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Hi guys. Yesterday I completed the swap of my 2014 981 BS to a 2022 718 Spyder. I'm very happy with the move. Between the lines, looks, and performance the 718 is an amazing step up. But this is the first time I've ever owned a car of this caliber/capability and there are a few things that I have questions about. Maybe some of you would be kind enough to give me some advice.

First - the tires. It came with Dunlap Sport Maxx Race 2 tires. I get these are for tracking as its a GT car. But as of now I don't plan to track it and will just drive for pleasure on public roads when the weather is nice. I mostly drive casually - not sporty, not spirited. These Dunlap's are so sticky they pick up everything. Even small rocks will embed in the soft compound. What do I need to do here especially through the break-in period? Is selling the tires and replacing them with a more appropriate road tire something I should consider? There is a small possibility I will track it at some point. In that case should I take these off and store them in my garage and drive with street tires (which ones?), then swap back to the Dunlap's if I ever go to the track? What do others do? How much of a pain is it to swap out tires? Seems arduous to me.

Second - the black paint. It is absolutely gorgeous, but I didn't spec the car and it wouldn't have been my first choice because of the care required. It was at the dealer b/c someone had spec'd it and couldn't afford to complete the purchase when it came in. My gain, but what to do about this paint? At most I will drive it 2000 miles/year. Rarely on the freeway, rarely on crowded streets. I was considering PPF, but given my driving habits, I'm leaning towards frequent touch free car washes (power washer, foam cannon, hand dryer) followed by wax/ceramic coating. It will always be stored in my garage (live in TX) and not exposed to the direct sun. Will this be a good strategy to keep it looking the way it is now?

Third - the exhaust. At low rpms the 981 S sounded 10x better than this 718. I know once I get the 718 into the upper rev range after break-in it should sound better than it does now, but man I miss the sound of the 981 flat 6 especially when casually driving on the public roads with the top down. I was also stoked about the sport exhaust on the 718 but it seems the valves don't open till higher in the rev range, which I can't hit for another 1900 miles. Is there a solution for all of this?

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First of all...a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!! Boy did you luck out! Woody Allen allegedly once said "90% of life is just showing up?" Sure sounds like you showed up alright...and at precisely the right moment! Nicely done sir!

Regarding the black exterior...while it may not have been your first choice if you's spec'd the car yourself...is there a Porsche color you truly don't like? My answer to that is a resounding NO!! Your car looks BEAUTIFUL! Will it be more difficult to keep clean? Perhaps...but as a typical anal-retentive Porsche owner as most of us are, you'll be polishing the car ad nauseam with a large microfiber towel anyway, so what's the difference?

You've gotten some great advice above from others here regarding PPF and Ceramic Coating. The very first thing I did after taking delivery of my 2022 Spyder was to drive directly to a highly reputable local PPF/Ceramic shop. I had the front half PPF'd and the remainder coated in Ceramic...including the wheels...in what was described as the "Track Package." The Gentium Blue paint was in TERRIBLE CONDITION after my Spyder sat on the dock in Emden for over a month, and the meticulous paint correction that was done before the PPF/Ceramic made the car look better than new. All said and done, my total cost for paint correction, PPF and ceramic was about $5,500. And it STILL looks better than new. I consider this a very worthy investment for a not inexpensive purchase.

We could talk tires here all day...until the cows come home. My driving sounds very similar to yours, with no tracking but in my case, occasional "spirited" evolutions. Given our frequent cold winter conditions in the Mid-South, and the fact Michelin doesn't recommend using their Cup 2's or 4S's below 45F, I switched-out the 4S's that my Spyder was delivered with and immediately installed the UHP Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4's. I've driven on them for several months now and love them. I had them out on the road this morning with temperatures in the low to mid 30's F, and never batted an eye. If your winter weather conditions are milder you can probably get away with your Dunlap Sport Maxx Race 2's without issue. I've attached a Michelin PDF below.

Finally...exhaust. Yes...you're correct...because of the OEM Gas Particulate Filters (GPF's) and exhaust valves...you essentially lose all the sweet sound of your beautiful, naturally aspirated 4-liter engine between approximately 1,500 RPM and 4,000 RPM when your exhaust valves will be forced closed by Porsche programming. That's the bad news. The good news is there are several commercially available after-market "fixes" which will override the Porsche-programmed valve closure. After much research I chose the German Cargraphic Exhaust Valve Controller system which allows the driver to quickly select NORMAL OEM operation, which I refer to as the stock "QUIET MODE," or the exhaust-valves-open-all-the-time "LOUD MODE" which allows your engine to sound like it should throughout its ENTIRE operational range. I drive in the LOUD MODE about 99% of the time, generally only switching to the QUIET MODE when I drive on the interstate...which is intentionally almost NEVER. So this was the first half of my exhaust modification. The second half is described below.

After listening to dozens of YouTube videos with countless after-market stainless steel or Inconel exhaust systems for the GT4/Spyder, ALL of which sounded absolutely FABULOUS, and after listening to a friend's GT4 with the SOUL Ceramic-Coated Competition Over Axle Pipe (OAP) ONLY modification, I chose the SOUL Ceramic-Coated Resonated OAP's for a bit more of a toned-down sound. This OAP modification removes the GPF's described above entirely, and since they're "unmonitored" on Porsches sold in the USA, you will NOT get a check engine light performing this mod. I love the sound of them. My neighbors might not...but I sure do.

So...in summary, with the Cargraphic Exhaust Valve Controller and something as simple as stainless OAP's...you will have the sound you're sorely missing on the flat-six 4-liter German engineering wonder installed in your Spyder. Or if you choose, you can replace the back box and headers too. MANY options available to you!! I recommend you look on Rennlist where this subject has been discussed ad infinitum with THOUSANDS of opinions regarding what works best.

I've attached a PDF of the Cargraphics controller install instructions, a link to SOUL, and a photo of the SOUL Ceramic-Coated Resonated OAP's that are installed on my Spyder. Please post more photos of your new beauty when you get a moment, including some photos of the interior!! What options are on your car?? We're all ears! Again...congratulations!

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