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Old 03-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Will a 17x7 55 offset 996 wheel fit over the front 2002 S caliper?

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I want to go ahead and say yes. My understanding is 17 is the smallest wheel diameter for S brakes, and the offset is not extreme. Standard offset for front Boxster wheel is 52 mm stock, 55mm is a 3mm difference. However, that 3mm will be going towards the calipers, rather than away from. It should fit, but another what does anyone else have to say?

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Will fit. But, not ideal.
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Will fit. But, not ideal.
Thanks, care to elaborate?
It's intended for track use.
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Thanks, care to elaborate?
It's intended for track use.
Namely because it's a very narrow wheel with a high offset. I'm no track expert, and hopefully others will weigh in, but those who track or autoX their boxster typically running 235's or 245's up front. With that said, a 7 inch wheel is awfully narrow for a tire of that width. In addition, if your looking to increase your "track", a +55 offset is working counter to that principle. Again, I'm no track expert.
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Thanks, fair points. I'm on 225's now.
Okay experts, your turn.
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I want to go ahead and say yes. My understanding is 17 is the smallest wheel diameter for S brakes, and the offset is not extreme. Standard offset for front Boxster wheel is 52 mm stock, 55mm is a 3mm difference. However, that 3mm will be going towards the calipers, rather than away from. It should fit, but another what does anyone else have to say?
Thanks Kenny, the offset on my stock wheels is 50.
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It depends entirely on how capable a driver you are as to whether or not the 17x 7 will do it as a track wheel on a Boxster. If you are anything short of expert then they will be fine. Until recently, when it became legal to run the square setup, all specboxsters ran on these very wheels and people achieved some pretty heroic times.

I presume you are using these because you already have them or can get them very cheap. If not, and your choice is open, then you may want to consider going to 8.5s (ie the stock rear) or maybe even 18s.

5mm BTW can very easily be resolved with a spacer.

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It depends entirely on how capable a driver you are as to whether or not the 17x 7 will do it as a track wheel on a Boxster. .....
Thanks, I was looking for the extra drive out of corners that 17's would provide, but if I carry more speed into and through the corner then coming out becomes a smaller issue.
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