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  1. Thank for helping to document the process so thoroughly! Couple of additional notes: This mod works equally well on 'sport' (round airbag) and regular (triangular airbag) wheels.... But the airbags themselves are quite expensive. So unless you can source a wheel with the correct airbag at a decent price, make sure your spare wheel uses the same airbag as your current car. You can of course just modify your existing wheel without buying the spare wheel, I just liked modifying the spare wheel to as I had never done it before. Also, Mk II (997.2, 987.2) steering wheels will fit and bolt
  2. No, you need three relays. My diagram shows how three inexpensive relays can be wired together to make a pulse-latching circuit. The Porsche switch is not shown at all in my diagram. Your switch would connect to the "[+] Pulse to turn on" and "[+] Pulse to turn off" lines in the diagram. If the other diagrams posted are correct, it looks like switch terminal 1 goes to turn on, 2, to turn off, 3 to 12V power. But honestly, if this kind of stuff isn't familiar to you, get some help lest you accidentally short/smoke something... If you do it yourself, make sure you pull the correct fuses or b
  3. You can also use cheap/simple automotive relays to convert pulses from a momentary switch to a latched output... Something like this: These are standard automotive lighting relays... Total overkill for the application as they can handle pretty high current, great for driving lights and such, but they are cheap and readily available for a few bucks each.
  4. I didn't think the quad-ground type plugs were really meant for any adjustment... It is also much more difficult to measure than a standard plug.
  5. I would have bet money that there would be no noticeable performance difference between different brands of quality spark plugs that are of proper spec and not defective... but I guess I'll replace the plugs and see if it makes a difference. I'm sure the job will be much easier the second time, but honestly I'm not looking forward to dealing with Cylinder #4 again. I picked up some new tools that should make it a bit easier, a ratcheting bit wrench for the coil pack torx bolts and ratcheting external torx wrench for the covers, but those muffler mounts make the plugs and coil packs a bit har
  6. 2004 C2, 57K miles. Just did some service work on my C2 and replaced my spark plugs. Car was running great, but did it as part of 60K service. [*]No history of CEL's prior to change. [*]Plugs removed were BERU Ultra R6-336. [*]All looked fine with good color and minimal electrode wear. [*]All coil packs/wires/connectors looked great and were reused. [*]Spark plugs were replaced with Bosch FGR5KQE0. Gapped as set from factory, not mis-handled or dropped. [*]Plugs were torqued to spec. Since I removed the mufflers for improved access, I took them to a local shop while they w
  7. I do have an iPhone, and have also set that up (through jailbreak) to act as a hot spot... It works, but it seems a bit clumsy for what I want. Take the phone out of my pocket, turn the hot spot on, plug in the phone to a second power line to ensure I don't kill my batteries running it as a hotspot, and then undo it all when I get where I'm going. Far better than not having any wifi integration in the car, but not nearly as seemless as an iPad with built in LTE.
  8. No problem posting the link... Happy to answer any questions the group might have, though I'll need to use google translate if they ask in german! As for the back up camera, I love the idea but I believe that if you use wifi to connect to the camera, it will effectively turn off the 4G data connectivity... definitely a problem. Bluetooth would be a better solution, but Apple is very particular about its bluetooth connections and won't allow the iPad to connect to unsecure bluetooth data devices. Happy to try and figure it out if anybody can loan the device! :D
  9. Progressive Shift Light / LED Tachometer One of the things I missed most about my '82 SC was the great big, super-easy to read VDO tach... And you could index redline at twelve o-clock! Maybe it is better with white or silver faced gauges, but I don't find the tach on my 996 particularly easy to read at a glance or out of my peripheral vision, so I decided to add an LED tach/shift light. I had read some good things about the Ecliptech Shift-i progressive shift indicator, so I decided to give one a try. $183 shipped... Got some time to install it toda
  10. One of the things I missed most about my '82 SC was the great big, super-easy to read VDO tach... And you could index redline at twelve o-clock! Maybe it is better with white or silver faced gauges, but I don't find the tach on my 996 particularly easy to read at a glance or out of my peripheral vision, so I decided to add an LED tach/shift light. I had read some good things about the Ecliptech Shift-i progressive shift indicator, so I decided to give one a try. $183 shipped... Got some time to install it today, so far very happy! I decided to mount it on the station
  11. Just to clarify, my desire is not to interfere with anything other than the constant audible reminder. I don't think it's a legal issue. eg: My F-150 has instructions for turning on/off the audible 'Belt Minder' right in the owners manual. Not any sort of secret, back door, or dealer only procedure, just a sequence of ignition key and buckle/unbuckles. I doubt Ford would be flaunting federal safety laws on their highest volume vehicle year after year... Other Porsche models evidently have relatively easy ways to disable the chimes. I've seen reports of certain buckle/unbuckle sequences wo
  12. 2004 Carrera 2, US spec. I'd like to disable the obnoxious seat belt chime through the dealer. I had it into the dealer yesterday for a detail, and the dealer didn't have any issues with doing it, but we couldn't get it done. Tech didn't think it was possible on 996's (though I've heard otherwise). Service manager hooked up the computer (PIWIS?) and we looked through various options trying to find anything related, but no luck. Anybody know exactly which sub-menu or function can be used within the dealer computer system to turn off the seat belt warning chimes?? -----Disclaimer---- Yes,
  13. Yes... one of the first things I checked out. Thanks for the resource! Seems like there are lots of 'non-approved' variations that are working out quite well for people though.
