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Porsche 993 Kinematic Toe Alignment

If you are the owner of a (now very sought after) 993 Porsche, you know how important setting the suspension is. It was the last iteration of the air-cooled, rear-engined drivers machine. Porsche poured everything they knew into fine tuning this car from all their years of development.

The rear suspension/steering of a 993 differs greatly from any other Porsche ever designed which is one of the reasons it has gained the respect of many enthusiasts. Strategically placed rear control arms and links provide the 993 with a virtual king-pin axis, toe angle, and camber angle that all change throughout the arc of the suspension travel providing the stability and traction needed during high performance driving to keep all that rear-biased weight working as an advantage and not a disadvantage.

We have the knowledge and tools to properly set your 993 Porsche alignment. It takes time to properly set everything, but if you demand the best out of your 993, this is the only option. We first make sure your dampers are performing well and ride-heights are at proper or desired specs.  The rear toe-steer, kinematic, and camber links all get adjusted to create a virtual elasto-kinematic king-pin axis which is invisible to all laser-guided or string method alignment racks which is why we use special gauges to measure this. Once the rear is all set, we move to the front which is quite simple in comparison.

The result is a precise, predictable, and responsive machine that will provide a faster, safer, and more enjoyable experience whether it be at the racetrack or a weekend blast through the local twisties. Tailoring the adjustments to your driving style/intentions are important as well and will not be overlooked.

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Tire shaving and stenciling

Original bias ply “Good Year billboard” tire

We decided to replicate an old tire with modern technology using tire shaving and stenciling techniques. It’s all in the details when it comes to finalizing any restoration, hot-rod, or custom car and it doesn’t stop at the tires. Everybody wants the best handling and longest lasting tires out there, but mustering up enough courage to install modern rubber on a classic is a tough pill to swallow for a lot of owners.

A closer look at the detail of our freshly finished rubber

Carroll Shelby designed and built the 427 Cobra around racing and it’s intentions were clear since day one. Bulbous fenders and massive rubber distinguishes the race winning big block from it’s smaller 289 sibling, and replicating this was important. The installation of vintage-looking bias ply tires on a project that was modified by us to optimize handling and agility didn’t make sense however it was of upmost importance to retain the look of a 60s-era race Cobra.

The Shelby race team was noted for running the famous “Good Year billboard” tires which has instilled a “proper look” in our minds which we were able to replicate with an advantage of modern tire technology.  We chose Hankook to supply us with the tires based off size and performance requirements….HANKOOK raised lettering on the Cobra – not happening under our watch!

Orbital sanding using multiple stages of grits on the sidewalls replicated a nice smooth surface to be our canvas for the next stage. Special rubber-paint that is flexible was sponged over the stencils which were mapped out via computer for the right arc to hug the 15 inch Halibrand wheels. Curing was the last stage before finally balancing the assemblies.

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Positive Engagements: We install the Lotus Elise/Exige shiftR111 shifter

2007 Lotus Exige Racer

The sloppy and clunky feel of the OEM Lotus Exige shifter wasn’t cutting it for one of our local racers. The beautiful BRG Lotus has been campaigned by John and his son on many of the circuits around the east coast since 2008, but was in much need of a more-positive shifting experience.

The decision was made to install the InoKinetic shiftR111 along with their upgraded shift cables and an adjustable transmission linkage assembly.

Both front seats were removed, cables replaced, and transmission linkage all installed in the first day. Great attention was paid towards the adjustable linkage set up to replicate similar movement travels of the OEM piece. This process is definitely not something you’d enjoy doing twice as it is a super tricky spot to access -impossible without the aid of a lift. Wrapping up the install of the very mechanical looking shiftR111 unit onto the Exige’s floor included just one modification,  the passenger seat had to be spaced up half an inch to clear the OEM seatbelt to shifter area.

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