Fitment guide

Porsche 911 996 GT3 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 05/18/2020
Updated | 06/15/2024

The most sought after of the 996 Generation, the 1999-2005 996 GT3 to some, is the last great drivers car from Porsche without the use of some modern drivers assistance systems we get today. Despite having a great wheel setup from the factory, we can still increase performance with a lightweight set of wheels and allow you to change up the look of your GT3 at the same time. This reduced rotational and unsprung weight will have a noticeable positive impact on performance. Unlock the full potential of your new Porsche with options like our Flow Formed SM-10 as well as Forged options in the EC-7RS ad VS-5RS.

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter.

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x130

Center Bore

71.6mm

Lug Seat

R14 Ball Seat

Thread Pitch

M14x1.5mm

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Black Porsche 911 - EC-7RS in Satin Black

Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you are a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for enthusiasts looking for a more dramatic improvement in performance and they are typically paired with performance oriented summer tires or track oriented r-compounds. Wheel widths mirror the factory 996.2 GT3 specs and do not typically require modifications to the factory suspension or alignment.

Wheels

  • Front Tire Size: 18x8.5” ET45
  • Rear Tire Size: 18x11” ET60
    • Popular fitment
    • Available in: SM-10

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: 
    • Front Tire Size: 235/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • Factory 996.2 GT3 tire sizes
    • Direct Fit
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (220 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Bridgestone RE-71RS (200 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect 240 (240 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
  • Narrower Alternative: 
    • Front Tire Size: 225/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 285/30-18
    • Factory 996.1 GT3 tire sizes
    • Direct Fit
    • Max Performance Summer - Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (220 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken RT660 (200 TW), Bridgestone RE-71RS (200 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect 240 (240 TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
  • Wider Alternative:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • Typically a direct Fit
    • Max Performance Summer - Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental Extremecontact Force (TBD TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 18x9” ET46
  • Rear Wheel Size: 18x11” ET60
    • Available in: SM-10 & EC-7RS
    • Popular fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: 
    • Front Tire Size: 235/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • Factory 996.2 GT3 tire sizes
    • Typically a direct fit
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (220 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Bridgestone RE-71RS (200 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect 240 (240 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
  • Alternative 1:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • Typically a direct fit, but we recommend -1.5º or more of negative camber for additional fender clearance
    • Max Performance Summer:Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
  • Alternative 2:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/35-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front & rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Max Performance Summer:No available options
    • Extreme Performance Summer:No options currently available
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW)

Hardcore Track Wheel Fitment

Track focused fitments that require significant modifications

  • Black Porsche 911 - SM-10 in Satin Black
  • Silver Porsche 911 - EC-7RS in Race Silver

These wheel and tire fitments are for those 996 GT3's that live the majority of their time at the track instead of the street. With all out performance taking preference over ease of fitment.

Wheels

  • Front Tire Size: 18x9” ET46
  • Rear Tire Size: 18x11” ET60
    • Available in: SM-10 & EC-7RS
    • Popular fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 255/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front camber is recommended via camber plates
    • Front fenders may need to be rolled
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Bridgestone RE-71RS (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:Hoosier R7/A7 (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)
  • Alternative 1:
    • Front Tire Size: 235/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • Factory 996.2 GT3 tire sizes
    • Typically a direct fit
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Bridgestone RE-71RS (200 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect 240 (240 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:No options currently available
  • Alternative 2:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/35-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front & rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Extreme Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:No options currently available
  • Alternative 3:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 285/30-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Extreme Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
    • Semi-Slick:Hoosier R7/A7 (40 TW)
  • Alternative 4:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 295/30-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental Extremecontact Force (TBD TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
    • Semi-Slick:Hoosier R7/A7 (40 TW)
  • Alternative 5:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/645-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/645-18
    • A minimum of -3º of front & -2.5º rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Racing Slicks: Pirelli DH
  • Alternative 6:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/645-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/660-18
    • A minimum of -3º of front & -2.5º rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Racing Slicks: Pirelli DH

Wheels

  • Front Wheel Size: 18x9” ET46
  • Rear Wheel Size: 18x12” ET63 or ET65
    • Available in: SM-10, EC-7RS, VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 315/30-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front & rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW), Falken RT660 (200 TW), Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:Hoosier R7/A7 (40 TW), BFG R1S (40 TW)
  • Alternative 1:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/40-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/35-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front & rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Extreme Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:No options currently available
  • Alternative 2:
    • Front Tire Size: 255/35-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 315/30-18
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front & -2º rear camber is recommended
    • Front camber plates
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW), Falken RT660 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo R888R (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick:Hoosier R7/A7 (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)
  • Alternative 3:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/645-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/645-18
    • A minimum of -3º of front & -2.2º rear camber is recommended
    • Front camber plates
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Racing Slicks: Pirelli DH
  • Alternative 4:
    • Front Tire Size: 245/645-18
    • Rear Tire Size: 305/660-18
    • A minimum of -3º of front & -2.2º rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fenders may need to be rolled
    • Racing Slicks: Pirelli DH

Additional Resources

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter. The following brakes have been tested and confirmed to clear our wheels.

  • OEM PCCB 6 piston 350mm - fits all wheels

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