996TT Suspension, Short Shift
Had this neat 996TT in the shop the other day. Don’t get to see them in cool colors very often, typically only in 997’s do we see Mexico or shades of it. It was originally a yellow car, but was color changed fairly well, so it looks great.
We needed to check the car over from a tech perspective as this car is going to run the 130mph club at Bonneville this year, so that is pretty rad.
First thing to do, since this is a 99% street car, was to lower it down a little using the H&R springs. A good compromise for street driving without having to deal with the noises that some coilover systems can create due to their design (such as spring pop, etc).
Going after the rears.
A little side by side comparison. Nothing to see here, move along.
And since the wheel wells were one of the few places I can still find yellow on the car, a little undercoating took care of that while I was in there.
Next up was the short shifter. There are many different options when it comes to short shifters, from cheap knock off $150 ebay specials, to aftermarket kits like the numeric, to sticking with the factory short shifters (997, 997GT3 short, etc). For this car, we spent the money and went with the factory 997 GT3 short shifter. The factory shifters are just flat smoother than the cheaper aftermarket stuff like the B&M and knock offs. Even though B&M is rumored to make the shifters for Porsche, the after market still aren’t the same quality.
Center console removed, staring at the factory 996TT shifter.
And the 997 GT3 shorty ready to go in.
And installed. It is a nice complement of smooth and short, perfect for a driver.
And since it will be running at the salt flats, a requirement is obviously a fire extinguisher, so a small halotron is fitted right under the seat.