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Old 04-01-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hello all...

This is my first Cayman to compliment some of my other cars. I'm going to use it for DE events with my son to enjoy as well. To date, I've been using my GT3, but it's time to let him start learning (and NOT in a GT3).

The primary goal is safety, exhaust, and then performance.

So after taking my GT3s to the track, I finally broke down and decided to embark on a new project with my son. Bought a 2009 Cayman S with 37,000 miles on it. And did this to it (if the original owner only knew):




Heading to the shop for a cage next week. I'll post progress information and pics here as I move through it.

Here are some of my other cars...




BTW - Removing the complete interior and wiring harness took me around 30 hours (first time doing it). Learning along the way. I've been working on cars since I was 16 years old and am a mechanical engineer.





Doing this in phases (may shift some things around)... Other than the cage/clutch/fire suppression/AIM, I'm doing the rest myself together with my son. It's our project car and I'll be very comfortable with him being safe during his first DE event.

Phase 1
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Rollcage / Paint
OMP Steering Wheel (WRC), Hub, Rennline quick release
Rennline Track Mats and pedals
Rennline Tow Downs/Rear stablizer


GT3 master cylinder / Booster
Castrol SRF fluid
Stainless steel brake lines
Brembo Front Brake Kit
Twin Turbo Front Brake Cooling Guides
Wheel Studs

3rd Radiator
Mesh Grill Kit / Ducts

Clutch -
Single Mass Flywheel
Clutch disc / Pressure plate
Release Bearing
Limited Slip Differential

Short Shift Kit

Steering Wheel hook
Fire supression system
Rear Wing / Front Splitter
AIM System
Kill Switch
Wide Mirror
Cobra Sebring Pro Halo Seats

Phase 2
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RSS solid transmission mounts
Aerocatch on Hood
Carbon fiber center console and dash panel
Fabspeed Longtube Headers
Fabspeed Race exhaust
Fabspeed Intake
Rear Bumper Opening and Mesh


Phase 3
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Transmission cooler with fan and Weldon pump
CSF aluminum sides radiators
JRZ / Moton Suspension w/Top plates
Porsche Cup lower control arms all around
Tarett solid end bushings
Tarett front and rear swaybars with extended droplinks

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Old 04-01-2016, 11:27 AM   #2
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Wow. I could live in that garage, most happily!

Props to the old 1980 Scirocco S. That was such a fun car.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:36 PM   #3
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not knowing your timing between phases, I'd take everything in your phase 3 and put that before everything in phase 2.

In saying that, I'd also skip the fabspeed intake. I don't think you'll gain anything there, and I'd also choose cargraphic items over the fabspeed and I say this as I've owned both on my 987.2.

On the CSF radiators, look at the PWR too, I believe they are of greater construction, but they don't spend as much on advertising. They cost more though.
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not knowing your timing between phases, I'd take everything in your phase 3 and put that before everything in phase 2.

In saying that, I'd also skip the fabspeed intake. I don't think you'll gain anything there, and I'd also choose cargraphic items over the fabspeed and I say this as I've owned both on my 987.2.

On the CSF radiators, look at the PWR too, I believe they are of greater construction, but they don't spend as much on advertising. They cost more though.
Judging how things are going right now, I may end up doing all 3 of them in the next 6 months. My son is going to use this car to start participating in DE's and trying to keep the power down.

I'll look at the PWR radiators as well as cargraphic.

Thank you for the recommendations. They are appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:28 AM   #5
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Any estimates on parts costs for your 3 phases? Keep us posted on progress!
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Radiators are not necessary if proper ductwork and cooking is used. If you want to do them go with the PWR for the radiators. More expensive but it's the best stuff made, and they will take a beating. The other brands are marginally better than stock.

Open up the rear bumper helps a lot for heat as well, as well as running full screen openings in the front. Temps are perfect if you go that route

Will get some photos up of this
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Here is the rear opened up, makes a big difference in engine and gearbox temps.





Full race screens, this is also a vital component to the temperature.





Full race scoops to go with the screens.


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^ listen to this guy. he knows what he's doing
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You're going to want a diff. At least a second a lap left on the table with an open diff.
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You're going to want a diff. At least a second a lap left on the table with an open diff.
Couldn't agree more with that statement.....
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You're going to want a diff. At least a second a lap left on the table with an open diff.
oh yeah, best addition you can do to a cayman
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oh yeah, best addition you can do to a cayman
On it...

I'll post some costs as I move along. Doing most of the work myself (with my son) other than the clutch/diff/aim/fire/cage.

Those pics of the cutout are great. Thank you!
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You're going to want a diff. At least a second a lap left on the table with an open diff.
Can't wait to drive mine with the new diff.
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Making progress on the cage fab. Should be done early next week and then paint...













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On it...

I'll post some costs as I move along. Doing most of the work myself (with my son) other than the clutch/diff/aim/fire/cage.

Those pics of the cutout are great. Thank you!
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Can't wait to drive mine with the new diff.
pm me, i have part you need
pete, you need rear rotors SOON.
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