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I put new wheels on my 987. The rear wheels (only) required spacers. Now, my lug bolts on the front do not match the lug nuts on the rear that were required with the spacers. The 2006 Boxster came with lug bolts that are dimpled and concave on top. With the spacers on the rear, the rear wheels now attach with lug nuts that are smooth and convex on top, not dimpled and concave. I'd like these lug nuts/lug bolts to match. I don't care which I replace (or whether there are "caps" for the lug bolts), as long as they match. Any ideas?
OK, thanks to all. It will be more than a month before the car is delivered, but WheelEnhancement has the 18" 996 Carrera 5-spoke wheels in stock. They will take my MY06 18" Boxster S wheels as a trade-in. They also say the same tires will fit the Carrera wheels, since I'm going with the 8" wide front and 9" wide rear. So it will be one stop shopping at WheelEnhancement. BTW, here are the weight differences (I'm losing five pounds on the front and gaining four and a half pounds on the rear, due to the spacers): 2002 996 Carrera 5-spoke 8x18" 19 lbs. 5 oz. 9x18" 22 lbs. 13 oz. 2005 987 Boxster S 8x18" 21 lbs. 11 oz. 9x18" 22 lbs. 14 oz. The 17mm spacers weigh 2 pounds, 4 ounces each.
I didn't say they didn't make them in Boxster sizes - My point was that specfic wheel sold by Porsche for the Boxster did not come in an 8" front width. Not for that wheel for a Boxster. It will fit fine - it was not a factory option for the Boxster though. You replied by the time I figured it out and edited my post above. You're saying if I want to be true to what was offered for the Boxster, I would go with the 7.5" wide front wheels. I really like the look of these 18" wheels. They're not offered by Porsche for MY06, so already I'm not being true to the year. Am I even "less pure" if I go with the 8" wide front tires? The standard MY06 Boxster S 18" wheels are 8" wide in the front.
According to WheelEnhancement, the 996 Carrera 5-spoke wheels were made optional for the Boxster S in 2003 with a 9-inch wide rear wheel. See this webpage: 996 Carrera 5-Spoke I think I understand what you mean by a "mixture" -- for the MY2003 Boxster, if you ordered the 18" Carrera 5-spoke wheels, you got a front wheel with a width of 7.5" and a rear wheel with a width of 9". Whereas the 996 wheels had widths of 8" front and 10" rear. As long as the look is identical, is there any reason I shouldn't do this mixture of the 18" wheels, with 8" wide in the front and 9" wide in the rear?
I want 18" wheels for my 987S (on order), for ride comfort and handling. I like the look of the 18" Carrera III wheels, but I understand they don't fit on a Boxster. It has been slow to dawn on me that 18" 996 Carrera 5-Spoke wheels look nearly the same and were optional on the 2003 Boxster S. Those wheels come in 8" and 9" widths -- the same widths as the 2005/2006 18" Boxster S wheels. You can see the wheel choices at www.WheelEnhancement.com Is there any reason why I shouldn't put 18" 996 Carrera 5-spoke wheels on my 987S? Below is information that I got from Wheel Enhancement. Any comments on the info they have provided? Is there any issue created by these differing offsets, or with the use of spacers on the rear wheels only? According to Wheel Enhancement: The wheels on the 2006 Boxster S have the following offsets: 8x18" 57mm 9x18" 43mm The 2002 996 Carrera 5-spoke wheels have the following offsets: 8x18" 50mm 9x18" 52mm Using the 8x18" 2002 wheel with a 7mm more aggressive offset on the front is not a problem, the wheel will be well within the fender on the car. The rear 9x18" 2002 wheel sits too far inboard without using a spacer, affecting the handling as well as having a negative affect on the appearance. Using a 17mm Porsche Factory wheel spacer (and silver anodized lug nuts) will bring the rear wheel out 8mm further than the stock wheel, compatible with the front wheel's position.
I'd like to get 18" wheels on a new MY06 Boxster S. I really like the look of the 18" Carrera III wheels that come standard on a Carrera Coupe. Unfortunately, they're not offered as an option for the 987S -- at least not according to the porscheusa.com site. Does anyone know if a dealer would let you order a Boxster S with the 18" Carrera III wheels? (Is there any mechanical reason why these wheels are not offered as an option for the 987S?) Interesting side note: The MSRP markup from the standard 18" Boxster S wheels to the optional 19" Carrera Classic wheels is the same as the markup on a Carrera Coupe if you choose the 19" Carrera Classics over the standard 18" Carrera III wheels.
Please forgive my ignorance, but I don't have the slightest idea what the "ROW side of PET" might be. Or how I might "confirm with Gert." As long as I'm disclosing my lack of fundamental information, may I also inquire whether you are affiliated with a San Jose Porsche dealership, and if so, what its name is. I live in Orange County, but would have no problem ordering my car from a San Jose dealership if that's where I got the best deal. Thanks.
Does the MY 2006 Boxster in the US have the electronic Tire Pressure Monitoring System as either standard or optional equipment? The Porsche Finland site shows the TPMS as an option in Europe. Does anyone know if TPMS can be ordered for a MY 2006 Boxster in the US?
I can't seem to get a clear answer to this question, even from my local dealership. For the 987, I would get the leather sunvisors IF the airbag warning label peels off relatively easily. If the labels are embedded like in the vinyl visors, then no way would I pay extra for the leather visors. Did anyone in the US get the leather visors, or does anyone know if the leather visors come with labels that peel off pretty easily? I would not want to try the denatured alcohol experiment on expensive leather visors. Thanks much.
I borrowed this image from another thread on this site. I'm curious about these parts that hang down about an inch or so below the underbody in front of the front tires. What is this part called, and what is its function? Just guessing, but is it an air dam, to help keep the tires on the road? Or perhaps is its purpose to sacrifice itself to help keep the front end from bottoming out -- like a first line of defense? There are a lot of uneven street surfaces all around where I live and work -- drains, streets meeting at hills, uneven elevations -- and unless I go extra slow and be careful to drive over uneven surfaces at a 45-degree angle (sort of counter-productive to the purpose of a Boxster), I might tear these things to shreds.