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ROW M030 impressions

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If anyone is interested I just had a ROW M030 suspension Kit from Sunset installed on my 1999 C2. Had the alignment specs set to the ones provided by Loren in numerous other posts.

On the 30 minute drive home on all kinds of roads I must say that I am initially very happy with the improvement in both ride quality and handling. Handling is much sharper with none of the "floaty" feeling at high speeds that existed before. Also the ride quality seems to be actually better than before, although with 45k miles the original struts might have been worn a bit. Ride is certainly no harsher than it was.

Anyway for what it's worth IMHO, If you are thinking about making the change in your car to the ROW M030 I would do it.

Doug Davis

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I recently had my car aligned for the first time since having the ROW M030 suspension installed on my Boxster (about 1 1/2 years prior). When they say everything settles for a few months after having the suspension changed out, believe them! I couldn't believe how much better the car drove after the alignment. If your suspension installer gave you any option to bring the car back and have the alignment checked in a month or two, it's worth it. Otherwise, you might want to plan your next alignment sooner than you normally would to really enjoy your new suspension

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My experience with the M030 ROW setup is that the ROW alignment specifications dial in a lot of negative camber in the rear. While this really makes the turn in on the car quite spectacular, it also severely shortens the life of the rear tires, by accelerating the wear in the inside of the tire. I had previously gotten 22-25K miles on a rear set of tires with the US alignment specs, and with the ROW specs the tire life went down to 16K miles.

I have reset the alignment to the US specs and while the turn in is not quite as crisp, I can live with that if it means I will gain 6 to 9 thousand miles of tread life on my $400 rear tires.

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22K-24K on the rears, WOW!! that is just about unheard of on a 996. I think mid-teens and you are doing really well. But then we have all seen the way you maintain your car. Maybe a clean car gets alot more miles out of tires :lol:

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22K-24K on the rears, WOW!! that is just about unheard of on a 996.

Not really. I know lots of folks that get similar life out of their rear tires. But on the other side, there are just as many that can't get more than 9 or 10 thousand miles out of their rears (these are the same people that only get 25K out of their clutch plate too!). I think it just boils down to how you choose to drive your car.

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