What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

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What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#1 Post by Edwin Ek » Wed May 07, 2014 9:16 am

to your car? Lighter wheels, wider tires, more horsepower, sport muffler, wood steering wheel, or ...?
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#2 Post by Jeffrey Leeds » Wed May 07, 2014 10:13 am

Wilhoit's 17.5mm front anti-roll bar.
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#3 Post by jim nelson » Wed May 07, 2014 10:36 am

Wilhoit's 17.5mm front anti-roll bar in combination with Vic's camber regulator

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#4 Post by Sebastian Gaeta » Wed May 07, 2014 10:53 am

Extended steering column. I heard about it all the time and never understood its purpose. When I sat in a car that had one I immediately put it in both of my cars.

If you are tall, read on. With the seats pushed all the way back (for leg room) you don't realize how much you are reaching out for the steering wheel. The extended column setup gets the wheel another 30mm closer to you and the driver comfort is MUCH better. Again, this only really applies if you drive with the seat all the way back. If you do it you will never drive another car without it.

The original setups can be found if you search enough, but I have recently seen a newly made extension that is different in design and gives you the same result.

Oh, and Jim Franzen's LED Tail lights are the bomb.
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#5 Post by Jim Alton » Wed May 07, 2014 11:03 am

I installed Cibié H4 headlamps with relays hidden in the headlight buckets. Power comes directly from the battery on 8 AWG wire. The lighting's almost as good as the Xenon-arc lights on my Boxster.
 
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#6 Post by jim nelson » Wed May 07, 2014 12:29 pm

+1 on the H4/LED combination. I'd add Jules' instrument LED's to the list, as well.

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#7 Post by bil brown » Wed May 07, 2014 12:47 pm

Bolted the seat rails to the bottom of my Speedster driver's seat in my "A" Coupe, eliminating the wooden tilt, which lowers the seat over an inch.....just right!
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#8 Post by James Cronin » Wed May 07, 2014 4:51 pm

My in-line electric gas pump make easy starting after long periods of sitting. That was a good add-on.

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#9 Post by John Ward » Wed May 07, 2014 8:01 pm

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#10 Post by Bob DiCorpo » Wed May 07, 2014 8:59 pm

ZF Steering Box into T-1 Speedster. The difference is incredible!
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#11 Post by Michael Moss » Wed May 07, 2014 10:21 pm

At the risk of being blasted off the forum, the 5/speed IRS conversion. Nice close ratios thur 4th good to about 95mph and a 5th gear for cruising. Makes a nice quick and nimble car. Mike

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#12 Post by Steve Harrison » Thu May 08, 2014 12:24 am

12 volt (sorry Sebastian, haha)
It's fairly painless, and if done right, is barely detectible (small case generator, big box regulator) except for the fact that you don't have to light a match to see if the headlight's are on. A nice modern hidden FM radio is nice too.
Starter relay, and headlight relays for sure. I'd also add that a few more fuses (inline) are good insurance. The ignition circuit doesn't have one, and I'd rather drift softly to the side of the road after a total flame out, than dive for the shoulder fighting smoke and fire at speed. Spreaking of that,...I'd add a good accessible fire extinguisher to the list.

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#13 Post by Craig Richter » Thu May 08, 2014 6:07 am

Michael,
How come we haven't heard more from you? I, for one at least, would sure love more report and some pictures...Please!
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#14 Post by TomDoherty » Thu May 08, 2014 7:39 am

Another vote for Jim Franzen's LED tail lights - CULayer
It's very reassuring to know that people behind me know when I'm on the brakes!

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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#15 Post by Craig Richter » Thu May 08, 2014 7:51 am

Ed, to keep this topic on track, here are a few mods done to my '55 Speedster: VW rear torsion bars with late (long) rear shocks. Together = long travel, soft and supple, combined with a late front sway bar, can't break the rear loose on a downhill corkscrew in the rain!
Of course 16x5.5" wheels w/ modern 195/50 tires help...
 

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