Porsche 944 SPEC Suspension Install

After getting this car back from paint, we tackled the suspension components to firm up the ride and greatly improve the handling. Our kit consists of upgraded Koni shocks/struts, with custom front coilover conversions, larger torsion bars, and sway bars. We also added camber plates to this build. This poor guy gave his money for the suspension to another technician at a different shop who ran away with his money! Such is life, we will do the best to make it right for him.

Part of the new kit and some of the old parts.

First was to tackle the front struts. And some how I don’t have a picture of the finished product. Hmmmm. I’ll add that later!

Then it was on to pulling the rear torsion bars and installing the new bars. On the 911, they created a nice hole to pass the bars out the side of the car. Since Porsche engineers hate mechanics, on the 944, you must drop the entire rear suspension carrier out to slide the bars out and back in. On a race car, we just cut holes in the body to avoid this. But this car is too nice for that.

Since I pretty much hate this job, I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures. Here you can see the end of the new larger torsion bar going back in as we raise the carrier back up into it’s mount. If you don’t get the ride height just right, you have to pull it all back down again to reindex the torsion bars. Yippee.

The end result is about like this. I have the fuchs off at the moment while we mount a lower profile tire on them for a better look.

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jeremiah

May 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Since you are on the topic of suspension, I have a 2005 Boxster (not S) and it needs shocks. Stock shocks will cost around $250 apiece. I just use it for highway weekend fun driving, no tracking or racing. Do you have a recommendation for performance shocks that will cost around the same as stock? If I am going to pay around $1000 for stock I might as well get an upgrade.

I look forward to your input.

Thank you

    porschedoc

    May 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Hi Jeremiah,

    If you are planning on running the same stock height springs, then go with the Bilstein HD series strut. If you want to lower the car and use lowering springs from H&R or Eibach, then use the Bilstein Sport series struts. Assuming this is for a NON PASM car. Looks like quantities are limited across multiple sources, so they may be phasing some of these out.

    Bilstein HD Fronts: $375 each
    Bilstein HD Rears: $275 each

    Bilstein Sport Fronts: $400 each
    Bilstein Sport Rears: $275 each
    Lowering Springs: $325 set

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