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Old 02-21-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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The lightest 17" rims available for 986?

What are the lightness 17" wheels / rims available for my 1997 boxster?

I'm trying to build the lightest 986. 16" won't clear my front brakes.

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Old 02-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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How bad are the 17-inch twists?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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If I remember correctly, the Speedline hollow spoked wheels fitted to the 964/993 Turbo cars where about the lightest - but be prepared to pay big money for them, though I seem to remember that you could buy replicas a few years ago......
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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I'm looking not only into OEM 17" but aftermarket as well. I would be happy with 14lbs or so.

would like to run 245 up front and 285 in the back without rolling fenders.

thank you guys!
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fikse fm10s are fairly light.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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fikse fm10s are fairly light.
nope, around 18lbs for 17" they are not light at all.
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nope, around 18lbs for 17" they are not light at all.
Hmmm, in the sizes you want to run 275/35/17 you will want a 17x10" wheel. A 14lb 17x10 wheel is probably only made from unobtanium... or around $4k each. The lightest 17x10 I have ever seen are these: Fikse FM-5 Forged/Spun 17x10 18.5lbs
http://www.wheelenhancement.com/index.php?t=WheelDetail&id=267
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The only thing I see about a light weight alloy wheel is the strength to take a hard bump like a pot hole. A sudden impact can make these wheels useless. Rather take all that money and put it into the engine.
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O.Z. Alleggerita HLT. These wheels with Porsche bolt pattern are sold ONLY on tirerack.com

This is the lightest rim I could find, but I think it only comes in 18 inch. They are just under 18 lbs.
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He specifically asked for 17" wheels. I'm not familiar with that size for Boxsters.
That said, 18" Forgestar F14s are just as light, if not a little lighter, than the Alleggeritas.
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O.Z. Alleggerita HLT. These wheels with Porsche bolt pattern are sold ONLY on tirerack.com

This is the lightest rim I could find, but I think it only comes in 18 inch. They are just under 18 lbs.
The pricing on these have become very popular for track junkies who obviously put their wheels to the test.

I too would like a 17" wheel but that's simply not practical anymore. Even finding a 18" wheel is hard enough since the aftermarket is set up to cater to Carrera 19" and higher. Boxster fit is not a big enough seller to warrant special builds. OEM Porsche wheels are cost prohibitive and a really poor value for cast alloy that will bend like a Pepsi can just like an $150 mass produced wheel.
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nope, around 18lbs for 17" they are not light at all.
For this car anything under 20# is considered light. The 18" OEM Turbo twists in Boxster fit are nearly 30#. My winter wheels (997 Turbo replicas) on the crap snow tires are definitely over 30# and it does kill acceleration...and gas mileage is down about 15-20%. Thankfully I'll be back on my factory Carrera lights and RE-11 when the weather breaks. Night and day.
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OEM Porsche wheels are cost prohibitive and a really poor value for cast alloy that will bend like a Pepsi can just like an $150 mass produced wheel.
This is not true PL. The OEM cast Porsche wheels are reasonably light and quite strong compared with cast aftermarket Italian or Chinese knockoffs. They compare well with quality forged wheels in terms of strength at a much lower cost. This subject was studied at length within the Spec Boxster Racing class.
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Wait wait wait.... Did you just say you want a 17" wheel that weighs 14 lbs??? I hope you know how ridiculous that is.... Especially an 8.5 inch wide 17" wheel....
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This is not true PL. The OEM cast Porsche wheels are reasonably light and quite strong compared with cast aftermarket Italian or Chinese knockoffs. They compare well with quality forged wheels in terms of strength at a much lower cost. This subject was studied at length within the Spec Boxster Racing class.
interesting. But based on how long it took to dent both of my front factory wheels I would not have payed the steep Porsche premium. And I'm not a daily driver. I also cracked a rear wheel (no coilovers or aftermarket suspension) but that was after four years. Although that doesn't seem like that long a time frame.
I fared no better with my previous cast alloy BBS RK's. Both front wheels dented within a year, one simply slowly driving up onto a steep driveway with a high edge at just the wrong angle.
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What about the team dynamics pro race 1.3 wheels, light and strong, used on the UK touring cars
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I looked into these myself in 18s. The 1.3 is not as light as the 1.2. And they don't make the 1.2 in Boxster fitment. But you may be able to get 1.3s in 17s...not sure. That said, I don't think they'd be as light as what he is shooting for, even if they are available.
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My 1.3 18x8.5 are 11kgs and the 18x10 are 11.75kgs, they are strong too, I run them on all my track cars.



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Those numbers are way different than what Avalon Motorsports quoted me for the 1.3s.

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