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Adding tires to rims on my 99 996

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Hi All,

I have been told that the 17inch stock rims on my 911 are painted and a special machine that does not scratch the rim needs to be used to put the tire on. Is this true?

I was just planning on going to Costco and having them put my tires on.

Also what do people think of kumho tires, or should I stick with the pilot sports.

thank you


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There were 8 different 17" wheels that have been used on the 996. Some are two piece construction with some paint and some alloy, and some are painted completely.

Ask your installer if they are willing to pay $700-$1000 for EACH damaged wheel. If it were my car I would buy the tires from TireRack (or Costco if you prefer) and have a TireRack installer (see their site) do the work. You will need a good off-car spin balance and they should use high quality tape weights. I also think "new tires time" is also "alignment time" - no use ruining a new set of tires with poor alignment (IMHO).

You will likely get a little more wear out of Pilot Sports - but they will cost more.

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