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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Last issue I mentioned how, after a mere three corners of my track day at Castle Combe, my #Porsche-911-C4S-996 suffered epic brake fail, forcing the car into an early finish. I didn’t hang around in getting the problem fixed, remembering my old man’s oft-recited saying that “the most important aspect of a car is its ability to stop”. Long-time readers will recall I changed the brakes on my previous 996.2 C4 to EBC a couple of years back, so the decision to turn to them once again was an easy one, promptly ordering Yellowstuff pads, Dot 4 fluid and braided lines. I then booked the car in at ZRS Engineering down the road in Poole, as Matt there now does all work on my beloved C4S.

    With the car on Matt’s two-post ramp, the wheels were whipped off and the pads removed. They had plenty of meat on them still as they were only installed at the end of 2017 but, as I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve just not been happy with their (complete lack of) feel and performance, despite fluid changes to alleviate the issue. Incidentally the pads had ‘TRW’ on the covers, which Matt informs me is the OEM brand, but whether or not it was just those covers which in this case were TRW remains to be seen. Either way, I took great pleasure in frisbeeing them into the bin.

    EBC’s Yellowstuff pads were then installed inside the C4S’s Big Red calipers: these are intended for fast road and occasional track use, as they offer performance in huge heat ranges without brake fade. Although fashion isn’t exactly a priority when it comes to safety, it was great to see the yellow hue of the pads adding to the visual flare of my yellow KW coilover springs, at least with the wheels off!

    Matt then replaced my rubber factory brake lines with EBC braided items. These will provide additional feel through the pedal, sorely needed in my case, and their braided element offers an increase in longevity underneath my C4S. With identical routing as per the factory lines, their it was simple enough. They’re good value: although the fittings don’t appear to be stainless steel (as they’re painted), they’re still good value when compared to vastly more expensive competitor items. I was pleased to have them fitted.

    Matt did have to make up new hard lines from each caliper as mine had corroded. A 996 will always throw up a curve ball on a job like this, particularly with rust or corrosion on chassis componentry, so the added time needed for Matt to make those up before connecting to the EBC lines was expected, really.

    With the braided lines in place Matt flushed out the old brake fluid, which ran for the hills when temperatures began to rise during the first few minutes of my aforementioned track day. I got two one-litre bottles of EBC ’s Dot 4 fluid, but the reality was we only needed the one. With the system bled, the wheels were soon back on and the 911 once again graced the floor.

    Next step was bedding the brakes in, which I’m still in the process of doing. This is crucial to ensuring the brakes perform well over a sustained period of time. Many people skip this step and then wonder why they get brake fade pretty quickly. The process for EBC’s brakes can be found on their website at ebcbrakeshop.co.uk, but essentially I have to cover 200 urban miles before conducting a series of high-speed stoppages down to 20mph.

    As I say I’m still in that process, and as soon as that’s done I’m heading for the track. What I will say, however, is that even now, after only a few miles, the difference is commendable. There’s now so much feel through that middle pedal that I can push it with confidence, those pads now clamping to the as-new discs with a conviction sorely lacking before. Once this set-up is run in, this is going to be an unbelievable car.

    Living the Legend – 911 owner reports Our contributing enthusiasts from around the world share their real-life experiences with their Porsche 911s

    Lee Sibley Bournemouth, UK

    Model #Porsche-911-Carrera-4S-996 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-996 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-4S / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-996 / #2002-Porsche-911-Carrera-4S-996 / #Porsche /
    Year #2002

    Acquired April 2017 @lee_sibs
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    / #Porsche-M96 short engines reduced / #Porsche-996 / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche / #Porsche-M96-generation

    Porsche has reduced the short engine price of its Porsche-M96-generation flat six. Now available for £3,500 from Porsche – a reduction of around 50 per cent – this latest development should weaken the fears of 996 owners who may be worried about total failure of their M96 rendering their cars uneconomical to ix, and may inspire others to make a purchase.
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Trending: #Porsche-911-Turbo-996 / #Porsche-911-Turbo / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-996 / #Porsche /

    One to buy!

    Keep it quiet but word is that smart money is starting to pick up Porsche 996 Turbos while they are still ridiculously cheap. While it’s understandable that regular 996s are at rock bottom because everyone’s scared of the potential engine problems threatened by those nasty initials IMS and RMS, the Turbos (and GT3) used a different engine that isn’t affected in the same way. It seems not a lot of people know that.

    We don’t use the term ‘ridiculously cheap’ lightly. Silverstone Auctions recently sold one that’s as good as you’ll find for £52,667. How good? Try UK market right-hook manual with genuine 13,000 miles, recently recommissioned after dry storage and immaculate. If that’s too steep – or too good to use – Historics followed with a similarly immaculate and well-historied one with 48k. Ready to play, it made £33,880.

