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About Vman

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    San Diego, CA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    99' 996 C2
  • Former cars
    BMW M3, Audi S-4

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  1. Does anyone know the factory Alignment Specs for a 2006 987 Boxster. The car is stock and has the 18 inch wheels on it. Please confirm alignment is done with a full fuel tank. Thanks, VM
  2. Loren, Thanks for the confirmation on rotor thickness. Any idea about pad thickness? Thanks, VMAN
  3. I have a 2006 Cayenne S and did the first brake rotor and pad job at 22,000 miles, I am now at 37,000 miles and wondering how far off I am again from repeating this expesnse and if early pad replacement may keep me from having to replace rotors again. Can someone please confirm that the V8 Brake disc thickness, new front - 34 mm rear - 28 mm Brake discs minimum thickness front - 32 mm rear - 26 mm Does anyone know what the new pad thickness is (material excluding metal pad backing plate). I realize its 2.5 mm before you hit the wear sensors, but want to know how far I have gone over the last 15,000 miles of driving. Thanks, VMAN
  4. Its a start, but my car is a daily driver and is losing charge overnight now, so either the battery is dead or their is a draw somewhere, anyone replace a battery without doing to the dealer...DIY anywhere?
  5. I had a guy spend two hours replacing the windshield with the doors open and no key in the cayenne, after the job the battery was dead. I have the center counsel light main switch and side switches turned to off when the doors open, but the rear trunk light does not have an on off switch...could that be the drain? Hard to believe that one light would kill the battery so soon. Later the same day I charged the battery, and the car started, then we left the car unlocked with the windows down to to off gas any windshield stuff and the battery died again. The car was purchased in March 2007 and has 30,000 miles, dealer says it is common practice to trickle charge a cayenne battery whenever they are working on a car....sounds a bit suspect. The dealer offered to check the battery for $110 if it is bad they will replace it under warranty, if not its on me. To buy a new battery is $130...but its under the seat...anybody replaced one of these... is their a DIY somewhere? Thanks, VM
  6. That's what the wife's car is for. Even better if it's an S4! Guys I hate to rain the 996 parade, but I have had two 1999 996's that had engine failures at 47,000 and 30,000 miles respectively. I have two friends that have had the same thing happen. The one thing we all have in common is we autocross and DE the cars, people I know with 100,000 miles seem to not punish their cars at race events. As for a 3.6L, it is not much better than the 3.4L, just give it time and you will see just as many failures. Note - even the 997's are starting to have the same type of problems..the one's running in koni challenge are poppinng motors and transmission already......these water cooled cars are not your grandfather's porsche, so just be ready to drop $13K on a new engine if it happens and at about $3-4K when the second gear shift sleeve and ring go out on the transmission. Overall if you buy a good 1999 996 for $30K and have to spend $16K on a new motor and transmission rebuild you still have a hell of a car for less than $50K. Note the only comfort is a new porsche motor comes with a 2 year warranty and if you have Gbox rebuild your transmission it comes with a one year warranty and they have a fix to protect the second gear ring. VM BTw if you choose as I did to upgrade the motor when it failes to a 997 3.8 X51 figure on that costing you $30K after motor, transmission, and new clutch work. If you are on the east coast you are lucky as FVD and Farnbacher are close by to do the work, if you are on the west coast plan on another $3,500 for shipping. Also, if you have stock suspension you will need to upgrade to at least a bilsteins PSS9 kit and say goodby to traction control so must have a factory or Guard LSD.
  7. I have a 2006 Cayenne S with a dealer installed tow package and an aftermarket but dealer installed Tekonsha Voyager controller. Will the Voyager controller work or am I better off ditching it and going to surge brakes or an analog controller? Seems a ton of horror stories with early Cayennes and the Teknohsa Prodigy controllers due to some voltage mismatch (controller went off at 4v and cayenne would spike at 7 v..so brakes would hit under accelleration.) Surge brakes suck when backing up, as I am told they don't work as you have to manually unlock them. I have heard mixed reviews on surge brakes working well on steep descents, some say they are fine, others say they suck. Living in CA and having to go over the grapevine...brakes are important. The max hitch load - tongue weight in the owner's manual makes no sense it is now listed at 308 lbs, yet the car is suppose to be able to tow an over 6,000 lb braked load up to 12% grade...which would mean a tounge weight of around 600 lbs. Note - my car does not have air suspension....is hitch load going to be a problem? Even the lightest open trailer with a 2500lb race car and race tires will come in around 4,000lb and need to put about 400 to 500 lbs of load on the hitch to pull right. Options Trailex open trailer with surge brakes and incadescent lights (they have given up on selling electronic brakes and leds lighted trailers to cayenne owners due to problems 1,000 lbs with tire rack. Featherlight open trailer with electronic brakes and led's lights 1600 lbs with tire rack. Any advice would be great. Note - I have decided against a enclosed trailer due to the limited wheelbase of the Cayenne S when combined with high winds over our California passes could prove a bit too exciting. Thanks, VMAN
  8. Loren, just became a contributing member, where can I go to find the information? Thanks, VMAN Thank you for your donation. You can find it here: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?a...mp;showfile=694 The detailed description starts on page 45. Thanks
  9. Loren, just became a contributing member, where can I go to find the information? Thanks, VMAN
  10. Thanks - Just trying to figure out if sport chronon is meanginful in the option pool for a new car purchase. I agree with you, Vman. This was the hardest option for me to decide on 2 years ago. It is very hard to see the difference during a test drive. I decided to get it, mainly because it was not that expensive. I am very happy with it. Thanks fo rthe quick replay.... here is round two.....does sport chrono affect when PASM is reactivated in a meaningful way? From what I have read, sport chrono changes when PSM is awakened from standby (as it can't be turned off for good in a 997) mode to active, in that a car with sport chrono must ABS trigger two wheels under braking vs. non sport chrono equipped car's will reactivate PSM with one ABS triggered wheel under braking. I don't see how this difference really changes much as when PSM reactivates under braking, as overcooking a corner enough to require you to hit the brakes to keep from going off road or off track so hard to have ABS slip one wheel will likely have ABS slipping at least two wheels, am I missing something? More significantly, in reading, some driver’s mention PSM lights go off when driving around turns, to indicate PSM is using ABD and ASR to limit power on wheel slip (acting like a electronic differential), do they mean that corner exit wheel slip could reactivate PSM or are they talking about PSM light glowing more bright when PSM is switched on and actively working. Any data regarding if sport chrono has any affect on wheel slip under throttle triggering PSM as this would be significant for me. Note - I am planning on adding an aftermarket Guard LSD to control wheel slip so my goal it to keep PSM asleep when I want it to sleep. Thanks, VM
  11. Thanks - Just trying to figure out if sport chronon is meanginful in the option pool for a new car purchase.
  12. +1. You can definetly get the car more sideways!! So sport chrono both affects when the system comes back on when you have the PSM button on (ie. you have to lock up two wheels) and increases the PSM limits. Have either of you had a chance to see how it works with DOT R racing tire son? Thanks, VMAN
  13. Guys, I have searched under sport chrono and am wondering if anyone with a pasm car can confirm how it works. I have read that sport chrono will affect throttle mapping (less push on the pedal = more go). everyone agrees on this one. Also, it sport chrono will affect when PSM turns back on if you have it off (two wheel lockup only vs one wheel lockup for no Sport chrono), but does sport chrono do anything to the PSM limits when PSM is actually on? VMAN
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