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    Hi All After quite some time looking for a Cayman R I have finally bitten the bullet and bought one. Haven't had much chance to use it yet other than the 170 odd mile drive home from collecting it which was great fun. Loving the car and starting to understand why people rate them so highly, looking forward to some better weather now. Davy
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    It’s currently having new chassis legs replaced but this is the drivetrain - Lexus 3uz V8 with a BMW M3 gearbox V8 MX5 pics
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    On the road the suspension setup is surprisingly good for considering they're Clubsports. In the softest setting and on the Continental road tyres they're perfectly acceptable, but I wouldn't daily it. Yeah Ryan was very helpful and took me out in his Cayman before I started the build. From the passenger seat I would say the Bilsteins felt more comfortable on the road.
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    And finally... Complete. Sitting at maximum ride height to get down the drive and over to Parr Motorsport for geometry and alignment.
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    Hi newbie here. I just bought my first Porsche from Ashgood at the weekend. Top fellas. Really pleased with car can't wait for the weather to improve.
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    My embroidery machine is a Brother and uses a . PES file format. this is bespoke to Brother machines. this is how it came out on a dark blue polo.
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    Hi all, Well fitted the new side lights as recommended by Mavrik and the complete the up date look to the led low beam and blue white high beam and fogs. thanks for all your help. Dean
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    I’m guessing Tom’s are the same springs as mine, 35s. Mine has a small gap around the arch, can’t remember what it is, I’d have to measure it but it’s blowing a gale outside and I’m in my shorts
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    Lots of people underestimate the ride quality and handling of air suspension set ups. I had a full Airlift Performance kit on my previous car (VW Scirocco) and it handled great. Admittedly, the ride comfort was dependant on ride height - too high = too bouncy and too low = too harsh. The practicality though is great, and for a "show" car and talking point, it turns a lot of heads and gets a lot of attention. I debated putting my Cayman on an air set up, but after getting quotes of 5-6k upwards I just can't justify it. At the moment I have H&R springs on my cayman whilst I save for a coilover set up. The standard arch gap was way too much for me, the H&R's provided a nice subtle drop on my 987.2: Tom
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    Probably on air. You guys need to drive something that is fitted with performance series air ride. Completely adjustable set up for camber, damping etc. A friend of my replaced his KWV3's with a performance air set up and I was genuinely blown away. More comfortable than standard, better body control yet at the touch of a button the car and raise up for appalling roads or at a show etc it can sit nicely, then a different setting for fast road driving. It's something I would certainly consider but at £4000+ it isn't cheap
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    Anyone know if anyone has ever made any and replaced the naff grey plastic ones? i really like the shiny 981 handles and I think a bit of ‘bright work’ would lift the interior on the 987. When I had an FTO a decade (or more!) ago one of the popular internal styling ‘mods’ was ali dial rings, seat belt guides, door handle ‘cups’ and gear stick. It transformed a dull 90s cheap jap plastic interior into something far more modern and ‘premium’ looking. Whilst I like my full leather 987 interior, I think it could do with just a bit more polished shiny stuff 😎
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    Thanks all, some helpful advice and recommendations here , cheers
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    That’s ‘cos you were goin so fast (and I was going so slow) that you must have blinked as you past me and therefore missed me.... 🤔🤪
