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  1. Dakar, read the excellent thread on M030 install in the "mods" section (http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/7073-row-m030-sport-suspension-install/). Before you do the job, inspect the condition of the front bump stops. They're high-density foam and will deteriorate. Mine were chunked and needed to be replaced. Local dealer will likely not carry them, so have them on hand--if you need them--before you start. When I did the conversion on my '02 C2 cab, I reused everything else after a through cleaning/inspection/regreasing/reassembly. The car had about 45,000 mostly "gentle" miles on it a
  2. Regarding fuel octane--US pumps display (R+M)/2 octane, whereas European pumps display just RON (the "R" in the US octane rating). For most pump gasolines, "R" is about 10 points higher than "M". Bottom line is that the 93 octane US premium unleaded is essentially the same as the 98 octane premium unleaded available in Europe, at least from an octane rating perspective. As for the car's performance on racing fuel--it may increase slightly over time. I would personally spend the extra $$ on more track time; that will lower lap times more quickly and effectively than boutique racing fuel fo
  3. Some more info would be helpful: -- If you lock the car with the remote and then leave it for more than 5 days, the "remote unlocking" feature becomes inactive in order to prolong the car battery's life. Is your key fob failing to open the car "all the time" meaning within 5 days of locking it (with the remote)? -- Can you lock the car via the key fob? -- If you have both keys, do both fobs exhibit the same behavior? If only one fob neither locks nor unlocks the car then I'm guessing the remote sender in that fob is the problem. If you have two keys and both fobs won't lock/unlock th
  4. 996-504-981-01-G2X available from Sonnen Porsche (www.porscheoemparts.com) for $77.51. Auto Atlanta shows it at list price.
  5. FWIW, my '02 Cab with stock rear decklid has just one strut, on the RHS near the air box. I can see where a strut would attach (with some additional hardware) to the LHS but it's clear from the perfect condition of the paint that a strut or its hardware has never been located there. I suspect that one may need struts on both sides when running a modified or aftermarket decklid with a large/heavy wing on it. When I purchased the car (about 2 years ago) it also had the "sudden close" feature, which a single new strut remedied perfectly. Good luck.
  6. Another tip, applicable if you will not run the engine at all whilst in storage: Change the engine oil just before you put car up for the winter, but UNDERFILL by a quart. When you take the car out of storage in the spring, add the "missing" quart before you start the car for the first time. This new quart will wet some parts that may have dried out a bit from months without oil circulation. Possibly not necessary--but it can't hurt either.
  7. I just completed installation of the M030 RoW suspension (plus new rear dogbones and engine protection plate) on my 2002 996 C2 Cab. The collective wisdom in this thread gave me the confidence to tackle this myself--my sincere thanks to all who've contributed before me. A few tips for anyone doing this on their Cab: 1. Access to the upper mounting points for the rear shocks is via the compartment where the soft top folds away (behind the rear seats). The instructions in the "Cabrio Top Hydraulic Fluid Step by Step" thread () are excellent for showing how to gain access to them. The nut
  8. Let's see...owner isn't the seller, inconsistent stories on history, some mechanical issues with accident damage. IMHO, even if the car was priced well (which it isn't), run--don't walk--away from this car. There are plenty of better, lower-risk examples available at/near the $25K price point. Give yourself the best chance of your first Porsche ownership being a fantastic, worry-free one.
  9. I'll either vacuum or use compressed air to remove dust/lint etc., then wash with clear water. One in a while I'll use Raggtop cleaner (for fabric tops) with soft brush. I use 303 Fabric protectant which gives me superb beading action for about a year or maybe 4-6 "soapy washes" of the top. I have found that spraying 2-3 light applications of the 303 in direct sun (as instructed) yields a much longer lasting treatment than doing it in a dark/cold garage in mid-February! Both products (Raggtop and 303) are available from autogeek.net which is where I purchased mine.
  10. Search is your friend...http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php/topic/6885-cel-error-codes-p0410-and-p1411/ My guess--running the engine with the air box disconnected caused the secondary air pump function to not register properly. Suggestion: completely reinstall the air box, clear the codes (disconnect battery for 10 minutes...make sure you have your radio code handy!), then drive the car. If the CEL doesn't re-light, you're good to go. Good luck
  11. Some suggestions: 1. Take a close look at the owner' service records. If he/she doesn't have them, take the VIN number to your local Porsche dealer and see if they'll run a service history on the car for you. Lack of current visible leaks etc. is not an indicator that RMS/IMS/water pump have never been replaced. 2. Have an independent Porsche mechanic do a complete pre-purchase inspection, including leak-down tests on each cylinder. This will cost you a few hundred $$ but is worth it IMHO. You should get a much better understanding of what the car is once these items are done, esp
  12. It's certainly okay to use them in moderation if you want to. Having said that, if you consistently use a "top tier" fuel brand--Chevron, Texaco, Shell, Exxon--then you really don't need them. The top tier gasolines--especially premium grade (highest octane)--contain more and more effective additives than most "bargain brand" fuels, and they keep your intake system squeaky clean. In many cases the additives in the bottle are the same as those in your top-tier fuels; for example, the Techron you buy in a bottle is the same stuff found in Chevron and Texaco gasolines. However, if you typic
  13. +1 on the other posters' advice. Patience on your part will definitely pay off. There are great examples out there; continue to search and build your personal knowledge base about the 996 at the same time. I looked at several 996 Cabs, none of which were in great condition--either very high mileage (lease returns, usually) or not well looked after--before I came across the '02 which I've enjoyed since late 2009. It had less than 34000 miles, a full service history, had been pampered by its former owners, and cost me not quite $29K. You might also consider looking outside of CA, into the
  14. Just completed my first DIY plug change on my 2002 C2 Cab. The job was sometimes frustrating but the satisfaction of firing up the car when I was done, with a smoothly purring engine and no CEL, was top drawer. A few lessons learned: * +1 on removing the mufflers, which I was going to do anyway since I was replacing the stock units with aftermarket AWE cans. * Using two 2-inch extensions was easier than using one 4-inch extension for several plugs. If I were buying tools just for this job I'd get just the two 2-inchers. * The rearmost passenger-side coil pack upper cap screw was a
  15. A Porsche battery discharges as the car slowly dies from the shame of not being driven... :( More seriously: -- the remote-actuated central locking system drains some power, but shuts itself off after 5 days as Dharn55 notes -- alarm system stays on (the blinking red light) continuous, using power, until there's none left -- etc. etc. (others have said it, I won't repeat it) I recall that, if you lock your car manually--not using the remote--the central locking system doesn't fully power up, saving you a few milliamps. The owner's manual notes this and a few other things to do if y
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