  14. A few more pics from yesterday... It is working superbly. Get in, turn the key, instant pandora streaming with no swipes, buttons, selections. (click pictures for higher res) OFF. ON.
  15. LOL... I can be a bit compulsive about the details, and in the Porsche tire/wheel world, lots of variables!I poured through countless threads and it drove me crazy when somebody would say "I'm running this tire and it works great" but no mention of offset, so I tried to be very complete in my info.At any rate, I am currently running the 997 Carrera III wheels, stock *997* size tires, 5mm spacer in rear, 5mm spacer in front and it seems to be working out quite well.So far zero complaints from PCM/ABS about the taller rear tires and handling seems to be balanced, but no track days yet. Cosmetica
  16. -- Another data point...I recently purchased a set of OEM take off 997 Carrera III wheels and tires for my 996 C2, so far working out great. The ones I picked up were 10x18RO58 on the rear, which is the same width with 7mm *less* offset than my stock 996 Carrera II's, which is perfect for the rear. The fronts were 8x18RO57, which as mentioned above, really need at least a 7mm spacer.Are the wheels you were looking at (11J x 18 ET 51) wide body wheels? You should be able to get 11" wide wheels to work, but you are going to want ~63mm offset to fit a narrow body 996.
  17. Motor vehicle recalls are ordered by the federal government, specifically the NHTSA, for serious safety defects. I believe manufacturers sometimes institute a voluntary recall, but typically only when they know there is going to be a mandated recall issued if they don't... Non safety-related service issues are never recalls, regardless of how severe. You can check for vehicle recalls at www.nhtsa.gov
  18. Sorry for the late reply... While the ipad can be removed relatively easily (pop off the horseshoe trim), my installation is designed primarily to leave it in place... Power: The iPad mini takes significantly less power to run and charge than the full size iPad. On par with the iPhone 5, and my pioneer puts out plenty power to the iPad mini to keep it charged while running as well as charge it. Slightly slower than a wall outlet, but no need to remove it for charging. The only time it is a problem is if you let it run 100% out of power (with the radio off). The mini will then will not power
  19. Looking for some feedback on my tire/wheel decision! I've read as many threads as I could find. Some great info, but sometimes posts will describe a tire size that they like/works without giving the wheel offset, or talk about wheel offsets that work without discussing what tires they are using. I'm posting in this forum as it seems there is more experience on wheel/tire combos here vs. the regular carrera forum. My understanding is that from a wheel/tire perspective, I should be the same as what would work on a GT3MK1, minus the rolled fenders.Car: 2002 C2. OEM USA non-sport suspension. I pl
  20. iPad mini install/integration. In-dash, late model 996. I've documented some of the work I've done installing an iPad mini into my '04 996 in several threads on a few different forums... I'm putting the information here in its own thread as well. Sorry if it seems a bit discontiguous, much of this is cut and paste. ----------- Here's what I'm doing: Relocate HVAC to lower slot in lower center console. Relocate head unit to upper slot in lower center console. Replace head unit with Pioneer single din with USB input and enough charging current to keep iPad mini oper
  21. I've documented some of the work I've done installing an iPad mini into my '04 996 in several threads on a few different forums... I'm putting the information here in its own thread as well. Sorry if it seems a bit discontiguous, much of this is cut and paste. ----------- Here's what I'm doing: Relocate HVAC to lower slot in lower center console. Relocate head unit to upper slot in lower center console. Replace head unit with Pioneer single din with USB input and enough charging current to keep iPad mini operating properly. Custom mount mini in upper dash. Modifications to horseshoe
  22. Let us know if it has the X51 option... It was a pretty expensive (~$15K?) and somewhat rare factory option, but did tweak the engine nicely. X51 engines had, IIRC, slightly higher compression, tweaked camshaft profiles, smoother plenum, dual-port air intake, and some improvements to the oiling system.
  23. I'm sure there are many here with more expertise than me but no, as far as I know, there was never a normally aspirated, 2WD, '2004 Carrera S'. My guess is that if it really has 345 factory horsepower, it is a standard Carrera 2 with the X51 option and an owner-added "S" badge. My 2004 Carrera VIN is: WP0AA299X4S62xxxx WP0AA29944S620441 is yours. Identical except for the last four numbers (production sequence) and the 9th digit (X vs. 4) which is just a checksum to check for errors in the VIN. Look for the X51 option on the hood decal and/or the two intake air cleaner to figure out if i
  24. Verifying... 000.044.500.33 would be the correct part number for an X74 kit for a 2002 C2 coupe. It may or may not be available, but if it was, it would include springs, sway bars, other mounting bits, but not shocks?
  25. I've used several of these type of batteries on my dual sport and off road moto's. Fantastic performance with very few downsides. Just to clarify, these are not really "lithium" batteries. They are "Lithium Iron Phosphate", specifically LiFePO4. They are much safer, have a longer lifespan, and are less toxic than normal lithium batteries, and have a very different chemistry. They don't have flamability concerns when submerged in water, they aren't poisonous. Several manufacturers are now making them for moto/off road applications. Maybe a bit undersized for a daily driver 911, but perfect
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