December 19, 2011
The wheel itself is great! Very Light Weight and Very Strong. There are a few negatives but it's more nit picking than real problems. They should have been poweder coated from the factory; the black paint they used doesn't hold up well and is fairly prone to debris chips and chemical stains. And if you think that with them being black you don't have to worry about brake dust...think again. They look dull and dirty when brake dust starts piling up and I mean literally piling up in certain areas. Other than that I didn't like the way the car felt with the 19" + one fitment. Going to a shorter sidewall tire and slightly wider had some positives and negatives. The car turned in quick and responded instantly, BUT! It tram-lined badly and no amount of suspension adjustment could fix it short of a bump steer kit, and speaking of bump steer, it was way worse. After speaking with some Porsche engineers at an event I came to realize that the 996 cars were NOT designed to run 19" wheels and that in order for the 997 cars to make the jump up to 19" wheels the factory had to go back to the drawing board to redesign a lot of suspension components to get them to work right. So I went back to an 18" and the car handles miles better. I also asked if there was any advantage to larger wheel diameters and like the perfect german engineer..."Ya, loger vreaks" but other than that there is no advantage. When I asked that question I was standing next to a Porsche GT3RSR cup car...it had 18" wheels.