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Old 06-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Cool Staggered (deep dish) TWIST wheels?

Hey all!
Im a long time Porsche obsessor/fan and recent owner in a long line of Porsche drivers! WOOT! I love my new (to me) '97 Boxster...to my question--

My Boxster came with the 17" TWIST wheels in chrome. I love the style, not a fan of chrome, but they are growing on me...id really like to have wider rear wheels. Does any company make the twist a couple inches wider and chrome? In a deep dish?

To be honest, its mostly for look. I drive the car with great respect and haven't planned any track days...nor do i plan to. I just dont like how the rear wheels sit so deep within my wheel well...are spacers an option, to give it a wider stance?

Suspension is stock.

Any help is appreciated, friends!
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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There are many threads on the subject on this board. 5, 7, and 15mm spacers are popular for the rear wheels on our cars. All require longer bolts. I wasn't aware that wheel style was available in 17s. A deeper offset in the same style may be a long search.
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:13 AM   #3
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The wheel you have is called the Boxster twist and was the 17" option over the base 16" wheels although most Boxsters delivered in N America came with the larger 17 that you have. A 1/2" wider version of this wheel was the base wheel for the 996, but it too is fairly rare as most 996s were ordered with the optional 18" Turbo/Technology wheels.

As Blue2000s mentioned the easiest way to achieve the look you want is to add spacers, and depending on the type of spacers used longer wheel bolts.

One thing to keep in mind is IF you plan on plus sizing your wheels to a larger diameter is that Porsche does not recommend using wheels larger than 17" for the '97 model year. The suspension/body mount locations were strengthened on the later years to accommodate 18" wheels. With that said I've not heard of any problems with using 18" on 1997 models used on the street.


Wheel Enhancement is a company that specializes in Porsche wheels and has a good online catalogue of all the various wheels used on Boxsters, and their showroom is in Culver City if you're in the area.

http://www.wheelenhancement.com/index.php?t=WheelDetail&id=35
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:47 AM   #4
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Interesting that with the screen name anti-bling, you're looking for more of it.

Anyway, the pics are not very definitive, but it almost looks like these are not genuine Porsche Wheels but some aftermarket wannabes. I could be wrong, but the pics don't show the wheels that well.

They're definitely not Turbo wheels, maybe Turbo II. The Turbo wheels are actually a 993 part and have hollow spokes making them uber-light, I don't even think they're available from Porsche anymore. I have 18" 993 Turbo wheels on my '99 that I'm selling, and they're a major selling point.

If these are genuine Porsche wheels which were chromed, it's important that they were chromed the right way - 'restoration' chromed - 1st nickel, then copper, then the chrome. If not, they will begin to crack/peel in short order as aluminum alloy isn't a good media for chrome to bond to. It's possible they were done right, but more likely (due to cost) that it's a simple chrome job and you'll be unhappy down the road with them.

Personally, I don't like chrome wheels on these cars, think they date the car. If it were me, I'd sell them and get a nice set of proper (as in unmodified) silver wheels. Spacers, and the longer bolts to go with them, are not cheap and if you don't LOVE the chromed look, I would hesitate to add the expense.

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I have the same wheels on my 97. You dont see many with the chrome and that is why I like the look.

I would like to see it have the wider stance in the rear like you mentioned. Let me know what you find out.
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Wow! Great to get so much information. I had no idea that i shouldn't go above a 17". I didn't plan to as i figure Porsche put this size wheel on this vehicle for specific reasons.

Lil Bastard--

Yes, they are genuine porsche wheels. No, widening the back has no "bling " effect:

1. bling
Jamaican slang that has been adopted by some African American rappers and inserted into popular culture. The term "Bling Bling" refers to the imaginary "sound" that is produced from light reflected by a diamond.

"Bling" is all about shine. Now that thats handled, it sounds like the spacers are the way to go. Im doin' it . Id love to get some genuine porsche wheels powder coated black...has anyone done this on my color vehicle? Thanks guys for all the help.
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As mentioned before your wheels are OEM 17 Boxster twists.


The 18 Turbo wheels (also twist style) were available in both solid and hollow spoke, and fist appeared on the 993 then the 996 & 986.


I have the 18 5 spoke Carrera lightweight wheels on my 97 Boxster and have not run any problems driving on the street. My mention of the issue was just to give you a heads up.
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turbo twists

I just swapped out my 18" turbo twists and put them in the classifieds here if you are interested, the rims are the flat silver color. I was asking 650 shipped as they are in really good condition, let me know if you are interested the price is negotiable.

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