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Thursday, February 12, 2009

How to replace your brakes with Porsche Boxster (986) brakes

The 986 generation Boxster S uses a sweet set of four piston Brembos, meanwhile TTs are stuck with single piston VAG parts bin calipers. How lame is that?

Fortunately, Boxster front brakes swap very easily onto our cars. They use the same rotors, and you can keep the same brake lines. You can get a set of Boxster calipers on eBay for ~$400 or so. If their paint is in lousy condition, send them my way! I'll powdercoat them in the color of your choice.

Here's l88m22vette's thread on how he did his upgrade:

Here's his parts list:
arts/price list:
* Mk1 Porsche Boxster (986) front calipers - $415
-- Porsche parts numbers 986.351.421, 986.351.422
-- Brembo 1pc 4-piston aluminum calipers, as opposed to the stock steel 2pc 2-piston calipers. I got them from German Auto Parts Distributors, an awesome source - 706-865-5200. Ask for Joe. I received the calipers in great condition.
* 986 replacement hardlines and bleeder valves - $180.
* Pure Motorsports 986 carriers (with carrier to caliper bolts) - $175
* Hawk HPS pads (or whichever you like)
--- Boxster front pad #: HB289F.610 - $95
--- Audi 225TT rear pad #: HB364F.587 - $50
* SS front/rear brake lines (with spring clips) - $150, ECS
* Boxster caliper-specific banjo bolts (different thread pitch than VAG) - $25, ECS
* New plain, vented replacement rotors for 225 - $160, MJM Autohaus
* Brake fluid - Motul RBF600, $45...I was going to use ATE Superblue, but that will eat up seals.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Want to find out how much a set of wheels weigh?

Check this place out:

Lots of weights of different aftermarket wheels.

Monday, February 9, 2009

One year and counting!

The resource has been up for just over a year now, some may have noticed the first post was in January of last year.

To date, it has had just over 30,000 views. In the beginning, the average was about 4-5 views a day. These days, most of the time it receives about 150 views a day, sometimes as high as 250.

The site could have never been even remotely popular without the TT enthusiast community reading up and spreading the word. Many thanks to all of you and I look forward to spreading much more knowledge to the Mk1 community.

P.S. some of you may have noticed that I cut the formatting down to five posts per page. This is to make the site a bit more manageable for 56k and even broadband users. Due to the large number of pics on a single page, one would have to wait for them all to load or suffer through jumpy browsing as the pictures came up. With five posts per page, this issue is eliminated, and the page can be accessed from phones etc more easily.

FAQ: Coolant...what to use, where to get.

Many wonder (I wondered myself) where to get coolant for the TT.

The TT only takes G12 which is a proprietary VW coolant. Therefore you won't find it in your auto parts stores, you have to go a VW or Audi dealer. It's about $25 for 1 gallon of concentrate, which gets cut 50/50 and makes two gallons, way more than enough to fill the system.

If you're replacing the coolant I HIGHLY suggest you do a flush. My heatercore had all kinds of gunked up coolant in it; after I cleaned it out, my car's heater warmed up amazingly quickly compared to before.

Friday, February 6, 2009

How to set the clock.

Common issue...with a simple solution.

Pull the little silver stalk right next to the clock display on the cluster. Turn it left or right to adjust the hours...pull it out again to move to the minutes...pull it out again to adjust parts of the date. And voila, your clock is set.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

HID Upgrade/Cheap Replacement DIY

A fellow TTer I know started having issues with one of the ballasts/bulbs on his car recently and instead of trying to find an OEM replacement he decided to replace the entire ballast/bulb combo with aftermarket 55W units. This all cost <$100...which is probably less than you could get a used ballast for. While I'm leary of stuff off eBay, this is such a cheap alternative I think it's worth a shot for anyone who's having issues with the HIDs (which seem to be common).

Here's Joe's writeup:


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