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RatboneRanch

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  1. Thanks for posting that diagram. There are nuts on there I didn't know about so I'll give it another try tonight.
  2. Well, I've been trying as suggested but no matter what I try, there's significant off-centeredness between the eye in the bracket and the threads on the engine. Maybe 3 mm? And my best efforts can only reduce that to maybe 2 mm, not close enough to insert the bolt without it threatening to cross-thread the casting. The pic is blurry due to the close range but it shows the situation accurately.
  3. I just wrapped up a water pump replacement and even though I supported the engine throughout, the small bolt (10 mm head) in the center of the engine mount bracket won't go back in its hole because the hole won't quite line up with the threads on the engine. I spent about 15 minutes fiddling with a jack and tightening the larger 15 mm head nuts in various sequences, which would make the engine shift around a little bit, but the small hole never did line up right. I was wary of jacking on the bottom of the engine too much so I quit. The hole is now covered with tape to keep dirt out. Is this something I can let go for awhile or should I sort this out before I drive again?
  4. Do you read Sports Car Market? They have an attorney on their editorial staff who writes about these things fairly often. Here's on article he did on diminished value. You can search for others. https://www.auctiona...nishing-returns
  5. If the tires are that worn, I wouldn't try to nurse any more miles out of them in a climate like NJ's. Even a summer-only car can get caught in a sudden rain shower, and fast cars on worn tires are dangerous in the wet.
  6. Since 1991, I've had exactly 2 speeding tickets. We won't go into how many tickets I've deserved, but suffice to say that most of my miles have been driven blissfully free of any radar detector. In my experience, a radar detector just gives a false sense of security. You're better off using your wits and common sense (i.e., if you feel like you're driving too **** fast, you probably are.) But if it makes you feel better, use one.
  7. For as long as I've had my 996 cabrio I've had a noise coming from behind my left ear while driving. Kind of a dry, scratchy squeak, like a SKKCH sound, when traveling over bumps. It was there top or up down, windows open or closed. I even searched this forum for ideas, but no luck. I learned to live with it, figuring my chances of actually tracking it down and fixing it were slim. The other day, when the car was parked with the top down, I leaned into it to get something from the center console. As my body weight pressed on the driver's door, I heard the familiar squeak. I pressed against the door a couple of times and was able to reproduce it. Suddenly, it dawned on me. My BMW 3-series makes an annoying noise on bumpy roads, and I've kept it at bay by rubbing silicone grease on the driver's door striker every other month or so. Would that work here? I rubbed some silicone grease on the 996's door striker and tried to reproduce the sound. Silence. To make sure, I took it for a test drive (always looking for an excuse to drive the 996). Sure enough, no noise. It's been a few days now, and it's still quiet. I guess that over the miles, the driver's weight stresses that side of the car and leads to excess flex, creating noise where the door shuts. This explains why both my 996 and my E30 make the sound in the same place. Of course, my 996 has 1/6th the miles my BMW has, but it is a cabrio, so it's naturally less rigid. Anyway, this may help somebody, so I thought I'd post it.
  8. I've followed that thread over on Rennlist and while I think it's an interesting idea, I'm skeptical and won't be standing in line waiting to hand over my money. I mean, Flat 6 sells IMS upgrades, so isn't it in their best interest for you to think your IMS bearing is bad? And Jake strikes too much of a be-afraid-be-very-afraid tone for my taste. For chrissakes, he encourages you to flatbed your car to him for the upgrade -- don't drive it -- because it might lunch its engine AT ANY SECOND!! I'll pass.
  9. +1 to what everybody has said so far. And, for the same money (or less), you can find a Boxster with half as many miles (or less).
  10. Interesting. I've never heard of these ramps cracking. Unless it was a different brand. Mine are made by a company called Rhino Ramps I believe. That's who made mine. It wasn't a big scary crack. In fact, I think I still used mine once or twice afterward, but still. A 914 isn't a heavy car. I now use one of these for most lifting purposes: MaxJax I still use metal ramps for quick n dirty oil changes.
  11. I had those ramps. They cracked under the weight of my 914. Now I use only metal ramps.
  12. Are you sure the lights don't shut themselves off after a while? My engine and trunk lights shut off automatically after being open for a period of time and I'd expect the interior lights to do the same.
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