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sd_boxster 07-03-2009 04:15 PM

Wrench day success...
Wrench day today was an unmitigated success.

The drilled rotors look sweet. I was afraid that drilled fronts and plain rears would look odd (Ric at Suncoast let me know that there are no factory drilled rear rotors for non-S boxsters, and I wanted to stick with OEM), but in fact it looks VERY nice.

The Boxster is BY FAR the easiest car I've ever worked on as far as changing brake pads. I spent more time loosening and tightening lug bolts than it would have taken to do the pads. It sounds odd, but I'm looking forward to wearing these pads out so I can see how long it takes to just swap out new pads. I figure 15 minutes tops.

The Fabspeed secondary cat bypass pipes went in fine as well. I'd read that someone had to hack off an inch or two, but I had no such issue. The passenger side was pretty tight; the driver side was perfect.

Getting the damn skidplate off the bottom (and getting it back on later) was ridiculously difficult. I resisted the urge to drill out the holes and instead judiciously applied a rubber mallet, and it finally went back on.

The Fabspeed bypass pipes, coupled with the Crios muffler mod, makes for a really, really nice exhaust note. At low RPM, there is very nearly no perceptible difference. At higher RPMs, it sounds fantastic. I've very picky about exhaust note... this combination is sweet. I'll try to get a clip soon and post it up so you can hear for yourselves.

Still have an oil change to do - but I think I'll save that for Sunday AM.

Here's the clip:

mikes_box 07-03-2009 04:18 PM

does the cat bypass turn the check engine light on?

sd_boxster 07-03-2009 04:29 PM

Model year 2000 and up have two sets of catalytic converers. The primary cats are part of the headers.

There are no 02 sensors after the primary cats, so it is 100% impossible to get a check engine light using the secondary cat bypass pipes on a 2000+ Boxster.

I have also read that the Boxster will still pass emissions testing with the secondary cats removed.

mikes_box 07-03-2009 04:51 PM

Cool can't wait to hear a clip.... Btw what's the cost of the bypass I might have to get a set

jrblackbox 07-03-2009 05:38 PM

Did yopu paint your calipers too? would have been a perfect time for that!

eightsandaces 07-03-2009 05:47 PM

I always thought Zimmerman was an OEM provider for Porsche, at any rate their quality is top notch and they have product for all four corners.

sd_boxster 08-08-2009 03:46 PM

Youtube clip added to original post.

Mods, any chance you'll enable the [youtube] tag?

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