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1997 Boxster 2.5 5-spd Spare Tire

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I'm new to both the forums here and the Porsche DIY world. I have discovered some dry rot on the spare tire for my 1997 Boxster spare tire. The spare wheel has only been mounted once and is in great shape (used < 10 miles), but my local dealer wants me to relpace the entire wheel just to get new rubber (Continental 105/95 R17). Is this required, or is there a way to get new rubber mounted? I tried a few of the independent tire stores and they can't seem to get that size (although they say they could mount it for me if I got the tire). Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.


1997 Boxster 2.5 - soon to become the "project" car when I pick up my ...

2008 Boxster RS 60 Spyder

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  • 2 months later...

I solved this problem myself.

Tire Rack has the rubber - you have to call them and ask for it; it doesn't display on their website.

Once I got the tire, I was able to change it out on a No-Mar Jr Pro Tire Changer, set up for a motorcycle front tire of similar size. This was a bit of a fight since the channel on the spare wheel is not very large/deep.

Overall it worked well - the cost was about $75 total instead of the $500 the dealer wanted for a new wheel and rubber.

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