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    SoCal Re: Los Angeles area Indi mechanic needed

    Sadly John passed away a few years ago and I believe his shop closed. (9yr old necro thread). He was my coach at SOW and WSIR and gave me a great foundation there. I will second Tony Callas in...
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    Re: Track day brake failure

    Boiled fluid while only running PSS tires suggests there may still be some air bubbles in the calipers. I would carefully bleed all 4 corners, add 991 GT3 ducts, and make very sure that my tire...
  3. Re: Street/Track alignment with stock setup?

    "stock" is a pretty wide range from positive to negative camber. I would find an alignment shop recommended by your local PCA and ask for a performance alignment with max negative camber in front. ...
  4. Re: Street/Track alignment with stock setup?

    Generally 0.8* in front. Not enough to effectively use all of your front tires for track work. They will shred the outer shoulders very quickly. $$$

    Cliff's notes from every high performance...
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    Re: Cayman selling advice

    I take them for a drive, then at the furthest point, swap seats so they can drive it back. If they stall it or cannot drive a stick, drive recklessly, test drive is over. Worst case scenario they...
  6. Re: At what point do you invest in a head and neck restraint?

    Ask 100 drivers, get 100 very different answers. I sat on the PCA Z8 safety committee for 7 years and we discussed this a lot.

    My thoughts (not recommendations):

    * An older car 96 or earlier...
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    Re: Cayman or Cayman S

    Looking for objective answers to a completely subjective question. ;)

    Both cars are great, 50 hp is definitely noticeable, and it totally depends on your expectations, not mine. You don't...
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    Re: Lets talk brakes... 06 Cayman S

    In general, the more aggressive pads produce more brake dust. The more brake we use, the more dust we get and a "low dust" pad tends to be low heat range as well so they are not great for track...
  9. Re: 987.2 Cayman S MT Track Prep, Maintenance, and Mods

    Everyone has a different opinion on *what you need* and often these track build threads become more confusing than clarifying. I will be an outlier here and suggest you find a good local Porsche...
  10. Re: Street/Track alignment with stock setup?

    I am not sure how you can get more than -0.8* in front without suspension changes. I tried this for one year and went through $4k in tire expense due to shredded outer shoulders on track days. I...
  11. Re: PSM Failure followed by PSM Loss on track day

    Need more info to diagnose this. Any other mods on the car? Intake/exhaust? Software? Brake master cyl? What tire model and sizes are you running? Probably time to get another set of eyes on the...
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    Re: pros and cons of 20" vs 19" vs 18"

    19" and 20" wheels are all about the look with zero performance advantage. 18" are the choice for all GT3 Cup and GT4 Clubsport race cars and tire availability is a lot better with 18s. That said,...
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    Re: Brake pad upgrade

    I have used the Pagid Black, Orange, and Yellow RS-29 with comp tires but prefer Raybestos ST-43 for best heat management and longest life. They are also less expensive than Pagid. I have them...
  14. Re: Anyone Dealt with Vision Motorsports Lately?

    Glad things worked out for you in the end.

    With razor thin unemployment rates in CA all of us business owners have been in a scramble to get enough qualified techs to handle the work schedule. ...
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    Re: 987.1 vs 987.2

    The transition from 987.1 > 987.2 is far more than elimination the IMS, but a complete engine redesign for 2009. Better oiling, better cooling, no IMS, 4 scavenge pumps like a GT3 Cup vs 2 in...
  16. Re: What Should I Know About Driving Cayman S On The Track

    Welcome! A Cay S PDK is pretty fun on the track. I have a 2009 PDK and after 3 years of ownership and 60 track days with it, I am getting pretty comfortable with the car. There is more than one...
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    Boxster S Re: Mileage for 987.2ís

    My experience with 2009 and later cars is that they are pretty damn bulletproof with no glaring mechanical issues that are common. No IMS, better cooling, better oiling throughout, 4 scavenge pumps...
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    Re: PSM on or off in Sport+?

    I have seen no documentation.

    My seat-of-the-pants experience is that I am a touch faster with PSM off in a 987.2, and no faster in a 981 or later car. The PSM is so advanced that I don't...
  19. Re: Finally, a PCA National Instructor, How Was Your Experience?

    FWIW, I just ran this question by Ken Laborde who is the PCA National Insurance Chair to make sure I had my facts straight on a national level. I need to post a correction:

    Within PCA Nationally,...
  20. Re: Finally, a PCA National Instructor, How Was Your Experience?

    Quote: "I would just like to clarify that tour incidents do not out number DE track incidents, " By a large margin". The perception of driving on the street with the general public being more...
  21. Re: Finally, a PCA National Instructor, How Was Your Experience?

    Congrats and welcome to the team!

    I began instructing in 2008 and got my PCA NDEI rating in 2010. I still love the process and instructing from the right seat is about 50% of the track day fun...
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    Re: New Brake Pad Option: Raybestos ST-43

    +1 on the ST-43 pads.

    I have been getting them custom cut from Porterfield Costa Mesa for 10 years. Fronts tend to last 20 track days on my car and I run a less aggressive Porterfield RS4 on...
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    Re: 06 Boxster S or 10 Boxster base??

    Both are great cars and you would be happy with either. The 2010 is the newer generation 9A1 motor with several significant improvements and nearly bulletproof reliability. If you planned any race...
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    Re: Hoosier A7 for AX, impact of street miles?

    Yes, my experience was with R6 and V710 tires in the past. I have not run the A7 and it might be a better choice for AX with occasional street driving. I did lose a few tires to road debris which...
  25. Re: Anyway to improve a Boxster seating without going to a full on race seat

    I had race seats and harnesses in my 986 and have gone retro with stock seats and 3pt in my 987.2. My method will not work for everyone but seems to be a workable tradeoff for me. I am driving a...
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    Re: 987.2 6-Piston Caliper Swap

    Interesting.

