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Brian D. Barrett

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About Brian D. Barrett

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  • Birthday 06/14/1952

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    Fishing, motorcycles, cars

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  • Present cars
    1999 996 Carrera
  • Former cars
    1986 944 turbo
    1988 911
    1990 300 z Twin Turbo
    2001 BMW M-5
    2003 300z
  1. Funny guys! Good unit, no stock holder in original car, never did get to use it as sold C2 and bought Z06 corvette, 425 horses and handles as good or better than the carrera, no comparison and I can get it serviced without driving 200 miles and the main seal in the 350 CI motor is cast iron! Loved my 4 Porsches, dollar for dolar no comparison to the vette! It would eat them all in any event, strip, autocross, road race -- even has a cup holder !
  2. Purschased best cup holder ever from pcars.com. Goes in to th etop cubbt slot on my car and works like all of them should - price is right too! http://pcars.com/shop.php/porsche/new-cool...01/p_46811.html
  3. I usually don't drive the car in the cold., REALLY COLD FOR MOST READERS ( 28 F). There was a squeaking noise on turning the wheel and I wondered if there was something on the steering rack that could make the noise. Another time, I heard a similar noise on turning and going over a bump and wonder as well if their is something on the front strut that would do the same thing? Bit of a nuisance but probably not serious I hope. That said, depending on what it could be how do you fix it?
  4. Will 235/40/18 and 285/30/18 tires fit on my stock 1999, 996 C2 18" sport wheels and clear the wheel wells?
  5. Anyone tried BOTH GHL and Fabspeed Exhausts on a 996 and which do you recommend? Installation ease, price etc. Quite a difference in the pipe lengths on the headers for both, GHL being shorter before coming together. performance ? sound?
  6. 99 C2, 30,000 miles not a problem - as a percentage the problem while terrible is not that much. Forums like this scare the hell out of a lot of folks with no real reason.
  7. I have an aero kit front on my 996 and managed to tear off the black rubber chin spoiler underneat the main part. It is held on with plastic push clips and i can put it back on but considering th enumber of times I have scraped it and repainted it does it matter if I replace it or NOT? I am wondering if it actually does anything or is more decorative .
  8. Did some research - heres the story!! Transport Canada list all newer porsches and being able to be imported into Canada. There are requierements for daytime running lights but any Canadian Tire stor is authorized by our government to do the work. There a coule of fees at the border ( couple of hunderd dollars) and you have to pay teh GST (6%) opn importation and your provincial sales tax when you register the car. YOU CAN GO TO THE TRANSPORT CANADA web site and it explains how to do all this. Buying the car - talked to a dealer in New Hampshire- no problem from them as they have done it b
  9. THe import duties are the same for the theboth countries and I would have to pay the 6% GSTax and teh 10% provincial sales tax on both cars regardless of where they come from. WITH nafta there is NO import duty on new cars!! Someone is making a lot of money if they can sell the cars for at least 20% less in the US.
  10. Just for fun, I priced the same car with the same options on the US and the Canadian Porsche web sites. The car came in at $89,220.00 Canadian and 63,130.00 US. At the current exchange rate, this translates to $70,350 dollars Canadian. How can the MSRP differ by nearly $20,000CA on a $90,000 car? I understand with the free trade agreement the US cars can be brought into Canada as long as the headlights are converted to daytime running lights for less than 500.00. Makes you wonder how much these dealers are really making on the vehicles!
  11. This was done to my 99-996 and they simply raise a flap on the mufflers and take out some or all of the baffles inside and weld it back together. It is quite a noticeable sound increase, and I am sure if you can get the exhaust off yourself, you could get it done at any muffler/ welding shop for very little cost.
  12. May sound untechnical but I had this problem where you would start to go and the car would surge ahead and then jerk back almost like a bucking horse. Ended up being the springs on the throttle body and the gas pedal being weak and the cable would pull and then let some slack so your fut on the gas ended up making it go back and forth!
  13. The roof rail just pops off and the small plastic clips that hold it on stay in the rail. The covers over the rack atatchemtn points stay on the rail as well. Do a search on the DIY as there is a schematic of the roof rail removed. I just used a soft plactic spatula under one end and it popped off. I thought you might be interested in reading this web page: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=2&t=5942 From, Brian D. Barrett
  14. If it only does it on occasion as mine does, I find it happens when the AC is on or the fan is at high speed and possibly drawing more power so the engine speeds up to cover the battery draw?
  15. I have a 99, 996 C-2 and when purchased commented on the sound of the throaty, growl from the exhaust and asked which aftermarket system had been installed? Seems that when the dealer installed the lowering kit and aerokit in their shop they removed the stock mufflers, cut them open, removed the internal baffles, welded them back together and reinstalled them on the car! Probably not as pretty as stainless but considering not much change in performance per cost of aftermarket systems if all you want is more growl easy modification! I suppose it also does free up the exhaust flow and I kno
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