QUOTE (dbfelzer @ Jul 26 2012, 11:18 PM)
I have heard form a large number of 914 racers that for your first year with the car, keeping the suspension close to stock is a good game plan,
Apart from budgetary constraints, that doesn't make much sense to me at all.
The stock suspension is waay tooo soofft for racing.
Sounds more like someone who wants to make sure you're slower than they are.
There are a few tried and true combinations which aren't too expensive but are so much better than using the stock pieces.
For instance, the Boge shocks are excellent for a street 914 but not much good in a race car.
The damping is too soft, and being unpressurized, the shock oil will turn to foam quickly and they'll lose effectiveness as they get hot.
For a track car I would change the springs/torsion bars, add a big front A/S bar, replace the rubber bushings with hard bushings, and install Koni or Bilstein shocks - right away, before ever turning a wheel.
It doesn't matter what your ultimate setup will be in the future. It doesn't matter if you need to upgrade within a year.
The parts are all bolt on and used parts are often available from someone going to the next level.