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Discussion in '348/355' started by kenneyd, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. 308 GTB

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    Stunning, yes, but the early F355s were not fully capable. The front shock mounts were poorly designed and the sheet metal used was very thin. 1994 and 1995 cars would develop cracks on cars driven beyond the limits of the usual Home to C&C and Back Runs...


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    Early 1995 F355 Challenge cars like mine had to have the front shock mounts modified...


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    Ferrari corrected this design flaw with the late 1995 cars.
     
  2. 308 GTB

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  3. 308 GTB

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  4. ernie

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    Because stock SUCKS!
     
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  5. Rossocorsa1

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    Peculiar sentiment for one to have on an online forum dedicated to Ferrari.
     
  6. Ferrarium

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  7. KMR968Turbo

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    Here's mine. Although 951's have their issues too - cracked dashes being one of them. Variety is the spice of life

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  8. 308 GTB

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    Nice 951, Erik!

    I love my cracked dash. It gives my car character! :D
     
  9. KMR968Turbo

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    My dash is good but rod bearing number #2 not so much. Definately not adding any character that I appreciate. LOL
     
  10. bobzdar

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    Not really, the stock headers are trash, stock throwout bearing trash, stock timing belt bearings trash, shock actuators are trash, etc. Nobody should rightfully bat an eye at replacing that stuff with better aftermarket parts so why stop there? They did do some stuff amazingly well, but the ultimate form of the 355 is actually the challenge which upgrades a bunch of stuff on it... and if Ferrari isn't afraid to modify it why should the owners be? If it was so good stock Ferrari wouldn't have to modify it themselves, would they...
     
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  11. 308 GTB

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    There you have it!
     
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  12. timeckart

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    Why arethe shock actuators are trash? Also my Maranello have them...
    I have H&R springs.
    I like the 355 but the small engine has no torque. My 512tr engine is very different
     
  13. bobzdar

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    They break, both the gear on top of the shocks and the gear inside the actuator. There's a company that does nothing but rebuild them (they were also used on corvette zr1's in that timeframe).

    F1 engines have no torque either, but they sure go fast....Torque is pretty much meaningless without rpm, and torque with rpm is horsepower.
     
  14. timeckart

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    I bought the gears for the shock absorbers. The chassis is good because it can be comfortable and sporty. You need a Nitron chassis for the race track:
    https://www.diamondracing.de/shop/nitron-fahrwerke/ferrari/355/ferrari-355-94-99-fahrwerk-ntr-r3/

    The Ferrari flat-12 engine family is a series of 180° V12 DOHC petrol engines produced by Ferrari from 1973 to 1996. Introduced with the 365 GT4/BB, this engine shared its construction with the flat-12 race-engines used in the 312B and 312 PB, but its displacement, bore & stroke, rods and pistons were the same as the Tipo 251 60° V12 Colombo engine powering the Daytona it replaced. Design and development of the new engine was overseen by Ferrari engineers Giuliano de Angelis and Angelo Bellei.
     
  15. taz355

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    I would like Tim to post better resolution on those hp curves.
    They are intriguing
     
  16. timeckart

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    which you want? I have all original now...
     
  17. thorn

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    ...because modifying from stock release bearings doesn't make the car look like it was designed by a poser.
     
  18. timeckart

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    I would be afraid that such a bellows burst at 310km/h on German Highway. In addition, the air tanks are too big and heavy for me
     
  19. bobzdar

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    If looks are your main concern, well you might be the poser...I think some of them look overwrought but I'm more interested in what's done under the skin - and that's where the heart of a Ferrari lies. So if you're ok with modifying the heart and soul but not just the outter skin...That's more of a poser than the opposite imo.
     
  20. thorn

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    Pininfarina is rarely improved upon, and never by a hooner garage.
     

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