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Old 12-07-2005, 01:44 PM   #1
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New Wheels!

Nothing fancy here, but I'm sporting new wheels and shoes! Check out the pix!
I went with Carrera Lights (replica - scoff if you want) and BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW (they look really mean!).
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Old 12-07-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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Do you mind letting us know how much you paid for the replicas?
I have seen them on eBay for around $1k.
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Old 12-07-2005, 02:03 PM   #3
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Do you mind letting us know how much you paid for the replicas?
I have seen them on eBay for around $1k.
These are the ones you see on eBay "Fits Boxster Without Spacers." Buy it Now for $979+shipping. The quality appears pretty good. We'll see how they hold up. The center caps match but look cheapish, so I may replace those with my authentic caps (if they fit -haven't checked yet).
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:19 PM   #4
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hi jeph, i am picking up the same wheels in the morning here in los angeles except i had mine chromed...who have you been dealing with carlos? how bad are the center caps? and did the wheels and tires fit without rubbing? thanks ..


p.s your car looks great
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Old 12-07-2005, 07:11 PM   #5
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Wow, those are some wicked looking tires! They are more aggressive looking than the tires on my daily driving SUV.
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Old 12-07-2005, 07:40 PM   #6
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rims are sweet! Those are the meanest looking tires I have ever seen...it looks like they might double as rally tires!
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Old 12-08-2005, 05:37 AM   #7
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Those are my fav. Porsche wheels. I have a set on a 911 at present and love them.

Nice!

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Old 12-08-2005, 05:56 AM   #8
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I got my Carrera 5 spokes from Ernie's Alloys in Miami for $1900. No center caps.
Jeph, Are those 9.5 in the back?
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Old 12-08-2005, 06:31 AM   #9
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Jeph, when it thaws out up there in North Houston you should take it out and run your car up to 100+ and see if the car or steering wheel shakes anywhere along the speed range. I'd really like to know how well these rims and your new tires perform under a speed load.

BTW, I'd also like to know if you think the 18's provide a rougher ride than the 17's you had on there previously.
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It is my understanding that it will take about 500 miles for the tires to break-in. And as soon as the weather de-crapifies, I shall be able to give a full report. The reason I purchased these tires is because of their impressive rating at tirerack.com as well as just the way they look. They DO look mean, and I love that! A lot of reviews said these things were loud but so far they seem about the same as P Zeros.

I have been dealing with Carlos on the deal, not much, just a few emails here and there. The center caps are just smooth with the logo printed on it (where on Porsche caps the logo is pressed/embedded)... they look fine from standing distance, but un-Porsche-ish from close (washing distance).

One thing to note if you have locking lugs: because the holes for the lugs are so deep on the rear wheels, you either need a special tool getting them on or use just regular lugs.

The wheels are 18x8 front & 18x10 rear Perfectlap. It's close! But it fits and looks fat (and even phat). A locked turn may reveal some contact... haven't really tested yet. I may zip-tie down the brake line in the rear because it's pretty close to the wheel.


And notice the smoked center brake light -that's LED baby! Pick one of those up on eBay, they're really bright.


The attached photos below show the width of the tires on the car. They are touched up to reveal the tires mostly... and one of them was taken from my phone, so excuse the quality. There is also a center cap photo.
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Jeph, how heavy are the wheels? Im assuming they are aluminum?
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Jeph, what is the speed rating of your new tires?

The LED brake light looks nice! Thanks for pointing this out.

You should have your bumperettes painted to match your exterior color, IMHO.
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10" in the rear with no spacers? That's a first.

For those of you who are interested Road and Track did a very interesting tire shoot out in the last issue. There were a few inexpensive tires that did very well.
And some more expensive Continentals and Goodyears that perforwed in the wet signficantly better than the rest.
I still have my Toyo RA-1's on the car and snow is predicted tonight! Not sure to go for full snows or a winter tire. Nothing worse than driving somewhere when its only raining and then having to drive home in slush while the Boxsters spins out of control.
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According to FedEx shipping, the fronts are 23lbs. and rears 26lbs. I'm not sure if they're aluminium or not. They're made in Italy, which I feel more comfortable with opposed to China or Korea, etc.

Speed rating on the TireRack website said "YR" but the tires say "ZR" like in the following (awesome) picture:
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I went to the dealership this weekend (Boardwalk Porsche/Audi - Plano, TX). They're nice there (No charge! $). The were able to get my locking lugs on the rear tires -no special tools required. They even zip-tied my parking brake lines (even though they said the gap [distance from the wheel to the brake line] was fine).

These replicas must be pretty accurate... both the service advisor & the technician were suprised these weren't Porsche wheels!

Also, as per RandallNeighbour's request, 100+ runs did not reveal any steering wheel shaking. And the only time I've noticed the ride to be more rough (so far) when compared to 17" wheels is going over bumps and potholes that suck with any sized wheel.

And speeking of speed runs, does a speedometer need to be recalibrated when different sized wheels are used? My speedometer(s) seem/feel inaccurate.
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And speeking of speed runs, does a speedometer need to be recalibrated when different sized wheels are used? My speedometer(s) seem/feel inaccurate.
Jeph, your speedometer show's you going slowing than it actually feels like it...right?
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[QUOTE=Perfectlap]10" in the rear with no spacers? That's a first.

I have 18X10 rears with no spacers as well. They fit fine. Shift26 has 19X10.5 on his. All depends on the wheels. I am even running a 285/30/18 rears with no problems
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What did you end up doing with your old rims trigem2k?
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What did you end up doing with your old rims trigem2k?
They are listed on ebay at the moment....You can check them out

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=8022012672&sspa gename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT
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Old 12-12-2005, 06:19 PM   #20
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Since we're doing eBay plugs...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-Boxster-Factory-Wheels-Rims-17-Twists-986-NR_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ43957QQitemZ80221531 61QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW
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