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    Lowering the 997

    Hi,

    A few questions :

    1. how much should I lower my standard carrera? (currently have 19"Carrera S wheels)
    2. Has anyone used a good place in the UK outside of porsche.. how much was it?
    3. Any before after pics would be great!!!

    Hope you can help me.

    Please excuse my lack of signatures...im new! will have them soon!

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    Please also excuse the santa man! dont know how I managed that!

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    depends on what suspension you currently hv, how stiff/soft you like yr ride, whether you do much tracking, & whether you'll expect to encounter any ground clearance issues.

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    Wow the 997 is already pretty low. I know people lower their 997. Good luck and post before and after pics.

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    I live in the states, and I am currently in the same situation. I own a 997 and I have upgraded from 18 inch. to 19 inch Champion wheels. The car definitely sits a bit high off the ground and I would like to get it lowered. My local dealer told me that it's a day long process, and that they would use either H&R springs or Eiboch springs. I was told that the H&Rs provide for a stiffer ride and the Eiboch more or less maintains the car's current set up. My dealer also told me that it would run me about $1,500. Does this price sound about right?

    I hope this helps, and please post some info or pics if you lower the car.

    Ray

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    WOW $1500 I can get it done here for $150!! :-)

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    do a search. H&R/Eibachs are both popular & several rennteamers hv already installed / posted pics of these.

    swapping the springs should take abt 6hrs (including wheel realignment). $1500 (or $250/hr) seems high...

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    Quote:
    randy said:
    WOW $1500 I can get it done here for $150!! :-)



    duh... you're in india!! how could you even compare cost of labor with that of the US??

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    I live in Hermosa Beach, LA county and there is no way the car needs to be lower, I bottom the car in enough places where the road is uneven and intersections where there is a lower part.
    I would not lower it at all, just my opinion.
    997S 2006
    Audi Allroad 2005
    Beetle Turbo 2001

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    Thanks for the help guys, here's a pic of my car. I personally think it sits a bit high off the ground...what do you think?

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    Quote:
    Pabs1 said:
    I live in Hermosa Beach, LA county and there is no way the car needs to be lower, I bottom the car in enough places where the road is uneven and intersections where there is a lower part.
    I would not lower it at all, just my opinion.
    997S 2006
    Audi Allroad 2005
    Beetle Turbo 2001



    Your 997S sits about 1 1/2 to 2 inches lower than a non-S. You would think that 1 1/2 inches would not be noticeable but it is. Unfortunately, a non-S 997 looks like it ready for some off road driving with all the extra clearance it has.

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    Krown05 love your new wheels, but I do think it needs lowering...

    The standard carrera sits so high compared to the carrera s, The S looks better because it sits lower, and lowered an extra 10mil on this looks even better.

    I dont think this will bottom out or cause any probs.... if anyone knows from experience please tell me!

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    krown05,

    Perhaps a tiny bit high, but I would probably leave it as is- not worth the potential clearance problems. Looks fantastic to me!


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    Thanks for the help guys, I will keep you all posted on what I end up doing.

    Ray

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    Yours does look high ----

    I have a 997 with PASM that gives -10mm also --- it looks just fine with that.

    It is true that at -10mm, like the 997S with PASM, the car is low (to the ground) ---lower than my NSX was ----- and I cannot escape the occasional little crcchs sound as the various little rubber spoiler/air-trim pieces touch the ground.

    How the Europeans etc can lower -20mm (sports) I do not know ----- must have billiard table roads everywhere there (which they do not!).

    -10mm max I would say.

    KiwiCanuck

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    If that is a base 997 I would definitely do H&R or eibach.
    I put techarts on mine lowered about 20mm, I have pasm so my car is 10mm lower already, i hardly scrape the lower plastic piece on bumper, never the painted surface.
    I paid $350 for install, alignment and corner balance at one of the top suspension guys in los angeles area.
    Your car's looks and handling will improve dramatically...

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    Thanks raffi, $350.00 sounds alot better than $1,500! Does anyone in the South Florida area know of any good places to take my car?

    Ray

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    Quote:
    randy said:
    WOW $1500 I can get it done here for $150!! :-)



    Yeh, but for $150 they just let the air out of your tires!

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    Go to FVD in Pompano Beach.

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    Quote:
    AS said:
    do a search. H&R/Eibachs are both popular & several rennteamers hv already installed / posted pics of these.

    swapping the springs should take abt 6hrs (including wheel realignment). $1500 (or $250/hr) seems high...


    ...... and what about the cost of the springs?

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    guess $1500 already includes cost of springs.

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    I think it needs to be lowered! The regular car sits too high!

    Randy, do you seriously drive in India in your 997?

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    I was told that the $1500 includes the cost of the springs ($600), plus the labor cost for 6 hrs. of work. It still seems a bit high, I am going to check out FVD in Pompano Beach.

    Thanks

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    You can find H&R or eibach as low as $300-$350,
    up to some charging $500.
    For $450 you can get cargraphic or techart made by H&R and eibach respectively but with customizeg spring rates and the techart springs I got have this rubber damper? or something.
    FYI stock porsche springs are made by H&R i believe.
    installation should be around 500-600 (350 for install and 150 for alignment), I still dont understand how the guy that installed mine only charges flat $350 for everything, he spent 8-9 hours on my car since he is a perfectionist and it was one of his first 997s.
    He is the guy that all the Los Angeles 996gt3 and 993 owners take their car once they take delivery. also he has a 2-3 week wait...

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    Quote:
    raffi said:
    installation should be around 500-600 (350 for install and 150 for alignment), I still dont understand how the guy that installed mine only charges flat $350 for everything, he spent 8-9 hours on my car since he is a perfectionist ...



    Got anything else you'd like him to do before he goes out of business?

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    Got anything else you'd like him to do before he goes out of business?

    I dont quite understand...
    His business is doing very well.
    I guess he has low overhead since his location is not in a prime spot.
    The best thing is he charges same price for a porsche or a honda.
    Why should porsche owners have to pay 3x the price just because the car is more expensive. Alot of people install there own springs at home with a $100 compressor and some courage...
    I dont think its rocket science though...
    he probably spent 2x as long on my car since he had only worked on 993's and 996's till then, and really wanted to learn about the 997's ins and outs.

     
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