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  1. @Loren, thanks for the update! I just discovered: 029 is no damptronic, 475 is with damptronic. I'm getting a headache reading Bilstein B4 vs B6.. B4 seems like rock stock and B6 seems like the sport suspension but I'm wondering if: 0. Just swallow and replace both rears with struts from Porsche. 1. swap both rears to B4 and do nothing else, hope that it is rock stock so the car still feels the same with the Front oem's. 2. go scope creep, replace F/R with B6... then I need to worry about the springs... doesn't sound like the proper path since
  2. I was changing my oil/filter and discovered that one of my rear struts was leaking fluid. Question: Should I go OEM or 'OEM' replacement. The oem p/n is 997 333 051. When I look up this part in Autodoc.de I get this: Bilstein B6 high perf. shock abs. 24-118224. Does anyone know if Bilstein provides oem to Porsche/997? Has anyone installed these? Any advice? Thanks! Ken
  3. True that. To support this statement, I hereby claim that over filling your oil will cost you 15k for motor overhaul. (overhaul took place about 20k after the AOS replacement) It was the dumbest thing I've done in my life besides getting married and having children that went to college to basically spend a GT3. As for German owners manual, they never are joking. You basically own a motor that is designed to be reving above 3k rpm all day long.
  4. On my old motor, it used to burn so much oil that I thought I'd add just alittle bit more... Really stupid of me. I blew up the Air Oil Separator, oil entered the cylinder - beginning of the death of my motor - I think. Had to drop the motor to replace a $100 component. It was probably one of the strong contributors to my motor giving up it's life.
  5. Hi, I had the same issue. It ended up being a loose Headlight Angle sensor. Perhaps a quick look?
  6. Update: I gave up and had the motor re-built. Turned out that the ceramic coating in the cylinder gave way (apparently common here)... Now it's an Autobahn Screamer for the last 12 months.
  7. Sir, you are missing out on 4-wheel slides and ultra motor performance due to low temperature, dense air. You are A1 about N rated tires!!!
  8. I moved to Germany with my 997 and recently purchased the 'Porsche' approved winter tire wheels and tires (not MS). Here, if you deviate from OEM: if you get pulled over for any reason, you get a 200 euro or so ticket, if you get into an accident, you are immediate to blame and insurance is not valid - you're screwed. I'm sure there are arguments to not go OEM or to go OEM. All i can say is that on the autobahn the other day, i was flying at about 200 km (dry but cold) and had to panic break, an entire pack (front and rear) all stopped in time with 2 m between cars. We all had reflexes an
  9. update: the driver side tailpipe does get black. i do burn 1 liter/1000 km's. When driving around town, there is very little oil loss. When driving on the autobahn (Stuttgart to Frankfurt @ 200 - 220 km/hr) and I'm downshifting, say 7k down to 5k, i do burn at 1 liter/800 km's. I recently changed my driving habits to not downshift but rather to use brakes. Anyway, the burn rate is down to .7 liter/1000 km's. As for the oil loss, it all started after the AOS failure. perhaps so much oil got sucked in that the rings or something overstressed during the compression s
  10. I had similar problems with rats and squirrels and used peanuts + anti-freeze + water to rid them all. It worked.
  11. Hi, My 997.1 is making rubber noises which I think are coming from the bump stops or whatever that donut is called. what made you suspect the bumpstops?
  12. I used Roan Trucking to ship my car from MI to NJ. They had a closed trailer with a two story rack. They seem to specialize in high value cars as all cars were collector items. The driver was a car guy and took very good care of all the cars when he was rearranging the weight balance. I paid 1500 and was a happy camper. Back in 03, I shipped my Boxster from CA to MI and went with low cost open carrier. It made the trip but the car looked like hell. i think i paid 1000.
  13. Good point on the water but I'm shocked that you can emulsify .5 liters*water into approx 9 Iiters of oil. When the car was in Michigan, my stupid commute was 6 miles all at 30 to 50 mph. Yes, I know, total waste of a 997 but on weekends I'd blast it on the freeways for 30 minutes. Oil changes each 6 months, etc. In Germany, I typically travel from Stuttgart to Frankfurt which is about 320 miles round trip. This last trip, i topped off the oil with 1 liter which meant that when I started driving here back in June, I put 5k km's on it with at least 6 to 8 hours of sustained rpm
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