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Thought it would be fun to create a large thread for 2,9 owners, where we could share information.

Poll- how many owners do we have on Planet-9? (six-speed or PDK)

What mods have you done, or plan to do?

What aftermarket parts or mods would you like to see available for the 2.9?

How do you use your car? What do you think about its capabilities?

Hopefully we can attract enough 2.9 owners to keep this thread going.
 

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I like the idea!

I bought the softronic software but have not uploaded it yet. Looking to get a set of 19's as the car looks a little better. I hear the ride gets a little rougher though.
 

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I have the original 17's that came with the 'base model".... I wanted the car to look retro (50's 60's). Might have to go up-size one-day if I ever want to add a LSD as I believe it requires 18 inch or lager?
 

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I have a 2009. It has about 16.5k miles and I have the following mods. This is my weekend/good weather car. I have a daily driver when the weather gets cold. I've used the car at auto crosses and on the track. I'm very happy with it!

FVD Tune
FVD "Sound" Exhaust
Numeric Racing shifter cables
Clear side markers (is this even a mod?)
19 " Cayman R wheels
 

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Numeric Racing shifter cables
So I'm guessing the 2.9 is capable of snapping shifter cables just like other models? Any downside to the Numeric racing shifter cables, or is this something everyone should have in inventory as a back-up part for when the OEM cable lets go?
 

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What mods have you done, or plan to do?
None so far; plan to change the 19" wheels for 18". I looked at 17's but there aren't enough tire selections. Sigh. I'll be putting all-seasons on as well; roads I drive on are poor enough to justify the small decrease in performance for the increase in ride comfort / greater tire life.

What aftermarket parts or mods would you like to see available for the 2.9?
These are already available: limited-slip diff, clear engine covers, guard mesh for the front grille openings. The Best aftermarket 'part' for me would be a good shop manual; I don't know of one, to my knowledge Porsche hasn't released one so the various aftermarket publishers can't write one up. Sighhhh.

How do you use your car? What do you think about its capabilities?
It's my daily driver, and it's great! Goes to & from work, stores, etc with ease, goes to Palomar Mtn and other such Really Fun Roads with gusto! I did the Porsche Driver Ed days here in San Diego last fall, and it was a blast! The car's terrific on an autocross course (better than its driver, he's got some work to do!)
 

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What mods have you done, or plan to do?

Red Belts, Ultimats, Titanium/Red/Black Hood Crest, Black Cayman Emblem, BMC Filter, De-Snorked, Borla Exhaust, Softronic DME Flash, BBS SR 18", Michelin PSS

Will do Cayman R suspension at some point.

How do you use your car? What do you think about its capabilities?

Weekend / track day car. I think the 2.9 is perfect for this chassis. I can use all of the available power without getting too crazy on public roads. No IMS drama either :)
 

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So I'm guessing the 2.9 is capable of snapping shifter cables just like other models? Any downside to the Numeric racing shifter cables, or is this something everyone should have in inventory as a back-up part for when the OEM cable lets go?
Mark,
I snapped my shifter cable last fall. ATT I had ~48K miles on it (2010 C). Next time I'm going with Numeric cables. In fact I will probably buy them and preemptively replace the EOM, mainly so I don't have worry about being stranded in the middle of nowhere; and having to be towed someplace. Now that I'm out of warranty, I doubt if I'll ever set foot in BertSmith again.

Other mods:
-Pioneer AVIC Z140 (w EuroMotorSpeed kit)
-Sprint Booster
-Fabspeed MaxFlow catbacks
-15MM spacers in rear
-GT3 shifter (don't bother - go with Numeric SSK)
-BMC air filter
-homemade front mesh grills (home depot gutter grills)
-HID low beams
probably a few that I can't recall.

I'm at over 55K miles now on my DD.
 

