Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-01-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
New to me 986 S.....

HI all.

Shopping for a Mustang gt, I impulse bought an 01 boxster s. It currently has Carreras 19's and rides like a truck. Will dropping to 18's make much different? 265 30/ 225 35 19's general max tires could be the problem too.

While it doesn't have v8 pull, so far all I can say is GIGGITY
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: CO
Posts: 126
17's will make the most difference.
Tcar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2016, 01:51 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 2
Garage
I picked up a 2003 Boxster S in April that rides on the 18" light alloy Carrera wheel option. I expected the ride to be a little harsh, but I am very happy with the ride. Smooth enough that my wife can work on her laptop when necessary while on long trips. Yeah, I know, replace the side marker with clears.

Lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2016, 02:34 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
thanks guys
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 08:20 AM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
this is only a test
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 09:35 AM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 7,236
Whatever smaller wheel and tire combo you choose, know that the Boxster loves lighter wheels and will give you a lot more performance with less unsprung weight.

When I remove my aftermarket 18's (heavy) and put on my factory 17s for the track, the car has a lot more "giddy up and go". It's really noticeable.
__________________
'97 Boxster (Black Hole for 42,000 Dead Presidents and counting) - 122k
New motor, transmission, suspension, and on and on and on it goes...
RandallNeighbour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 03:04 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
Thanks Randall

I know it's a trade off between looks and performance. Not sure how heavy the Carrera wheels are...still searching
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 03:22 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
Wow somewhere between 22-24 for the front and 27-28 for the rear. No wonder it rides like a tank.
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 03:55 PM   #9
On the slippery slope
 
JayG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 3,307
Garage
First of all welcome and it ain't real without pictures

Yes, get rid of the 19's
18's are find and if you are going to track or autocross the cars, look into getting a set of 17" wheels as well. You will eat tires, at least sticky ones and they are less $$ in 17" than 18". Also the potential performance increase due to the unsprung weight

I run Pilot Super Sports in 18" as my DD tires and Re-71's in 17" for play. Frankly I would have gone with Sumi HTR ZIII for my DD tires, but the Super Sports were free
__________________
2004 Boxster S 6 speed - DRL relay hack, Polaris AutoTop DIY
2004 996 Targa Tip
Instructor - San Diego region, 2014 Porsche Performance Driving School
2013 C300, 2010 Jetta 2011 Mazda 3, 1998 Windstar - Dog van , 2004 F-150 "Big Red"
JayG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 04:34 PM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
Here are a couple of pics I took earlier to see if it was a stock ride height or not. measured 26 rear with new tires and 25.75 front with bald tires.


Attached Images
   
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 04:37 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
FYI I usually send a pic with my middle finger in it when I get called out since I'm new here, I held back
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 04:39 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Wheaton Il
Posts: 148
Love my 18" BBS wheels. 8 in front and 10 in back gives this car a great look.
Attached Images
 
2000986s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2016, 09:45 PM   #13
Registered User
 
911monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: California Central Coast
Posts: 1,268
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eastcoastmod View Post
Here are a couple of pics I took earlier to see if it was a stock ride height or not. measured 26 rear with new tires and 25.75 front with bald tires.


Hey Welcome; Looking at your pics it appears your wheels have some mix of lug bolts. They do not appear correct to me. Might want to pull and have a look, Especially the ones that have the grade stamps on them.
911monty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 04:16 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
thanks Monty
I assume you mean lug nuts since there is no way you can see the bolts/studs. They will all be changed when I buy new rims. It's on the hoist now getting an alignment and a quick look over before I order new rims.
Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 05:05 AM   #15
2003 S, Arctic Silver, M6
 
paulofto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Posts: 1,021
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eastcoastmod View Post
thanks Monty
I assume you mean lug nuts since there is no way you can see the bolts/studs. They will all be changed when I buy new rims. It's on the hoist now getting an alignment and a quick look over before I order new rims.
On the Boxster they are 'lug bolts' not nuts and studs. Yours do look a little unusual, almost like machine or stove bolts.
paulofto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 07:14 AM   #16
Perfectionist
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 86
Definitely get 18 inch and get some good tires!
I would only get Michelin or Continental, great performance, ride and quite.

I would never cheap out on the tires, I wouldn't cheap out on anything in a sports car.
Safety is important and no way would anyone gonna drive these cars like a Prius!
Shred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 08:25 AM   #17
Registered User
 
911monty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: California Central Coast
Posts: 1,268
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eastcoastmod View Post
thanks Monty
I assume you mean lug nuts since there is no way you can see the bolts/studs. They will all be changed when I buy new rims. It's on the hoist now getting an alignment and a quick look over before I order new rims.
Well a short read you might be interested in then since you're buying new wheels. The ones you appear to have are probably Dorman from a parts house and do not have the conical ball. FYI Woody has used ones for ~2.50 each.

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/51168-aftermarket-lug-bolts.html

PS; Also since you appear to be unfamiliar with Euro cars, now may be a good time to practice changing a wheel. The side of the road in a business suit is usually not the time to learn how to start a lug bolt. Hint: there is a rod in the tool pouch that some find useful. Happy trails.

Last edited by 911monty; 08-03-2016 at 09:20 AM.
911monty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 10:09 AM   #18
B6T
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 190
My car also has the General Ultramax whatever tires and also sounds like a truck.

It's more the tires to blame than the wheel size. Tire compound and tread design can give tires an inherent sound, and unusual wear patterns can give them an even louder sound.
B6T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 01:47 PM   #19
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
Thanks guys
I am a noob to euro for sure.
I'm used to v8 muscle with one exception; my 1991 MR2.
I bought this as a daily driver mostly because my wife of 28 years is moving out.
Made her really happy when I pulled into the driveway.
It had almost everything I wanted. A rust free car with a clean interior, roof that came off. mid engine. and room for my clubs...they just fit.

I saved this car from it's past owner.
The guy who owned it blacked out all the lights and put a ghastly wing on the back. (
not that there is anything wrong with that )
I'm almost embarrassed to drive it the way it is. I
'm sure it felt like a big male dog, dressed up in a hideous outfit, out for a walk with it's master every time he took it out.

Here she sits, broken hearted, oh so fearful, she may get parted.
Her knew owner buys her bling, really soon he'll make her sing.

Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2016, 02:05 PM   #20
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Posts: 41
I took your advice and took a look at the bolts/nut.
It turns out that the front one with the odd looking markings looks to be correct with the rounded ball etc.
the rear however came off as a lug nut...then the light came on.
The rear has at least a 30mm spacer in place to push out the 11 inch rim so it makes sense that it would have nut.

Eastcoastmod is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page