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New Birkin SS3XS build!!!


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Hello everyone.:seeya:

I have been snooping around on these forums for nearly a decade. I finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago and purchased a Birkin! I drove to Vail Colorado, where Birkin is now located, and picked up the unassembled car. It all fit in the back of a pick up truck! Everything minus engine, transmission and wheels. Tom is a great guy to work with and his shop is located in a very beautiful part of the country. I plan to paint the car Porsche 997 GT3RS orange and use a 2.0 Duratec engine. I am driving instructor at Circuit of the Americas here in Austin Texas and this car will be used as my new track weapon. I am so excited to finally be a part of this community!

 

If anyone local wants to come over and watch,help,critique or share a beer with me, send me a message.

 

Glen

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I did the same thing a couple of years ago. It is standard size with Duratec 2.5, no fenders, no windscreen, no paint, no seats, just the original style seat cushions. I live in Kingsville about 4 hours south. The car has been on the street for about a year and half a dozen autocrosses.

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I built an SS3XS a couple of years ago. One of the few suggestions I would make is to take a close look at some of the hardware that comes with the kit and consider upgrading the suspension bolts to better stuff, maybe 12.9. Try boltdepot.com or mcmastercarr.com. Also give a long hard look at the orientation of some of these bolts as you will want to be able to recheck the torque from time to time. Once the assembly is complete, they aren’t coming out again until a major chassis rebuild. Consider covering the steering arms and front ar bar pushrods with heat shrink tubing as those parts will pick up a bit of abrasive wear over time. If you are using a Subaru diff, make sure to get a reliable LSD ( not the viscous). I am running an AP Suretrac now and it works great. Definitely plumb in an air/oil separator. You will astounded at the amount of moisture it accumulates on short, neighborhood runs. Enjoy the build. The process itself is an immense amount of fun.

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