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Thread: Safety Toad: Porsche 997 Carrera

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    Default Safety Toad: Porsche 997 Carrera

    What is P O P P I N fellas?


    I've had the car for a few months now, but I wanted to avoid making a thread until I had done something to tangibly modify it.

    In February 2020 I sold my S5 that was my daily and then Covid hit. Ended up picking up a B3 Passat wagon to play with for a few months and honestly intended to keep it because I loved it so much, but then I got an offer for wayyyy more than I paid for it so I pretty much had to sell it. I then decided to make a terrible decision and start looking at 911s, which I've honestly always wanted! The 997s were already starting to go back up in value so I figured it's now or never.

    Enter this example. It's essentially a base model 997 Carrera 2. No full leather, no Bose sound, no wild options at all except for the PASM active suspension and the Sports Chrono package which adds a stopwatch on the dashboard and a sport button idk. These base cars are something like 325hp and weigh 3070lb or so in manual form; mine is probably pretty light relative to most 997s because it has 2WD, a manual, no turbos etc etc.

    The car is Cobalt Blue with Sea Blue interior and had 99k miles in June when I bought it, it's at 105k now. My long term plans are to sorta kinda do GT3/oem aerokit style aero and keep it relatively functional but still pretty low.

    First of all, why is this thread called Safety Toad??

    Well when I was little we had a book called Toad on the Road and it was about a toad that drove safely and I realized it really looks like that toad. Idk the name stuck and it's hilarious.



    Soon after I bought it:






    At the Tail of the Dragon! It did amazing, even in stock form. Accidentally left a coolant spray over everyone behind me because of a faulty hose clamp but that was fixed soon afterwards.







    Installed coilovers, still on stock wheels. These don't go very low so thinking of switching to BCs but I guess I will take the collars out of the fronts first.








    Took care of some neglected maintenance/repair items on the car that had allowed me to buy it really cheap. Not pictured, but I replaced the passenger side window regulator (which was a bitch) and the driver's side door speaker (really did they have to be on different sides?!?!). Then the expansion tank, which is known to be problematic on these cars, started to weep from a crack. I had to drop the motor a few inches off the mounts and remove some fuel lines in order to get the reservoir out. What's really interesting about these cars if you're not used to them is that everything is backwards. Headers are like a 5 minute job on a 997 but you have to drop the motor to replace a coolant reservoir.


    Get out of here you rascal!!!




    Okay, so I found some SSR GT3 reps with brand new Pilot Super Sports in the expensive ass proper 19" size I would need in the future, all for $300 on facebook marketplace. I really ***** the dark OEM wheels and I wanted to dial in fitment on 19s etc for the future. Threw them on with some spacers making these effectively 19x8.5 et47 and 19x10 et32, running 235/35 and 275/30 tires. They're very 2007 DuPont Registry vibe, but anyway here she is in Ocean City! Handled the 1500 mile round trip like a champ.









    Give a mf a 911 and they don't know how to act







    Now what's next? As of now we have
    - Clear LED side markers
    - Coilovers
    - Wheels
    - Fabspeed muffler bypass pipes


    Now that I have an idea of what wheel specs will work, I just ordered Fifteen52 Formula GTs which I think should look pretty good, they'll be here in the next week or two! After that, looking into some aero of some kind but undecided on the right way to go. In terms of impressions of the car, it's unbelievable how much more soul this car has than my S5. I know it's just a base Carrera but to me it's plenty quick and it feels tiny and nimble to me!! I love it. Thanks for reading y'all.Attachment 21671
    Last edited by rightfullrudder; 10-16-2020 at 03:17 PM.
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    love it.... cant wait to see where you take it

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    Yes, I like! Don't f*ck this one up

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    Ive been waiting to see it on here. I love it, cant wait to see it on the new wheels. That was a score for the 19s tho for that cheap.
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    Ok, got the wheels in and the tires swapped over! Took it out to a deserted road for some pics in the terrible excuse for fall that Georgia gets.

    I've already posted a cell phone photo on a 997 facebook group and got absolutely lambasted for running a 275 tire on an 11" wheel lol. Some of these Porsche people are absolutely delusional. One unironically told me that running 275s was risking the car spinning off the road into a tree. This is one of the most "conservative" cars I've had in years is the funny thing!!









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    Damn! That wheel, wheel color and paint combo i spot-on. Suuper clean 997

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    Ive also been in the 997 market, great color. Love the Fifteen52's.

    Update often.

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    I hope you told that dude that you drive safe as a toad on your 275s

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    That looks sick man, nice car!


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    Looks great!

    Porsche purists are hilarious. I truly enjoyed my time with the LS swapped 996 around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddye View Post
    Damn! That wheel, wheel color and paint combo i spot-on. Suuper clean 997
    Quote Originally Posted by 2dye4 View Post
    Ive also been in the 997 market, great color. Love the Fifteen52's.

    Update often.
    Thanks for the kind words guys! I will be updating often because I really don't want forums to die UGH. 997 market is pretty firm right now, I was very lucky to get the deal I got so keep your eyes peeled and be ready to jump on the right car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    I hope you told that dude that you drive safe as a toad on your 275s
    I would be safer on 305s

    Quote Originally Posted by white out View Post
    Looks great!

    Porsche purists are hilarious. I truly enjoyed my time with the LS swapped 996 around them.

    Thanks man I appreciate it! I remember your threads about that car from several years ago, good times. Always loved your taste.
    Last edited by rightfullrudder; 11-02-2020 at 09:52 AM.
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