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T6 JPL

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Hello all,

Soon to be an owner of a 997.2 base 3.6 c2 - collecting sat week

Loads of useful info here and as with all things thinking about some subtle mods before I have even picked it up

Essex based with 911 Design round the corner - if you know anyone that sets up suspension local to Essex be glad to hear it

Thanks all
 
T6 JPL said:
Hello all,

if you know anyone that sets up suspension local to Essex be glad to hear it

Thanks all

Yeah, your local Kwikfit. So long as they have the Hunter Hawkeye alignment system and you keep an eye on them then they should be fine.
 
Thanks Alex

Was thinking about eibach lowering springs and read so many threads about centre gravity I wasn't sure if anyone else locally would be suitable

Kind regards
 
Centre Gavity (midlands) or Suspension Secrets (Cheshire) are no brainsrs. Night and day difference. CG probably better for you logistically. See it as an informative day out and an awesome drive home.
 
Thanks 1marc. As I expected tbh just wondered if I would hear of anyone more local that hadn't come up in my initial searches

Thanks too

James
 
I was at Center Gravity yesterday. I had driven quite a distance to get there and the other P-car owner there had come from Bristol. It is worth every penny and the whole interactive experience of being "involved" in the work makes it a great day out. You learn so much about your car as well as feeling the difference post alignment.
It's the best excuse - as if we need them - to have a decent drive in your car to get there, and to experience the improvements on the drive back.
The only downside is that they are in such demand, you won't get a slot until late November. It's worth the wait.
 
Thanks - that's good to know - any useful things to consider that you come across when there. (Can't get a coffee, remember locking wheel nut etc) :)

I will drop them a note and get a price and book a slot
 
T6 JPL said:
Thanks - that's good to know - any useful things to consider that you come across when there. (Can't get a coffee, remember locking wheel nut etc) :)

Definitely don't forget the locking wheel nut! :) They have tea and coffee, and there is a place to buy a sandwich nearby, or take your own. You can sit and watch re-runs of Top Gear in the client area as well as gorge on a pile of Porsche magazines they have. But really you want to be in the service area with Chris or Pete looking at what they are doing, asking questions, etc.

I got there around 12:30 and I left around 6, so it is a full afternoon or morning. Pete had to replace the toe control arms, plus he was investigating a noise from the front suspension area. I'm going back in November for some additional work needed, so I may see you there.
 
sorry to jump on the OP's thread...

id be interested in views on centre gravity too, im a new owner of a 997.1 2s, and not sure if the symptoms i am seeing are just because iv spent the last few years driving a tesla and other electronic steering racks... At higher speeds i get a bit of vibration through the steering wheel, car doesn't feel like properly planted (good but not great). And at low speeds over the odd bump etc i tend to get the steering wheel pull a little and move... doesn't seem to be veering off if i let go of the wheel... No idea if the suspension is knackered and needs replacing or if its just a characteristic of the car or whether it just needs adjustment??

Don't want to turn up and not be prepared for the bill, what's the sort of range of costs for a visit?
 
talal said:
Don't want to turn up and not be prepared for the bill, what's the sort of range of costs for a visit?

It's £350 for session, which is a test drive and feedback, inspection of suspension and report, geometry set up, test drive and hand-over. If work needs to be done, you can take that back to your preferred service provider or you can get it done at the time, if they have the parts and time to do it within your slot. Alternatively you can take it back to them at a later date.

Their prices for labour and parts are fair, and as it is their specialist area, I have chosen to get them to do the work.But it's your choice on how you move forward, and I'm sure they will quickly get to the bottom of the issues you are facing.You will certainly drive away with a correctly set up car,
 
this might be a stupid question but if i get the geometry done at CG, and they say for example one of the control arms or bushes need replacing, and a spring is gone or something then i go home get my local to replace the parts doesnt that just through out the geometry again?
 
talal said:
this might be a stupid question but if i get the geometry done at CG, and they say for example one of the control arms or bushes need replacing, and a spring is gone or something then i go home get my local to replace the parts doesnt that just through out the geometry again?

I suspect that they'd sell and install the replacement part ...
 
Yes, better to give CG a call, run through what it is you are looking to achieve ultimately and get their steer (no pun intended, lol). See what stock they carry for general consumables like control arms, etc and / or what they can get in whilst you are there. It would be best (and probably more cost effective really) to get them to do any remedial work at the time.

Give them a call, they are very helpful and approachable.
 
I would suggest calling them to discuss your car. Naturally there are changes that could affect the setup, and therefore you should have the geometry checked again. The same would apply to whoever does the geometry - if they uncover something, you may have to re-do the geometry after other work. The re-do of the geometry is about £165.

Let me tell you my experience. My car was previously serviced by a leading London independent for previous owner. They did a full geometry as part of a service in December 2019. The toe arm was obviously bent at that point, and they adjusted the geometry based on a faulty part - one could even say that it was dangerous. Pete picked it out within 10 minutes of inspecting the car.

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It was a no brainer to get it done immediately and it was 1 hour labour plus parts.
However Pete picked up several other things re bushes and control arms, these were "optional" - I could do more miles and have them on my list of to-do at some point or I could get them done sooner. As I needed new tires (I had 2 really old tires and 2 new ones diagonally opposed) I decided to get a full new set from nearby Mid-Fit Tyre, who work closely with CG. When they come in, I will have them fitted whilst Pete fixes front top mounts and control arms (this was after some elimination process to determine a front right noise on bumpy roads).

I'm driving a lot more miles than previous owners, so I'm taking a preventative maintenance approach and getting it all done now. Again, I'm buying into the expertise of CG in their field, and I love the fact that I can watch the process and ask questions so that I learn more about the car, and what I can potentially do later myself.

Hope that helps - I'm sure others on here will have more experience and advice to offer.
 

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really helpful, thanks Chaps

Ill give them a call and have a chat, im no immediate rush, dont think anything is faulty but do think there is room for improvement...

keeping in mind all of my previous cars, whilst have been quick (Tesla Model 3 performance, BMW 440i, Audi S5) none have been proper sports cars so this is my first experience with one so a bit of a learning curve i suspect
 

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