D Wray's Garage
987.2 SPYDER BUILD
Dan is an automotive and Porsche enthusiast. He purchased his 987.2 Spyder back just over a year ago and is already making great progress on his build. The Spyder is a unique vehicle in the Porsche family that weighed only 2,811 pounds providing enhanced performance compared to the 987 Boxster range. Dan is following a common modification path to many 987 owners by leveraging proven bolt-on solutions.
Dan took a typical approach for a 987 owner looking for more power. Improving airflow can provide solid performance gains to the 3.4L DFI engine in the 987.2 Boxster. With proper tuning, Dan was able to produce +39HP/28TQ to the wheels! That's a 14.6% improvement to power with just a few basic bolt-ons.
Dan not only added style but also added function. He is running the Porsche Short Shift Kit and the Raceseng Circuit Series Sphere 100 Shift Knob. He chose the red anodized ring on the shift knob to tie in the red fabric door handles, a nice subtle touch!
- Porsche Short Shift Kit
- Raceseng Circuit Series Sphere 100 Shift Knob
Dan has chosen to keep things pretty simple. After all, the Boxster Spyder has a unique design that stands out from other Boxsters on the road. Dan's choice of lightweight wheels in black provide a nice contrast to his Carrara White painted exterior.
- APEX SM-10 18" Matte Black Wheels
- Bridgestone Potenza RE71R Tires
Dan is installing the JRZ RS2 Touring Coilovers . The suspension allows adjustment between smooth street use and aggressive track use. Leaving your factory top mounts will provide incredible road compliance. If it's too much flex for the track, you can easily swap out the top hats for a solid monoball mount.
Follow along here or his YouTube channel for the latest developments!
D. WRAY Garage's EPISODES
The IPD Plenum is a popular choice among enthusiasts looking to get more power and sound out of their Flat 6. The improved IPD intake design allows for smoother, less turbulent and more efficient air flow with higher velocity air intake speed creating impressive power and torque gains. Dan shows how to install a plenum in this episode. You can also reference the install guide here.
The SOUL Performance Street Headers feature a HJS 200 Cell Catalyst. These high-quality catalysts are the best in the business. They offer superior performance with full OBDII compliance. No need to worry about a check-engine-light (CEL). Just bolt on and go. Dan did not like the sound of the stock exhaust which even came with PSE - it paled in comparison to the 981 and his search for better sound found him on Boost Brothers Garage YT channel. That's where the entire blueprint of his build came from.
Dan was able to squeak out an additional 40 horsepower at the wheels with these proven bolt-ons. Tuning is essential to get the most out of replacing the intake and exhaust systems.
Dan took advantage of a local PCA event at Arizona Motorsports Park for a one-off chance to auto-x around a 2 mile track.
"Just as I thought I was getting some level of competence in regular auto-x driving, putting me on the big track only served to show me just how much room I have to improve and take full advantage of my track capable car." - Dan
Dan cleans up the throw if his manual with the Porsche Short Shift Kit and the Raceseng Circuit Series Sphere 100 Shift Knob. These modifications can greately improve the feel of the car and bring more engagement to the driving experience.
Dan shows you how to replace the factory air filter on a 987 Boxster. Dan opted for a K&N air filter which helps improve flow and features a reusable lifetime advantage.
Dan takes his 987.2 Boxster Spyder to the dyno to get some baseline stock numbers. Soon he'll be adding the IPD Competition Plenum w/ GT3 TB and opening up the exhaust with a SOUL Performance Products full exhaust.
TRACK PREP GUIDE
Like many Porsche owners, Dan enjoys taking his 987.2 Spyder to the track to put it through the paces. Make sure to check out our Track Prep Guide for tips on getting your Porsche out on the track safely.Read now