Next, he and Jason tore off the stock suspension and bolted up Bilstein/Porsche RSR coil-overs mated to Eibach springs. They raided The Racer’s Group parts bins next, buying front monoball camber plates and adjustable monoball drop links, rear monoball upper mounts, monoball drop links with adjustable mounts, spring hats, and lock rings. TRG anti-roll bars capped the suspension mods, 25 mm up front and 22 mm in the rear, set full stiff. “At the time, I hadn’t learned much about suspension technology, so I went with something relatively proven,” says Princeton.
With the radical suspension mods came wide-body fenders and rocker panels from Clubsport, along with a “GT2 Evo 2” front bumper/splitter and rear wing. Aesthetic inspiration came largely from the Roock wide-body 993 featured in the October 1999 issue of Excellence. “It had the flares and the GT2 Evo parts. I was dreaming of something like that.”
18-inch Kinesis K28R wheels (measuring 10 inches wide up front and 11.5 inches wide in the rear) with 285/30 and 315/30 rubber were chosen to fill out the swollen fenders. The carbon clutch capped the racy nature of this round of modifications, and Princeton drove the 993 in that configuration for nearly a year.
An injury at the beginning of his senior year at U.H. set the next major phase in motion: “I had an accident in a sculpture class,” says Princeton. “We were putting plaster and sculptures into a dumpster, and it fell over on my leg.” The resulting ankle injury immobilized him.
“I couldn’t drive, so I just started fabricating stuff,” explains Princeton. During “boring” lectures, he’d already sketched a turbo system for the 993, so he started giving form to those ideas. But first, he had to convince Jason to give him access to the equipment necessary for parts fabrication — a tricky part of the equation, but one in which he was ultimately successful.
“When I decided to go turbo, I built the path of air from the exhaust up — hot side, then cool side,” explains Princeton of his process. “Exhaust manifolds, turbo mounting, intercooler piping and location, then intake plenums, in that order.”