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    I thought I’d start a build tread of my 987 S project track car as I’m on a 17 hour flight from hell and need to kill some time and might as well make use of the free wi-fi. My other reason for uploading this build thread is to maybe help a new Cayman owner who is thinking of blowing (investing) thousands into a track project. I’ve read so many detailed build stories and found them so helpful with my project, probably saving me ££££ and alerting me to all the issues and gimmicks to watch out for. So I think I should return the favour with this one as its fair to say it hasn’t been easy and I could tell some people put real effort into their build threads. Chapter 1 Porsche day: I bought a completely stock 06 987 S from my local garage, so local in fact I live opposite the garage and drove passed it everyday on the way to work and it always caught my eye. I part exchanged my Megane RS250 coughed up some cash and voila… became a 24 year old Porsche owner. My goal for this car was to be an all out track car, a kind of 987 GT3/4 partly inspired by the Cayman Interseries GTB1 cars raced in the US. So after researching how to start I did the usual reading and straight away went about protecting that troublesome (time bomb) of an engine with a Porsche motorsport baffled oil sump to stop any major oil starvation, a known problem for the 3.4 987. Chapter 2 Brakes: Next wanted to improve that horrible stock brake feel and spoke to Ryan Stewart (Blue Bilstein Cayman), who showed me all the work he did to his Cayman. This was very helpful so I installed the 997 GT3 brake master cylinder and GT3/GT2 brake cooling ducts. A pretty cheap and easy mod that makes a big difference. First major problem: An eroded left brake calliper that spewed brake fluid out of the bleed nipple and needed replacing. With a lead time of 4 months for a new one and £550+ we proceeded to drill out the eroded side, make a new thread and bleed nipple. It took months but works fine and saved a few quid. Chapter 3 Exhaust: A few track days in and I’m loving the car and start going for a new exhaust and made a big mistake. I wanted to remove the massive secondary cats and went for a cheap exhaust as it sounded good, looked good and I read a few good reviews. Apparently not, it is way too loud, 104db (black flagged everywhere), boomy and wasn’t even installed correctly. I won’t name the garage, but with their large social media following and reputation it was a big disappointment. Now the exhaust needs these ugly baffles in order to pass the noise test. It will be replaced soon. Chapter 4 Aero (ish): Next was aero, strange decision and in hindsight probably should have done everything else first. So I got a GT4 rear wing and lower front lip to improve the looks and add downforce. It caused a noticeable difference on the track and needed some additional Joe Toth canards to stop it going light at the front at highs speeds. On the roads you can’t ever feel it, but at Castle Combe you can as the first corner is flat approaching 130mph. Chapter 5 Power: IPD throttle body and GT3 plenum, a must have for improving throttle response and adding around 15bhp. That with the exhaust and then an ECU remap/air filter from Parr Motorsport completely changed the throttle characteristics. Revving much faster from 4.5k, keeping the engine always on the sports cam on track and making heel and toe much nicer, it also sounds a bit angrier. Chapter 6 Bucket Seats: The car was now pretty dam quick and the stock seats were no longer supportive. I wanted to use more Porsche GT parts and bought 997 GT3 RS fixed carbon alcantara buckets seats. Yep, these are the dogs Testicals, only 8KG each and weighing less than 1 stock seat. To go with the seats I got some Sabelt racing harnesses and the RSS harness bar. (Tip) any larger gentlemen or ladies thinking of these seats, beware they are snug, very snug. I’m short with a 30” waist and they are tight on me so… Chapter 7 Steering Wheel: I hate the stock Cayman wheel, I find it way too thin and not ideal for the track, so again went searching for Porsche GT options and wanted the Momo Cayman GT4 Clubsport one, but couldn’t get the exact one so got this one that’s near identical in size. It also has a horn so is road legal. Chapter 8 Vanity: I installed another official Porsche part, the 911 GT3 front smile grill. Why? Well because I like the look of it, it fits and importantly by cutting a small hole in the front bumper it actually lets out high-pressure air. I did this with the aim of reducing any front lift caused by the big GT4 wing, but cutting up your pride an joy Porsche wasn’t easy and its fair to say – I cocked up. It isn’t high enough on the bumper an annoys me every time I see it. Martini Wrap: I wanted to make the car look a bit like one of my favourite race cars of all time. A 1970s Porsche 911 RSR with Martini livery. It was quite helpful that Porsche also reintroduced the livery again on the new 911 GT3RS, so I gave the design to Edd at Wrap UK and he created it. He also wrapped the rear wing and front splitter to perfectly match the artic silver paint Chapter 9: Wheels and tyres: BBS