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 Post subject: Tyres for a good ride; 2011 Boxster 987
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:53 pm 
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I'm very new to Porsche ownership, as in about 5 days, though I've admired them for as long as I can remember. Took the plunge last week and bought a very nice late 987 with 18" wheels, and I can't stop staring at it! :D

The tyres are an odd mixture, the fronts being 8 years old and made in Serbia, while the rears are a mere 2 years old and from Korea. Being a keen biker too, I know the value of good fresh rubber and would be grateful for advice on current tyre options, especially any that give a more compliant ride than others. The local roads in Norfolk, if not everywhere, are increasingly poor, and I'd trade a little 'performance' for a tad more comfort. Fresh rubber will give better grip anyway.

Thanks for any help you can give.

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 Post subject: Re: Tyres for a good ride; 2011 Boxster 987
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:32 pm 
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The bigger the rim, the less sidewall for compliance

Avoid XL tyres extra load, I have just put a set of Pirelli Nero GT on my 968, the ride is much quieter and possibly a bit softer than the old Chinese that came off

These are 17 inch rims on my car,

I would suspect the rims are upgraded on yours with 18, standard might have been 17

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 Post subject: Re: Tyres for a good ride; 2011 Boxster 987
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I like Continental Contact Sport on my Cab, they last longer than Pirellis. Only by 2000 miles but I kill the rears every 5000 miles so, 2000 is a lot :lol:

I run Bridgestone S02’s on the others.

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Hi :)

I run 18 inch wheels on my 928...

I use Falkens...REALLY good in the dry and fair in the wet....

About half the price of the big 2... Pirellis or Michelin...

All the best Brett :)

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Thanks for the comments, chaps. In a flash of inspiration, I considered moving the goal-posts and looking for an affordable set of 17" wheels. Plenty on ebay so four, with tyres, are on order for not much more than the price of two decent new tyres. They may well need fresh rubber but I'm sure I'm going in the right direction, even if arguably the car won't look as cool. One review I read prior to purchase said that going from 17" to 18" ruined the ride quality and advised against it, but you have to buy the best car available at the right time and go with whatever options the first owner specified.

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Nothing wrong with two sets of wheels

It was a good idea, allows you to do some research on softer 18’s and get the rims refurbished if they need it without loosing the car

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Tyres are quite a bit cheaper for the 17" wheels.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 would be my choice.

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Oh well, you live and learn. I bought a set of decent 17" wheels with tyres, the wheels being exactly the same style as the 18" ones on my car. Went to fit them today, and although they were sold as 987-fit, the offset was insufficient to clear the big calipers on the front so I didn't bother to try the rears. Fortunately, they came from a breaker only about 20 miles away, and it's no problem to return them and get my money back. Is it well known that Porsche fitted different calipers to some of the basic Boxsters?

The guy had an interesting suggestion re softening the ride, and that was to buy new 18" tyres with a 5% bigger aspect ratio, ie 45 instead of 40, and definitely not the stiffer N-rated types. I doubt there would be clearance problems with them, so I'll get looking. The car is so sharp in it's handling that I'm very willing to trade a little of that for a friendlier ride!

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