: Hi there,
: I'm wondering why the Porsche community doesn't seem to enjoy "mod'ing"
: their cars as much as say, Honda Civic owners. Here's a mod that I made to
: one of my cars:
: Some people think it's somewhat ostentatious, but I think it's actually
: quite elegant. Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
I think your performance might improve if you installed another pointing
the other direction...
Most Porsche owners don't want to adulterate their cars with inferior
parts, etc. My own experience shows that aftermarket engine parts, for
instance, have been of lower quality than original Porsche parts.
I don't know if that's really a true statement.... I own a '98 C2S (Carrera
S) It has a PSS9 suspension (Adjustable Bilstine shocks) RS adjustable
swaybars, RS motormounts, RS Short shift kit, Nakamichi CD 400, Eclipse
3424, MBQarts and all kinds of other neat stuff.......That being said, go to
the discussion groups on www.rennlist.com you'll see in the Porsche world
there's plenty of mod'en goin on.
The trick for most Porsche owners is to mod the car for handling and
power but not to do obvious things to make it "look cool."
I've got thousands into the suspensions on my Porsches.
Lamont Sanford wrote:
It seems with Porsche owners we have a mix of owners.
The owner who buys only the numbers matching cars, to be placed in a
hermetically sealed chamber.
Or the true Porsche owner in the James Dean tradition, who will do and spend
anything to make their daily low level flights as filled with as much of the
Porsche experience possible.
I like the poster of the Porsche going away very quickly, caption reads
"Kills Bugs Fast", says what owning a Porsche should mean. It's just like
the shifter, anyone who has the earlier year Porsches has likely installed a
short shift kit, or should. But most of all don't do anything stupid to
detract from the beauty of the car, why would you?
When you see the Honda mods, sure they look better after the mods, but that
is because without the mods they are,, well I will be nice,, plain. No one
can ever loose a Porsche in a parking lot.
Or there are owners like me, that enjoy the cars as is. The times
are actually pretty few when anyone will truly need 100% of most any
Porsche's performance. I swap when it makes sense (like going to SSIs
when my heat exchangers rusted out) but that's about it.
Sometimes the modding in the Porsche world gets as silly as that in
the ricer camp. There are some truly horrendous body kits out there,
and I fight the urge to barf every time I see a 70s 911 converted to
some turbo replica without a single engine upgrade. Especially
annoying when it's a SWB car.
But what makes the ricer upgrades silly is how much money kids are
sinking into the cars to get something that still won't touch a 928S4,
944 Turbo, or 911 in the same price ranges.
I can't agree with you more. I think many of our Porsche owners that get
carried away are just like those doing the Honda upgrades.
They have forget that the excellent engineering and simple lines are what
made the Porsche a timeless and highly sought after car of all ages of
I think they went to "Fast and Furious" and were sucked in.
I was sucked into Porsche enthusiasim by getting passed by them while in the
service in Germany (72 -74) and driving semi for the Army on the autobahn.
Nothing and I mean nothing is so enticing to a car enthusiast as seeing a
Porsche flat out, subtly looming larger in your mirror with high beams
flashing and then wailing past you, and disappearing into the disatnce with
a sound thats says goodbye like nothing else on the planet.
PS Great selection!!
1972 911 Targa wide body look, Work In progress.
1974 911 Targa Guards Red/Black
Hard to generalize over a population of owners. Some do get into extreme
mods. Some do a "presto" and create the car they wish they had, or could
I mod my cars because I track them (928 and 944) in Driver's Education
through PCA chapters. If you ever thought of driving your car at
"9/10ths" or full out, you should do it. (Most drivers who think they do
that on the street don't know they're not. Or they're F'n crazy!)
As to Vern's comment: Oh yeah! I'm just smilin' here.
well, Vern, I don't know when the last time you visited Germany was, but
hold those memories. The Autobahns are pretty much clogged now days making
speeds much above 80mph difficult. Sometimes you get lucky and find
yourself on a bit where there isn't much traffic, but it's increasingly
rare. An article in the German Autoclub's latest magazine says that the
Autobahns are already at capacity and that this wasn't expected to happen
I go to Germany annually and although it pains me to say it, "some sort of
speed limit might just be necessary." On my last trip, some German yuppy in
a BMW Convertible passed us going well over 100mph (he was doing over 100
and I was at about 70mph). About 10 miles from Wurzburg, we saw the
car----in a tree. It had been airborne after hitting the rear end of a
ubiquitous tour bus and landed in the tree. He was hurt but not dead.
Seems he was on his cell phone (illegal but done as often as in the States).
The autobahn is now a series of detours, road construction and it often
narrows from 4 lanes to one in construction zones with little if any
warning. That spells disaster for someone driving over the capabilities of
the road, the other drivers and him/herself. There are a few places on the
less traveled autobahns---say from Bremen to Jever but the rest of Germany,
including what used to be East Germany just is not safe for everyone if
someone decides to go flat out when it is full of cars. Couple that with
trucks which pull out to pass slower trucks and cars going 40mph alongside
those wanting to do 140 miles per hour and the recipe for disaster is there.
I recall on many occasions waiting for what seemed hours for an accident
scene to be cleared since it seemed to this American eye that the Polizei
often closed the road to do a thorough investigation. I am of the opinion
that congestion and the right to drive as fast as you want are conflicting
factors and I would rather get where I am going alive than in a box.
I would hate to have the unfortunate luck by passing you in any manner.
You seem to see way too many accidents!
I'll be the first to say I'm no math whiz, but I'd venture a guess that
the global equation would go something like this. Feel free to correct.
((faster cars)+(Idiots+1))n = n(deaths)
Oh my, what 30 years will do. It was crowded near the major cities while I
was in the service, but I drove every day and it was not uncommon to find
long stretches of hardly any cars.
In fact I drove the autobahn to Berlin once and didn't see a single vehicle
for 1/2 an hour. But that was restricted road at the time too.
But you have to remember that was also during the fuel crisis. In fact I was
in Germany for the three weekend driving bans. Now if you want think of an
experience, One weekend we played football on the autobahn just inside
Manheim's city limits near our barracks for two hours one afternoon. Talk
So with fuel prices being what they were, travel unless you could afford it
just wasn't done. Leaving the autobahn mostly to semis, and the Porsches,
Mercedes, and Ferraris.
As for accidents, I will post a story about that, one of my next posts. It
still makes me cringe after 30 years.
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