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Rapewta

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  1. I have a 99 C2. 17's with 255's on the rear. Original wheels. I wanted the real wide look in the back so I sent my wheels to Eric Vahn in Monrovia Calif. He Cut the wheels and added 1.5 inches to the width. Maybe a 74 offset. Can't remember. What it did was let me put 295's on the rear and a great looking profile without any camber/castor changes. No spacers. No longer lug bolts. No rolling the quarter panels. I ended up with Kuhmo's and have a real wide tire in the rear with no rubbing, etc. I think I went with 225's from a 215 in the front without changing a thing. Looks good and very simple. If you are wanting real wide rear tires without all the guess work... look him up. I almost went with an 11" but wimped out and the 10.5 with the 295's is a good fit.
  2. Removing the alternator takes a little bit of finese. You will be removing and re-intalling the two small bolts holding the oil fill goose neck by feel only. You can't see what you are doing so be very carefull you don't let one of them get away from you.
  3. Removing the mufflers makes the spark plug replacement simple. I use anti-seize. VersaChem type 13. Permatex is as good. It is very important that the plugs are torqued to the correct value. Visually inspect the coil packs for cracks. Re-inserting the tubes is easy. I tapped them back into seat by using a Small mallet and a socket the same diameter as the tubes. Everything is outlined in the DIY write ups for plug replacements. The two round clamps for the mufflers have a male/female tab that has to be realigned for proper fit when putting the mufflers back. Good luck.
  4. There is a really good DIY on this and one thing that I don't think is mentioned is that when you separate the cat from the muffler... pay attention to the round 13 mm clamps @ 2 that separate them. They have a small male/female teat that you have to get rotated correctly so they match each other when you tighten them back up. Believe me... removing the exhaust system is the only way to make your spark plug exchange easy. It take less than 30 minutes to remove the exhaust system and everything else is a breeze.
  5. I just turned 90,000 miles. Original engine. Some bolt-on parts have had to be replaced due to normal wear. I think the 60K maintenance is very important. Water pump, motor mounts, window regs and motors go out among other stuff. 99 C2 6sp coupe. BTW... I have a 96 Volvo 850 R sedan that just turned 233K! I don't worry about the Porsche but the Volvo ... nothing can run forever.
  6. I think bBunny explained it. I remember back in 1984, I was waiting for the bus in front of a Porsche dealership on the weeekend and a car transport pulled in and off-loaded a half dozen new 84 Carrera's. Everyone of them smoked on start-up. They all had window stickers that were for 31,000. A few days later, I was at the same place and noticed they all were out for display with $34,000 stickers. Weird.
  7. Just got back from a wonderful trip to Bonneville. I understand that this is a technical forum but I have to follow up on my original thread. My Dad got replaced by my wife. My father is spending a lot of time taking care of my mom. Anyway, we drove 1,100 miles round trip. If you don't have this on you "Bucket List", I suggest you put it on it. We only saw one Porsche. A 914-4 with a parachute! No stats on the car but it was cool to see a Porsche out there. Everyone involved with the Salt Flat event were really layed back. Wide open. You can spend days just walking around the massive pit area. A couple (BFS) 400 mph+ streamliners. A turbine streamliner. The starting gate for the four courses (2 @ 3 miles and 2 @ 5 miles) was awesome. The loud engines are unbelievable. 100 degree weather and snow blind white flats really wore us out. I am glad I decided not to run (ruin) the Carrera out there. If you go, drive your disposable car.
  8. I changed the gear oil 15K miles ago with Mobil 1, Synthetic gear lubricant LS. 75W-90. Not sure if it is on any list of approved gear oils but the tranny is quiet and shifts are smooth. I don't track the 99 C2 6sp coupe.
  9. Decided to take the trip to the Salt Flats in August. Taking my Father (87 yrs young) with me. Got our hotel reserved. My Dad doesn't know it yet but from Reno to Elko, he's behind the wheel. Their are two yearly events. One in august, the Southern Calif Timing Association and in Sept., the Utah Salt Flat Racing Association. The Sept. event allow you to run your street car for a couple speed records. The 130 mile club and the 150 mile club. The SCTA event brings the heavy hitters, so we are going there. I wanted to run the carrera in Sept. but I have already brought the Porsche past 130 on lonely stretches of Calif's I-5 between L.A. and Sacramento. The 150 club takes some modifications that I am not interested in doing. So, August it is. My father is and old time hot rodder and his old racing car is even displayed in the first twelve issues of Hot Rodding. If any of you have done this before... let me know how it went. Thanks.
  10. Finally got around to cleaning the debris caught in the radiator/condensers. I broke my hand and it is in a cast so I had an indepenant do the work. Just labor. Anyway... the tech put all the leaves and misc road debris in a bag to show me. Don't know if it had ever been done before ( the car had 70k when I got it). Like many others here had mentioned it before, highly suggested to do it. Maybe it is all in my head but typically the P-car runs around 190-200 degrees F. Now 185-195.
  11. My airbag light was on for over two years and I avoided it. The inexpensive OBD II hand-held I own would not clear it. Last week, I took the car in for an unrelated issue and the tech cleared the light while working on the car. No charge. It hasn't come back after driving the car approx. 100 miles.
