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Old 01-12-2009, 06:24 AM   #1
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99 Boxster - Spacer?

Does any one install spacer on your Boxster?

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Old 01-12-2009, 07:40 AM   #2
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Some places will install them for you and some will not. I put 15mm H&R spacers all around on my '99 and love how it brought the wheels out [almost] to the edge of each wheel well. They are easy enough to install DIY. If you get the sandwich type, make sure you get corresponding longer wheel bolts.

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here's another I took w/ just my cell phone camera:


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Did you install both front and back? How's your car drive after you install the spacer? Does the car need to be alinement? Thanks! I appreciate for your respond.
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I'd like to see how many miles you can put on before you need to replace wheel bearings which wide wheel spacers have known to do.

Wheel spacers are quick band-aids for wheels that don't fit. If you want wider wheel stance, buy wider wheels (with proper offset) instead.

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Old 01-12-2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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I'd like to see how many miles you can put on before you need to replace wheel bearings which wide wheel spacers have known to do.
I installed H&R Spacerrs 4 years ago.
7mm front and 15 mm rear.
The car had 72,000 miles at the time.
Now the odometer reads 177,000 miles.
No bearing noise (still on the original bearings).

I don't think they're a quick band-aid. You can have them on permanently without problems.
Porsche has put them (5 mm) on the Special Edition Boxsters.

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Old 01-12-2009, 02:05 PM   #6
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It makes no difference to the wheel bearings if a given offset is provided by the wheel alone, or in combination with spacers. The only danger with improperly used spacers is maintaining concentricity, and lug bolt strength/length. The spacers being talked about here are quite small.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:39 PM   #7
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Guys! I appreceiate alot for all your input. I think I'll give it a shot at it.

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I'd like to see how many miles you can put on before you need to replace wheel bearings which wide wheel spacers have known to do.

Wheel spacers are quick band-aids for wheels that don't fit. If you want wider wheel stance, buy wider wheels (with proper offset) instead.
Not necessarily true. Porsche teams use spacers for racing applications. It can also be used to accomodate larger brakes and to give a wider stance for better handling.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:05 AM   #9
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Does any body else happen to have any more pictures with the spacers? Because I'm try find out what's the better set up "mm" to put them on and I'm confues. I have seen in ebay 7mm front 14mm back and 15mm and 17mm.

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If you put on equal spacers front and rear thgen the steering will remain as it is--neutral: if you put smaller spacers on the front and wider on the back it will affect your steering geometry. I originally had 7mm on the back alone and it felt different. I talked to my supplier( Sunset Auto) and he explained the problem. I put on 7mm on front and all is well. Do not sleeze out and use the original lug bolts, even 7mm spacers need longer bolts. Ed

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