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Looney

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Hey guys,

so ive had my car for a couple of weeks now, having a great time, but because the guy i brought it off had it mostly as a weekend track toy, its set up for track work more than street driving, so im wanting to change a few things, and wonder if anyone here can provide me a little direction or suggestions of where to buy parts that i need.

firstly the Suspension.

the car needs a new left rear Trailing arm (as the bush is worn)

needs 2 front stabilizer links also.

am i best to just get my dealer to do this work and source the parts? or are these parts that i can source myself online and are easy to fit?

secondly Brakes:

the pads he has are really heavy metal based for track work, so every time i touch the brakes i get that metalic screech. I just want to put standard pads on there for road driving, and i'll just get the discs skimmed/replaced (if nessecary), i wonder if anyone has any suggestions of a decent pad for the car that wont be noisy? or if the OEM is the only option? and if so, can anyone advise where i am best to source these?

Cheers

Looney

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Hey guys,

so ive had my car for a couple of weeks now, having a great time, but because the guy i brought it off had it mostly as a weekend track toy, its set up for track work more than street driving, so im wanting to change a few things, and wonder if anyone here can provide me a little direction or suggestions of where to buy parts that i need.

firstly the Suspension.

the car needs a new left rear Trailing arm (as the bush is worn)

needs 2 front stabilizer links also.

am i best to just get my dealer to do this work and source the parts? or are these parts that i can source myself online and are easy to fit?

secondly Brakes:

the pads he has are really heavy metal based for track work, so every time i touch the brakes i get that metalic screech. I just want to put standard pads on there for road driving, and i'll just get the discs skimmed/replaced (if nessecary), i wonder if anyone has any suggestions of a decent pad for the car that wont be noisy? or if the OEM is the only option? and if so, can anyone advise where i am best to source these?

Cheers

Looney

MO

When you say stabilizer links, I'm guessing you mean the sway bar droplinks? Those are pretty inexpensive. The trailing arm will be a bit more pricey. You can go rebuilt from a place like vertexauto.com or new. If you can find it, it is possible to remove the arm and press out the old bushing and put in a new. It is easy to find bushings for track use, but not so easy to find the regular street ones in my experience.

In any case, try Sunset parts, a Renntech partner, and/or Suncoast, a Sarasota, FL dealer that usually has good prices. If you are going to use this as a street car, you will be perfectly happy with stock parts.

For the pads, use any stock pad meant for street use - Pagid or others.

When you say "skim" the rotors, do you mean have them turned? If so, you don't really need to do this. While race pad compounds are different than street pad compounds, they are compatible enough that you can install the street pads, and then bed them, and you will be fine. Before I made my 986 a dedicated track car, I use to do this frequently.

Hope this helps.

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The pads he has on the car are for racing clearly-they will screach but will stop on a dime. I would recommend getting Hawk performance pads for street-low dust. I have Pagid OEM ceramic pads and let me tell you.....cleaning the rims daily is a pain. Go to hawks website and check them out. I am getting them next time on my 2003 996

Hey guys,

so ive had my car for a couple of weeks now, having a great time, but because the guy i brought it off had it mostly as a weekend track toy, its set up for track work more than street driving, so im wanting to change a few things, and wonder if anyone here can provide me a little direction or suggestions of where to buy parts that i need.

firstly the Suspension.

the car needs a new left rear Trailing arm (as the bush is worn)

needs 2 front stabilizer links also.

am i best to just get my dealer to do this work and source the parts? or are these parts that i can source myself online and are easy to fit?

secondly Brakes:

the pads he has are really heavy metal based for track work, so every time i touch the brakes i get that metalic screech. I just want to put standard pads on there for road driving, and i'll just get the discs skimmed/replaced (if nessecary), i wonder if anyone has any suggestions of a decent pad for the car that wont be noisy? or if the OEM is the only option? and if so, can anyone advise where i am best to source these?

Cheers

Looney

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Hey guys,

so ive had my car for a couple of weeks now, having a great time, but because the guy i brought it off had it mostly as a weekend track toy, its set up for track work more than street driving, so im wanting to change a few things, and wonder if anyone here can provide me a little direction or suggestions of where to buy parts that i need.

secondly Brakes:

the pads he has are really heavy metal based for track work, so every time i touch the brakes i get that metalic screech. I just want to put standard pads on there for road driving, and i'll just get the discs skimmed/replaced (if nessecary),

i wonder if anyone has any suggestions of a decent pad for the car that wont be noisy? or if the OEM is the only option?

I now have 19 track days using Pagid Blue pads on a 996 TT. They stop better than the stock pads and they do not make noise on the street.

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Thanks for all the responses guys.

i'll look into those Hawk Brake pads,

and in relation to the discs, i did mean to 'turn' them, we call it machining or skimming here :D

When you say stabilizer links, I'm guessing you mean the sway bar droplinks? Those are pretty inexpensive. The trailing arm will be a bit more pricey. You can go rebuilt from a place like vertexauto.com or new. If you can find it, it is possible to remove the arm and press out the old bushing and put in a new. It is easy to find bushings for track use, but not so easy to find the regular street ones in my experience.

Funny, its the other way around, the Dealer told me i need both "stabilizer Links" and they are $487.98 each, but the rear Control arm is only $404.13.

I have been looking for these stabilizer links and can find some online at around $100USD for a pair etc, but not the part number i need (99634306992) they have all the other ones for Carrera, turbo etc, but it seems the part # for GT3 is different. do the other ones fit the GT3? or is the swaybar very different?

Cheers

Looney

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Thanks for all the responses guys.

i'll look into those Hawk Brake pads,

and in relation to the discs, i did mean to 'turn' them, we call it machining or skimming here :D

When you say stabilizer links, I'm guessing you mean the sway bar droplinks? Those are pretty inexpensive. The trailing arm will be a bit more pricey. You can go rebuilt from a place like vertexauto.com or new. If you can find it, it is possible to remove the arm and press out the old bushing and put in a new. It is easy to find bushings for track use, but not so easy to find the regular street ones in my experience.

Funny, its the other way around, the Dealer told me i need both "stabilizer Links" and they are $487.98 each, but the rear Control arm is only $404.13.

I have been looking for these stabilizer links and can find some online at around $100USD for a pair etc, but not the part number i need (99634306992) they have all the other ones for Carrera, turbo etc, but it seems the part # for GT3 is different. do the other ones fit the GT3? or is the swaybar very different?

Cheers

Looney

I am not sure. I use a GT3 sway bar on my 986, but use aftermarket adjustable drop links for it. I might be wrong on this point in thinking they are not very expensive - maybe the GT3 calls for a different style droplink than what is in the C2 or 986. I'd check with Sunset or Suncoast - they will know. Even if they require adjustable drop links, you can get aftermarket ones for half the price of what the dealer quoted you.

You also asked if these changes can be done as DIY. That depends on your level of comfort. I do all my suspension work expect alignment in my garage. I don't think it is too difficult, but I am mechanically inclined. If you are reasonably skilled, have a good set of tools, you will save a bunch of money doing it at home. I'm not sure what the transverse arm does on the GT3 or how adjustable it is, but be aware that if it does have adjustability, you will likely need an alignment after changing.

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