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shaunKD

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hello!
after a 22 year brake due to mortgage, kids, school fees etc i'm back! 
about to take possession of a silver 1996 993 C4 with midnight blue leather, riding on 17" cups, high millage(120,000) but very well maintained. factory options were lower suspension, exhaust sound, sun roof and a latter addition of the connect media/sat-nav unit.
i'm looking to do some upgrades mainly around the sound and response, i'm not looking for a 'howling street racer' just some touches that can be removed if i wanted to take it back to the original car.i was thinking around the exhaust, air intake, chip/ECU. oh and i'd love to get air-con in there too if possible?
i'm no mechanic or engineer, not a super trained race driver either, but have run a few cars back in the 2000's i'm aware that with some respect to the right foot and in the right places these things are a lot of fun!
any help and advice now i'm coming out of retirement will be appreciated!  :?: :?:
 
Welcome to the group, Shaun I hope your "new" 993 brings you great pleasure as I am sure it will, and with a lovely blue interior too... I have no doubt that there may be some comments on that in time.. (-:

I had a break from a decade or more Porsche ownership which amounted to a a slightly longer break than yours as I went back in time looking for a tad more vintage sports car driving experience and bought a car which I still own, and which fitted my ideals well at the time, somewhat less so today as the result of the ageing process, shrug..!

Over the years of involvement with others who owned similar vintage styled machines I noted how much modification and modernisation folk were into. In the early days it was all about more power better brakes improved handling but it seems the ageing process may ever be likely to alter ones priorities..? Perhaps as we age the desire for increased creature comfort creeps in, also the desire to make it simpler to drive and then what about safety, until a sports car becomes nothing like a sports car of times past, however the marketing men will promote the latest model retains heritage and much else to keep the brand alive..?

Strange as it might seem I thought the 993 had become more of a GT than any of my previous Porsches from the 60`s 70`s and 80`s. However when the weather became cold and damp as it tends to in my corner of the country, the old crate that I used to enjoy the roads locally was becoming far less used than it was when in my 50`s... In time when I decided a tin top would better fit my aged self, perhaps a 993 or perhaps a 964 would be THE ideal, given the advances that were power steering, improved comfort levels and safety improvements over my earlier Porsches, making the new breed a tad less...err...tail happy... ?

Ultimately having surveyed the market I ended up in a 991.1 C4S...!!! Which came as more as urprise to me than anyone else, and is quite a bit distant in so many ways from my initial target... But it does have air-con, auto box, heated seats and many things that the younger man I once was, would dismiss out of hand.... BUT, it is still a sports car, and has a mix of creature comforts and capabilities as such that far exceed my ability to make use of them....thus may well be far more suited to my requirements of a Porsche than I ever imagined... However I feel very fortunate to still have my old crate parked in the garage if I want to indulge in a bit of RAW motoring...(-:

At the time of my lengthy contemplation on Which Porsche might best suit my ideals...had I been fortunate enough to acquire a 993 I suspect I would today be as happy as a pig in the proverbial...as I suspect you will be too... spending time money and effort to make it suit your priorities perfectly is a pleasurable pastime indeed, and one many here enjoy sharing with others. I look forward to sharing a bit of yours too Shaun... ENJOY.. :thumb:

BTW the next thing to learn is how to post a pic.. :?:

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thank you! i look forward to updating on my journey!

i have been listening to lots of the exhaust mods on youtube etc and its difficult to judge on noise through a computer speaker!

i think i need to find a friendly local specialist to assist...
 
Welcome (back) :thumb:

Based on your comments above the best mod you can do to the car is fit the Carnewal RSR mufflers (you can do on an exchange basis) and then get the car booked in with Wayne at Chipwizards .......... The RSR exhaust will make a difference but Waynes live remap will not only get rid of the standard dead spot, but will increase MPG and make the car sound much much better ie as an air cooled should ..........you effectively get a health check of the engine performance from him as well so worth doing whilst the car is under warranty, especially as it's a variorum (there are number air pressure driven valves that can fail without you really noticing unless you really know these cars) :wink:
 
shaunKD said:
hello!
after a 22 year brake due to mortgage, kids, school fees etc i'm back! 
about to take possession of a silver 1996 993 C4 with midnight blue leather, riding on 17" cups, high millage(120,000) but very well maintained. factory options were lower suspension, exhaust sound, sun roof and a latter addition of the connect media/sat-nav unit.
i'm looking to do some upgrades mainly around the sound and response, i'm not looking for a 'howling street racer' just some touches that can be removed if i wanted to take it back to the original car.i was thinking around the exhaust, air intake, chip/ECU. oh and i'd love to get air-con in there too if possible?
i'm no mechanic or engineer, not a super trained race driver either, but have run a few cars back in the 2000's i'm aware that with some respect to the right foot and in the right places these things are a lot of fun!
any help and advice now i'm coming out of retirement will be appreciated!  :?: :?:

There must be thousands of posts on here dealing with all of those options, good fun to have a trawl through and decide what direction you want to go in.
 
yes ive spent a good deal of time looking at posts, Fabspeed, Fister, Cargraphic, etc etc as i say i want that quality sound over quantity sound! and a good call on Chipwizard, heard nothing but good things and i loved the frankness of the website! ill be booking a trip over to Lancashire as soon as possible, will need help getting my exhaust picked and fitted, and advice on improving airflow too
 
re air con, as the 993 was designed to have conventional ac fitted, you don't need to go to the expense of an electric system. specialists like alpinair could advise on a modern conventional system.
+1 for an rsr type solution for silencers.
Also HID/LED headlight upgrades we are must IMO, from the likes of bergvyl FX
enjoy!
J
 
jonttt said:
Welcome (back) :thumb:

Based on your comments above the best mod you can do to the car is fit the Carnewal RSR mufflers (you can do on an exchange basis) and then get the car booked in with Wayne at Chipwizards .......... The RSR exhaust will make a difference but Waynes live remap will not only get rid of the standard dead spot, but will increase MPG and make the car sound much much better ie as an air cooled should ..........you effectively get a health check of the engine performance from him as well so worth doing whilst the car is under warranty, especially as it's a variorum (there are number air pressure driven valves that can fail without you really noticing unless you really know these cars) :wink:

How come you didn't mention the colour of the leather interior and options :grin:
 
Thats not the same car is it ie no Midnight Blue interior :?:
 

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