per second: remote signal being received Flashes 2 times per second for 10 seconds, then flashes once every 2 seconds: Door-safe mode (alarm on, passenger compartment monitor on) Lights for 10 seconds, then flashes once every 2 seconds: Locked (alarm on) Lights up for 10 seconds, then flashes twice every 2 seconds: Emergency (locked but faults in alarm or locking system) Unlit for 10 seconds, then flashes twice every 2 seconds. Brief alarm horn signal: Alarm triggered. Demick
  6. It's normal. The blink rate and # of times have meaning. This is explained in your owners manual.
  7. That's right. You simply don't rotate the tires. This means that you will wear out one pair of tires before the other. It is fairly common for Boxsters to go through 2 sets of rear tires for every 1 set of fronts.
  8. I've found the Bose door speakers to be very good. But remember, they are subwoofers. If you want full range speakers, then there are plenty of very good aftermarket speakers to choose from. If you are OK with the door speakers being subwoofers, then the Bose solution is good. But don't buy the Bose dash speakers - you can do MUCH better with aftermarket speakers for the dash.
  9. My understanding was that no USA cars were delivered from the factory with an aerial. All were dealer added. So the saying goes, the aerial hole was drilled on whichever side of the car the dealer happened to be standing.......
  10. I just made an aluminum bracket that uses the stock bracket mounting locations (2 rear bolts, and a tab at the front). The new amplifier attaches to the new bracket. It is wider than the stock amp (and bracket), but that doesn't really matter unless you have the CD changer that sits to the left of the amplifier
  11. No way they can issue you a speeding ticket for having your spoiler up just because it automatically deploys at 75mph, as there are many other reasons it would be up. The police would have to nab you using any of the usual methods. The spoiler being up is not a valid reason.
  12. It definitely affects aerodynamics even at 75mph. But the question is whether it is helpful, or needed for safety or handling at speeds below 100mph. I would say almost certainly no. I think it's more of a gimic than anything else. But at higher speeds, it may indeed play an important role in keeping the car firmly on the ground.
  13. I used the 'alternative' circuit, rather than the one with dual switches. So about 250 ohms, and about 2K ohms. I don't believe it's important to get to the exact value - just as long as you are in the ballpark.
  14. All of the electronics are still under the seat, same as yours. I just put a couple of resistors on a wiring board like yours, and shrunk wrapped the whole thing (only about 1/2" x 1"). A connector on one end connects to the connector under the seat. A pair of wires runs to the switch in the center console that when depressed, just bypasses one of the resistors under the seat. Attached is a picture of the lock inside of the center console. I made a metal bracket that fastens using the same screw that holds the lock in place. The switch is mounted to that bracket. As the lock is rotated into the locked position (shown), it depresses the switch. Green arrow shows how the lock rotates.
  15. I did basically the same thing on mine. Only I hooked up a switch to the center console compartment lock (had to remove the center console to do this). The lock still works as normal, but also now serves as an airbag disable. Lock the console compartment, and the passenger airbag gets disabled. Now my kids (who are too big for a carseat and too small for an airbag equipped seat) can ride in the Boxster.
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