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    Smile Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    After joining the PCA Test Drive and 4 months of exhaustively searching all over the web, I found this 2006 Cayman S with 54,000 miles. Picked it up on 3/10/18 after a 6 hour drive.

    6-speed manual
    PASM
    PCCB
    Sport Chrono Package Plus
    18-way Adaptive Sport Seats
    Bose Surround Sound
    PCM 2.1
    Bi-Xenon Headlamp Package
    Auto Climate Control
    Heated Front Seats
    Self-Dim Mirrors & Rain Sensor
    Black Mats - Porsche lettering
    19" Carrera S "Lobster Claw" wheels
    Wheel Caps w/ Colored Crest

    The car has a few small rock chips and some wheel rash, but it's mechanically sound and has a TON of factory options... didn't come across a 987.1 with more of them - MSRP was $83,215. I've wanted a Cayman S since these hit showrooms in 2006, so patiently searching for the right one was really worth the wait! After about 1,500 miles, it hasn't burned a drop of oil and engine pulls hard. This car will start with autocross and weekend hill country drives, gradually transitioning to road course usage. I may switch to steel brake rotors once track usage increases, but right now I'm loving the PCCB. Looking for a lightweight wheel and tire package if anyone in Texas has an 18x8.5/18x10 setup.

    This thread will serve as my Owner's Log, photo whoring, the occasional DIY, upgrade opinions, etc. Thanks for looking!

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Dat spec sheet! Great find Zach. Congrats!
    2011 CS / PDK / SportDesign Wheel / Sport Chrono Plus
    Carnewal GT CR exhaust / Fabspeed Tips / CR suspension
    19” O.Z. Leggera HLT / Michelin PS4S

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Welcome to the forums and congrats on a fine 987.1! If you have any exhaust needs, we'd love to chat and take care of you with any of our components. We cover our products for track use - would be awesome to see you use them on the track!

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Congratulations on your car and especially on your patience!

    I had a 987.1 which ended up primarily as a track car. (I tried one track day and was hooked.) I had it reflashed, put on H&R lowering springs and new swaybars front and rear. With those, the performance jumped to another level. We did great on road courses but two Caymans later I finally realized that I am crap at A/X.

    Enjoy it!

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Zach,
    Take a look at what Ryan Clark accomplished with an identical car to yours in B/S SCCA autocross National Solo Championships last year. Its covered in the P9 general discussion section on Porsche wheels and Tires section, thread called "wheels and tires that worked", page 13, Post #243. I would highly recommend the first modification you do is to get a LN deep sump with windage tray, or Mantis 2 Qt oil sump. Get that one out of the way, so you do not have to worry about oil starvation and take a look at boundry layer, "Motor oil engineering test data/RAT540" to get an engine oil that meets your intended usage.
    SCCA and PCA autocross stock class do not allow suspension modifications that would work for the track. So, figure out if autocross is for you first, because once you start the suspension work to get the car lower, wider, stiffer with more camber to be competitive on the track, you most likely cannot go back to autocross. GT3's are on exception because they come with the adjustablility built in. That suspension modification being for track, the use of GT3 or Tarett LCA's to get more than -1.6f and -2.1r camber to save the outside of your tires. I now have Tarett Cup LCA's which allows for -2.6f and-2.5r along with a wider stance and a lower car. Tarett swaybars, down links, Ohlin coilovers, etc. to help with the arms race in the modified PCA class and the track.
    I have an 07 Cayman S with engine mods, suspension mods, wheel mods, and am relegated to GT class in PCA autocross racing against modified GT3 and GT3RS's. Luckily, its the driver, not so much the car that gets the best time, so I am creeping up the standings, but its tough against 10/20 year vets.
    Your request for wheels needs some thought as well as if you get LCA's to gain more camber, the offset of the new wheels will be be different than with the OEM LCA's track width by at least 10 mm on each wheel. I know as this happened to me, luckily I had 15 mm to spare to the lower fender lip from my RE71R's. For autocross and track I'm using 18 inch, 9 inch f and 10 inch r forged monoblock custom wheels, 19 lbs, offset 47 f and 35 r.
    Welcome and good luck.
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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    With PASM you are kind of limited strut-wise unless you are going to dump the PASM. I am having Damptronic coilovers fitted to my 987.1 Boxster. I am also getting the TPCicon Racing DSC to replace the stock PASM module.