    Now look at prices for the two predecessor 911 Turbos, the 993 and 964. Even after settling back a bit recently, their values are on another planet, topping out at £130k. History has a habit of repeating itself. Buy the right 996 and care for it and you may wind up grinning at more than just the driving experience.

    One of the great performance bargains – but for how long?
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Owner: Lee Sibley Poole, UK

    Model: #Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #1998-Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-996 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    Year #1998

    Acquired JAN 2019

    After the 996’s roadbased European adventures I was keen to get a track day under my belt for 2019. With tyres and brakes recently renewed all-round, I figured now was the best time to indulge.

    I opted for a Porsche Club GB track day, as usually the standard of driving is pretty respectable and, best of all, there’s always a good atmosphere: proceedings aren’t overawed by high volumes of cars – a common mistake made by mainstream trackday companies – and everybody is happy to talk to anybody. Being a PCGB event, I also benefitted from complimentary track day insurance cover as part of my policy with Locktons, subject to an excess of 10 per cent of the vehicle’s value.

    Goodwood was the chosen venue, because unbelievably I’d never driven the motor circuit there before. It was a real box-ticker for me, made all the more special because my dad had decided to come along for the day. I always relish some father and son time, especially when he’s paying for breakfast en route… and before anyone moans, I did offer!

    The track day itself was brilliant. A great mix of cars were on track, from a beautiful 964 RS right up to a plethora of 991.2 GT3 and GT3 RSs. It was a pleasure to share a circuit with them and engage in some brilliant conversations with their enthusiastic owners. A good, complimentary lunch topped things off, and I always appreciate the exceptional organisational skills of the PCGB team lead by James Mclaren-Rowe.

    In hindsight I could have done with some tuition to properly learn the lines, but I had a belter of a day simply having a laugh with my old man. As for the 996? Firstly, let me say it performed excellently overall.

    As my dad and I teared around Goodwood’s pretty circuit, giggling away all the while, I couldn’t help but think just how good value for money these cars are. My example had just got back from a 2,871-kilometre (1,784-mile) European trip less than a week before, and had zero preparation for the track day besides a quick tyre pressure check. If you can find a good example they give you so much sports car for as little as £15k. Phenomenal.

    Secondly – perhaps inevitably – it highlighted, as all track days have done with my 996s through the years, that the car’s 21-year-old suspension is due for renewal. I’ll look at that in the coming months.
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  •   Steve Bennett reacted to this post about 6 months ago

    CAR: Bristol, UK
    Model #1999-Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996.1 / #1999 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996.1 / #Porsche-911-996.1 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-4-996 / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    Year #1999

    Acquired FEBRUARY 2014

    My time with this 911 is drawing to a close, so this will be my last Living the Legend article. I have owned my car for five-and-a- half years, put over 30,000 miles on it and had a great time, but for now this chapter will be closing as I will be selling the car and looking for a replacement.

    During my years of ownership there have been plenty of highs and lows, but luckily many more highs! Picking up a car is always exciting, and picking up my 911 was no exception. I won’t lie though, in the first few weeks of ownership the car spent more time back at the independent dealer than with me. I did go through the ‘what have I done’ phase, but all issues were resolved and I took the opportunity to get the IMS replaced while the engine was out, so after that point things started looking up. Soon after buying the car and a few email exchanges later my first column for Total 911 was submitted, starting a long relationship with the magazine and introducing me to a great group of people.

    Something I had never experienced before with a car was the whole lifestyle experience. As with all the guys at Total 911, joining both Porsche GB and TIPEC resulted in a new group of friends with a shared passion, events to go to and drives to enjoy. This is probably the most significant takeaway for my five years of ownership – great friends and memories. Special thanks to Lee Sibley, firstly, for letting me write for the magazine, but more importantly introducing me to the B4391 – probably one of the best roads I have driven. There are plenty more good roads out there, but I think this sticks in my mind as that weekend was one of my first road trips where it was all about the cars.

    My 996 has had a lot of work over the years. Three events stick out: the first was when a Porsche health check flagged that my rear boxes needed replacing – an opportunity for a stainless system. The mild sport unit from Top Gear was ordered, a fraction of the cost of the main dealer, but it sounded so much better. The second key event was arriving to work in a cloud of steam when my water pump failed. Recovery was required, but after a pump, thermostat, new header tank and a boroscope the car was back in full health.

    My final high was getting the car’s geometry sorted. The guys at Center Gravity did a fantastic job. The end result is a car that drives better, corners far more confidently and seems to cover ground with ease. The next step is to sell the car and start the search for a replacement. Porsche do feature on my list, so I may see you again in the pages of Total 911 in the future.
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