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Old 01-23-2010, 06:03 AM   #1
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Lower??

The general consensus of my friends at Brumos, yesterday, was "Bad ASS!!" when they saw my Box with the new wheels and Cayman side grilles.
The parts and service managers offered me about $400 bucks off the $1500 parts and labor cost for lowering it 3/4" (20mm).
What do you guys think, will I be able to get speeding tickets in a parking spot????
I'm torn on the trade off between looking soooooooo cool and the problems of banging/dragging the front end on the ground at every driveway.
I already have a scrape on the bottom of the spoiler from a really steep switchback in NW North Carolina.

Oh! And I LOVE the new front end and headlights on the 2010 Boxster S. Pics didn't do that much for me, but in person.........WOW!

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Old 01-23-2010, 06:12 AM   #2
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The general consensus of my friends at Brumos, yesterday, was "Bad ASS!!" when they saw my Box with the new wheels and Cayman side grilles.
The parts and service managers offered me about $400 bucks off the $1500 parts and labor cost for lowering it 3/4" (20mm).
What do you guys think, will I be able to get speeding tickets in a parking spot????
I'm torn on the trade off between looking soooooooo cool and the problems of banging/dragging the front end on the ground at every driveway.
I already have a scrape on the bottom of the spoiler from a really steep switchback in NW North Carolina.

Oh! And I LOVE the new front end and headlights on the 2010 Boxster S. Pics didn't do that much for me, but in person.........WOW!
Are they offering to lower it with the RoW suspension? If so, it's 20 in front and 10 in back. I'm pretty careful with my car and I still scrape the stock bumper every once in a while with my RoW. Some driveways and run-off dips are just impossible to judge and avoid. These cars have alot of front overhang.

Having said that, the handling is fantastic. I wouldn't lower it any further but I don't regret it one bit.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:16 AM   #3
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It's all a tradeoff and compromise. Like you mentioned lower is more in vogue but with that you will have a greater chance of scraping and also a harsher ride. 20 mm isn't much of a drop, but it will be noticeable.
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Are they offering to lower it with the RoW suspension? If so, it's 20 in front and 10 in back. I'm pretty careful with my car and I still scrape the stock bumper every once in a while with my RoW. Some driveways and run-off dips are just impossible to judge and avoid. These cars have alot of front overhang.

Having said that, the handling is fantastic. I wouldn't lower it any further but I don't regret it one bit.
We didn't get into that much detail, yet. I wouldn't want to put more rake in the car, although on just a few seconds thought, it would lower the front roll center in relation to the rear and maybe reduce some low speed understeer. Also, 987 may be different than 986, as the suspension is different on the two designs.
Thanks, I hadn't thought of that aspect. If it puts more rake in the car, it will also be worse for the front overhang than an even lowering at both ends.
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Lower it!! Do it right and the rides not effected much. You will have to becarefull with the front end.

Handling is incredible!!
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:23 AM   #6
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OHCHH OHCHH OHCHH OHCHH !!!!

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Old 01-23-2010, 12:53 PM   #7
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Go Lower

Hey Mon,

Don't sweat the driveway, slow down. GO FAST where it counts.

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Old 01-23-2010, 01:24 PM   #8
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Thanks alot, Ike, you butthead!
Now I have no choice!
Does RUF make a 987 nose?? That is great.
Your car is BADD ASS!
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Who nose?

Hey Mon,

I do not know. Check their site, or call them. They are good folks.

There have been some pretty long threads here on Boxster front bumpers if you want to get lost in the options available.

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Old 01-25-2010, 05:36 AM   #10
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Lower is better in my book...you just need to be careful on curbs and such. I've scraped the under nose a few times on ingress/egress at times, but nothing serious. I have H&R sport springs which lowered the car about 1.5" from stock.
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Stock Height

Whats stock height? Mine was lowered at the Porsche Dealership before purchase. I am measuring from pavement to fender wheel arch 24.5" in the front and 24.75" in the rear. How much lower is that than stock?
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These cars look better lower...and are a blast on curves!

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Mine's nice and low. The aggressive look is a million times better than the four wheeler height of the standard springs.

Just remember that the lower you go, the rougher the ride will be. My car is now so rough riding the wife won't ride with me!

So there could be a hidden blessing in a rough riding lowered boxster... no backseat driving!
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Ok you guys need to stop posting pics... must... stop... from... spending...
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lowering is a very slippery slope. I was just going to do H&R springs for $300 and I finally finished with coilovers, adjustable control arms, new wheel bearings, new rotors, pads, brake lines, and the list goes on!

My simple lowering project ended at $3300
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Lowering your 986

Lowering your 986 profile gives the car a more aggressive stance. The ride is stiffer vs stock - no question. However, you are much more in tune with the road.

You will have to be much more diligent with the road conditions. Lookout for those pot holes, curbes, and getting in and out of driveways!

Also, get an alignment after you lower your Boxster. You should check the camber and individual toe measurements so not to prematurely wear out your expensive tires.

Happy Motoring.
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Ok you guys need to stop posting pics... must... stop... from... spending...
No kidding! What did I start here? Mine now looks like it's ready to go mud-bogging!!
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:07 AM   #18
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Is my other "Boxster" low enough???
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go lower

I say lower it ,the ride is a bit stiff , but it is worth it, I went with the eibach springs

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Is my other "Boxster" low enough???

Been a while since I spent time in an open wheeler...nothing like it compares!

Friend let me drive his Spec Racer Ford a few times...fun, as well. What I really need is a Formula Atlantic and another house to live at, since my wife would kick me out.

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