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Old 11-22-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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add a spare to the 987

looking for some info, the 987 did not include a spare wheel and tire, and i pushed it out of my mind but i can't live like this with no backup.

from what i've been able to find there is a inflatable spare that is designated for the 987 but would a spare wheel and tire from a 986 also fit the space in the frunk for the 987?

if i recall, the 986 spare was a compact spare, has anyone every added one of these to their 987,

i intend to go the used route, no budget for factory new pricing.


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Old 11-23-2010, 06:19 AM   #2
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If spare is such important to you, why don't you just get runflat? :P
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:09 AM   #3
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There was some good recommendations on Renntech.com , IIRC you can use a 911 spare also? From what I've heard, run-flats ride and perform poorly. The only disadvantage of adding a spare is obviously the loss of 1/2 your trunk space. I've just decided to add a tire plug/inflator kit. When I replace the tires, I'll add an aftermarket TPMS.

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Old 11-24-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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I agonized over this when I bought my 987. I've never owned a car that didn't have a spare and especially a $58K car. Then it hit me - it's been 30 yrs since I've had a flat tire / blowout. Doesn't mean I can't have one tomorrow, but tires are pretty good these days. I sleep just fine without having a spare.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:38 PM   #5
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I've had a blowout on my '04 986 and it was really nice to have the spare. The old
tire was shredded wheat, and it BARELY fit in the trunk!

When a tire goes on a P-car, Fix-A-Flat or an inflation device will not cut it.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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Boy, can I second Beelzy's comments. I had a rear go at 60MPH with no place to turn off.; it shredded. Fix-A-Flat would not be of help, but luckily my spare would....had it had air or I had an inflater. Long story short, I made it to help and all is well, except the cost of a new tire that had only 2500 miles on it (pic is before cleaning!).

Been years since a flat had occurred on any of my cars, but I guess it happens...and it sucks when it yours.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:57 PM   #7
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If it will give you a piece of mind, look for a 986 spare tire kit for sale. However, be prepared to pay a lot. For one reason or another these kits seem to be a commodity and they command a high asking price . Ironically, I've long since taken mine out of the car. But ask me if I would sell it ?, and the answer would be no. Call it a false sense of security I guess .
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:05 PM   #8
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I stand corrected. Here's a great opportunity to grab a spare for cheap !


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110616096209#ht_500wt_1182
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:05 PM   #9
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A 986 Spare will work fine. There should be a glut of these since every boxster spec race car was gutted. Check ebay. I usually run without a spare in the car but carry a fix a flat kit and 12v compressor. For sidewall blowouts I have AAA premium membership. Long trips I usually carry the compact spare and on track days I shoehorn a full size rear into the frunk. It fits fine if you just lean it back.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:11 PM   #10
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That's why I feel a TPMS is essential, you have to catch a leak before it gets low enough to destroy the tire. Tires almost never just "blow out", unless you hit something big. They lose pressure, then overheat and blow out. I've plugged a dozen tires over the years (but not the Boxter yet!), and it's always been a screw or nail.
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Old 11-25-2010, 07:47 AM   #11
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I picked up a 986 spare for our 987 last year and carry it in the front when we take long trip or do DEs.

The OD is off relative to the other tires so this would be just a temp fix if a tire goes bad in an out of the way place.

I'd recommend the trunk inner shield to go with it --can't think of the name--that protects the trunk lid underside from damage from cargo hitting the inside of the trunk lid if you hit a bump.

It ran about $150 for the whole tire kit which included the tire/jack and tools.

Some may feel it's not needed but I like the idea of a little insurance if things go bad and you're in a spot far from help or even cellphone coverage.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:30 AM   #12
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Someone posted a link to this site awhile back. They list a spare for $58.95
Some of the responses think they get their stuff from the used parts yards (dismantlers).
http://shop.wheelsrims.net/search.html?make=porsche&model=boxster&year=2000&part_type=

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