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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-24-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
OEM Wheels vs Aftermarket Wheels

I'm thinking of maybe going to 18" wheels on my new (to me) Boxster. Not sure if I will but I might.

I see used OEM wheels selling for anything in the range of $1,000 to over $2,000 a set. I also see on Tirerack many brand new wheels for about $450 each, or $1,800 a set, or about the same as what a used set of OEM wheels cost. For example, the Alleggerita HLT. And you can get the Porsche center caps on them.

Are the aftermarket wheels really a substantially inferior quality to the OEM wheels? Certainly a lot of advantages to buying wheels that are brand new rather than used ones from a stranger.
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's

Last edited by BoxMann; 03-24-2019 at 06:20 PM.
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2019, 06:49 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoxMann View Post
Are the aftermarket wheels really a substantially inferior quality to the OEM wheels?
Depends on who manufactures the aftermarket wheels.

Even genuine OEM ones with Porsche part numbers on them are made by qualified suppliers; most of whom are also in the aftermarket industry.
ripratama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2019, 07:23 PM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by ripratama View Post
Depends on who manufactures the aftermarket wheels.

Even genuine OEM ones with Porsche part numbers on them are made by qualified suppliers; most of whom are also in the aftermarket industry.
Well, what about the Alleggerita HLT wheels that I mentioned as an example?
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2019, 07:48 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In the garage...
Posts: 1,565
There is a world of difference between ask and the ACTUAL resale price of most OEM P-car wheels.

A few styles / designs can fetch $3-4-500 a wheel but vast majority are on lower end of that scale if not even lower - especially high volume / low demand styles (lobster forks for instance). Spec B helps the 17" market but even then...

Good luck!
__________________
"Cool Prius!"
- Nobody
Burg Boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2019, 07:53 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burg Boxster View Post
There is a world of difference between ask and the ACTUAL resale price of most OEM P-car wheels.

A few styles / designs can fetch $3-4-500 a wheel but vast majority are on lower end of that scale if not even lower - especially high volume / low demand styles (lobster forks for instance). Spec B helps the 17" market but even then...

Good luck!
Yeah, I understand there's a big difference between "ask" and "actual", but I guess my primary inquiry is whether I'd be getting a significantly inferior wheel by buying something like the Alleggerita HLT from TireRack rather than a used OEM.

BTW, what is "Spec B"?
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2019, 10:06 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: CO
Posts: 939
The biggest difference (usually) with aftermarket “cheap” wheels is weight. Overall, going to 18’s is going to increase that anyway, so going with a cheap wheel may make that even more so. Having said that, it really depends. Would you feel the weight difference? Maybe, but probably not. There will be some minor loss of acceleration, possible higher suspension and brake wear, but again, not outrageous. The wheels you are talking about are probably of similar weight to stock Boxster wheels. Check the weight, they are usually published.
Geof3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 12:13 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by BoxMann View Post
Well, what about the Alleggerita HLT wheels that I mentioned as an example?
Those are made by OZ, a reputable wheel maker. No issues there.
ripratama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 07:20 AM   #8
Registered User
 
husker boxster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Omaha
Posts: 2,217
These just came up on pca and are somewhat local to you.

https://www.pca.org/classified-ad/334626
__________________
PCA National HPDE Instructor
2008 Boxster S Limited Edition #005
2007 Cayman S - SOLD on Valentine's Day 2013
2008 Cayman S Sport - Signal Green
husker boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 07:35 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
Posts: 18
Oz makes very good wheels. If you want to know what some good brands are, look at what aftermarket wheels people put on their 911's. I know HRE are good too. One thing though look at the reviews for those wheels. It says they easily bend and to avoid any roads with potholes. Seeing as you live in new york I'd recommend against them. As i've hit some massive potholes myself and thankfully the oem wheels are still fine.
MichaelV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 07:48 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by MichaelV View Post
One thing though look at the reviews for those wheels. It says they easily bend and to avoid any roads with potholes. Seeing as you live in new york I'd recommend against them. As i've hit some massive potholes myself and thankfully the oem wheels are still fine.
I didn't read the reviews, but thank you very much for pointing that out. I think that's a dealbreaker right there. And maybe that's why OEM wheels are a lot more money.
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 08:59 AM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,222
With used wheels it will always be difficult to determine how true they are vertically and horizontally. Some of the money you save on buying them may be spent getting them trued. And if they need refinishing they should be really cheap. I think any wheels, OEM or aftermarket, in factory OEM widths for these cars, where the spokes are offset closer to the outer rim are going to be somewhat susceptible to bending on what passes for roads in the NY metro area. Buying new aftermarket wheels you'll know you are starting out true. If you go aftermarket, stick with a good brand and make sure the wheel centers are the right size (concentric?) to fit snug on the hub carriers. You don't want to rely on torqueing the lug bolts to get the wheel centered on the hub in my humble opinion.
PaulE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 09:13 AM   #12
Registered User
 
The Radium King's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,923
light, stiff, cheap. choose two.
The Radium King is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 10:49 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Radium King View Post
light, stiff, cheap. choose two.
Interesting . . .
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 10:51 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulE View Post
With used wheels it will always be difficult to determine how true they are vertically and horizontally. Some of the money you save on buying them may be spent getting them trued.
I've been thinking about exactly that. Seems you might want to even get a PPI on the wheels.
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 10:57 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: NY Suburbs
Posts: 272
17" vs 18" Wheels/Tires

As I'm looking into possibly getting 18" wheels for my new (to me) Boxster, I'm beginning to wonder if this is all worth it. Besides cosmetic appearance, how much of a performance/handling difference would I see? A little? A lot? I realize that it's somewhat subjective, but would it really be a big noticeable difference? I'd welcome your thoughts and impressions.

I've heard turn-in is noticeably better, but once you're in the turn, not much of a difference. Then there's also the issue of 18" (or 19" for that matter) wheels/tires being more susceptible to damage from potholes than would a smaller diameter wheel.
__________________
2004 Boxster S, 6 spd, Triple Black
1986 944 Turbo (sold in 1988)
Since then, a 300ZX, a few BMW 3 Series, a few VW's
BoxMann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 11:02 AM   #16
Registered User
 
jmitro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: OK
Posts: 111
the OZ wheels are very popular and I would guess very good quality;
I have one or possibly two pair of 18" wheels for sale; one set available here:
https://rennlist.com/forums/market/1135354

as far as performance - less weight with 17" wheels/tires, but lower sidewall with 18" (theoretically better steering response) and maybe more tire choices
__________________
99 Boxster $3000 project (fixed) http://986forum.com/forums/new-member-introductions/74499-please-allow-myself-introduce-myself.html
74 914 GT clone restoration http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?act=ST&f=2&t=260933
87 924S (next project)
jmitro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 11:07 AM   #17
Registered User
 
Ciao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Denver
Posts: 760
Garage
One size doesn't fit all. For track racing and performance I would stick with factory size. For looks maybe switch to 18" but you'll pay more for tire size and limited sizes in 18"; MPGs might decrease.
__________________
5280 Cruising @High Altitude
Seal Gray & K&N Filter
Ciao is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2019, 01:37 PM   #18
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,222
FWIW I've got a set of OEM 17 inch Boxster II wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 N3 tires in the OEM size and a set of 18 inch Lt. Alloy Carrera wheels also with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 N3 tires in the OEM sizes. I weighed them and I think the fronts were about the same weight and the 18 inch rears were about a pound heavier. And on the street I can't really tell the difference between them. I've only used the 18's in the few HPDE's that I've done.

PaulE 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 11:22 AM.


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