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About deschodt

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    1969 912, 2003 996C2
  1. I own a base 2013. It's fantastic. Yes a tad lower on torque than the S but torquey enough to slide in 2nd gear - good enough for me. I drove both and found the base engine more eager to rev, the S more powerful down low but slightly lazier. Could have been different options enabled at the time, so don't quot eme on this - just saying base is a ton of fun ! Sports mode can be added, SPE (exhasut) can be added. Base is 350 hp BTW, not 370. I prefer stick shift on a sports car for involvement but the PDK is slightly faster...
  2. Would anyone know why the gear indicator on a manual car behaves differently from car to car, depending on model year or possibly options or software revision ? Mine only displays the selected gear *AFTER* I release the clutch pedal (useless) Yet many report their car indicated the selected gear as soon as the lever is engaged, and before the clutch pedal is released (useful). Mostly this would be useful when downshifting from 7th and ensuring you're not accidentally grabbing 3rd of 4th instead of 5-6. Responses are split 50-50, I'd love to know if this is a hack or software update, or tied to sports chrono (possibility)? I have sports mode on my car but not chrono... So far this seems to be the only correlation but it is not a logical one, it's just a gear indicator...
  3. I recently sold my 06 Cayman S - in perfect working order - to a friend who moved to TX.. He failed the emission test required to register it with: Catalyst - (Not Ready) 2nd Air System - (Not ready) Evaporative Control System - (Not ready) O2 Sensor - (Not ready) "Not ready", as in no error code either... I understand this can happen if the battery was disconnected and you simply have to drive it some more... The odd part is I don't recall disconnecting the battery recently, nor does it make sense for the shipper to have disconnected it, but....who knows, I *may* have done it to reinstall sprintbooster a few hundred miles back in which case I'm going senile... The car is bone stock, no software, and in great state of tune, no errors stored (durametric checked a while back). Can anyone highlight the *exact* reset procedure, if it is available to us ? I think you have to drive at specific speeds for a while or something funny.. Worst case is that somethign the dealer can help with or is it just a "drive it some more" thing? Again, no CEL, no codes... just "not ready" on some components.
  4. Old thread, but as a recent adopter of the *new* Sprint booster I thought I'd chime in. Some what is said above is true, but I am not sure it still applies. Yes, the original SB was a little like an ON-OFF switch, which is why I returned it ! The new model is a 3 position unit with a remote, OFF - 50% and 100% - no idea what those correspond to exactly but clearly the 100% mode is less aggressive than before and the 50% mode is just about perfect... Personally I'd buy the SB if *ALL* it did was kill the lag, and it does. The Throttle boost thing is a bonus at this point. The lack of lag makes a modern porsche feel like a well tuned long-hood 911S, for those who know what I mean. Instant reponse, like good carburators ! THAT has been lacking in most modern cars for a while now... The 50% map is definitely not "pedal to the metal" and not jerky at all, nor do I believe it damages anything, it's more like it picks up the slack in the non-existent accelerator cable ;-) I played back and forth between off and 50% during my commute, you cannot really tell once you are in motion, it's very subtle and therefore I'd be flabbergasted if that somehow lunched my engine or transmission. Mostly you can tell when taking off from idle. No lag, slightly more response... It's very nice for $300 or less... It feels like 50hp extra in the same manner a nicely tuned carburated car feels snappier than an E-gas car. Doesn't mean it is more powerful, but feel is important, is it not, or we'd all be driving corvettes... Can't put it in clearer terms... I understand it's also got a good return policy, so I suggest trying the new model (switchable) before forming an opinion based on theories ;-)
  5. Not snake oil at all, but it does not work quite as you describe... The new model has 3 positions Off: It does nothing Green: 50%: no more lag, but it does remap the throttle signal to something like sports chrono Red: 100% : no more lag, even more aggressive map. Too aggressive and binary for me.... It translates the pedal signal on the fly. There is no denying it does what it says it does.... It's only useful for those of us who didn't get Sports chrono or hate the lag, or both. I love mine... I hated the original one (one mode), but the 3 modes on is perfect at 50% !
  6. That's a pretty good summary right there ;-)
  7. Yes, that is option #2... It's $900 and it also tunes your ECU differently so you take your chances with warranty too... Option #1 for a quick throttle feel, totally risk free is : sprint booster That's a dongle, removable, goes on your gas pedal and supposedly gives it the sports chrono feel, for something like $250. I've ordered one, will report results... I always try the cheaper approach first ;-)
  8. Care to elaborate on that ? I'm curious...(not sarcastic, curious) Did you mean between those 2 choices or in general ? I had a 2003 996 (3.6) which I really liked but let go after my kid was born - not the usual kid excuse, just that I did not use it much anymore and it was depreciating like a rock... I was hoping to get a Cayman S in the future for somethign different.. What makes the 996 a better car in your mind then? (or was it jus tin this case) In my mind, the Cayman S had the better interior (seats especially), looks very good, and I love the balance of the car afforded by the mid-mounted engine (I've had boxsters).. Is that 3.4 a bad motor or something, or was it because of the GIAC thing (if so I understand) ? Seems to me the choice would be between a used 05 997 or a used 06-08 Cayman S in the same range...
  9. Not sure if it is public knowledge yet or not, but I did not know... A friend visited the factory recently and saw the reflector between the tail lights was back on the 4S ! The guide pretended not to hear the question asking for confirmation and told him to "look around and seek confirmation with his own eyes" ;-) He said it's smaller than before, like 2" thick but looks very very good...
  10. For the record, I've read on other boards that a Recaro young sport would fit, and who does not like a recaro seat ? Well, it does not... Not even close ! I'm not returning it because I can swap with my wife's car seat (an eddie bauer, which fits the 996) and because it' s a really nice seat overall, but just so you know, don't buy one for the 996 !
  11. That could be. I just never heard it before. Ya know, I bet I know why. I recently hooked up my iPod to the Aux connection on my Becker. Often I'll start the car up with the radio in Aux and then start my iPod. Before that, I'd the radio would always be playing as I push the clutch down and start the car. :) yeah, stupid switch.... At least on the boxster is was reversed (active when depressed) and you could tie wrap it in "active" position and never hear it again. On the 996 it's active when not depressed, so you really cannot do anything ! Click, click... ;-)
  12. That could be. I just never heard it before. Ya know, I bet I know why. I recently hooked up my iPod to the Aux connection on my Becker. Often I'll start the car up with the radio in Aux and then start my iPod. Before that, I'd the radio would always be playing as I push the clutch down and start the car. :) yeah, stupid switch.... At least on the boxster is was reversed (active when depressed) and you could tie wrap it in "active" position and never hear it again. On the 996 it's active when not depressed extended, so you really cannot do anything ! Click, click... ;-)
  13. Actually I remember reading that Tiptronics have a lot less issues with the RMS because the shaft is more supported in the tip's gearbox or something....
  14. >Wouldn't want to bend a rim--35 profile tires place the rim mighty close to the road! Yes they do ! ;-) Like I said I had to buy 2 after trying repeatedly to balance my rears ... $1400 I think ! This is probably the last car that I buy with such a low profile tire... I do quite a bit of track events, and I enjoy sharpess over comfort, but in my opinion 30 profiles cross the line. 40 is as low as I am comfortable with these days, and not much of a performance hit... Nothing wrong with a little sidewall flex here and there, it's more predictable anyway ;-)
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