Your Cars: Can You DIY the 996 Porsche 911 Turbo?

If you’re a member of our message board community, then the answer is yes, you can, in fact, work on a 996-chassis Porsche 911 Turbo. You can modify it, too, and used speed parts are out there. 

Longtime forum member docwyte has been sharing the work on his 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo. The process started with the basics: fluids, fresh trunk struts and basic track prep.

Then the modifications came, like Euro GT3 seats, a GT2 decklid, used Bilstein coil-overs and 997 GT2RS intercoolers. Sadly, though, it sounds like the 996 Turbo S PCCB calipers didn’t happen as hoped.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/19 3:46 p.m.

By the way, I like how this car is shown on three different sets of wheels in four photos. 

Mikelly
Mikelly New Reader
12/10/19 5:31 p.m.

I’ve published a bunch of DIYs over the years on the 996TT, from basic suspension and brake upgrades to Diverty valve replacements, swapping Intercoolers, software, fuel system improvements, Functioning GT2 aerodynamics, including all the functional front bumper/valance aero bits that most folks claim you can’t do.  Search on my user name on Rennlist, Renntech, and 6speedonline, or send me a note.  The only caution I’ll extend is this car is fairly sophisticated.  Make sure you follow the manual/instructions.  It’s an expensive “oops” if you get it wrong.  But it’s Porsche simple and easy to mod.  The only car I’ve owned (over 100) that I regret selling is my 2001 996TT.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Dork
12/10/19 6:19 p.m.
Mikelly said:

I’ve published a bunch of DIYs over the years on the 996TT, from basic suspension and brake upgrades to Diverty valve replacements, swapping Intercoolers, software, fuel system improvements, Functioning GT2 aerodynamics, including all the functional front bumper/valance aero bits that most folks claim you can’t do.  Search on my user name on Rennlist, Renntech, and 6speedonline, or send me a note.  The only caution I’ll extend is this car is fairly sophisticated.  Make sure you follow the manual/instructions.  It’s an expensive “oops” if you get it wrong.  But it’s Porsche simple and easy to mod.  The only car I’ve owned (over 100) that I regret selling is my 2001 996TT.

That last statement makes me think I want one that much more.  I already have two Porsche's I never plan to sell.....

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/19 6:24 p.m.

Our neighbors have a 996TT that they bought new. You can always tell when they drive it. You don't hear it, you just kinda feel it. 

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 New Reader
12/10/19 6:59 p.m.

My vote for most striking car under 100k.

These will seriously appreciate soon.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/11/19 8:21 a.m.
Olemiss540 said:

My vote for most striking car under 100k.

These will seriously appreciate soon.

Can't argue with any of that. Make mine a dark blue coupe, please. 

docwyte
docwyte UberDork
12/11/19 8:36 a.m.

Holy crap, my car got featured!  Woohoo!  Yeah, the 3 sets of wheels just sorta happened.  The GT3 wheels and stock turbo twists are what came with the car.  I sold the GT3 wheels in favor of the BBS wheels, so now I have the BBS wheels and the stock turbo twists.

The 996 PCCB calipers would've bolted right on if they had actually been 996 calipers and not 997.2 calipers. 

The car is really easy to work on, Porsche designed things to come apart logically.  Some stuff is engine out tho, which I'm a bit intimidated by but I've been assured that dropping the motor on this is pretty straightforward.

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