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About thstone

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    Los Angeles, CA
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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    1999 Porsche Boxster
    2002 BMW 325i
    2002 BMW X5
    2003 Mazda Miata
  1. I know that this is an older thread but it saved me today! I replaced the alternator and through the process, disconnected #19 vacuum line. I looked everywhere for a loose/open connection but could not find it. Then I read this post and found #20 vacuum line in about 10 seconds up behind the rear intake where the resonance flapper is located. Re-inserted #19 into #21 and now I can proceed with re-installing the throttle body. Thanks!
  2. On the chance that my radio may have been previously coded, I did a search and found it and the code worked. Thanks but you do not have to reply to this request. All the best.
  3. Hi Loren; 1999 C2 CDR220 Type: 4462 SN: X5027309 48/98 Thanks!
  4. From one of my previous posts on another forum... Option 1: Used Donor (eBay or equivalent) Engine. This is the cheapest route and bascially consists of simply replacing the engine you have with another used engine of the same type and doing a 60K service to get the car back on the road and hope for the best in the future. Future reliability is unknown and you may be right back where you are now (needing an engine replacement) in anywhere from 10K-100K miles. Obviously 10K miles would be a bummer and 100K miles would be awesome - but no one can say for sure which it will be. Since all the sh
  5. I replaced my spark plugs and tubes two weeks ago. I replaced all 6 spark plug tubes and all 12 o-rings just because of age and because they are cheap. I used a boat plug to pull the tubes out and didn't have any problems. I skipped the $40 Porsche grease and just used a tiny bit of motor oil on the o-rings.
  6. $179 ea? Kinda expensive for a jackstand.
  7. I just installed cross-drilled rotors and EBC Redstuff pads on all four wheels along with the GT-3 brake ducts ($40 from eBay). I figured that the S-models come stock with cross drilled rotors so they can't be all bad. The Redstuff pads are "supposed" to be good for street and light track use. Installation of the GT-3 brake ducts (wow, they are a LOT bigger than the stock Boxster ducts) was a snap (literally, there are only two plastic snaps) and I was done in less than 10 mins. I'll post back in a few hundered miles to let you know how this setup is working once the pads are broken i
  8. I'd definitely be interested in this. All it would have to do is be a one-touch operation to raise or lower the top. It should stop the raise/lower process if the button is touched again. I can get around the hand-brake and speed limits if I want with the easy mod to the existing top relay. I'd pay under $100.
  9. I went with PS2's. Why take a chance on something else?
  10. Same situation - ready for new pads/rotors and want a setup that is good for daily driving and track use 2-3 times a year.
  11. When I was looking for my Boxster, I "thought" that I wanted a 6-speed because it would be like a having a 2nd-overdrive (as compared to the 5-speed) to lower the RPM's when cruising on the freeway (you know, do 80MPH and be only turning over around 2700 RPM or something like that). But I was wrong in this regard. The 6-speed only lowers the RPM by about 100 RPM at 75MPH (120KPH) based on the speed vs. RPM graphs in the owners manual.
  12. I'll jump in here... I already own a BMW 325i and while its a nice car, its not a real sports car. I also own a 2003 Mazda Miata and while its a real sports car, its not a Porsche! I bought my '99 Boxster in Nov, 2010 I've never had as much fun driving since I had my '71 Triumph TR-6 in 1988! My thinking about engine failures is that they do happen, but they are rare compared to the number of cars that were built. So you have very good odds of never having a premature engine failure. My car has 86K miles and runs fine. I met another Boxster owner last weekend who had 208,000 miles with no
  13. I have a '99 Boxster and run Michelin Pilot Sport 2's (PS2's) in 225/45/17 on the front and stock 255/40/17 on the rear. The slightly lower profile (45) on the front (compared to the stock tire 50) is needed to keep the tire diameter as close to stock as possible to avoid problems with the ABS (you need to lower the profile as you increase the width to keep the diameter nearly constant). This setup is meant to help reduce some of the inherrent understeer built into the car and seems to be the most common Boxster tire setup. If you go wider than stock on the front and rear (e.g. 225 front an
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