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Aug 13, 2007
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I guess dealership tax is high but where are you going for tires on the P-cars?
You bring up a good point. Do you have to go to a dealer with center lock wheels equipped on those GT models? I suppose a reputable indy shop would also work.

Last year I ordered a set of wheels/tires. It's my daily so I went with the Michelin PS4 All Seasons as the PS4S don't last that long. They came mounted/balanced and I put them on the car myself. I put the winter tires on my OEM wheels and switch them out in the spring/fall.

I had issues with slight vibration on two of the new tires and figured I'd get them re-balanced. Had a tough time getting rid of the vibration and eventually learned (from the wheel manufacturer) that the new Road Force balancing technology which has become the standard is not great for low profile tires. I found an old school tire place that used an optical/laser balancing machine, they got it perfect.

Is there anything more frustrating that a minor, not easily repeatable vibration on a car? Dealer checked the suspension, alignment, rebalanced tires and said they were fine. Indy tire shop (with road force) said the same thing. But I'd get this transient vibration at certain speeds. Like solid at 77 but slight shimmy at 80, then solid at 83. Drove me crazy until I got them rebalanced.


Stylish Dinosaur
Dec 28, 2008
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Yes, the 991 GT3 has center locks. It needs a LOT of torque so it needs a torque multiplier tool, which is easy enough to obtain. Or spend $5k for an F1 pit-crew style wheel gun.

Even reputable shops may not have the tool, so IMO the only options are DIY, Porsche dealer, or really good Porsche specialist indy.

The last couple of times i had that vibration/out-of-balance issue at certain speeds, it turned out my wheels were bent. But the shop you took it to should have found that out if so


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Oct 31, 2017
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Only took many years but project car is running again.

Respect to autobody technicians out there: paint matching is hard. My DIY job was a hack so went to a pro after I can’t get the colors right.

Upgraded the candlestick lamps to LED and we are off to the races!

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I feel tiny a Cayman, couldn't imagine being next to a huge truck in an Original Mini!!!
I remember I was driving my gf and her 2 daughters in my Mini. I stopped at a gas station to get some gas and some huge ass Ford F250 pulls up at the stall next to me. The truck was like 5x the size of my car. My gf laughed at how big the truck was compared to my Mini.

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