split rims were out of budget so I went with Team Dynamics 18” Pro Race. Why? If its good enough for the BTCC… also I like the look, they’re supposed to be light weight and strong. They were much heavier than advertised on their website which was somewhat misleading. Wrapped in Toyo R888s, 245 front 275 rears. They’re amazing tyres, so much grip and as the picture shows way too much grip for the stock suspension to handle. Also only a Muppet would use R888s on stock suspension with no negative camber. Chapter 10, 11, 12 Suspension: You may think why haven’t you done the suspension yet? Well this was the most expensive and important modification and I really gave it some thought. So I did more research some serious saving and spoke to Bilstein and KW and other Cayman owners to look at the pros and cons. I had narrowed down Bilstein PSS9 or KW Variant 3s maybe Clubsports, wallet depending. Bilstein were no help at all, they gave no advice on which version is best for the Cayman, what the pros and cons were, where to go for installation or anything. KW on the other hand were great, spent a good 45 mins talking through my tyre setup, wheel size, which tracks I go to, what the cars current ride height was, how confident I felt with the car, what else in the suspension I was going to change and how much camber I intended to use. So I took a deep breath and went with KW Clubsports, Porsche 911 (996) Cup car adjustable lower control arms, H&R 997 GT3 RS anti-roll bars and new toe links. This would give me fully adjustable camber, anti-roll, geometry as well as ride height and damping etc… (TIP) The rear 987 control arms are adjustable and can in theory give 3 degrees of camber so you don’t need to replace them and could save £££. For the winter build I planned to do all the suspension installation with my dad in his garage. This was quite difficult without a lift system and it was essential that we did the work ourselves as we found a whole range of serious problems. First problem: the front anti-roll bar bushing was destroyed, no biggie. Second problem: getting the old suspension off. The front, not so bad, the rear, big problem. The left rear control arm joint had seized inside the wheel hub. When I mean seized I really mean seized. So had to cut the control arm off and lost an entire wheel hub, wheel bearing, left drive shaft and even the handbrake cable! This was not cheap and took around 6 weeks to arrive from the US. Luckily Porsche being Porsche once you know the part number you can find the same parts on the 997 and 987 cars so lots of available parts. Third problem: Spacers for the new front control arm, if you put the GT3 cup car motorsport control arms on the Cayman they fit perfectly, but require spacer nuts for the toe arm. Fourth problem: wheel clearance, the wider track wheels hit the suspension so required large spacers. This meant the rears were going to now rub the wheel arches. Fifth problem: The car wouldn’t start properly; we disconnected the battery over the winter for obvious reasons and it was showing engine warning lights, a lot of smoke and spluttering. Fixing the car: So the car now needed geometry, alignment and a proper track set up by the guys a Parr Motorsport. So I drove the car with our homemade alignment to Parr and is stared snowing, this was absolutely terrifying. I can’t give Parr any higher praise; they really know everything Porsche and had build a Cayman with exactly the same suspension, wheels and tyres as mine before so they did a modest track setup. Partly because of a very steep driveway at home and didn’t want to rip the front splitter off and because this was the first time driving the car in months with completely different suspension and I didn’t wan to dive in headfirst and bin it. They also fixed the engine, it was a broken solanoid senor that was causing a misfire on the left bank. If you’re still reading this then bravo you’re committed! Apologies if it’s rambling on, I still have 14 hours of my flight left and have turned to the Johnnie Walker to help pass the time. Got to love EVA Air, serving the good stuff! Chapter 13 Test day: I was so inpatient to drive the car again I booked a track day at Brands Hatch and it was -1C. So cold and icy it would be impossible to actually test the suspension and would be a waste of a day. I was half right. I did a sighting lap and thought this feels dangerous, so let my old man take the wheel and go out first. He used to race cars and grew up near Brands so he’s probably the faster driver. He spun on the first lap and tore the splitter clean off and sent us spinning into the grass. The problem became obvious, the rear H&R anti-roll bar was so stiff the car simply wouldn’t transfer its weight, couldn’t get any power down and was so twitchy