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Mike Petonic

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    2004 996 Turbo Cab X50

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  1. Nice writeup! Thanks for sharing. Hey, are your Staffies service animals? How'd you get them into bars and restaurants? We bring our cat into bars and restaurants sometimes, but he's a bit easier to hide (even at 22 lbs) than a couple of Staffies.
  2. The best thing about PCCBs? No more brake dust! Seriously, this is almost worth $8000/rotor. :-)
  3. Nice. I like how you did that. Since I don't track it and, thankfully, my TT is very reliable, I don't really use the tow hook hole. I do, however, use it to hold my front license plate when I get the occasional "no front license plate" fixit ticket.
  4. I've got the same issue in my '04 TTx50. I think Loren was correct in identifying it as a vacuum leak, but the same symptoms. Here's additional detail: Same as yours, when the engine is warm, it doesn't happen. If I press hard on the brake when it starts to "surge", the RPMS go back down (this is what led Loren, I believe, to think that it is a vacuum line). It settles back down after about 1/8 of a mile. Net net is that I don't worry about it anymore. I just press hard on the brake when I'm done with my first back-out of my parking slot. By the time that I get to the card reader in the garage, it's back down to normal, mostly.
  5. Fog lights originated in Europe and are mandatory in many of the countries there. I went to high school in Belgium in 1980 or so, and my father had brought over an Oldsmobile (!!!! -- don't ask). He had to retrofit a fog light on the driver's side. There never was such a thing as a passengers fog light. To this day, I don't think that there's such a thing. Even my wife's AMG CL55 only has a driver's fog light. It defeats the purpose to have fog lights on both sides of the rear. It's just not done that way.
  6. How much did this cost you for the exhaust and also how much did the install cost? Thanks!
  7. I had the same problem. I just scootched the mat over about an inch or so, left or right, doesn't matter, and started a new hole in the carpet to thread in. I used a small bladelike punch awl to start the hole. Hope this helps. It's worked great for me, and then when I need to do it again, I'll move it back to the original place, because by then, that will have filled in through use.
  8. Look at the attachment from Bolli996. It's got pretty detailed instructions.
  9. Man, I'd love to find an indy in San Francisco that charges the equivalent of £40. That's $63/hr. Great! My indy's rate is US$132/hr. About £85/hr.
  10. +1 n the Hankook Ventus V12s, too. For about 2 months, I had been running them at 33/36 instead of the recommended 36/44. They definitely felt squirelly at 33/26, but firmed right up at 36/44. In the latter case, it's a bit more bumpy over less than perfect roads, but the handling is more confident. I've got a stock x50 suspension.
  11. Hi Paul -- I'm somewhat interested in the concept. Why don't you use the radio system? Too quiet otherwise? I think it's neat to be able to "unmuffle" the exhaust when you're out driving alone (vs having the wife in the car trying to carry on a conversation). Do you mind me letting me know how much you spent on the Valvetronic exhaust? I've got a 996TTxt50, and I see that Valvetronic has a model for my car.
  12. What is the normal boost for an X50?
  13. OK, we're getting closer to the root cause. It's definitely stepping on the brake that causes the fast idle to stop. A gentle step on the brake won't stop it. If I just let off the throttle, that's when the fast idle actually kicks in.
  14. Thanks, Loren. My brakes seem to work well at this point, and I'm wondering if this is something that I should get looked at, and whether it's a potential safety issue. If I do have a vacuum leak in the brake booster line, what's the worst case failure if it degrades? Could I have inoperable brakes, eventually? As things currently stand, I don't mind hitting the brakes hard to stop the fast-idle. But if it's going to degenerate into something potentially dangerous, I will definitely jump on it. Thanks!
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