what is an 'early' 3.4 996?

what is an 'early' 3.4 996?

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LordHaveMurci

10,082 posts

118 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Fast Bug said:
Am I the only one that doesn't like 17" wheels on a 996?
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18's are the sweet spot for aesthetics I think, anything bigger tends to look a bit silly.

Dammit

3,262 posts

157 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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I think so, problem with that is brake disc diameter. I'm likely to end up with 362/32 front and 360/28 rear fully floating discs with CP9040/CP9202 callipers. Why's that a problem? I guess it's not, but I'd prefer to have been able to use the Radi-Cal callipers, but they require a minimum disc size of 380mm, and that simply won't fit under an 18" wheel.

edc

7,600 posts

200 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Dammit said:
I've just bought some OEM Porsche 5mm spacers (as fitted to the GT3 from the factory) for my car as the LM's the front wheels will sit 12.4mm closer to the inside, and sit 0.3mm further outwards toward the arch, and I'd like to move the (ET 56) rim a little further away from the strut.The rear wheels will sit 3.7mm closer to the inside, and 21.7mm further outwards toward the arch - which I'm also a little worried about, I might get the arches rolled (again, the GT3 had the arches rolled from the factory).
I guess it sounds better when they are standard fit 5mm spacers on the GT3 rather than the same standard fitment on a 550 Boxster biggrin

identti

2,349 posts

174 months

Tuesday 10th December 2019
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Chris Stott said:
295 is a bit much for a 10” wheel. I’d need 11” tests for those!

Your wheel tyre combo looks sweet though.
I've got 295s on the new 996 and not sure it needs them - it feels a bit more numb although hard to say if that's from the tyres. My other one has 265s with an LSD and that has more traction and feels more nimble at the same time.

ATM

10,360 posts

168 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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identti said:
Chris Stott said:
295 is a bit much for a 10” wheel. I’d need 11” tests for those!

Your wheel tyre combo looks sweet though.
I've got 295s on the new 996 and not sure it needs them - it feels a bit more numb although hard to say if that's from the tyres. My other one has 265s with an LSD and that has more traction and feels more nimble at the same time.
What difference does the gt3 master cylinder make?

Dammit

3,262 posts

157 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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edc said:
I guess it sounds better when they are standard fit 5mm spacers on the GT3 rather than the same standard fitment on a 550 Boxster biggrin
I don’t know much about Boxsters I’m afraid.

ATM

10,360 posts

168 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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Dammit said:
edc said:
I guess it sounds better when they are standard fit 5mm spacers on the GT3 rather than the same standard fitment on a 550 Boxster biggrin
I don’t know much about Boxsters I’m afraid.
Ouch

I like them. I prefer a Boxster for soft-ness than a 911. Better looking car with the roof down if you ask me. 911 looks chopped off and bum sticks up. Its basically the same car if you ignore which way round the engine is and whats going on behind the front seats so all the controls feel the same. Bit less power and the handling is different once you start turning but otherwise same car. Worse bit for me is there is an inch or so less legroom. Seat doesn't go as far back as it hits the bulkhead for the engine.

identti

2,349 posts

174 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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ATM said:
What difference does the gt3 master cylinder make?
Seems to be a firmer pedal with a bit more feel.

Hard to say for sure with the EBC yellowstuff pads though as from prior experience they seem to feel very wooden, especially when cold.

ATM

10,360 posts

168 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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identti said:
Seems to be a firmer pedal with a bit more feel.

Hard to say for sure with the EBC yellowstuff pads though as from prior experience they seem to feel very wooden, especially when cold.
I've got EBC yellow on my big BMW so zero feel anyway. I think the feel a bit sticky but that could be my old rusty calipers needing some lube or all sorts really.

Fast Bug

7,728 posts

110 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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I had my EBC pads fitted to the dustbin after a track day, they're ste. Changed to Pagid Blue pads and had braided hoses fitted at the same time, much better set up

nunpuncher

1,421 posts

74 months

Wednesday 11th December 2019
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Fast Bug said:
Am I the only one that doesn't like 17" wheels on a 996?

And Chris, 295/35 rears. You know it makes sense!
Nope. I like the style but think they just look too small. I also don't like LMs. To me they only suit older slab sided cars like older Merc's, BMWs and mk1 and 2 golfs.

dai1983

1,999 posts

98 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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Not seen a non GT3 kitted guards red for sale since I’ve been keeping an eye on the market since last Easter:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...

DoubleTime

1,420 posts

91 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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The red works on nicely on the 3.4 996 Carrera with those wheels

ferrisbueller

23,873 posts

176 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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dai1983 said:
Not seen a non GT3 kitted guards red for sale since I’ve been keeping an eye on the market since last Easter:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...
There was one last year sometime around May.

LaurasOtherHalf

16,111 posts

145 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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Nice write up in this month's Evo Magazine.

GT6 Jonsey

615 posts

71 months

Sunday 15th December 2019
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I really like that, the red really suits the non aero cars. What colour is that interior, steering wheel looks metropole blue but seats look charcoal grey

cmoose

45,591 posts

178 months

Monday 16th December 2019
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dai1983 said:
Not seen a non GT3 kitted guards red for sale since I’ve been keeping an eye on the market since last Easter:

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...
Nice. Very few of those around.

jonny996

2,150 posts

166 months

Monday 16th December 2019
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I think my rear driver side brake is sticking on, I thought it was just because it sat for a few days but it didn't seem to release & was squeeling & hot after 2 miles.
Anyone know if this is one of our known issues?

ATM

10,360 posts

168 months

Monday 16th December 2019
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No idea

I had this on another car but with basic calipers and it was caused by corrosion making the caliper sticky or not moving freely.

Not sure that's so relevant with the fancy 4 pots but the pistons can get crude inside as I've seen refurb kits with new seals and pistons. So maybe caliper needs a refurb.

Also not sure how the handbrake works but that could be sticking on too.

skinny

4,919 posts

184 months

Tuesday 17th December 2019
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Handbrake cables / mech can get gummed up.
Also the pads can possibly get stuck on the slider pins - i fully clean my calipers at least every brake pad change, and sometimes when i do a flush / bleed too.
Worst case you could have a sticky / rusty piston.
Very easy to take apart and at least diagnose tho