and unstable. Imagine the disappointment, months or hard work, a lot of money spent and a slightly damaged undriveable car. We were suspicious that the rear anti-roll bar was too stiff from the start and we were correct. So a dilemma, what now? New anti-roll bar from Tarrot or use the old one. Well the old one was there and free so gave that ago at Brands hatch again. Perfect! Completely different, still a cold day, but the car felt amazing and much quicker than it was before even when I drove it on the same tyres in the summer. Chapter 14 Suspension set up fiddling: This is now where things are getting fun and fast. The KW Clubsports were still on the softest setting (still bloody stiff, not for the street) and felt great, absolutely zero understeer. The Cayman is naturally setup to understeer, mainly for daily drivability, safety and so it was never going to be faster than the 911. So with a mid engine balance, pretty big front and rear camber and a slight ride height rake angle with stiffer front anti-roll, the end result – Zero understeer. This is Parrs own setup and is a result of years of Porsche Cup Car Championship experience and building cayman race/track cars. Even in the winter with temperatures at 5C the car is comfortably around 3 seconds a lap faster than before around Brands hatches Indy, which is the shortest track in the UK. Chapter 15 Braking Again: Well it is the most important part of a track car. To compliment the new suspension I splashed out of PFC brake pads. They’re insanely expensive, but amazing. I used EBC race brake pads before and they were shite, one set lasted just one track day at Castle Combe, is that eligible for a refund? After the day at Brands Hatch I felt the brake pedal go long at the end of the pit straight. This was a bottom clenching experience to say the least. The reason was boiled brake fluid, although the GT3 brake master cylinder helps with brake fade and the larger GT3 brake cooling ducts help cool the brakes, the fluid was normal Mobil 1 not motorsport high temp race fluid. So I ordered some Motul high temperature fluid that has a boiling point of 300+C. Chapter something: The new Cayman R front spoilers have arrived and look great and much better than the aftermarket splitter I previously had that wasn’t driveway or curb friendly. So now the car is a cocktail of Cayman R, Cayman GT4, 911 GT3RS and 996 GT3 Cup Car parts. What is next? 911 GT3RS short shift is on order to replace that horrible long throw of the stock 987. If money was no option I would get the CAE short shift, but I heard that you should really upgrade to a lighter single mass flywheel and new clutch when making this change. Last week my daily Jaguar got written off thanks to the bonnet flipping up and smashing the windscreen and leaving me driving blind on the M27 into a layby. I probably will need to prioritise getting some boring replacement for my daily wheels. On a serious note a pothole in the outside lane of the M27 should not be so big it causes the bonnet latch to fail, puncture a tyre and nearly cause a fatal accident. Anyone from around Portsmouth, Emsworth or Chichester will know the road I mean. There is a hero lorry driver out there that saw me driving blind trying to see under the gap of the up turned bonnet and braked to let me in the lay by. (Rant over) So build not complete yet, maybe it never will be. But I think I’ve got a lot done in just a year and a bit, so I’m probably going to pace myself for the next year, although roll cage and new exhaust are calling. This car probably isn’t to everybody’s taste; in fact I know a lot of Porsche purists (snobs) will hate it, but I couldn’t care less. Recently drove passed a bloke in a beautiful black 964 and saw him shaking his head with disgust. Still didn’t wipe the smile off my face! If you have read all of this then cheers, any Cayman questions or advice please chip in. Now to test the quality of this EVA Air wi-fi and upload this mother. Still got another 11 hours flight so probably going to sink a few more Johnnie Walkers.
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    Here is a ride height comparison of stock and KW Clubsports...Then the spin and broken splitter.
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    GT3 brake cooling ducts, only £12!
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    Don’t know if it has become a format of the website (when viewed on mobile device), or some setting I can change on my phone, but in the past week when I read posts google ads keeps popping up on the screen and in banners that cover the post content. Anyone else experiecing this? am I just being an IT numpty and is this is something I can ‘switch off’ somewhere on my iPhone SE (I know, a quaint/retro ‘antique’ now...)?
