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  1. Everyone. I apologize to everyone who posted questions that I did not answer. I posted this guide to help out others, but don't really monitor it that often. But to answer some of the questions in a general kind of way for future posters I can offer these comments: What speakers you use has less to do with the car and more to do with your tastes. As long as you use decent quality stuff, properly matched to your amp(s), and of the correct size the end result should be as desired. I did this mod as stage 1 of a 2 stage project. I did initially just replace the speakers
  2. Anybody know if a Jensen VX7020 will fit in an '03 Boxster dash ? And what you need besides the unit (brackets, trim plate, etc..) to get it done? http://www.crutchfield.com/S-KCGgH4FWnSi/p_110VX7020/Jensen-VX7020.html Stock CAN bus system is already LONG gone. I currently have a Kenwood 1U deck in there with a Polk amp in the front boot and Polk speakers throughout the car. I Want to replace the Kenwood with the Jensen 2U unit mounted in the place where the factory NAV unit came if you had the option (mine did not but I don't think the guts are different, just locations rearranged a
  3. I have a 2003 2.7L 986 with 70k miles that this just started happening on. Exact same symptoms. If I cancel the code with my reader it doesn't come back for months. We checked the sensor and it tested (twice) as working properly. I assume all this shop time would be on my dime if I took it to the dealer to have the DME issue checked out at this point?
  4. Mystery solved. The pivot pin in the shifter is either bent (doubtful) or has worn eccentric(more likely) and it has turned into a position where it is jammed up solid and will not allow the shifter handle to move rearward hardly at all. The pin will not come out, even with a hammer and center punch. I have to replace the shifter.....and this is not a B&M, it is a knockoff. I was duped 4 years ago when I didn't know better. So here are my options: Porsche Factory Short Shift Kit $430 Suncoast Porsche 997 Shift Console Upgrade $199 Suncoast B&M Short Shifter $229 Bumper Plugs o
  5. So here is what I can see underneath. Not sure what is normal. I can tell you that there appears to be a bolt missing in one spot, and a shaft which appears to move in and out of the trans casing as you shift. This rod does not go all the way in. The lower end of that linkage tops out in the slotted plate before that happens. Would appreciate it if someone could confirm this all looks normal or not. Someone over on the Boxster & Boxster S forum offered this: ".... there are two pins that put tension on the shift rods inside the transmission. I believe that when one
  6. Well, its nothing up top. Everything under the console looks fine. After working the shifter around a little I can get it to engage 2nd,4th,and reverse, with some difficulty because I feel a lot of resistance. But it doesn't feel like it is moving "all the way in" for lack of a better way to describe it. You can't feel the "notch" if you will. However if I let the clutch out it is in gear, so it is engaging....... Have to get back underneath and take a better look. Starting to get worried. I still have a hard time believing it could be internal, but it feels like it could be a bent shifti
  7. This sounds like a distinct possibility. I am going to take the console out this weekend and take a look. I also just put a new head unit in and unplugged an iPod cable needed for the old unit that runs down through the console to the storage box at the rear. I left it sitting in there loose, so that may have moved and caused a problem as well. I'll let everyone know what I found when I'm done.
  8. Update: Just had a look underneath. Didn't take the heat guard off, but checked out the cables an linkage with a light looking up through an opening by the heat plate. Everything looks pretty normal. Cables are in their supports and arms and brackets all look fine as far as I can tell. Nothing looks bent or broke and I don't see any indications of parts wearing against one another or any other surface. With the car off, I can not engage 2,4 or reverse. 1,3,and 5 are normal as can be. There has been absolutely no indication of any type of trans issue whatsoever. No grinding, popping out
  9. This is the interior shifter mod. Has worked great for the better part of 3 years. I was just now reading posts where apparently sometimes the cables came out of the supports on the older Boxsters Loren, they even zip tied them as I recall. Is that still an issue with an '03 ?
  10. This JUST started tonight on the way home. I was downshifting from 5th to 4th( nice and easy) coming down an off ramp, and the shifter suddenly felt stiff - like the cable was binding. Before that it had felt perfectly normal. There was no big road pothole or bump I hit. Nothing in the road that I ran over or that flew up and hit the trans....it just all of the sudden felt stiff. At first all forward/backward shifting felt like cables were binding. Side-to-side movement is fine. Then I tried getting the shifter in the neutral gate and moving it back and forth and checking all the gears. I r
  11. I've used it on spark plugs in aluminum heads for years with no problem at all.....on both racing and street engines. Just sayin'.......
  12. Loren.....does "Replace spark plugs" mean just plugs, or plugs/tubes/o-rings.....the whole 9 yards ?
  13. A while ago my key fobs stopped working to lock/unlock the doors and open the boot lids. I tried replacing the battery and even bought new button pads - no change the fobs still didn't work. Not wanting to spend a ton of money for new keys to solve that minor convenience, I have just been locking and unlocking the car with the key like any other Joe has to do with his car. However, some strange things seem to happen when I do this. The car is a MY03 base. I'm not sure if this is procedural issue or if I have something malfunctioning , but I would assume that I should be able to use the key nor
  14. You probably "accidentally" repaired a bad, or intermittant, ground connection. Hey...if it ain't broke, don't fix it ! :P
  15. Depends. Do you have the 5 1/4" subs in the doors? OR....Do you have another type of sub in the car? If you have subs, then try setting the HPF freq to the 120 or even 150 area and see how the balance sounds. To a point, the more bass you can relieve those small drivers of having to handle, the cleaner they will produce the midrange and highs. However, you have to balance them with your bass speakers (subs) and how the LPF filter is set - if one is in use. For example, if you set your HPF to 150, make sure your LPF is not set any lower than 150 also, otherwise you will leave a bit of a "
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