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Old 10-10-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Cool Widest tires on factory original 16" wheels

Hi All,

Have any of you guys ever driven your Boxster with 225/245 frt/rear combinations with the original/factory 16" Boxster wheels (I am assuming this is the largest possible tire size combination on the 6/7" wide rims)?

I would love to upgrade my wheels with the 18" diameter 5-spoke Carrera rims, but I cannot afford them right now. Since I have to get new tires, I was wondering
if this tire combination (if possible) would work well.

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 10-10-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
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Just food for thought bro..... I had the 18" factory Porsche rims on my boxster..... new tires were going to cost me about $800 for the set....so I started shopping the guy from precision porsche sold me a set of 19" rims and tires which were 295 x 30`s in the rear for $1200, I then sold my stock rims on ebay for $800....I was out like $400 dollars for new rims and tires that had I think less than 1000 miles on them still with 9/32nds of tread which is brand new. Unless you just love your tires, when you`re ready to get new tires always get the new rims you can usually find better deals that way, and you can always sell the factory rims to recoup some money.
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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If you look into upgarding right now you can get a premium for your 16" rims because people want then fo snow tires. You could probably get $400 for them. I like 17" personally because you don't need spacers, but look at your options you might be able to buy the rims individually and the tires in pairs a lot cheaper than buying them from one person, also check craigslist.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:30 PM   #4
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While you can squeeze a 225/245 combo onto 6 and 7" wide rims, it is not ideal because the sidewall is unable to be level (buldges out), thus loosing some stiffness. 205/225 is the prefered size for 6/7 combo.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:12 PM   #5
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for input.

Since I obviously want to use wider tires, I think it is time to get a new set of wheels. I will do some shopping to see I can get a good deal on a used whee/tire combination. And as
joy frog suggested, I can always sell the factory rims and get some of the money back.

Cheers,

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Old 10-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #6
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A bunch of us forum members have purchased very nice aftermarket wheels from www.wheeldynamics.com.

I got the 18 inch Carrera lights and they are really nice. I had them shod with Michelin PS2's and they were $2200 shipped to Houston.

Of course, I also put on some H&R 7mm spacers on the back because the ebrake cable was just a tad too close to the rim for my comfort level.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:47 PM   #7
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Factory 17" wheels (7" front, 8.5" rear) can be found fairly cheaply - $600-900. While you could sell your 16"s, the market, and their value, is very small. On the 17's you can run a 225 front, 245/255 rear.
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PM me when you want to sell those 16's.
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