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Old 10-31-2005, 01:56 PM   #1
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997 wheels on a 987

Any opinions on whether a 997 18" wheels will fit a 987 w/o spacers? The rears are 10" with an offset of 58mm
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Old 10-31-2005, 02:21 PM   #2
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MikenOH, your current rears (assuming the 18 inch Boxster Wheel) are 9" with an offset of 43. The 19' wheels on the Boxster are 9.5" with a 46 off-set.
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Old 11-01-2005, 01:50 PM   #3
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Yep, but these are off a 997--

with a different width and offset. My dealer says no problem but there is a clearance reduction of 25mm on the inside of the wheel, with half coming from the extra wheel and half from the offset . Seems like a lot to me.
Before I plunk down $2K on a set of wheels I'd like to hear something more than " should work".
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Old 11-01-2005, 04:19 PM   #4
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MikenOH, what about all of that extra stress on the wheel bearings with the greater off-set? Is that good??
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:16 AM   #5
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I really doubt that the extra offset would be detrimental to your wheel bearings. I do know that the Gemballa Competition's that I have on my 986 will fit the non-wide body 996 perfectly. I have 18x8.5's in front and 18x10's in the rear with basically the same offset that you described earlier. I have had no wheel bearing issues in the 10k miles that I've driven since putting the Gemballas on. I did have a bad rear wheel bearing, but that was with the stock wheels.

I would drop by the dealership and ask them to bolt a front and rear wheel on your 987. I know that my local dealer would do this for me, yours may not. I have been toying with the idea of buying a newer 996 Cab in a few years and plan on keeping the Gemballas when I do.
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Old 11-04-2005, 06:43 PM   #6
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I have a like new (200 miles) set of 19" Carrera S rims for sale if you are interested. 8" front and 9.5 rear, 57 and 46 offsets.

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Old 11-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #7
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Chris: I'd love to have those wheels..

on the new car but they are a bit too expensive at this point. thanks for the offer.
BTW, which wheels are you switching to?
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:08 PM   #8
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Miken--I have 19" Champion wheels...

The price is now 1900 rims only. Good luck!

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Old 11-11-2005, 06:00 AM   #9
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Chris--I'm still considering them--

IIRC, you kept your tires, right?
TireRack has some Goodyear F1-G3's for around $200/tire + shipping in the 19" sizes;making the whole package around $3K. Hmmm..
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Old 11-13-2005, 05:46 AM   #10
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Miken--you will love these rims! I still see them on the 987 and wonder how I started down this slippery (mod) slope.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-987-OEM-Boxster-19-CarreraS-rims-NEW-takeoffs_W0QQitemZ8014561074QQcategoryZ43959QQssPa geNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

If you're serious--$1875 shipped to your door. (Have some pesky real estate taxes due next week!)

Let me know if you want to see additional pics.

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