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997 GT3 RS lower control arm query

martinr007

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Hi,

My 997.1 GT3 RS has just had it's MOT at my local OPC and received 4 x advisories saying that the front and rear LCA's bushings were split. The tech said there was no excessive movement and no need to replace them but to keep an eye on them, they gave a price of £6.5k to replace all 4.

I wondered if there was a typo with the price so did a check, and sure enough genuine LCA's are around £1,130 on Design911. I'm wondering if there's any point in going with Elephant Racing or RSS versions or is the stock version as good?

Assuming the 4 arms are +/- £4.5k, is £2k on labour (I'm assuming a geo is included) reasonable? I thought it would take around 4 - 6hrs labour so am thinking £1.5k (think my OPC charges +/- £500 for a geo) is a tad high?

Finally, can anyone suggest any Porsche suspension specialists in Scotland to do the job? As much as I'd like to drive down to Centre of Gravity it's an 8.5hr drive!

Cheers,
Martin
 
I'm wondering if the bushes were indeed split, then why are they saying no need to replace (seems a very un-OPC approach that), and why is there no excessive movement, something just doesn't seem to stack up to me

RSS components seem to be good quality (I have their engine mounts and am running RSS front LCA), so I'd recommend them if asked

I'm afraid I don't know of any Porsche specialists up in Scotland... but I'd heartily recommend a (two?!) day trip to see CG for a second opinion and to fit any required parts (they did mine)

:thumb:
 
Kenny Brown in hillington is excellent and used by many race teams

They obviously don't have the rep of CG but I've trusted Kenny on several occasions and they done a great job for me
 
Roro said:
I'm wondering if the bushes were indeed split, then why are they saying no need to replace (seems a very un-OPC approach that), and why is there no excessive movement, something just doesn't seem to stack up to me

RSS components seem to be good quality (I have their engine mounts and am running RSS front LCA), so I'd recommend them if asked

I'm afraid I don't know of any Porsche specialists up in Scotland... but I'd heartily recommend a (two?!) day trip to see CG for a second opinion and to fit any required parts (they did mine)

:thumb:

I wondered the same myself, maybe it's because I look like a tramp they took pity on me :). I'm going to get my car up on axle stands this week so will have a good look myself.

I've read nothing but good reviews on the RSS components so am swithering between them or Tarrett.

As for COG, I think it could be a 3 day trip but worthwhile going by the reviews. It might depend on time though as I'm only in country for another 5 weeks and then away for 11 months :)

Cheers,
Martin
 
nebpor said:
Kenny Brown in hillington is excellent and used by many race teams

They obviously don't have the rep of CG but I've trusted Kenny on several occasions and they done a great job for me

Thanks for this, I've never heard of Kenny Brown (I'm up North of Aberdeen) so that's good to know.

Cheers,
Martin
 
I put a full set of RSS kit on my 997.1 GT3 last March. It made a big improvement. They are also rebuildable - you can put new ball joints in.

Front thrust arms are now goosed, but I don't think RSS do them. Also had to fit new Elephant Racing top mounts, as OEM Motorsport ones are 10 weeks + delivery and standard cones won't do the geo. This latest all part of fitting new Tractive dampers.
 
Diggermeister said:
I put a full set of RSS kit on my 997.1 GT3 last March. It made a big improvement. They are also rebuildable - you can put new ball joints in.

Front thrust arms are now goosed, but I don't think RSS do them. Also had to fit new Elephant Racing top mounts, as OEM Motorsport ones are 10 weeks + delivery and standard cones won't do the geo. This latest all part of fitting new Tractive dampers.

Thanks for the feedback on the RSS arms, being rebuildable is a big plus vs OEM.
I'm hoping I won't need to replace much else just yet but it is a 15 year old car now. I've owned it for 11 years so can't really complain :)
 

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