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Porsche 911 Tires and Wheels



  • Will the following wheels fit a 1995 - 911 (993) with out modifications??

  • my 2001 turbo needs new tires at 12,000 miles and a few wheels have curb rash so i am looking at upgrading to the newer model's (997) 19" wheels and tires. does anyone know if they will fit into my wheel wells without rubbing and what the offset should be to make these work? will i need spaces and if so, how big? also, the new wheels come with pressure sensors but of course my car does not have this option. does this matter in the fitment? thanks
  • brit04brit04 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Carrera S which has had Michelin Pilot sport from day 1. I have 10K miles with probably 60% left on the tread. My experience with Pirelli P-Zeros on a previous Jaguar XK8 was about 6-8K for the rear tires then replacing them with Michelins for 15K+ miles with no noticable performance compromise. I am a Michelin convert as they wear well and grip well and let go predictably. This is fairly spirited driving with no track use so far.
  • i agree that the michelins outlast the pirellis, although my mercedes wagon goes through michelins pretty fast for a family vehicle. my concern about the upgrade has more to do with fitment, however. does anyone know about needing spacers for the 19" wheels that have offsets of 56 and 57, while my car's 18"ers have 50 and 45.
  • I just took my 07 turbo in for its first service a week ago and encountered the same issue. The dealership wanted to charge me $1600 for a new set of rear Michelins and another 500 for an AWD alignment. My fronts have only 50% wear and it seems evenly disbursed. It seems to definitely be a rear suspension camber issue. I am switching from the michelins to Pirelli after reading reviews and comparing test results between the Michelins, Bridgestone and Pirelli. Also, I am getting 4 new tires for what the dealership wanted to charge me for 2...

    235/35ZR19 Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico N1
    for 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Standard brakes
    In Stock 2 $308.00 $616.00
    305/30ZR19 Pirelli PZero Rosso Asimmetrico N1
    for 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Standard brakes
    In Stock 2 $445.00 $890.00
    Shipping Sub-Total: $52.10

    I think it may be something thqt can be tweaked on the rear suspension to increase the camber slightly to prevent this uneven wear. However, I am not impressed with 50% wear on my front set of Michellins with less than 10K miles. Hence the switch to the Pirelli (I'll let you know how these wear over the summer).
  • Addendum....

    The Dealership wanted to charge $400 for load balancing TWO tires. I am having all FOUR done for $200....

    No WONDER Porsche forward market earnings expectations are high....
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Not sure what reviews you have read, but from everything I've read and heard from others with experience, the Michelins are equal or better than the Pirelli's in both performance and wear. Both my selling dealer and my servicing dealer claim that the Michelins are quieter, comparable dry performance, better wet performance and last 20% longer than P-Zero Rosso's.

    I have Pirelli's on my 911S (same size as yours, except rears are 295 vs. 305). I replaced the rears at 12,500 miles. Fronts are still decent at 18,500 miles. I would have gone to Michelins, but because of a mess up on something else, the dealer gave me the Pirelli's for $440 each (Tire Rack price) and mounted/balanced them for free. Next time, I'll reconsider the Michelins.
  • my P zero's are noisy too, but are wearing well after 13,000 miles on both front and rear of my 996TT. my wife and i drive mercedes E series most of the time, however, and the michelins on them do not hold up well, but are quiet. we've gone through 3 sets of pilots on the E55 and two sets on the E350 with less than 40,000 miles on them. also, the michelins split and leak from the sidewalls very easily and cannot be patched when damaged like that.
  • 07997turbo07997turbo Posts: 31
    Looking at the tread configuration, I can agree that the Michelins are quieter (Though the 480 BHP growl behind me kinda drones them out) but the tread on the pirellis seems to be much better in the rain with far less hydroplaning. If the tires are good enough for a hlf a million dollar lambo.... we shall see how they wear. :-)
  • Chile96 is right. I had a slow leak in my rear tire and dropped into the dealer. They found nothing (no nail in the tire etc)..they did however tell me that my tires were down to the bone on the inside due to the negative camber. Dealer told me that I must be really into the corners (which I always am especially on the sunday morning drives). Check the car when its up on the hoist. You cannot tell by looking at the tires when its on the ground. The inner edges can be bald and the outer may look fine. It was really surprising to me too.
    I barely get a summer of the rears and I drive my car every single day from home to the office from spring to fall (except in bad ugly weather)
  • I own a 2004 Cab C4S, and the finish is coming off the wheels, of course the dealer says they can't do anything about it, it only has 22000 miles on it. They also claim that the previous owner had the wheels reworked because of curb rub. I was fine with that until I read an article in Auto Week that claims the dust from the brakes cause this to happen, anyone know anything about this?
  • ffongffong Posts: 2
    I just purchased my first 911 4S Cabriolet.My wife is driving it now she found the rear tire had a nail in it. When my wife took the car to the local Porsche dealer, the service manager, told my wife that Porsche will not fix a simple nail in the tire because of liabilities. She needs to buy a new tire and replace it. They send my wife to a tire shop to do the repair, anyone out there had the same experienced?
    My personal opinion is that they may hold more liabilities turning my wife away, knowingly that she drives with a nail in the tire.........not a very considerate in more ways than one, safety, customer service, and liabilities. please give me your feed back......

  • Although this advice is self-serving and expensive, it is not unusual. I suggest you try a local tire shop that handles the Michelin or Pirelli's that your car wears. They will most likely repair your tire or offer to replace it if there is any warranty left on it. If you think a new tire is expensive, you can imagine the outrage I felt when a dealer strongly recommended replacing both rear tires on my Porsche when only one had a flat...
  • ffongffong Posts: 2
    Thank you for your input.
  • When I had my Boxster the thing seemed to attract nails into the right rear tire. Called my Porsche service manager and he gave me the same story. His explanation was that the tires were a certain speed rating and once repaired they were no longer certified at that speed rating. A liability thing. Made sense to me.

    Took the car to my local wrench who serviced my beater and my wife's car and he put a plug in the tire. Plug held up until I turned the car in at the end of the lease. I could no longer drive it at 120 mph but I never did that anyway.
  • nova1969nova1969 Posts: 1

    I also have a Porsche 911S, How are those new tires holding up, i am curently looking for a set and I am beginning to conclude I might be better off spending more for a good set of Michelins and Pirellis. I currently have 18600 miles on the car and the tread is good for another 3000 miles.

    How is your 911 holding up assuming you still have it. I see you last post was 2008,
  • Hi,
    I'm a newbie to this forum. I have a 1986 911 Targa that need tires. Tire Rack was suggested as a source. Seems their highest rated tire (I only do summer driving, no racing) is the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 (Extreme Performance Summer). The tread design is "different" and i was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with this tire. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
  • jerseyguy1jerseyguy1 Posts: 51
    I have Continental Contact Sport 2 on my '04 911 Cab. Noise level is fine. Only disappointment is the wear. Had to replace the rear tires at 10,000 miles. Fronts are fine, should easily last another 10,000 until it is time to replace the rear tires again. I do not drive the car all that hard. Was hoping to get at least 15,000out of the rears. Not to be the case.

    as an aside,, I just put a set of Continental DWS (dry, wet, snow) tires on my wife's Lincoln LS. They have about 3,000 miles on them. So far, very impressed.
  • fishmrfishmr Posts: 1
  • walterd1walterd1 Posts: 1
    edited October 2010
    I've a 2001 C2 with a Turbo configuration (295 30 18) on the rear, would like to think out of the box and try Redestein Sessanta but they do not make that size, they make 295 35 18. Does any one know if I can change to that size on the rear?

    There are all type of good comments and reviews about those tires
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