Sold my R8 bought a Gen 1 , love it but have a few questions

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by TrexRhymes, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. TrexRhymes

    TrexRhymes Enthusiast

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    I recently sold my audi r8 and was looking for a fun replacement . I ended up picking a gen 1 up and now have a few questions.

    - Im missing my top side windows and rear windows. Is the soft top even worth tracking down? From research I have seen the autoform setup would probably be best. Is that true? and also if anyone has personal experience or one for sale reach out

    - I purchased it with some aftermarket seats , I plan to replace them has anyone installed fixed back seats in there gen 1's ? If so how is your overall cabin feel and any pictures . Im a shorter guy so not to worried about the height but mainly seat position in reference to the wheel and pedals for track days. Also has anyone installed race harnesses with aftermarket seats ? If so what was your method ?

    - Im on stock ride height , is it worth coilovers , or should i just go lowering springs ? Also what is the recommended drop to not bottom out on speed bumps and driveways?

    - Exhaust is stock I believe , what has been the best setup for you other gen 1 owners ? I even thought about gutting the stock cats rather then replacing with a aftermarket system im not sold on yet

    - Hydro Handbrake , has anyone done this ? If so please reach out would love to get my gen 1 setup with a hydro

    -Steering angle , has anyone slide there viper enough to need to modify the stock angle? If so reach out please

    -Are there any good shops in south florida that work with vipers a lot ? Im in the miami/fort lauderdale area .

    thanks in advance guys ! happy to be a gen 1 owner , I can never forget the iconic style of the gen 1 . Any other points I should consider let me know , keep those tires SMOKING !

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    Titan1969 Enthusiast

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  3. Bonkers

    Bonkers VCA Venom Member - Northeast

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    There have been at least three on my NoV Lists - hard to find,
    yes, but not impossible. I havent seen any on my new list though,
    but they do seem to come up on occasion.

    Viper pedals are adjustable so your lower half is the most adjustable
    part of the cab. Tall people (like me) tend to rub their heads on the
    roof which requires a seat lowering kit. Im not 100% on Gen1s, but
    I know all Gen2s have built in 5pnt harness mounts to the frame. You
    can buy an eye loop kit from JonB cheap which makes 5pnt harnesses
    a snap to put in with a little modification.

    I know Roe is down that way somewhere, but I dont know if his shop
    works on vipers. At the very least he can probably point you at a
    local tech to help out. roeracing.com

    Welcome to the addiction - have fun and be safe!
     
  4. matt dillon

    matt dillon Viper Owner

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    Congrats & Welcome!
     
  5. steve e

    steve e Viper Owner

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    Nice car, gutting the cats is a pain, easier to cut them out put a SS pipe where the cat was, no check engine light to worry about there is no rear O2 sensor , stock mufflers suck, replace those to with something you like,Flowmasters, Borla , ect. Once you do that the car runs so much cooler and sounds Awesome and more HP to the wheels.
     
  6. TonyBelmont

    TonyBelmont Enthusiast

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    Nice going, If your interested I have a complete uncut set from flex pipe to exhaust tips that you can mod and keep your original in tact - let me know if interested
     
  7. John333

    John333 VCA Member - Northeast

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    TrexRhymes,

    Wow, nice looking Gen 1. Congrats! BTW, I needed quite a few things after my viper purchase. Saw that many recommended JonB, so I gave him my business and found him to be awesome.
     
  8. matt dillon

    matt dillon Viper Owner

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    Really Nice & you can't go wrong with JonB, just don't call him on Monday mornings! :)
     
  9. DJ'sviper

    DJ'sviper Viper Owner

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    I bought a top form autoform and it looks great. Looks like factory. It has windows. OOOHHH! Recommend to go that way. I have extra windows and a hard top that fits real nice on the car. They make them specific for your year. I have a 93. I also put on Borla exhaust. Very loud. Great at the track can be a little loud for cruising. I don't mind but my wife says it is really loud. Of all the choices it is the loudest I think. When I see a cop I put a little pressure on the gas because if you back off it will backfire sometimes. I think it sounds cool but don't want the cop think I too a shot at him. IMG_4546.JPG IMG_4549.JPG IMG_4550.JPG I turn up the radio and have a nice quiet ride with the wife. LOL

    If you are going to do racing the best modes you could do is with the brakes and suspension for a Gen 1. The new Gens were faster on the track but they had to really work to get past me. They smoked me on the corners with the newer technology. But I usually went out to have a good time and improve my driving skills.
     
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  10. steve e

    steve e Viper Owner

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    That top looks Awesome, great fit, best I have seen, looks like a gen 2 Viper now. When I had my gen 1 I wish I bought that top, way nicer than the factory hard top, but at the time I thought the factory top was cool, your top much cooler looking.
     
  11. DJ'sviper

    DJ'sviper Viper Owner

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    Thanks Steve. I think I have about every version of top. I like this one and it comes off if you want a convertible. It is best to have help taking it off. If you are anywhere near there shop you should see it. They have other mods for different Gen vipers and some cool concept cars. Really nice people. At the time I drove nonstop to Illinois from Des Moines and was exhausted. I fell asleep in their office. They offered me a real nice car to drive down to the beach. I was so tired I just passed out on the coach. Didn't want to drive their car and fall asleep driving it.
     

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