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Cayman S Update

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Photo: Brian Miller
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Photo: Brian Miller
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So two months into Porsche ownership and you could say I’m obsessed. I’ve been finding time for projects to make small improvements here and there. So far I have done the following:

  • Added flush mount spacers and had alignment done, reduced front camber to -1.5 deg to get rid of induced mild understeer for AX/track purposes
  • Added a set of 19" Carrera Classic wheels found for a steal on Rennlist
  • Installed Soul Performance x-pipe and dual tailpipes (the stock exhaust pipe is actually a tee between the two mufflers with a single outlet connected to dual tips) No real difference in sound other than when backing off throttle but it looks 10x better than the stock trapezoid shape.
  • Added black/terracotta Cocomats as well as a black sport wheel and shift knob to improve the appearance of the high wear items.
  • Installed a new radio head unit with Apple CarPlay to improve the experience and sound. Even with the stock Bose speakers and amp, the new unit greatly improves the audio quality.
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Illustration for article titled Cayman S Update
Photo: Brian Miller
So I like yacht rock. Problem with that?
So I like yacht rock. Problem with that?
Photo: Brian Miller

Driving-wise the car is terrific. On the 19" wheels I added a set of Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires, cheaper than the Michelin PS4S but not far off in terms of dry grip. So far they grip better than the old PSS that came on the 18" wheels the car arrived on. The old tires are still in decent shape, and with them I have taken several spirited road trips and run several autocrosses and an SCCA Track Sprint, basically autocross on a section of track at MSR Houston with no cones.

So far the car’s handling and balance are perfect to me, while it could potentially use a boost in power it is not lacking for anything as far as I’m concerned. The only other mod for now will be either Bridgestone RE-71Rs or Yokohama A052s for autocross/track day use. The only other project in the future is a respray for the hood, a previous owner bent it and it has some deep scratches like a cat attacked it. Other than that I have no complaints and am very happy with my Cayman so far.

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