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Do you prefer an aerokit on a 996?
Yes
56%
 56%  [ 46 ]
No
26%
 26%  [ 22 ]
Not bothered either way
17%
 17%  [ 14 ]
Total Votes : 82

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Bluebird911
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bodykits aren't for me I'm afraid!! They deface the simplicity and purity of cars. A bit like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa to coin a phrase.

They look like what they are - an afterthought that is not integrated into the design like wings, spats, arch extensions. These are often seen on Subarus and Mitsubishis, most of which generate little else but drag and noise!

Beautiful performance cars have the anti lift measures already designed in; look at the current crop of Ferraris, like the 488, the Portofino and LaFerrari. The anti lift is created by invisible (mostly) diffusers and under car venturis - a much more efficient solution.

The 911 doesn't look beautiful to my eyes, but the best 911 roadcar, the 911R looks the best of all - to me!
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mate used to have a pristine 996.2 C2S with Aerokit, had been specced up in every way imaginable to get as close to a GT3 as poss by the previous owner. Bar rear wiper deletion. Had the full cage and all the trimmings inside. Just lacked the Mezger.

One question though, what were those little fins at the back bumper called? And were they ever fitted to the real GT3s?

Said car pictured below en route to The Ring back in the day.
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EGTE
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think aero-kit is more eye-catching and "racy", although I would prefer a deeper front bumper.

However, I also appreciate the clean, simple lines of the 996.

p.s. Our door-pulls all exactly match the shape of the GT3 wing , so we're all sort of aero-kitted Smile
 
  
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g911omr
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit of a tricky one for me. I think the Aero cars look good. However, they are essentially a GT3 looky likey without any extra performance. To me the spoiler is just a bit OTT as well for a car that is actually not that quick. I'm a 50-50 I suppose.
 
  
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HSC911
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right now, 100% Aero kit thumbsup

20/30 years time, just plain Jane with orange lights Very Happy

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peterg1955
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bluebird911 wrote:
Beautiful performance cars have the anti lift measures already designed in; look at the current crop of Ferraris, like the 488, the Portofino and LaFerrari. The anti lift is created by invisible (mostly) diffusers and under car venturis - a much more efficient solution.


That's all well and good 'now' but this post is discussing aerokits in the Porsche 996 section, a design that is over 20 years old and contemporary with the Ferrari F50 which had front and rear ends designed by Halfords/Ripspeed Surprised Grin
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BChivs
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone happen to know if an Aero kitted car can be fitted with a non Aero retractable lid without too many hassles, e.g. is the wiring and switch gear all present?
 
  
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EGTE
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very easy swap. Look on 101 project site: 4 bolts and a push connector.

However, you won't have the switch in a car that was aerokit from factory.

Just done it myself. Obviously will not be getting rid of spoiler trunk......
 
  
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adirussell
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aero all the way. It was a must when buying mine
 



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On this subject, what's interesting to me is just how good the RPM CSR car looks with the .1 Aerokit front bumper and sills plus a ducktail.



I've seen one or two examples in the metal a few times and indeed driven one and it looks absolutely stellar. Which is odd because it's got those awful glued-on sill covers! Somehow, it works really well.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Id thought about this approach if I get a non-aero car as I quite like it, just wondering what it would be like minus the skirts.

I think it has to as low as that car as well.
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Marky911
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That CSR is one of my favourite 996s. I really like the bronze coloured accents and the duck tail of course.

The ducktail works well with the GT3 bumper and skirts or without as Richard (ELA) has done with the CLR project. Both look good.
 
  
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Locosaki
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The CSR car for me is as good as it gets, if I keep hold of mine I think I'll go this way but without the skirts, probably needs to be dropped 30mm over standard for it to work and a decent set of wheels, something similar to what PB has just bought in the for sale section.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Locosaki wrote:
The CSR car for me is as good as it gets, if I keep hold of mine I think I'll go this way but without the skirts, probably needs to be dropped 30mm over standard for it to work and a decent set of wheels, something similar to what PB has just bought in the for sale section.


I'm not generally a fan of the skirts, but the problem is that the Aerokit front air dam is much lower than the standard bumper and the skits help to bring the sills down visually to match that.

The CSR car looks great with the skirts so i wouldn't rule them out. An ideal solution would be some deeper skirts / sill covers that were simply straight like the factory sills rather than all twisty / flouncy / fussy like the Aerokit covers.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pothole wrote:


The CSR car looks great with the skirts so i wouldn't rule them out. An ideal solution would be some deeper skirts / sill covers that were simply straight like the factory sills rather than all twisty / flouncy / fussy like the Aerokit covers.


Totally agree.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coullstar wrote:
pothole wrote:


The CSR car looks great with the skirts so i wouldn't rule them out. An ideal solution would be some deeper skirts / sill covers that were simply straight like the factory sills rather than all twisty / flouncy / fussy like the Aerokit covers.


Totally agree.


However the profile of the side skirts matches the side profile of the front bumper (see CSR pic above). I think they work rather well. The risk with a plain skirt is that the car would look like a hovercraft!
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

APL911 wrote:
I love the 996 aero kit. Not such a fan of the 997 aero kit however.


The Aero kit makes the 996 in my eyes, totally transforms it, and I think the Aero kit on the 997 Turbo looks the business Thumb
 
  
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pye21
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I owned a '98 full factory Aerokit car and always liked it, but hated the GT3 rep look (even though the Aerokit was available before the GT3).

I sold that and ended up with a non Aerokit '99 car. I have built that into the car i want and cherry picked the bits for it. It now has an Aero front bumper and i have fitted PH.2 sideskirts and left the rear wing as the standard fit. I like the 'jelly mould' look of a 911 and the wing takes away from that. I might be tempted by a ducktail at some point, but im happy with it for now.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any photos of that?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread

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