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Everything posted by nycebo

  1. If you guys wanted so much horsepower, why did you even buy a Porsche? You could have all the power and torque you want by going another route. It's called the Chevrolet Corvette. It's a steal if that's all you care about. Remember, Porsche has ridiculously evolved and designed little engines. It's about a bit more than pure raw power. It's the way the power integrates with the car. Look at all those ridiculous supercars that get wrecked all the time to understand why more power does not always correlate with going faster (unless you mean going out of control faster). Take a bunch of track days and you'll appreciate your car heaps more than a modest bump in HP is going to offer you. But, I can't fault you for wanting a new exhaust; I ride Ruf and the note makes driving a more pleasurable experience, but I can't say that it's a noticeable increase in anything with the exception of my credit card balance when I bought it.
  2. It is a pretty cool idea. I love the idea of lifting and jacking into place. Genius, Jerry, Genius!
  3. Right on. But to correct you, if your law firm is run by Dicky Scruggs, then that law firm is getting Billions, not millions. Just check out his fees during the tobacco class action lawsuits. The whole notion of law firms even sharing in the punitive damages of a settlement or award encourages such a twisted legal environment in our country.
  4. I used Gary's recommendation for getting the car up on jackstands in order to change my wheels this past weekend. It worked beautifully and was tremendously secure when raised. Thanks Gary for the great photos and writeup.
  5. Given the traffic in and around the city, sometimes it feels I'm getting 0 mpg because the kid ain't moving. But, generally, it seems like I'm getting around 18-20 mpg combined driving. If I just drive 60mph in 6th gear on a highway, I get north of 25mpg, but who has the patience for that (after break-in, that is).
  6. On this I have no doubt; the higher pressures are for higher mileage.
  7. Who makes your aftermarket CAI? K&N? If so, they have warned not to use them in heavy rain nor car washes.
  8. I was going to write a very lengthy post saying the same thing, but instead, now, I'll just say: DITTO! EXACTLY!
  9. I think it's a pretty well known fact that speedos typically overstate speed. However, it hadn't even occured to me that the odometer would be affected as well. I'll have this looked at in detail when next in service. I'm not saying I have a problem, but why risk it?
  10. Don't be so convinced that all gaps seem aligned on the front hood. What you're looking for is that the front trunk lid is actually seated at smidgen lower than the front bumper. Moreover, it needs to be this way all across the front seam. Then, make sure to check the flushness of the front lid against the side fenders. I had this problem with my boxster and it drove me crazy for ages until the dealer finally nailed the alignment of the bumper and the trunk lid.
  11. I changed it last year on my father's car and it was a complete and total PITA. I finally got it off, but on reinstallation, the lighter never seemed to sit as crisply. I think I might have bent something. Such a hassle. It requires force, but not too much force, if you get my drift.
  12. Don't do it. I think the look of the cup holders is awful. They small and flimsy. Stick with stock and do exactly what Capt601 suggested. As him, I also have the ultimate cupholder and it works fantastically. Can hold big and small cups, is on the floor and out of the way, and best yet, if there is a spill, it stays on the floor and doesn't get all over the dash, center console, and shifter.
  13. the only things to watch out for is that the glass rear window may be surprisingly small. It'd definitely worth comparing the measurements between stock and GaHH though I've not seen any data yet.
  14. Parking brake has to be engaged in order to operate the roof on the 2003 model. It's all the more reason to get SmartTop again.
  15. The horseshoe panel prys off very easily without any hidden fasteners to worry about. Just take a butter knife and gently/gingerly prey around the panel slowly but firmly pulling outwards. I usually start at the bottom on one side and work my way around the top and over to the bottom of the other side. In my opinion, the hardest part is actually removing the little switches, but they too ultimately just pop out. Remember, always be gentle but don't worry too much about breaking it. Good luck.
  16. I have heard some members here and on other boards bemoan the fact that the PSE mufflers can develop a rattle because of the vacuum actuated flap at certain rpms. It is principally used to dull the sound across the loudest revbands AND also to electronically mute the exhaust back to stock sounding with a flick of the switch on the dash. Of course, Renntech already has a post detailing how to disengage it and I think it is a must. To me, it was a little too much to be asking from a flaming hot muffler. Instead, I opted for the mightily expensive Rufs and while expensive (see four words earlier) they sound so blatantly fantastic that I almost cry every time I drive. Even my girlfriend concurs that the sound both in and behind the car is sublime. I've heard the Fabs in person and while light and loud, they rumble a little more than snarl and most certainly to hark back to that air-cooled sound (which I miss every day but what can we do?). GHL Regulars seem a great value and sound quite nice. For the money, that's going to be the best start. Of course, the best idea is to find a local PCNA chapter and HEAR all the exhausts in person...because aural pleasure is VERY personal. Good luck.
  17. I think that the lighter weight 0W-40 oil is being recommended for gas mileage reasons only. I used 15W-50 through the winter (my car is garaged) and never heard any problems whatsoever from the lifters. Moreover, I really do get on my car sometimes and I want that protection for days when it gets warm on the road. 1999, this a recurring topic for you, eh? Why do you think they dropped back to 0W-40? Would my mileage guess make sense?
  18. You might try cleaning your throttle body and MAF sensor first to see if that quick effort resolves your problem.
  19. Important lesson that I have also learned early in my Porsche and Renntech membership: always check here BEFORE any maintenance so you are well informed as to what to expect in terms of cost and procedure!
  20. Join Renntech and then do a search of the TSBs. There's a TSB for extending the keyless remote range but it requires a little work inside the car (you can do it....it ain't hard).
  21. Check vigorously around the expansion tank and see if there is any crusting. Feel underneath it with your hands. If there's any crusting, you either have a leak or need the updated coolant cap. Smell and coolant topics have been making the rounds heavy this past week, eh?
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