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I don't want to steer your action in any direction, but if it were my car, I would feel better knowing that OE wheels were under it. If you ever sell the car, the factory option will be a plus for the new buyer, and would net you a higher resale.
Not all Porsche OE wheels are forged, most are of the cast variety. As I understand it, only the Turbo standard wheels are forged on the current models. Cost comes down to OE and dealer margins, but there is another factor. OE wheels have to survive/contribute to crash test results - as the front of the car deforms and the wheel well is compressed, the wheel is a critical structural member in the absorption of the crash impact. Regardless of the angle of the wheel at impact, it is a key aid in mitigating the deformation of the wheel well - and it's subsequent intrusion into the passenger footwell. You can't let a crash test be the sole factor in wheel purchase considerations, but there is usually a reasonable explanation for the expense of an OE wheel vs. the cheaper look-a-likes that are made in China, Taiwan or other low cost, minimal regulation manufacturing locales.
If the feel has gradually deteriorated, then the circuit could have air, or the clutch master cylinder or clutch slave cylinder could have sealing/internal leakage issues. If the feel was suddenly different, could be a cracked pressure plate.
Factory headers/cheaper/no ground clearance issues/HP output tested as optimum - X51. I'd do it.
geza replied to IFLYASA's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)42mm standard
The new mounts have less elasticity - firmer means the engine will sit higher. The old mounts were obviously softer, hence the lower position of the engine and exhaust tips. You may be able to pull down the mufflers a little on their brackets - but there may not be all that much tolerance stack up to get you to the tip position with the original mounts. You'll have to look at every place along the exhaust route to see if some additional give is possible - without impacting the integrity of the tube joints.
geza replied to Vman's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)According to flow tests done by europipe in belgium, the X51 headers are just as good if not better than any custom header set. They dyno'd the results - and there was no advantage dropping the X51 units. They are on there for a reason. This quote from their website - www.europipe.be: "The stock 997S headers have ø 42mm tubes. Both the 997S X51 and 996 GT3 headers have ø 48mm tubes. We have built and tested several equal length headers in both 45mm , 48mm and 50mm tube sizes. Eventually the OEM X51 headers turned out to equally good but without having the inevitable ground clearance issues."
geza replied to my996's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Not sure how long the car was stored without a trickle charger - but it sounds like the plates in the battery have lost their ability to retain charge. If you saw voltage on your voltmeter when the car was running on its own - then the alternator was working. My vote is for new battery without other information.
geza replied to iflyjets4u's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)It's hard to believe the car is a total loss......maybe the body shop wants to take the car for salvage money and refurbish it and make a killing........sounds suspicious to me. Maybe you need to take it to another shop and get a second opinion............We all know these cars are built far better than that.
geza replied to wcb's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)It's a 2004 C4S = 996 = no 3.8 liter option at that time.
geza replied to wcb's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)More power may be coming from the optional X51 Powerkit - which adds about 25 - 30HP over the stock 320HP engine. Ask if this option is part of the car.