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I was at a car show this weekend in St Pete... met a guy with a 2.9 Cayman who offered me his HR lowering springs (drops the car about 1.3 inches) for a great price $$$. I always thought it would be cool to lose the 2 inch gap between the top of the tire and the bottom of the fender but I do like my cars ability to clear road debris in the real world. Anyone lower there car? I have the original 17 inch wheels that come with the base car (love the way it rides). Anyone interested in a set of springs with 3,000 non-track miles on them if I turn down the deal. (Owner is going for a full race suspension, he tends to modify and change his car often).
 

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So I'm guessing the 2.9 is capable of snapping shifter cables just like other models? Any downside to the Numeric racing shifter cables, or is this something everyone should have in inventory as a back-up part for when the OEM cable lets go?
Hi Mark,

I was just actually being proactive with mine. The stock cables looked perfectly fine. It's a lot more solid feel when shifting. Getting into gear is a lot more effort. It took some adjustments for me to get it to the way I like. Initially I didn't like the feel as it was quite heavy and not as smooth. As people have said, it's a rifle bolt action right now.
 

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Another 2.9 here with pdk.
enjoyed near 57k miles since new.
Drove it as dd until 40k and now its a weekend fun car.

My next mod will be headers and sport plus software and also looking into new wheels in the rear. Haha
 

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Wow! 10 to 1 on the poll for six-speeds over PDK.... might be the last time in any of our lifetimes we see such a dominate number for the manual transmission. :confused: Where are all the PDK guys?
 

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Since we have a few 2.9 owners gathered together, I've got a question.... Every month I'm getting magazines (Excellence and Panorama) profiling different 500hp Cayman S project cars with 911 engine swaps.

Now I've never been a big HP guy... and I enjoy my 2.9 because I can push it to 10/10th without being a pro driver. But my intellectual curiosity gets the best of me, is it even possible to put a bigger 911 engine in the 2.9 Cayman as its the only new car without DFI technology (and the ECU and electronics to handle a DFI engine). Will I ever open my Excellence magazine and see a track monster built from a 2.9 owner who blew his engine and decided to do something crazy with a high HP project car? Or is the 2.9 not cut-out for the newer better 911 engines because of the DFI issue? (Ironically, I was reading about a turbo 2.9 and the guys at TPC said its much easier to modify because the non-DFI head is much simpler to work with)

For now, my current mods are 9500ix passport radar detector, the Waze social network (police locator), and I'm thinking about adding a laser jammer.... as my bone stock 2.9 is already too fast for our local speed limits. ;)
 

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2009 2.9 six-speed checking in. Picked her up with 15,000 miles in November. Was CPO @ $43k, dropped the CPO and got it for $34k.

Has just over 20,000 miles right now. Options are minimal; heated seats, Cayman S II 18" wheels & Bose. Just did the service myself; oil, filter, air filter, cabin filter and magnetic drain plug. Found out that there is no manual service reset, bummer. Haven't done much else... disconnected the joining exhaust pipe but I want to get a Borla system.

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Has anyone experimented with brake pads for better stopping capability, or less brake dust for cosmetic reasons?

Does the 2.9 really need any upgrades, or do I remember correctly that the 2.9 got the same brakes as the higher HP S model?
 

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Has anyone experimented with brake pads for better stopping capability, or less brake dust for cosmetic reasons?

Does the 2.9 really need any upgrades, or do I remember correctly that the 2.9 got the same brakes as the higher HP S model?
I knew I forgot something. In Sept I noticed the pads looks fairly depleted @48K mi. I probably had a few thousand left on them before the wear sensor would have alerted. I ordered a set of EBC Brakes Redstuff Ceramic Low Dust Brake Pads (DP32029C front) (DP31920C rear). IIRC they were about 1/2 the cost of OEM. I did this along with a complete brake/clutch flush.
I don't notice a difference in stopping power - but I don't track the car and the OEM already had plenty of power for street use. I did notice lots less brake dust - however I still see some - which seems to dust right off the wheels.
Only issue was a slight squeal for the 1st 200 miles. Seemed to go away perminently after a pressure wash.
 

