Total 911’s five Porsche 911 modifications to avoid

One of our most popular stories this January was our list of five ways to improve your Porsche 911’s performance. However, not all modifications can be considered an upgrade. In fact, the Total 911 team believe that some tweaks to your Porsche 911 should be avoided at all costs. Here they are:

Fake Fuchs wheels

The five-leaf Fuchs wheel design is an intrinsic part of the Porsche 911’s heritage. With original alloys both rare and expensive, there have been numerous copies produced over the years but none come close to the genuine article.

Unofficial facelifts

Originally popular in the mid-Seventies when people actually wanted to fit impact bumpers to their 911, the trend has now switched to giving Porsche 997 headlights to 996s and switching Gen1 997 brake lights out for the LED Gen2 units. Be proud in your car’s original styling.

Third-party body kits

We all like a widebody Porsche 911 now and again. However, there are also some truly terrible third-party bodykits available (especially popular on Eighties flatnoses). Don’t believe us, just Google ‘Rinspeed 969’ or ‘Gemballa 930 Mirage’.

Singer-style recreations

Singer’s restored Porsche 964s are simply stunning. They’ve taken the Porsche 911 world by storm and led a resurgence in backdating. Some people have taken it too far though, attempting to recreate the Singer look with much less expertise and budget. Try and put your own backdate stamp on your build instead…

Steering wheel retrims

This is a simple one but can easily ruin the interior of a car. We’ve seen our fair share of terrible homemade steering wheel covers in our time. Another pet peeve of ours are Alcantara trimmed steering wheels in an otherwise entirely leather-clad interior (and vice versa).

Which Porsche 911 modifications do you feel should be most avoided? Join the debate in the comments below or head to our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

Comments (5)

  • DanPlaysKeys

    sounds rather elitist….sure this wasn’t written by a “beard”?

  • Juha U Kivekäs

    I think one common mistake is to lower the car (996-991) by over 20 mm in road cars (track cars excluded to a point). The first 10 mm drops roll centers by about 27 mm, the second 10 mm even more. That is why the Porsche M030 sport suspension lowers body by only 10 mm. Porsche engineers know what they are doing. The RCs stay reasonable. If you drop it like 30 or more mm you need to change pick up points like they’ve done in the GT3 – and even in GT3 it is a compromise because they could only change by one pick-up point at rear (yes, light front is less important, that’s why they have McPherson). When the RC goes below ground level the response becomes a bit slushier, feels usually heavier. To compensate the RC lowering one needs to use stiffer AR-bar. Well, the stiffness is increased, the teeth fillings drop and the owner tells how magnificient it is – but the clock says he is no faster at the track days.

    in 996 (997) Normal (ROW)
    h_RC_f = 63 mm
    h_RC_r = 76 mm

    You don’t want the RC to wander between on top and under of ground level during suspension motion. Usually you want it a bit above ground level to keep the jacking feedback and (partial) instant weight transfer.

    Also what happens is that the camber gain reduces when lowered. E.g 996 front end camber gain

    Normal (ROW) 0.25 deg/10 mm
    -10 mm ………. 0.23 deg/10 mm
    -30 mm ………. 0.18 deg/10 mm
    That’s why you need to increase static camber a touch when lowering.

    I feel a bit sorry for the guys with the lowest wet 911s for road. They think they have done something cool – but it only looks good. Well, maybe the babemagnetic flux density increases – and it is a factor no one should overlook 😉 Maybe it is the ultimate measure of a car. We just deny it. And with a Porsche it is so easy to deny as it is such a fun car to drive.

  • patrick andrews

    Wings that add enormous drag and little downforce. Bodykits with turbo-type inlets that are blanked off. Spacers which cause tyres to rub on the wheel arches…
    “Be proud in your car’s original styling.” couldn’t agree more:

  • Terence

    Nothing wrong with giving your car a facelift. Agree never try to make a 996 look like a 997 and so on but giving a car a gen.2 look really makes the car look fresh. Not everyone can afford the latest car.

  • Luca

    Singer’s restomods don’t use genuine Fuchs rims either, for that matter.
    Other boat, but the BMW E30 M3 2500 Sport Evolution had leather (or cloth) Recaro seats and a suede steering wheel + gear knob combo. Was it bad? Certainly not.