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About dphil66

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    Cross-country trips in the spaceship, the look on people's faces when I tell them we drive our Porsches in the winter, and getting tickets for things I didn't even do.

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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    2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Lapis Blue Metallic/Sand Beige (named Blue Thunder)
    1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Midnight Blue Metallic/Space Grey (named Sapphire)
    1998 Porsche Boxster, Arena Red/Graphite Grey (named Ruby)
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    More Porsches!
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    1980 Porsche 924 Turbo S, 1985.5 Porsche 944 , 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, 1997 Porsche Boxster, 1985 (early) Porsche 944

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  1. Also have a 2008 Cayenne Turbo...and wanted to put the same Hawk LTS (green package) pads on it that I put on my '04 Cayenne Turbo, and they say they have two part numbers that are compatible with the 2008, but they are NOT compatible. The 2008 Turbo has the 368mm discs / 6-piston calipers, and those Hawk pads will NOT fit. The larger calipers have to be removed to change pads, whereas with the older 350mm versions on older Turbos, you just remove the retaining pin and spring and the pads come straight out without removing the caliper. Picture of the 368mm version: It also seems the
  2. I put Hawk LTS pads all around on my 2004 Cayenne Turbo, and the virtual elimination of brake dust is fantastic! Also, you guys are right that they don't have the same "feel" as factory, however I always thought the factory brakes were WAY too grabby...I never liked them. Same with my 2008 Cayenne Turbo. Driving these with factory pads back to back with our Boxster with factory pads, and the CTT's brakes are just way to sensitive. You get a hard initial bite, but then have to do a real leg press to get any real stopping power The Hawk LTS pads totally fix the grabby brake feel, and the
  3. Hi guys, Just thought I'd add my experience here in case it helps somebody... I was having this problem with our '98 Boxster 2.5: (video not my car, but same problem) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lVGBfjHgAk Our local Porsche dealer narrowed the issue down to a sticking Idle Control Valve (ICV). They removed it, de-gunked it really well, and had it moving freely before re-installing it just to try that out. The problem went away. They asked if I wanted to wait for them to get a new part and replace it while they had it opened up, but since I just literally that day handed them almost $1
  4. I just replaced the front brake pads on my 2004 Cayenne Turbo, and was looking for something with good feel, low noise, and more than anything - less brake dust than the OEM pads. I ended up using Hawk LTS pads (light truck series, in the green package), Hawk p/n HB501Y.625. I found some pros and cons, but mostly pros. PRO: The Hawk LTS pads throw WAY, way, way way way less brake dust than the OEM pads. My wheels were cleaned & detailed 3 weeks ago, and at the moment, the rear wheels (with OEM pads) have about 50% more dust on them than the front wheels. This is absolutely awesome. Wi
  5. Loren, I bet you're correct on that reasoning. Wheel fitment over big brakes it critical, and those numbers indicating minimum wheel size would make it easier to discern. And still, 380mm is a huge brake rotor...the same diameter of the wheels on my VW Eurovan!
  6. Sorry, I just can't take it anymore...I keep reading about 17" brake rotors on Cayenne forums, and feel the need to point out that there are in fact 25.4 mm in every 1.0 inch. Therefore: 380mm = 14.960" 350mm = 13.780" 300mm = 11.811" As much as I'd love to have 17" brake rotors on my Cayenne, it just ain't so... BTW, I believe the silver and red calipers between the S and Turbo are the same, just different paint color. Black calipers on the Cayenne V6 are smaller. I also believe the 380mm brakes are only found on the Turbo S models, and on Turbos with the (very expensive) Powerkit
  7. This may help those of you looking for a part number, and this feature has been available on Porsche's website for a long time, but you can download the real factory parts catalog for your Porsche right off the Porsche website. This is the same catalog your dealer looks at on their computers when they look up parts for you. Just go to this page on the Porsche site, and select your model: http://www.porsche.com/usa/accessoriesandservices/porscheservice/originalparts/originalpartscatalogue/ You can navigate to this from the top level main page by clicking Personalization and Service >&g