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Got my 2011White PDK with 19k miles in Dec, 2 year full factor warranty on it. Bought it sight unseen in LA and had it shipped to my door in Cave Creek AZ-scary stuff. I was initially looking for a 911, but couldn't find anything I liked, then drove a Cayman-almost by mistake and I was hooked.

Paid $39+ & $200 for transport. It was perfect inside and out. Lots of goodies dealer had not mentioned in the AD. Xenon headlights, HomeLink, leather 14 way, memory, heated seats, 18" rims, proper paddle shifters, Blue tooth etc. Got 24k on it now, its a DD, we go everywhere together. Only done one mod, put plastic gutter guard in the front intakes to protect the radiators behind.

Having fun with the local Porsche Club, lots of events, going to my first AutoX next week.

Amazing fun little car with some serious speed, my first Porsche and can see it being my last.

Machog
 

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None so far; plan to change the 19" wheels for 18". I looked at 17's but there aren't enough tire selections. Sigh. I'll be putting all-seasons on as well; roads I drive on are poor enough to justify the small decrease in performance for the increase in ride comfort / greater tire life.



These are already available: limited-slip diff, clear engine covers, guard mesh for the front grille openings. The Best aftermarket 'part' for me would be a good shop manual; I don't know of one, to my knowledge Porsche hasn't released one so the various aftermarket publishers can't write one up. Sighhhh.



It's my daily driver, and it's great! Goes to & from work, stores, etc with ease, goes to Palomar Mtn and other such Really Fun Roads with gusto! I did the Porsche Driver Ed days here in San Diego last fall, and it was a blast! The car's terrific on an autocross course (better than its driver, he's got some work to do!)
I was just up at Palomar this past weekend. It was great except for the damned crotch rockets that would not get out of my way! Have you checked out any of the roads east of the 15 and just south of the 76? There is some incredibly serpentine asphalt back there!

I have a 2009 6spd with zero frills and almost 40K on the clock. I have owned it since december. It is a weekend car that ends up getting driven all the time for some reason:confused:.

No mods on the car as of yet. I will probably do Bilstein PSS10's once I figure out what I am going to do to correct the roll center and bump steer. I am thinking since no one has addressed this I will probably end up having something fabricated. If I end up keeping the car for any period of time an LSD is in its future. I also want to do something about the seats (I have the 4 way adjustable seats) as they are not the most comfortable thrones. I am torn between buying some second hand 18 way seats or having the stockers re-built. At some point the glass will get tinted as well.

This will be my first "toy" car that I am not going to touch in terms of power enhancements. The smiles/$ just is not there IMHO. Coming from turbocharged platforms where $5k nets you a 30-50% increase in power to the NA Cayman where you get 5% for that money it just does not add up for me. Add to that the fact that the car connects corners so well with the power it has, I feel no need to draw any more out of it. I have been thinking about picking up a Cayenne Turbo S for my DD and straight line thrills. Time will tell if something else does not distract me first.

This weekend I am tackling oil change, spark plugs and air filter.
 

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Mine's a 2011 6MT daily driver with 33K miles. Replaced shifter cable at 32K miles with OEM. Ditto clutch switch at ~24K miles. 18" wheels, HR springs, 7/15 mm F/B spaces, Cantrell GT exhaust, fabspeed black chrome tips, OEM SSK, GT2 shift knob, alum foot pedals, sports design steering wheel, 2DIN Kenwood w/ (rear camera, XM, Pendora, iPhone connectivity).
Researched TPC stage1 turbo seriously, but this is crazy because the car is already TOO FAST for street driving, no tickets yet though - knock on wood - not that I condone speeding on hwys! That's it for mods so far. LOVE this car, and not trading in for a 981 Cayman nor 911! All great cars BTW.
 
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