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Planning Suspension Overhaul


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Hi Guys, my 97 box has got around 230,000 miiles on it and the suspension has decided to call it a day. It has the Tech Sport Package and H&R Springs.

I'm going to be pulling it all apart and taking a deep look into what i need to replace on all four corners.

I already know that the struts need replaced as well some serious clunk issues at the passenger front corner.

If anybody has any tips, tricks, pitfalls, recommendations, modest upgrades, etc, they would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Ked

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Sport Tech was a US "package" that included US Sport suspension. The option is M030 for just the sport suspension.

I am comparing US Sport suspension (M030) with RoW Sport suspension (M030).

Panorama had an article on this several years ago. Granted the article was for 996 Carrera suspensions but the same holds true for 986 Boxster suspensions.

If you want a copy of the article PM me - I think I still have a copy.

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US and Rest Of World suspensions are different. ROW Sport lowers the car about an inch all around, includes stiffer springs (they have a different color code). The kit has new Bilsteins and sway bars with bushings (not sure if the sway bars are larger in diameter). You'll get great handling and less transference of road bumps into your seat and back. I got my entire kit through Sonnen for $960. It made a huge difference in the way my '99 handled.

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ROW M030 Kit is on its way to me from Sunset Porsche.

heads up, there was one kit left in the Porsche warehouse in the USA and none in germany. (Aug 18, 2012)

When I was going to order my ROW M030 kit at the end of June 2012, " there was one kit left in the Porsche warehouse in the USA and none in germany". :rolleyes: :eek: :rolleyes:

Regards, Maurice.

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So, taking the car apart and looking for problems, found this potential issue..... lower control arm bushing is squeaky, does not seem to be loose or in bad shape, didn't seem to squeak when driving, primary reason for fixing the suspension was the strusts were toast and we had some serious clunk and chunk coming from the front right when driving on any road rougher than a billiard table..... any thoughts? here is the video...

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