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    Good suggestion BM. But I think I’d like the ‘feel’ of real ali rather than chromed plastic. Im also saving for a sports design steering wheel with the brushed ali ‘spokes’. So I’d like handles that would match the wheel 🤔
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    Resurrecting this thread - I bought the Sparco Pro RJ3 helmet for the RS day and found it to be very comfortable for the whole day. Glad I didn’t spend the extra £150 for the (top gear used) Arai that squashes my face like a pugs, but equally glad I didn’t spend £130 less for the race safety accessories brand ‘cheap’ helmet.
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    Hi All, I've spoken at length to Bag-world, and sent some photos and dimensions. The boss there is Colin Surman and can be contacted on 01527 592333 or colin@bag-world.co He is suggesting a pair of vertical standing 'cases' for the front compartment, similar to those shown in the McLaren section of their web site, and a pair of shallow cases that would lay flat in the rear compartment, and possibly a matching suit bag to lay on the engine cover. budget price for a full 5 piece set would be £420.00. (around double that if anyone fancies leather) The above budget would be in a vinyl with contrasting piping and can be personalised with embroidered names or car model, He's happy to sew on Porsche badges if the buyer supplies them. he buys his vinyl from www.macflex.com and likes the Tavira range. His leather is from www.inlep.com. each set can be a different colour/ finish to match individual cars. I have no connection with Bagworld, I've just seen their products. He suggests if anyone wants to go ahead, that we take a car in for final measurement. I'm happy to do that unless anyone is around Redditch. Have a look at the Bag World web site, and the material suppliers, he said he's happy to send swatches. Let me know what you think. Cheers Gary
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    Seems we both like the same colours, 88 in Grand Prix White.
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    John, There is a significant difference in sidewall profile between non-N rated Michelin PS4S and the N0 version for the 20" 718 Cayman and Boxsters. The N0 version of the PS4S was the subject of extensive testing by Porsche and Michelin specifically on the 718, which delayed the launch of the tyre for almost 12 months. The PS4S N0 tyre looks "chunkier" and wider on the rim than the non-N rated version, even allowing for the fact that the front and rear tyre sections are the same, 235 and 265, and the fact that my 718 has the wider 8.5" and 10.5" alloys. The PS4S N0 is also a dual compound construction like the Michelin PS Cup 2. The wet grip "B" rating of the PS4S N0 tyre is a necessary compromise by Michelin for reasons of tread wear and dry road grip. The PS4S N0 is a premium high performance road tyre designed for occasional track day use, eg. 80% road, 20% track, compared to the Michelin PS Cup 2, 20% road, 80% track. The Cup 2 has a "C" rating for wet grip so the PS4S offers an incremental improvement in that regard. I shall be commenting on my impressions of the PS4S N0 as fitted to my 718 CS, following a track session at Knockhill circuit at the end of March. Brian
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    I replied via Facebook but seems not to have got through! try moving your seats forward then tilting the back forwards and put the back in place and then push the seat back. hope that makes sense. It's an issue when the bulk head stops the seat fully locking in place. i had the same issue with trigger unit and other faults on diagnostic. I had trigger unit replaced and a load of other stuff sorted but light still came on. having ask on here I was advised to do this with the seat as apparently if the seat is not locked in place properly it gives fault warnings. i did it and it's not come back on since. worth a try before you spend a stack of cash hope this works for you as it did for several others including me. not sure on the pcm3 issue but you never know.
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    I emailed them but got no response. You may try and see what we get.
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    Yesterday it was the first time that I had to install an exhaust on a 981 with more than 100.000km = 62.5K mls. It was a 2013 2.7 PDK from Belgium. Some observations : When I “switched on” the handbrake, only one side engaged, the other side engaged 1 minute later when the car was already up in the air. This was new to me. I have seen plenty of 981's of which one side of the handbrake didn't grab. At this mileage, the 2x 2 nuts of the exhausts are so corroded that the exhaust is about to detach from the manifolds. None of the bolts and nuts from the exhaust can be undone. What doesn't snap off, needs to be cut and replaced. Over the past 4 years, the time to swap a 981 exhaust went from 25 min till 65 min. It is now even easier/faster to change the exhaust of a 987 ! The foam part on the top of the rear springs starts to fall apart. When this part is gone, this will make the car to drop 10 to 12mm on that corner, causing an imbalance and wrong alignment . And that is just by looking at the rear wheel wells on a 981 with 100.000 km Will the car fall apart after 100.000 miles ?