    You are the only 987.2 driver I have heard from that was unable to solve brake heat management with high temp pads, high temp fluid, and brake cooling ducts. 60 track days into...
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    Re: Help me set up track video / data logging

    A few years ago we had some suction cup mounted cameras come loose and fly off in turn 1 at AAA speedway. A GT3 Cup car hit one going 150 mph and was not happy. A secure mounting solution is wise.
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    Re: Hoosier A7 for AX, impact of street miles?

    A couple of problems running R7s on the street.

    They are really only good for 5-6 heat cycles with max grip and then they fall off a pretty steep cliff and quickly turn to stone. By 15 HC they...
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    Re: Help me set up track video / data logging

    Experiment with video and see which perspective you like. Dozens of possible options.

    I mounted my phone with a Ram mount attached to the center of my dashboard so both driver and passenger (and...
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    Re: 987.2 track prep

    You mean Toyo RA1 tires? A good quality mild R-comp/enduro tire that you can drive to the track and still work well in the rain. I ran those and Nitto NT-01s for several seasons on my 986 Boxster...
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    Re: 987.2 track prep

    Yes, IMO the GT3 Arms or equivalent are required kit in order to get your front wheel setup right and make full use of your tire contact patch. There are cheap and dirty workarounds like camber...
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    Re: 987.2 track prep

    Zero oiling issues with 9A1 motors. You don't mention whether it is a 6 spd or PDK but a trans cooler with PDK is recommended. If you are adding seats and harnesses, include a HANS device to...
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    Re: Help me set up track video / data logging

    FWIW I have been using app based data and vid for 9 years. I started out with Race Chrono which was a very good early development app, and switched to HLT when I went with an iphone and RC did not...
  34. Re: Boxster vs Cayman - safety / driving experience

    I owned a Boxster for 10 years and now drive a Cayman. I liked both and there were times when the top down experience was glorious. I think both cars are very safe and a rollover is extremely rare...
  35. Thread: Tires help!

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    Re: Tires help!

    We should probably create a fresh thread on safety gear and not clutter the OPs tire thread here. Much to consider.
  36. Thread: Tires help!

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    Re: Tires help!

    150 track days and 5 PCA championships, a little occasional wiggle never bothered me much. I didn't feel the need to chase it with aftermarket solutions.

    YMMV
  37. Thread: Tires help!

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    Re: Tires help!

    I had the lower stress bar on my 986 for 5 years and while it did firm up the rear suspension a bit, it had zero effect on "wiggle" under heavy braking. As the rear suspension compresses under...
  38. Thread: Tires help!

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    Re: Tires help!

    FWIW I often run 225/40/18 and 255/40/18 for competition and it works well without disturbing the ABS or PSM.
  39. Re: Help me understand: Another thread about deep sumps, aos, and underdrive pulleys

    I did the rear brace and fresh motor mounts on my 986 at 92k miles. None of these things seem necessary on my 987.2 yet. The car feels great, I can put it where I want it with no issues. For...
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    Re: Potential 987.2 Buyer - Track ready?

    Lots of guys will suggest lots of shiny bits. My 987.2 does 20 track days per year, competitive TT mostly, and has been completely bulletproof the whole time. My mods:

    1. Lowering springs
    2....
  41. Re: Help me understand: Another thread about deep sumps, aos, and underdrive pulleys

    Choose your tires first and that will determine what oil sump protection you need.

    In my own experience with 10 years and 100+ track days in a 986 running near the pointy end of the time sheet for...
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    Re: Autocross: Sports or Sports Plus

    For me it depends on the track. If there is a nice long straight at the start, launch control works well so I run Sport +/ Manual downshift.

    Many of the courses we run are about 90sec laps with...
  43. Re: Need help deciding on a second set of wheels

    18" takeoffs are often available and offer the widest selection of tire choices. That is what I would/did do. Summer tires offer the best dry grip, and A/S should be just right for most winter...
  44. Re: On Track Fire Leasons and how a Cayman was totaled TWICE in less than a year

    Whew, glad you are ok! Fire is the one thing that really bothers me about this sport and I have seen a few. My guess is overheated/failed power steering fluid that sprayed on a hot exhaust manifold...
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    Re: What's up with 2008?

    Yep, the 05-07 maintenance schedules were ummm "irrationally optimistic". Use the more frequent schedule and keep your car in good shape with fewer surprises.
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    Cayman S Re: 2007 CS Deep oil Sump for Track car?

    Lots of good advice for a 987.1 car. I second the idea to stay off the rev limiter any time you are in a big sweeper or a big braking zone. Keep her in the powerband between 4k-6k and only use...
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    Re: Tyre sidewall ruined after track use

    If it is always and only the LF you have a glaring setup issue. Something is bent or loose and you are not getting consistent toe/camber. I had a similar issue and noticed strange wear on the RF. ...
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    Re: ZIMMERMAN Rotors

    I like Zimmerman plain or slotted just fine. I used them for 10 years/100 track days on my 986 and they were predictable and reliable. I don't like drilled, especially in front for a track duty...
  49. Re: 981 Cayman S or GT4.......Die Hard BMW guy ready to step over to the dark side.

    "I like the journey of modding and improving the car. So a 981S might really be the way to go. Your brother's car sounds like a blast, but might be a bit too hard core for me. How much does he want?...
  50. Re: 981 Cayman S or GT4.......Die Hard BMW guy ready to step over to the dark side.

    GT3 is awesome, GT4 is my personal favorite modern Porsche, Cay S is an extraordinarily capable car for street/track use. With suspension and tires it will run very close to a stock GT4. I would...
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