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Brembo brakes downgrade - is it worth it?

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I own a 996 Turbo MY02 car. The previous owner installed R19 Cargraphic rims along with Brembo 355mm (14in) brake system.

Now, the rubber is very old and I think I have to throw it away. For winter (I do have another winter car, but just don't wanna give up Porsche for winter!) I bought Techart R18 rims with winter tires - paid around $2000 which I think is a great deal, tires are in great condition.

However, I never realised the brakes only fit R19 rims. Of course when I tried to put on the new wheels, they would not fit.

Now, here is the question. Am I better off selling the winter wheels (which I don't wanna do since I love them and I think I got a great deal on them) or maybe downgrading the brakes to stock 13in Brembos? (Turbo 996 is equipped with Brembo stock brakes, am I right?).

I also don't really like the look of R19 wheels, think there's too little rubber in them, if you know what I mean... Also, I read somewhere that 14in brakes for this car are a bit extreme and only needed for track racing, well my car isn't really a track car: automatic transmission and 4WD isn't too much "track".

Yet, selling the cool brakes that I got for free from the previous owner, I feel like selling my kidney... ;)

What do you say, guys? Thanks!


This is all happening in Russia, Moscow and I'm Russian. ;)

I can buy stuff off ebay if they ship worldwide. I found a complete set of Turbo 996 brakes for around $1800. Sound like a fair price?

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Hello from Moscow.

Yes the stock brakes are Brembo.

I would agree that larger brakes are extreme unless you are tracking the car.

Since you probably see a lot of winter weather there, I would sell the upgraded brakes, go back to stock brakes and use your winter wheels.

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