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    07 Boxster S; 99 Dodge Dakota; 93 Ford SHO; "03 VW Passat Wagan
  1. I have an 07 S and have had two of the plasitc balls break. Dealer told me to periodically put top up and down during winter storage. Don't really buy that, plus I don't like doing this when vinyl is below 50.
  2. Updating my original post. I totally killed my battery by leaving the trunk open while in storage. Car had about 14,000 miles. I removed the dead battery, got some life back in it using a Sears non-commercial charger, then took it to a service station. They finished the charge and it tested "good." Rinstalled and works fine. Only hassles was were learning about how you cannot remove the key when the battery is dead and reprogramming the radio statioins.
  3. I've an '07 S w/ ~15K miles that is in storage. I managed to totally kill the battery by leaving the front hood unlatched. First, can that dead battery be revived by charging, or is it toast? Second, even local Porsche dealer does not sell Porsche-branded battteries; they sell Interstate. Does the forum have a preference for non-OEM batteries? Finally, I'm planning to leave the car with a s dead battery for the remainder off the winter and research on the forum suggests that's fine. is it? Thanks
  4. stef -- i just had to wish you good luck on this. Let us know. Best, jef
  5. I'm beginning to think the $$$ for 19s is not for me. I must admit that I've been driven by looks, but can't shake the fact that 18s are almost cerrtainly lighter, ride better , handle inevitable road hazards better, and I could do all kinds of fun things w/ the $6K. BTW one of then mainstream car mags that's at newstands now has an article comparing many wheel sizes installed on a VW, using the same tires (except for speed rating) and wheels. In short, the largest diameter was heavier and slower. The perfomrance and mileage hit was remarkable. Re going through Wheel Enhancements, they w
  6. +1 on this. Waaaaaaayyyyy too much. I'd buy a nice lightly used set, or go through Wheel Enhancement. To OP - at least you can acknowledge that the 19s on these cars are ALL about the looks. With 18s you can get the same amount of contact patch, better ride quality, and no less performance on track if you decide to go there. Hell, with less unsprung weight you may realize a performance gain. For my money I'd skip the fashion statement and enjoy what you got. My 997S came with 19s OEM and I hate the ride and extra tire cost. If not, I voted for the Lobsters. They're the lightest opt
  7. I'm going through the same thing. I've a burgundy 2007 S w/ 18" S rims and am leaning toward the OEM Carerra Sport (19"). I'd really like to get a set of 2011 Spyder rims but have not been able to find a vendor and imagine the price would be horrible. A local dealer (HBL) has a package of Carrera rims, tires (Conti), and sensors, for $6,076, installed. I pick the Sport Design, and will take this opportunity to say the lobster forks are freaking ugly, IMHO. Stock sometimes look pretty darn good to me, but I want something different than all the other Ss out there. Good luck. Jef
  8. Loren -- thanks. I need trim tools. Can you suggest a vendor?
  9. This is a bit embarrasing. I bought a beautifully-painted rear console for my 07 Boxster S from BumperPlugs and need to install it (so I can finally send the old one to Eric). I've got the B&M short shifter instructions but cannot manage to get past the first step -- removal of the leather boot. .... Where is the clip? Under the leather on the right? Do I release it by finding it through the leather, or do I push on the plastic ring that the leather is attached to? Thanks, jef
  10. I'd like to get a set of the lightweight Boxster Spider rims for my 2007 S. Will they be availble? Also, I read in Road & Track that they have different offset than standard S rims, giving a wider stance to the car. I've tried to ID the precise offset but had no luck. Anyone know? Finally, anyone know the weights of the Spider rims? Best
  11. I've an 07 Boxster S w/ OEM 18" rims. I want new rims, probably 19" Carrera Sport. I've seen discussions of issues w/ reverse lip rims, but I'm not sure I understand exactly what this means. Can the board help me with that? I assume it's not found on the Carrea Sport or SportDesign rims offered by Porsche. Correct? Some report big problems with balance issues when a reverse lip rim fails to shed rainwater. My car is driven in the rain, quickly, so I can't have this issue. Also, it appears that reverse lip imbalance is a problem in some (all?) models made by HRE, DPE and iForged. Tru
  12. Finallly replaced my base Boxster w/ an 07 S, and on the first wash I discovered that the car has a fake air intake where the third radiator used to be. This is a real blow to me. Really. I've always hated the fake air scoops and brake vents that riddle American cars, now I find the same thing on my Boxster. Honestly, I so thought Porsche would never do such a thing that I found myself wondering if my used S w/ only 4K miles was a fake. What gives? When did Porsche dump the 3d radiator on the S? Is it the same on Caymen S? Is there some aerodynamic/ground force benefit that I don't un
  13. I just replaced my 2000 base w/ a 2007 S. Loved the 2000, but wow! The '07 is Carmen Red. I plan to paint the roll bar to match (HBL Porsche estimate is $800), maybe add matching console from BumperPlugs, and paint the side vents. Any of you have photos you can post of a car (other than silver) w/ painted vents? Thanks Jef
  14. secuuda -- I'm thinking of buying a Carmen red 07 S w/ a grey interior, and if I do I'll want to paint the roll bar and the console. Did you paint your roll bar? How'd it come out? Anyone know about painting consoles? Also, secuuda, I've been looking everywhere for an 07 S in carmen and beige, to replace my 2000 w/ the same colors. I really like those colors but can't find it used, so I'm thinking I may settle for the grey. Jef
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