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Lovetoturn is using X73 springs on his PASM shocks and TPCicon Racing DSC. He likes this system as he is a believer in using Porsche equipment, although he is using the TPC Racing DSC and Elephant eccentric monoball bushings to gain more camber.
    I looked at the Elephant bushings, but found that lovertoturn had quality issues and replaced 2 of 4 to finally get the squeaks and pops to stop. This turned me off as my local shop time is expensive, so I am using Tarett Cup LCA's and can get in excess of -3.0 camber if needed for next years Hoosiers A7's.
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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch View Post
    Dat spec sheet! Great find Zach. Congrats!
    Thanks Arch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul Performance Products View Post
    Welcome to the forums and congrats on a fine 987.1! If you have any exhaust needs, we'd love to chat and take care of you with any of our components. We cover our products for track use - would be awesome to see you use them on the track!

    -Mike S
    Thanks Mike for the welcome. For the time being, my mods will primarily be dictated by class limitations in autocross. I've watched the "Boosted Brothers" video on YouTube about your exhaust and am really intrigued. Def will keep it in mind for the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by CGH3 View Post
    Congratulations on your car and especially on your patience!

    I had a 987.1 which ended up primarily as a track car. (I tried one track day and was hooked.) I had it reflashed, put on H&R lowering springs and new swaybars front and rear. With those, the performance jumped to another level. We did great on road courses but two Caymans later I finally realized that I am crap at A/X.

    Enjoy it!
    Thanks! Tracking the car was the reason for the purchase. This car will be driven - hard. I have some autocross and road course experience. During college I worked at a few race tracks doing corner working for track time. Only way I could afford it lol. It is addictive, and an itch I plan to often scratch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex1 View Post
    Zach,
    Take a look at what Ryan Clark accomplished with an identical car to yours in B/S SCCA autocross National Solo Championships last year.
    Thanks for the tips. I had a few months of quietly browsing P9 and Rennlist while searching for a car. I read a LOT of your posts actually, and have even hunted down 'Sprocketts' specs. His car was my motivation for seeking out a PASM-equipped CS. BS class will only allow for shock/strut swaps I believe, so I'll be keeping factory suspension for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by lesmurray View Post
    With PASM you are kind of limited strut-wise unless you are going to dump the PASM. I am having Damptronic coilovers fitted to my 987.1 Boxster. I am also getting the TPCicon Racing DSC to replace the stock PASM module.
    The DampTronic stuff is awesome and something I'd definitely be looking at if I were to keep it a street car. Eventually I'll go with a track-focused coilover setup, but going to run factory shocks/struts/springs for the time being to keep it autocross B-stock compliant. If the National Solo champion used them to win, should be fine for my mediocre skills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex1 View Post
    Lovetoturn is using X73 springs on his PASM shocks and TPC Racing DSC. He likes this system as he is a believer in using Porsche equipment, although he is using the TPC Racing DSC and Elephant eccentric monoball bushings to gain more camber.
    I looked at the Elephant bushings, but found that lovertoturn had quality issues and replaced 2 of 4 to finally get the squeaks and pops to stop. This turned me off as my local shop time is expensive, so I am using Tarett Cup LCA's and can get in excess of -3.0 camber if needed for next years Hoosiers A7's.
    Thanks for the recommendation on whels and LCAs. Sticking with the GT3 LCAs for now for BS. Good thing is I worked at a mechanic shop all through college, so I do all do all modifications, maintenance and repairs on my 6 cars I currently have... yes, I have an addiction. Pretty much always had an engine swap happening in the garage and did suspension installs for my entire car community. Pretty much anything besides an alignment or tire mount/balance.

    As for oil, I use Liqui-Moly in most my current vehicles, sometimes M1. The previous owner of my car used Motul for the last 40k miles and I'll plan to stick with that for the time being. I've spent time on BITOG and have gone full circle several times it seems when it comes to oil lol.

    Appreciate all the solid replies and recommendations! Cheers
    Last edited by Zach L; 04-03-2018 at 01:21 PM.

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    Re: Project Lenken: 987.1 Cayman S - my first Porsche and weekend track car

    zach, about the only items that you can change and still be legal in SCCA/BS is the sway bar to a adjustable one with down links and rear down links but not the bar. You can also change the shocks, but not the PASM shocks, only to double adjustable ones with the original coil spring, so it makes this a simple answer, no way as PASM works well in Autocross. Then the wheels and tires. Front to 8.5 inch in 18 or 19 inch and rear to 10 inch in both. I am sure you will start posting as time marches along, let us know how we can help.

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