  12. I replaced the original plugs with BERU Z129's. They are good plugs. I also used a small amount of anti-sieze on the threads. Put the car on jack stands, remove the rear tires and remove the exhaust assembly. Only takes a few minutes. Not difficult work and it will make the spark plug replacement easy.
  13. Hey Loren... I got the fastening clip prt# 99950756840 for the actuator cable. Ref. Bentley's Doors and Locks 57-5. My problem is, does it latch on the cable's 90 degree fitting "up or down". If I break this one I will know but I hate going all the out to Rocklin for a $2.80 part. I don't really want to take the passenger side panel off to check it out but I will if I have too. Thanks in advance.
  14. I broke a couple plastic pieces doing this job. The door courtesy light fixture pops off from the clear end, not the end with the red tint. The interior cable for opening the door has a 90 degree end that snaps into a small nylon female fitting that I broke because I had rotated it 180 degrees from it's normal position. The first time I opened the door from the inside.... snap! Broke it. In the exploded view of the panel for the driver's side, it is part #19.
  15. Engine removal and installation for the 3.4 and 3.6 is covered in a service manual that hasn't been on the market very long. It is published by Bentley and can be got from many sources. I got mine from Amazon.They run around $140.00. Read the reviews on this site. It covers the C4 camshaft and timing chain assembly.
  16. I got the regulator in and all is well.I have got to give the Porsche repair shops some props.This was a job that required (first timer) a lot of adjustments.To the mechainic in the shop, it is routine. To me it was 8 hours of trying to get everythingright. Their is caster, camber and toe-in on these anomalys.If you are considering replacing a regulator or motor for the window on your 996, do the "search" herethoroughly. The tips and tricks with the TSB or service manual are invaluable.I want a 1965 Corvette so bad. Plugs, points, cap and rotors and... yeah you are on the road.New cars are very complex. Everything is supervised by electronics.I kept waiting for the side air-bag to blow up in my face.Anyway... the passenger side is acting up and I am going to put a piece of tape over the up-down switch that says... if you push this button, I will kill you.
  17. Not trying to take away any food from the table from a "dealer" but try looking at private owners selling.A majority of them are honest and kept records. The car will be less expensive.Use carfax and find a one or two owner car that the owner has loved the car.No need to pay a whole lot of your hard earned money to get the car of your dreams through a dealer.Doesn't make sense.A private owner will talk your head off about the car. They owned it for a long time.The dealer knows squat about the purchase.Good luck.
  18. Thanks for the photo. Everything helps for a first time job.I received the regulator friday and will put it in on monday. Got the grandkids this weekend.
  19. Thanks for the "tribal knowledge" on the regulator replacement.The regulator hasn't arrived yet. I guess taking the panel and moisture barrier off can be tricky.I got a set of the plastic prying tools for panel removal.I have read as much as I could find on the replacment here on this site and in the Bentley'sservice manual. The first time doing some of these repairs do "suck".
  20. One way to shop for prices is to type the OEM part # on google.A list of companies that sell that part will come up and you research them.One source that hasn't been mentioned is AutohausAZ.com.
  21. I couldn't find any derogatory comments on the URO's quality, fit and function so I ordered one for the driver's side. The passenger side is starting to act up a bit. If this one works, I do the other side.
  22. I just received this service manual.This quote might help you in deciding if you really need it or not..."Although the do-it-yourself Porsche owner will find this manual indispensable as a source ofdetailed maintenance and repair information, the Porsche owner who has no intention of working onhis or her car will find that reading and owning this manual makes it possible to discuss repairsmore intelligently with a professional technician."I have Chilton's and Haynes from yesteryear and looking at this manual, I am amazed at all the electrical supervision, interogation and circuit management that goes on in the modern automobile.This book and the feedback on the DIY's here at this site for the most part is all I need to keepthe P-car repaired. It is always a challenge to fix something for the first time. After that, when you have to remove and replace something again, it is easy.This manual explains in a way that they realize you are going into a repair or maintenance job for the first time.
  23. I am going to attempt to replace the window regulators on my 99 996 coupe.I can hear the motor run when I depress the momentary switch, so I am assuming it is just the regulator assembly sans motor. Will know more when I remove the panel.My question is... Are URO regulators good?I found the genuine replacement regulator for approx. $250.00.Another is offered new by URO that is only $110.00, thru AutohausAZ. I realize it is always better to go with OEM but I am one of those "blue collar" guys that snuck in to the Porsche fraternity by picking up the unpopular 996 for a fraction of what they cost new. So, I pretty much can't just get OEM when something that is just as good is offered by another mfg. for less.If you have installed the URO's, let me know how they worked out.Appreciate it.
  24. Today I called around to independants and new car service repair places to get an estimate on a repair that I was thinking might be over my head.The cost for parts and labor was too high for me.So I got on Amazon.com and ordered the Bentley hardcover service manual for our cars.I saw Loren's great review and knew that it is a good investment.Anyway, I think if I use the combination of these DIY's and the Bentley, I will repair the Carrera and save a whole lot of my hard earned money. Off topic... I joined the Salt Flat Racing Association and will be taking the 996 to Bonneville in Sept. with my 86 yr old father to set some speed records. Records within our family anyway.
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