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    Hi Not difficult,same as any other car with some exceptions. You need a special oil filter casing spanner, a large receptical for the old oil (10l) and a new sump crush washer. As usual the whole thing is easier if you have a lift but not impossible on axle stands. Barry
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    It's a 6.5" I replaced the pony ASK paper woofer for Infinity Reference 6530cs 90w RMS (270w peak)
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    I've just spent the afternoon investigating! Took off my door cards & indeed there is only one "ASK" woofer in each door! Looks poor quality too with pony paper cone etc Popped off the dash speaker grills to find 2 tweeters but no center mid speaker! I've now swapped out the ASK woofers for Infinity Reference 6.5" components which are rated at 95W RMS (peak 270w) & the sound is now EPIC!!
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    Well the feedback is generally good. I replaced the main beam, dipped and fog lamps with the LED Nightlights and the difference is amazing. The only issue is the main beams trigger a fault on the dash, so I have ordered another set of CanBus compatible lamps which I’ll trial next week. All in all a relatively cheap and effective upgrade which won’t fall foul of the HID MOT failures due next year.
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    These are the ones I used, FLAT STICK ... Work perfectly & match the colour output of the other LED bulbs https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282043027642
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    Thanks buggy jam, I'll check it out in the manual. Cheers Gary
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    Thanks Bushman, Ordered a specific set from design911 so hopefully they should be ok when they arrive tomorrow. Look like they should have decent corrosion resistance.
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    Hi All, I don't know if any you have seen this on youtube but thought I would post for those that have not. Its shows a fooked Cayman S strip down and bourse are spot on. Dean
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    They are a 35mm drop, I’m also running 15mm spacers rear and 7mm front - without them, your wheels do look lost in the arches! Also if I’m honest, a 10mm drop would look no different to stock in my opinion. Tom
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    These hydraulic ramps will allow you to drive on and lift up the front, you can then support the car on axle stands and lower the ramps to remove the wheels. You may need to create a longer run up if you have low ground clearance https://www.cjautos.eu/product_p/cr01.htm
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    Check out the Bicester Scramble
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    @UKtom Do you know what drop that is or which H&R springs they are, exactly the height / look I’d like to achieve.
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    I was enroute to collect a poorly daughter from school this morning. I waved 👋 You waved 👋 our moment was fleeting, yet poignantly memorable (you’re the first Porsche driver to ever wave back at me!). 😁🏎🏎🏎
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    Yes shocks are different but when I was weighing up the options on mine they said it was possible with the R springs and would work fine.
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    Are you trying to turn it into a Nissan?!!
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    I also have H&R. Mine is a PASM equipped car and I can feel no difference in ride quality at all
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    I have H and R springs. Can’t help on anything other than what the ride is like as I bought the car with them. I like them, ride is a bit harsh on mine with 18 inch wheels. Not bad though, but can crash a little if you don’t watch the potholes. Doesn’t bother me, only the misses. Handling seems ace. Car sits flat with no body roll at all. In my opinion it’s how the car should have come from the factory looks wise.
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    Cheers Tom, I made a ten pound donation last week. Does that qualify for it or is that a seperate thing?
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    New door frame fitted, oh and also PSE fitted. Really makes the car
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    My Cayman R. Had it just over 3 years now. Love it. New tyres needed soon and the exhaust brackets at the very back are looking a bit split. Anyone ever replaced these themselves?
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    Well done, looks great! Side view is the best on these cars, love this shot of mine
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    Evening all , hopefully joing the R gang tomorrow ?? Final viewing and then need to splash the cash !!