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    Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    Hi all,
    I have been searching around for the answer but different opinions even from the P service people.
    I am in a dillema for a decision to go for the Winter Tires for my '08 997 Carrera 4. The Manual itself says 235/40/18 for the fronts and 295/35/18 for the rear. For a better grip on the snow with a narrower wheelbase I am considering to go for 265/40/18 for the rears. Does anybody have any idea if this makes sense, also if it would effect the grip of the car as a whole on normal surfaces as well as the aesthetics because of the wider rear panel that I don't know how it will look like.
    Oh and by the way, I am looking for Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2, which I believe is approved by Porsche as the best choice.
    Prompt answers would be appreciated due to the shortness of time till we have the first snow and below-seven degrees in here.

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    We obviously get a lot of snow here in Canada, and the recommended snow package is 235/40/18 front and 265/40/18 rear. 8" wide front rim, 10" wide rear rim.

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    Thanks for the reply Joe,
    As I understand you are also driving a 4wd 997 so could you give me and idea how narrow wheelbase tyres look on the rear axle, annoyingly inside of the fender?
    And about the daily (no snow) grip especially in the bends?

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    I was going to post some pic's but a link is easier.

    http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/showthread.php?t=245937

    The handling is fine, but of course not as good as Z rubber on a hot day.

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    the 265 tires in the rear, especially on a AWD model will definately look skinny on it...ralley style!
    I put a set of winter tires with 295 in the rear on the GT3 and even there u can tell the wheel stays much more within the fender then the summer rubbers at 305

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

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    buzzinfrog said:
    Hi all,
    I have been searching around for the answer but different opinions even from the P service people.
    I am in a dillema for a decision to go for the Winter Tires for my '08 997 Carrera 4. The Manual itself says 235/40/18 for the fronts and 295/35/18 for the rear. For a better grip on the snow with a narrower wheelbase I am considering to go for 265/40/18 for the rears. Does anybody have any idea if this makes sense, also if it would effect the grip of the car as a whole on normal surfaces as well as the aesthetics because of the wider rear panel that I don't know how it will look like.
    Oh and by the way, I am looking for Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2, which I believe is approved by Porsche as the best choice.
    Prompt answers would be appreciated due to the shortness of time till we have the first snow and below-seven degrees in here.



    I drove 3 winters with the 295/18 on the back, and it was fine. No problems and I have driven in A LOT of snow !!!
    They will look better.
    But of course 265 should be even better if you drive in deep snow a lot...but not necessary at all

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    check these pics..

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    That is beautiful Gnil! Thanks for sharing!

    I am in the process of finalizing the deal on a 07 Carrera S and need to have it start with winter tires on it. It has 19" rims on it right now that I like OK, but it is too hard to find 19" winters - most places don't offer them. They are switching the rims out with 18" as then at least if I have a flat - I will have an easy time getting it replaced, no matter where I am.

    So I will be buy new rims for summer that are 19s - as there is no shortage of options available for that.

    I look forward to looking as cool as Gnil riding down the snowy streets here in Minnesota this winter! Gnil - are those pictures recent? What kind of tires are those?

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    My winter rims are 18's too.
    These tyres are Nokian's . Recommended by Porsche, but Pireli's Sotozero are recommended too and great.

    These pics are form last winer and the winter before.
    Enjoy the snow

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    For what its worth,

    My 911 (still on a boat to San Diego at this point) already has his winter shoes sitting at the dealer: 18" wheels with Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2's on them: 235/40R18 and 295/35R18. Thats what will go on the car as soon as it arrives (and the summer wheels go off to get painted).

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    I just realized that even if i go for the 265/40/18 winter tyres other than my original 295/35/18 ones, I also have to change the wheels right? As far as I know the weels for 295 is 11J x18H2 where for the 265 it is 10J x18H2.

    And still can't find a 295 winter tyres in here.  They don't have it in pirelli catalogue (for some reason earlier years it has when i checked from the internet) and michelin dealer says they can't guarantee a 2008 model tyre will be delivered even if they order it from the Michelin HQs.

    What brands do have 295 wheelbase winter tyres guys? what are you using? 


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    '08 997 C4 sand beige on basalt black

    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

    buzzinfrog:

    I just realized that even if i go for the 265/40/18 winter tyres other than my original 295/35/18 ones, I also have to change the wheels right? As far as I know the weels for 295 is 11J x18H2 where for the 265 it is 10J x18H2.

    And still can't find a 295 winter tyres in here.  They don't have it in pirelli catalogue (for some reason earlier years it has when i checked from the internet) and michelin dealer says they can't guarantee a 2008 model tyre will be delivered even if they order it from the Michelin HQs.

    What brands do have 295 wheelbase winter tyres guys? what are you using? 


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    '08 997 C4 sand beige on basalt black

    Continental, Michelin, Nokian and Pirelli all have 295's available.

    go to www.tirerack.com and see the choices there. I don't think they ship over seas, but you never know.

     You can also do a search on Ebay for "Porsche Wheels" and you'll see some 19" winter wheel and tire packages there for around $2000.


    Re: Winter Tyre sizes for 997 Carrera 4

     Nokian brochure to download here…   http://www.nokianrenkaat.fi/files/nokianty...vikooste_EN.pdf

    Check their website for distribution in your country. 



     
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