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Old 02-03-2017, 08:50 AM
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Sometimes i regret not getting my 996 without sunroof , looks so slick without it inside and out !
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Slakker View Post
Love the car, especially the sunroof delete! Your first round of mods are spot on. Can't wait to follow your progress. I have a lot of extra suspension pieces laying around, including a set of Moton Clubsports I'll PM you about.
Thanks Slakker. I'm slowly building up the complete list of staged improvements. it's really hard to not go overboard and just drop $10k on upgrades. Not sure how folks like you and Vandersmith manage to maintain the discipline to research thoroughly before buying.

Here's a glimpse into the next set of expenses:

Stage 1.5:
Coilovers - GT3 vs. Ohlins vs. KW V3?
Tarett Endlinks - Front/Rear
Monoball Camber Plates - Rear

Stage 2:
Clutch+Flywheel (Light weight?)
IMSB - dual row LN solution
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New rotors/Brake pads
Suspension bushing refresh (Powerflex?)
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Giorginetto View Post
Sometimes i regret not getting my 996 without sunroof , looks so slick without it inside and out !
Thanks! I agree it looks great, but the additional headroom clearance was the key selling factor for me. It feels like there is easily 1.5-2 additional inches..
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:15 PM
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Very nice. I Like your upgrade list, very methodical and purposeful.

How is the condition of the tires? I would put on your favorite set if those tires are old even if they appear to have great tread.

A fresh set of tires and alignment often does wonders to a new to you car. But I could see how you may want to way for all the suspension components to be put in first.
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Originally Posted by stan23 View Post
Very nice. I Like your upgrade list, very methodical and purposeful.
Thanks.

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How is the condition of the tires? I would put on your favorite set if those tires are old even if they appear to have great tread.
That was the first mod. I now have a fresh set of Michelin PSS on the car... love them

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A fresh set of tires and alignment often does wonders to a new to you car. But I could see how you may want to way for all the suspension components to be put in first.
Yes, that's the plan. Need to research appropriate alignment settings to use for a dual street/track car.
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Originally Posted by MiataR View Post
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That was the first mod. I now have a fresh set of Michelin PSS on the car... love them



Yes, that's the plan. Need to research appropriate alignment settings to use for a dual street/track car.
I have a C4, and wanted less aggressive street alignments.

I opted for 0 toe, -1 camber front, -1.5 camber rear .08 caster (but I really don't believe caster makes a huge difference in the car as the wheel base is short enough)

For more aggressive track use, I would for sure opt for much more negative camber at the expense of tire wear. I am definitely no expert, but I did go back and forth with 3 different alignments til I felt it was 'just right' Right for me is if I accelerate out of a corner, and I can feel the rear wheel bite the ground with neutral tendencies, and good rear tire feedback. I know many prefer the exaggerated oversteer feel, but I don't think i'm quite ready for that yet.
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:03 AM
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Ah, look what arrived today.

Thank you Mr. Vandersmith (the Porsche tape was a nice touch).





Excellent, looks like I now have a weekend project...
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It's been a busy week with work, so progress has been slow, but I did manage to get a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports installed on the factory 18s (stock sizes). I'm always amazed by how phenomenal a tire this is... in both the wet and dry.
I didn't think the PSSs could be found in sizes that fit the stock 18" rims, but apparently they're working for you. What sizes did you get?
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I didn't think the PSSs could be found in sizes that fit the stock 18" rims, but apparently they're working for you. What sizes did you get?
Front: 225/40/18 (7.5" rim)
Rear: 265/35/18



I briefly considered 285 for the rear and then decided to keep the original size for now.
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ahh, hrm. My factory sizes are different, maybe a 996.2 thing? I have the same size fronts, but 285/30R18s in the rear, which seems to be exclusively PS2 territory.
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One other surprise today:

So, the remote lock/unlock function on the primary key fob I've been using hasn't been working (the LED doesn't even light), so I've been manually unlocking the doors on the car.

Reading through the various threads on key fob issues and likely problems with the PCB, I feared the worst and ordered a new key+fob from the local Porsche dealership. But then, on a whim I ducked into the local Target and bought a replacement battery. ~$3 later I now have a working Fob.

I'm still going to get the extra one from the dealership and then keep this a one as a spare.

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Originally Posted by boingolover View Post
ahh, hrm. My factory sizes are different, maybe a 996.2 thing? I have the same size fronts, but 285/30R18s in the rear, which seems to be exclusively PS2 territory.
Yup, I believe that was true for the 996.2.
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LOL, I just realized my "sun roof" is a hard top and not glass... I can not see out of it. I can only open it up.

Are all the Porsche sunroofs that way? hard top essentially, not glass to see through??
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LOL, I just realized my "sun roof" is a hard top and not glass... I can not see out of it. I can only open it up.

Are all the Porsche sunroofs that way? hard top essentially, not glass to see through??
Mines like that too, from what I've seen all the 996s are like that.
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Metal sunroof panel since 1965. Lighter than glass, too.
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