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Andy0
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:19 am    Post subject: Upgraded Suspension - Dampers, Springs - Coilovers? Reply with quote

Hi All,

After doing little searching this AM I am none the wiser.

I've a Gen1 Carrera running 19" wheels. The ride is OK but a little crashy - could be due to worn components. The ride height is a little high so would like to drop it a little as well.

Is there a 'proven' upgrade for non PSAM cars?

Thanks in advance.
 
  
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Hovis
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can’t provide you an answer but I’m on a similar look out.

Currently looking a Bilstein b16 comfort

Seem to get good feedback and minimum drop is about 10mm

Any one in the board running these ?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: H&R Springs Reply with quote

Hi Guys

I lowered my car with a set of H&R springs, about a 25mm drop. Ride and handling were excellent. I traded the car with an OPC so it went back to standard and I am selling the springs. They are in excellent condition, were on the car for approx 4,000 miles. H&R code is 29188. Let me know if interested, I can send a photo.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if I had a non PASM car, I'd be running Öhlins R&T coilovers and H&R anti roll bars. I'm not sure there's any particular weakness in the suspension (apart from cracked springs) but presumably there are parts that could be usefully refreshed.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably worth reading the 996 upgrade suspension test article in December's 911& Porsche World, and also checking out the thread in the 996 section... a whole range of upgrades were tested comprehensively. While there are 996/997 differences, some of the views may provide food for thought.
http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?p=1516223#1516223

One of the points of note is that the standard springs that come with Ohlins R&T coilovers are too hard for road use, and there are benefits to be had from running a less firm spring rate.
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Andy0
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb wrote:
Probably worth reading the 996 upgrade suspension test article in December's 911& Porsche World, and also checking out the thread in the 996 section... a whole range of upgrades were tested comprehensively. While there are 996/997 differences, some of the views may provide food for thought.
http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?p=1516223#1516223

One of the points of note is that the standard springs that come with Ohlins R&T coilovers are too hard for road use, and there are benefits to be had from running a less firm spring rate.


Many thanks I saw that and bought a copy on Sunday. Ohlins seem to be the favoured option.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I also have a 997.1 C2 fitted with 19" Carerra Classics. Primarily due to the high ride height, like you I wanted to lower the car. I was torn between going ohlins or lowering springs and at about this time there was a Group Buy for Techart springs - so Techart it was!

The springs were great and certainly the car looked a lot better and more in keeping with how a Porsche 911 should be. In terms of ride height the Techart springs were generally fine but I found the front was actually probably a bit on the low side and I had to be quite careful over speed humps.

Then in May of this year my car failed its' MOT due to a leaking front shock absorber. So it was decision time and Man Maths came in to play and I decided to go the ohlins route. I have to say they are fantastic and of course you have full adjustability of the ride height. The ride is firm but I have got them set fairly hard.... A couple of photos below:
 



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks @jondrayton that is identical to my car bar the wheels. I think I may well got the coilover route as well.
 
  
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