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Old 09-12-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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Where are all the wild hot rodders?

With the early boxsters getting getting down into the lower price ranges I'm surprised I haven't seen the proliferation of extreme modifications that would be expected. This platform seems like it would be a natural for crazy engine swaps (non Pcar motors and such) and wild suspension mods.

I have an '00 S that I'm going to keep reasonable....BUT.....I have thought about getting an early car and trying some stuff. It's just that being of the "no one wants to be the first bungee jumper" mentality..... I am fishing for some ideas from the "edge", so to speak. So, does anyone have any links to sites showing any "fringe" conversion stuff? If so please post some in responses here. I'll never forget some of the early 914s with small blocks sporting blowers sticking out behind the windows of 914s and such.

Please don't throw any accusations of Porsche "heresy" at me for asking though....I'm just curious about the ideas of others.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:17 AM   #2
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There's been some talk about shoehorning a corvette engine into the boxster and other conjecture on the forum, plus a couple of members have turbocharged and supercharged their cars. Plus, a few guys have put 3.4 and 3.6 Porsche motors in.

If I find any site with wild Boxster mods on them, I'll post them here. You can find out about the stuff I mentioned above by doing thread searches.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:36 AM   #3
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You're right that with the prices of a 2.5L dropping down to ~$10K I bet you'll see people taking more of a risk with engine swaps other than the standard stuff. I'm betting you'll see a swap to a WRX turbo motor as being a popular one. I swear I already read something about that, but that may have been on the 914. It seems like swapping in a 2.5L STi engine would be a good option as it could feasibly give you 400 Hp with modifications. I think the biggest issues there will not be so much the packaging (which is the biggest issue with a Corvette engine), but taking the 4WD transmission to RWD and proper intercooling.

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I have a '00 S. I am doing the ooposite...I am actually trying to get it "closer" to the original condition. One of the previous owners attempted to install "neon" lights underneat the car
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So will the neons be up for sale??


Just kidding.

There have been some wild mods of the Boxster, I remember one that had 7 tvs in it.

I will look for the pictures.

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There have been some wild mods of the Boxster, I remember one that had 7 tvs in it.

I will look for the pictures.

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Come on Gary, we all know that was your car with the 7 tvs and playstations. Don't act like you have to "look" for pictures. Just send us your background off your computer.
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There ya go.
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I have a '00 S. I am doing the ooposite...I am actually trying to get it "closer" to the original condition. One of the previous owners attempted to install "neon" lights underneat the car

That's why I'm never selling my car, so someone else doesn't have to un-do all of my stupid mods!!!

SOOO.... what cha' gonna do with those crappy neon lights from under the car? Wanna send them to me if I pay the shipping??? Seriously!!! I do have some intentions to put neon behind my Gemballa rear bumper.

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Old 09-12-2008, 03:00 PM   #9
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So will the neons be up for sale??


Just kidding.

There have been some wild mods of the Boxster, I remember one that had 7 tvs in it.

I will look for the pictures.

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Gary, I think you're looking for this photo. I'm really starting to get offended now, I have this as the background on my PC!!! Just kidding....
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Hey, what's that on the steering wheel in the picture Kirk posted? I had an idea for a car crackberry-the keyboard would be in the middle of the steering wheel so you could thumb text while you drive, and the display would be a heads up on the windshield.
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:46 AM   #12
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I was actually using this thread to inquire about performance modifications.....Boxsters on the move... not Boxstas from da hood
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:53 AM   #13
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But you know how things go off on tangents...
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Hey, what's that on the steering wheel in the picture Kirk posted?
It's a small TV of some kind, same as the ones on the sun visors.

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The car has a transaxle that has to be in a fairly specific location, which limits the length of the engine between the firewall and flywheel. The engine bay was sized for a very low profile H6, which limit's the engine's overall height. Anything is possible, I've seen V8s in 914s, but it's not a simple job. But this is not a chassis that will be friendly to engine swaps like a taller/longer V8 or a longer I6 or V6. The front engine Porsches will always be better candidates for an engine swap.
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Here ya go.

A: That's gotta be a photoshop

B: Why would anyone take the time to do that?
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325+ hp enough?
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Boxsters are build with the chassis wraping around the engine... I doubt you'll find anything non-P that fits without disturbing the overall balance of the car.

And what wild suspension mods are you thinking of? Like airbags and hydraulics? Would definitely like to see pictures of that ...
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Hot rod Boxster that sounds ridiculous.
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325+ hp enough?
325 HP is nice....maybe. It all depends on the torque curve doesn't it?
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