  8. Another person posting on this forum recommended a 21 mm spacer for 10x18 et65 rears on a Boxster, instead of an 18mm spacer. He said otherwise, the tire rubs on the strut, I presume at maximum suspension travel. It is common that 18mm spacers are offered to make the 10x18 et65 rims fit on a Boxster from wheel shops, and it does mathematically add up. The Boxster's factory 10x18" wheels are an et47 offset, and 47 + 18 = 65. I am thinking of doing the same on a '98 Boxster (with some factory 18" rims with the et65 offset), and I'll probably play it safe and get a 21 mm spacer set.
  9. I have the factory Sport Design wheels on my car (18" two-piece with 10 spokes and bolts all the way 'round), and they are chromed. Since I'm not too fond of chrome, I had a company that advertises in Panorama quote a strip / paint job. Company was Wheel Restoration or something like that in California. They quoted about $600 per wheel, not including shipping and removal / reinstall of tires. They would strip the chrome, polish / grind everything to remove any curb rash, separate the center spokes from the rim, polish the rim and clear-coat (almost a chrome-finish) and paint the center part
  10. By the way, my passenger seat shakes like a Mexican space shuttle when nobody is sitting in it. Engine idles perfectly, you hardly know it's even on. So the shake has nothing to do with the engine, but has everything to do with the seat design!
  11. I think this whole engine reliability question is way overblown. There were a small (small!) number of early engines that had problems due to a casting issue at one of the two block casting suppliers, or so I've heard. So the occurrence of factory-related engine problems is trivial. Maybe I should knock on wood here, but my daily-driver 99 C4 has been fine except for a rare cam tensioner issue on bank 1. I also had an oil leak on bank 1. It's been nothing but gas, oil, and spark plugs ever since, with 63k on the clock. My car does not have an RMS problem, and this is with the original RMS
  12. A bit of a public service message here, but would you like a copy of the factory repair manual? The factory parts lists / diagrams? All of the factory information is available directly from the source. Visit Porsche's web site, and go to the Service area. You can download the parts list / diagrams here. They have every catalog for every model, free to download: Factory Parts Lists Here, you can purchase downloads for very reasonable prices, including the factory service manual for your car. A one-year subscription (with unlimited access) costs $5,000, but you can purchase individual docu
  13. My dealer in Michigan quoted about $1300 P&L... They charge $105/hr for labor. They also give you a 10% parts discount if you're a PCA member. By the way, my old 944 had a hydraulic clutch...I just assumed they all did. My current car - a '99 C4 - does it actually have a cable-operated clutch, or is the mechanic talking about the '02 have it all wrong? I haven't seen a cable-operated clutch in many modern cars...
  14. My wife uses the Kensington Pico for her iPod Nano in her Boxster. It's an FM transmitter that matches the Nano very well. In our view, an FM transmitter is a better solution because: 1) Nothing to install in your vehicle, just tune the factory radio to a particular station to pick up the transmitter's signal 2) Works in all of your vehicles, in your shop, in your house, on your boat, and anywhere you have an FM radio, with only a single $50 item to purchase 3) Freedom to place your iPod, while playing, in a concealed place like your armrest or glovebox. I know there are mixed review
  15. Improved winter performance is more a function of the *width* of the wheel/tire, not the *diameter* of the wheel. This is because a tire that is narrow results in a contact patch with the ground that has a smaller surface area. If we make these assumptions: 1) Weight of vehicle is constant (4400 lbs) 2) Front-to-back 'length' of contact patch is constant (8 inches) 3) All 4 wheels are the same contact patch, and receive the car's load equally) Thus, a 7-inch wide tire will result in 4 contact patches that are each 56 square inches, and each bear 1100 lbs of load. The resulting pressu
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