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Slippydiff
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Joined: 22 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike, thank you for your kind words, they're much appreciated.
51 weeks in a hospital ? All joking aside, that sounds like my idea of a living hell.

Having been through aircooled 964 RS's and a 993 RS before getting myself into a 996 GT3, I thought the build quality of the first watercooled cars was pretty hopeless. But then I moved on to a Gen 1 997 GT3 and slowly came to realise the 996 was the high water mark.

Now I realise the 996 was the best engineered of the watercooled cars. As for the 991, best we don't even go there.

I think the 996 GT3 with it's Mezger engine is the perfect balance between the modern 997/991 cars and the 964/993 aircooled stuff. And when you look at the current aircooled prices, the 996 GT3 looks positively cheap/good value for money.

Chassis wise I think Porsche AG nailed it from a tactility and engagement perspective. They were (and still are) real drivers cars.

The Mk 1 996 cars were cable throttle, the Mk2 Egas, so this car came with a cable throttle and retains it.

I drove the car again last weekend after the owned had carried out a significant modification over the Winter, I'll write another report shortly to update on the throttle progression situation.
 
  
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Diggermeister
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Joined: 26 May 2015
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slippydiff wrote:

Having been through aircooled 964 RS's and a 993 RS before getting myself into a 996 GT3, I thought the build quality of the first watercooled cars was pretty hopeless. But then I moved on to a Gen 1 997 GT3 and slowly came to realise the 996 was the high water mark.
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Hospital visits can be traumatic at the best of times. Like you, I prefer to stay away from them.

As regards the 996, I have absolutely no hesitation in saying I prefer the overall design and layout of the (admittedly retro) interior, over and above the 997.

The all leather interior (not ruched seats of course!) of my old 996 turbo was a lovely place to spend time. Trips across Europe were always a pleasure and never a chore. The 997 just doesn't look right - to me it looks bit Japanese somehow. The window switches are a total PITA too.
 
  
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Pip1968
Suzuka


Joined: 26 Oct 2009
Posts: 1100
Location: Blighty


PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slippydiff wrote:


The gearbox is fitted with Cup cables and a 996 Cup shift assembly. Forget all the other short shift kits on the market (well except the superb and pricey Manthey billet shift assembly) this is THE best 996 shift you'll find, crisp and accurate whilst maintaining sensible throws AND weights. Added to which those peeking through the windows into the interior of the car won't think it's owned/driven by a complete boy racer, unlike the abominations from the likes of Numeric ....


More to follow ….


Thank you very much for Part II particularly in the circumstances. There was me on the cusp of sending you a badgering PM to ask when the next write up was going to be Get Me Coat . Now all that and a teaser for Part III.

I just thought I would mention the Numeric "abomination" as I bought the one from NXI20 which was further knocked by Matt of Fearnsport 'fame'. Unfortunately mine was initially poorly fitted by an independant Porsche 'specialist' but I do not have any issues with it now. I shall be able to comment further once used at the Nordschleife. All metal it is rather rifle bolt like but seems to be well crafted and lets face it you do not actually see it once fitted anyway. Numeric cables seem to be very similar to the Porsche Cup ones (think and direct in action) and I wonder if you were to fit the rubber cushioning from the OEM GT3 cables as I have, will this buffer the sound. I have not really noticed the increased noise with mine but I don't have a LWFW .... yet - not sure if this is a factor.

I have attached a picture of your exhaust artwork and was a little disappointed there was no sound track to accompany your new shiny system. Perhaps for Part III.

I think I along with others should join you for a drive around Wales to see and hear it all in action. Perhaps once the snow stops and the sun shines. Thumb

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