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Old 01-11-2011, 12:16 PM   #18
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In my list of model year differences I mention for the '98 "Rear body structural change included redesigned wheel wells and coil spring mounts, lower engine compartment bulkhead, rear wall crossmember and rear axle mount reinforcements." Probably that list came from an Excellence magazine discussion of the early MY Boxsters.

Why would Porsche do all that if they didn't discover in post-production testing of the '97s that there was a need for it? Recall Porsche was in financial trouble at the time and so spending extra to redesign something wasn't something they really wanted to do.

My guess is that around the time the '97 was designed the low profile tires and bigger wheels craze hadn't hit yet. And Porsche was offering a 17".
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