Euro Tune | Jun. 24-28

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Aaron O. - 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera

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No one does it quite diverse as the west coast. Sitting on the green was this monster in sheep cloth, at WekfestLA. Where it caught adoration of many. Including ours. Making this Porsche stand out in a see of gems, was well achieved. Being one of the most beautiful horses in the stable. It was a combination of heritage and strength between car and rim choice that made this 997 a bold voice. Strength, power, durability, and a battle bronze 3pc wheel made this combo look seemingly factory. It's one of those rare few visions that make you wish you were on the design team at Porsche HQ. Saying this is how it should have been done. But the visual fun did not stop there as the joy was in the details, like led light fixtures, and the red ring Alcantra sport steering wheel, but we won't ruin it, we'll let Aaron tell you all about it, in his own words as you read on.

The motivation
  I grew up playing with hot wheels, then model cars, and then 1/10 scale RC cars and then finally the real deal. Everything I played with had to be modified.  Even my R/C car was completely hooked up back in the day with upgraded motors and carbon fiber, so modifying real cars was almost a natural progression. My first build was an Infiniti G35 coupe. That car was mildly and cleanly modded with parts from Volk, Tein and Greddy and other Japanese manufacturers. Gone in 60 seconds was and still is one of my favorite car movies and I won’t ever forget the opening scene with the new-at-the time Porsche 996 Carrera racing the civic on the streets. After that I had always wanted a 911 and a few years later, the 997 had just come out and I had a great opportunity to sell my tuned G35 for close to what I paid for it new and so I sold it, picked up the 997 and never looked back. 

  The original intent of getting the 997 was to have a nice car out of the box that didn't need many modifications. I started with lowering it on Bilstein coilovers, polished iForged wheels, tint and was happy with that look for about a year. At the time, my 997 was still very new and they weren't as common. However, over time, the streets of LA were filled with them and I wasn't satisfied with a drop and wheels anymore. I needed to make my car even more unique. At that time I also started showing the car on the show circuit with my crew, "The Encore Collective;" and with each passing show I wanted to build it up even more. 

I feel that a man's car is similar to his watch. Both pieces are very telling as to who the man is. You can tell by their watch or their car what kind of man they are. Whether they are flashy, classy, timeless, or just the opposites. This instinct motivated me to build a car that I felt best uniquely reflected me. I wanted to make sure that it wasn't just a generic build with a style so common that anyone could have built it, but that it had my signature on it. So with that, I set out to build up my 997 using factory Porsche pieces with a JDM touch. 

Everyone in Los Angeles had HRE's, Techart or BBS wheels, it had become the blueprint, so I went with a wheel that went completely against the grain which is why I went with the Bronze Work Meister S1's with gold hardware. I've always loved them back when I had my G35 and thought the 997 could be a great platform to put them on. I wrapped them in Falken tires and used JIC coilovers to get the stance just right.  I wanted to keep this build clean and not over the top. I didn't want it to 'look' like a modified car, rather something that could have been a factory special edition. The exterior has been overhauled with Porsche GT3 bumpers and wing, and a few functional carbon fiber details. The interior was re-done in Factory Issue Alcantara, Piano Black and carbon fiber accents, Factory Porsche Euro Roll bar and Recaro Sportster CS seats shod in full grain leather. The modifications weren't just limited to cosmetics. The entire engine and drivetrain had also been re-worked to back up the aggressive looks with more power while keeping it Naturally Aspirated. Overall, I am very happy with the final product and feel that it is a build that has my signature written on it. It's very clean and understated and all the work done to it is in the details.


Afterhours mufflers with custom center piping | Borla headers | HJS High Flow Cats
3.5” stainless exhaust tips | IPD ‘Competition’ plenum | Porsche GT3 82mm Throttle Body
Porsche x51 carbon fiber air box | Porsche x51 center radiator | BMC F1 air filters
LN Engineering IMS Bearing Upgrade | RSS Pulley

Sachs Stage 2 Sprung Hub Clutch | AASCO Lightweight Flywheel | Porsche short shift kit

Engine management
EVOMSit ECU tuning

Wheels, Tires & Brakes:
work meister s1 3-piece wheels | 19x8.5 front | 19x11.5 rear
Falken FK453 | 235/35/19 | 295/30/19 | Motul Racing Brake Fluid

JIC/cross coilover suspension | JIC front upper pillowball mounts
RSS Tarmac Series Toe link kit | RSS Tarmac Series Dog Bones | RSS Street Alignment

Porsche OEM GT3 front bumper | Porsche Motorsports GT3 Cup front lip
Precision Porsche GT3 euro rear bumper | Precision Porsche 2010 gt3 rear wing
Precision Porsche Dry Carbon Rear Ducts | Porsche Motorsports Dry Carbon Fiber Dive Planes
6000k hid headlights | Rottec front LED DRL’s | clear side markers
2010 led taillights | Ventureshield clear bra

Alcantara dash | Alcantara console | Alcantara headliner
Alcantara shift knob/shift boot | Alcantara e-brake handle | piano black center console
carbon fiber arm rest | carbon fiber ignition ring
DCT Motorsport alcantara/carbon fiber steering wheel | Porsche tequipment roll bar
Rottec CGT carbon fiber seats | Alcantara center cushions | Billet aluminum pedals
Rear seat delete | Pioneer avic z110bt navigation/entertainment unit
Pioneer 4-channel amplifier | Apple 160gb ipod | Bose component speakers
Bose subwoofer in sealed enclosure

Future Plans
 I have no future plans for this project as I am beginning Dental School and will probably move onto another project as soon as I kick off my career. However, I hold this one near and dear to my heart and plan to keep it for the long run as Porsche's are known to grow timeless. 

 Shout Out
 The Encore Collective |  Falken tires |  Speed Alliance
 Meguiar's, EVOMSit tuning and RSS.

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