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Old 05-28-2018, 08:29 AM   #1
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Ohlins R&T installed on my Boxster S

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I am new to this forum, but I wanted to let people know that I just got Ohlins Road and Track on my 2001 Boxster S. I was given the car by my father since he can no longer drive. I believe the original shocks were still on the car. I had the Ohlins purchased and installed at Sonoma Raceway. The car is used only for road. The car was lower about 20mm from factory minimum height. Car was aligned and corner balanced, and the 13 clicks from zero, which is on the stiffer side of road settings. Stock roll bars with no preload.

Car feels like a serious sports car now. Ride on most surfaces is much improved. Railroad crossings and speed bumps can be pretty harsh. I have not adjusted anything. I donít race so I couldnít tell you what the limits of the car feel like but the car definitely transfers the power to the road better, and the understeer seems almost gone. Steering is quieter. Small stuff on the road is absorbed nicely. You can get the tail to drift out if you push it. They have to be serviced every 30 kilometers. Fun to drive. Havenít had ground clearance issues. I have Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires on it. The part number is POS MR80. Do a search on the part number and 986 and you find the Ohlin reference. Fun to drive but I think I have to learn to drive now. Anyway just wanted to let people this is an option for the 986 now.

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They have be serviced every 30 kilometers? Do you mean 30 K?
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Where did you get them from? I've heard good things but didn't know there was a 986 Boxster fitment?
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Where did you get them from? I've heard good things but didn't know there was a 986 Boxster fitment?
There is a "Where to Buy" link here on the Ohlins Boxster info page...

https://www.ohlins.com/product/road-track/porsche-boxster-1996-2004-986/
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I got them from Performance Shock in Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. They ordered them for me. It is a little tricky. Ohlins parts numbers are a little tricky. I talked to Ohlins USA also first to see if they were available.
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Yes. It is 30000 kilometers service according to the manual. Sorry.
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There is a "Where to Buy" link here on the Ohlins Boxster info page...

https://www.ohlins.com/product/road-track/porsche-boxster-1996-2004-986/
Ha that's good, I didn't even find this link. Reading about them, it sounds like they have a feature like the Koni FSD with the ability to react differently to fast and slow speed bumps, like body roll vs road bumps. Very interesting.
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Just a little more info I thought I would add. Tim Barberís shop at Sonoma (TFB) did the setup. I thought I would give some of the details. They set it for a drivers weight of 170lbs, 40 psi in the tires, 3/4 of tank of fuel. The final corner weights for the car front l/r 760/716, rear l/r 915/861 Total weight of 3250 lbs. Cross: 50.1% with the driver. 13 clicks from zero on all four shocks. Final ride height is 4 7/8 inches front, 5 inches rear. They gave the primary and secondary angles but that is a lot to type in. I found it interesting so I thought I would share it.
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Yes. It is 30000 kilometers service according to the manual. Sorry.
I am surprised that the Ohlin manual mentions km instead of miles because
18,000 kilometers are 18,750 miles and removing the coilovers before they hit the 20k mark seems way too soon.

Last month, during the Festival I asked the same question to the JRZ person and he mentioned that depending on usage (street driven and light track) I should plan to rebuild the shocks around the 50k mark. I got a similar answer from the KW Sales Rep.

Could be that the Ohlin manual refers the early rebuild for a dedicated track car? I hope so, otherwise removing and rebuilding every 20k miles will end being kind of pricey, also, considering the alignment, etc.,

PS: Regardless of what I am saying, the way the car drives after installing a good suspension = priceless
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I am surprised that the Ohlin manual mentions km instead of miles because
18,000 kilometers are 18,750 miles and removing the coilovers before they hit the 20k mark seems way too soon.
Uh 18,000 Km is actually 11,184.6 miles. But I agree seems too soon to have to pull them for maintenance.
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Ha that's good, I didn't even find this link. Reading about them, it sounds like they have a feature like the Koni FSD with the ability to react differently to fast and slow speed bumps, like body roll vs road bumps. Very interesting.
I think you will find the Ohlins a much more premium price. I've always thought the FSD a budget non adjustable version of the Ohlins DFV.
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I think you will find the Ohlins a much more premium price. I've always thought the FSD a budget non adjustable version of the Ohlins DFV.
I have been thinking, what if Koni made a height adjustable coilover with FSD technology with some stiffer springs and valved for the stiffer springs, I would get one, I think it would be perfect, I really like the FSD It sounds like the Ohlins R&T would meet that same goal. But $2400... [Edit: more closer to $3000... dang]

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I have been thinking, what if Koni made a height adjustable coilover with FSD technology with some stiffer springs and valved for the stiffer springs, I would get one, I think it would be perfect, I really like the FSD It sounds like the Ohlins R&T would meet that same goal. But $2400...
Koni do make coilovers. They just make them with their Sport damper.
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Koni do make coilovers. They just make them with their Sport damper.
Do they have any fitments for the 986 chassis? Maybe it is under their racing section, I am not as familiar with those...

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