Leeds, UK chris_wallbank @chrisjwallbank
Model 997.1 Carrera S Year 2005
Acquired November 2012
You may remember a couple of months ago I mentioned not being happy with the way my Carrera 2S was handling recently, and how the car felt increasingly unsettled on my local Yorkshire bumpy B-roads… I’ve put this down to running 20mm lowering springs and factory suspension struts that are now over 13 years old. This month I’ve decided I am definitely going to change the factory PASM suspension struts for some form of new suspension.
All that was left to do was decide what suspension I want to replace it with! I knew that I definitely wanted to keep factory PASM mode available, which led me to world-renowned suspension manufacturer, Bilstein. As you may or may not know, Bilstein actually produce a lot of the factory OEM suspension units for Porsche – with many of those being 911s – so as a result offer a lot of replacement options which keep the functionality of the factory PASM that comes standard on my 2005 Carrera 2S.
There are two options that I’m looking at, those being the B6 and B8. The B6 has very much the same spring rate and ride height that comes as standard on my 997.1 C2S, so is pretty much a like-for-like replacement.
The B8 has a slightly stiffer damping rate and is made for those who want to run the car with a lower ride height with a 20mm lowering spring, which I currently have fitted.
The predicament I have is deciding whether I want to keep the car looking as it does now on the 20mm lowering springs used in conjunction with the B8 or go back to the factory ride height with the B6s. It’s a tough one as I love the look of how the car sits at the moment with its slightly lower stance, but I also want the ride not to be as stiff as it currently is! Either option would be a big improvement over the current, tired set-up. Find out which option I go for next month!