All posts by Brett Fraser

SPRINGS HAVE SPRUNG…

Set of four new top quality Eibach sports springs for the Boxster
Set of four new top quality Eibach sports springs for the Boxster

There was a small delay while a fresh batch were being made in Germany, but the Eibach sports springs have now arrived for my Boxster – the short, fat one in the picture is for the front, the longer one for the rear. According to the blurb they’re made from Silicon Chrome Vanadium High Tensile Steel and are zinc-phosphate coated for longer life: subjectively they certainly feel a cut above the standard fit items on the car.

My local mechanic is fitting them right now and I can’t wait to experience the difference they should make to the Boxster’s handling.

GT2 RS hi

Are there Porsches you shouldn’t modify?

GT2 RSMost of us have got used to the idea of upgrading a fairly modest air-cooled 911 to make it look like a 2.7 RS, but what about more modern examples? This 997 GT2 has been modified and tuned to GT2 RS ‘and beyond’ spec – 750bhp, handmade wheels, fancy diff, etc, etc, etc  – but is yet to attract much interest from buyers, despite being half the price of the genuine item. Is that because they think you should just leave a GT2 alone? Is it wrong to try emulating the spirit of the RS version if it’s not an exact replica?

Give us your thoughts…

Machine Mart

TOME OF TEMPTATION

A little light lunchtime reading – just received the latest copy of the Machine Mart spring/summer catalogue, so everything else is on hold for a while. Its 476 pages are stuffed full of all sorts of tools and kit that you probably don’t actually need but would be brilliant to have. Having said that, I am actually in the market for a decent pressure washer and a powered car polisher, honestly I am…

996 donor

3.6-litre Boxster 986?

Graeme Cook

 

Chinwagging with Graeme Cook (pictured above) from Douglas Valley Breakers recently (check out the May issue, available soon), he suggested that the way to make my 986 Boxster 3.2S quicker is to install a 3.6-litre unit from the 996. He doesn’t seem to think it’s too difficult an operation and, of course, he’s sitting on a ready supply of  donor motors. Sounds like it could be a cracking project car…

Douglas Valley

Drive carefully, or else

Pay attention out there…
Pay attention out there…

 

If you think you see a lot of Porsches on the roads these days, then a visit to Douglas Valley Breakers will make you realise that there could be many more if people didn’t keep crashing them. Some of the models on DVB’s sky-high racks will bring you to the brink of tears. See more in a future issue of 911 & Porsche World.