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platinum944 08-01-2011 11:47 AM

what the heck is this part in my engine!!!
Hi all! Thank you to everyone who answered my last questions, it was a huge help…BUT now I have a new one….so while removing the crappy aftermarket alarm the previous owner had installed, I came across something in my engine bay that I cant find listed ANYWHERE!!!!! Not in my Haynes manual, not through the other forum I belong to…. It's mounted to the passenger side front strut/shock assembly, on the inside of the engine bay, with a rear facing orientation in other words, its between the firewall and the strut tower….its round and flat, like a flying saucer…. It has a positive and a negative cable running to it, and what appears to be two adjustment screws beneath plastic caps all of which are on the top of it. It has no other lines going into or away from it….the weirdest thing, is that the only reason I noticed it, was there was no longer a positive lead connected to it, and I cant even find a wire long enough to go to it anywhere near it. Also, the car was running just fine when I parked it two months ago to begin the interior restoration, so my question in a nut shell…what is this thing, and since it wasn't hooked up, does that mean its a completely unnecessary to the proper running of the car. I dont have a pic as my phones camera is all jacked up, but if no one can help I will try and post one in a few days. Thanks in advance everyone for any help you can give me, this part has been gnawing at my brain for three days!!!!!

ernie9944 08-01-2011 11:56 AM

It sure will be hard to help you out without pics,could be the alarm horn if flat like a flying saucer,just a guess here.:)

nynor 08-01-2011 11:57 AM

you've found the flux capacitor!

VirginiaF1 08-01-2011 11:59 AM

htt p://www.***********.com/porsche-parts/944-85-88/909-00.php

See it here? #3 Maybe?

pschaars951 08-01-2011 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by nynor (Post 6170600)
you've found the flux capacitor!


platinum944 08-01-2011 01:23 PM

Thanks all!! Good news i also found the giga watt if i can just find some plutonium and hit 88 mph!!!!!!

nynor 08-01-2011 01:26 PM

seriously, get a picture of it. someone is bound to know what it is. it doesn't sound like a stock part, as i cannot think of anything like that attached to the strut tower in either of the 944's i've owned.

platinum944 08-01-2011 02:47 PM

Finally a pic.... lol if it would only let me submit the pic damn it oh and not sure if I mentioned but mine is an 1984 944 na ,of course....

Cocacolakidd 08-01-2011 02:53 PM

By the position you are describing it sounds like the Cruse Control Servo - ???

Picture.. ??

ERAU944 08-01-2011 02:59 PM

i'm guessing alarm horn... TTIWWP

platinum944 08-01-2011 03:23 PM

Thanks all but it looks like VirginiaF1 got it right....but that's what's troubling me because everything I've found says that the factory alarm is on 85 and up....mines an 84 so why do I have a factory alarm on a car thats not supposed to have one.....oh and I did figure that with battery out if I hook the battery from my drill to the positive connector I should get sound from it....but nothing happened so at this point I am assuming this is an unnecessary part at this time. Especially considering my ultimate goal of getting the car below 2000 pounds and still be street thank you all for your help....either way I will find out how to get the pic to uploaded so others in the future know what it is too.....

nynor 08-01-2011 03:52 PM

below 2000 pounds? that is an extensive plan.

platinum944 08-01-2011 04:17 PM

Yup extensive and expensive too lol but I have already killed almost four hundred pounds total ...front bumper and stops removed rear hatch replaced with fiberglass one ,headlights and motor assembly replaced with custom home made fixed halogen projectors, rear seat is gone spare and hardware for it gone ... wing Windows replaced with lexan plexiglass , ....... next up is I'm removing the dash and building a mold so I can make a fiberglass one to lighten it and so I have no cracks lol then its lexan to replace the factory sunroof (motors were blown so I gutted those and associated wiring ) after all that well I will have to see lol cause that all has me and my bank account tied up for the next three months.....once its all done final numbers (should) around 285 HP 240 torque @ 1987 lbs dry weight (no fluids , driver) ......I will be posting pics once everything is done and step by step instructions on the custom work, and a final suppliers list.....

nynor 08-01-2011 05:10 PM

285HP? and you are going to accomplish this how?

platinum944 08-01-2011 05:39 PM

Complete engine overhaul. Port and polish new cam piston rings etc... and once all of that is finished there is a super charger made as a bolt on piece that provides an additional 48-55 HP at the wheels ...manufacturer is slipping my mind this second but I found it with a simple google search....that boosts everything without requiring any head or compression tweaks. All told the project will be this.....

Used 944....2000$
New parts for upgrades...17,645$
Car lighter and faster than most modern production cars... PRICELESS!!!

nynor 08-01-2011 05:49 PM

ok, so let's say you do have a bolt on supercharger that adds 55HP at the wheels (but can't remember the manufacturer), this amounts to, at most, 225HP at the crank. yeah, i am skeptical. why not just turbo your '84 NA?

nynor 08-01-2011 05:51 PM


Stage 2 944 Supercharger system

good luck.

Cocacolakidd 08-01-2011 07:52 PM

If you are going to do that much engine work replace the NA pistons with Turbo pistons - then you can go to 15 psi boost and hit the HP mark.

Turbo pistons are 8:1 compression and are iron coated for the Alusil cylinders already.

many944s 08-01-2011 08:19 PM

If your going to do all that, I have a full stroker kit in the classifides (3.0 crank and raised wrist pin pistons) at a HUGE discount!!

The best we can do on a NA build is 142hp @rw.

If you want to go big... go stroker!


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