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    Porsche Wheel Project

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    As we all know, the wheel choices for the Abarth are really limited and I'm not too keen on a custom Rotiform / CCW set given the cost of the car...as such, coming from a VW background, we always used to use 5x100-->5x130 adapters to mount Porsche wheels on our VWs...Porsche wheels have very high ETs that lend themselves to being "adapted"

    considering the following - I like the look and they're relatively light at 18lbs

    17x7 et 55
    17x8.5 et 52

    still figuring out the offsets but should be easily adapted - if I can score a set on just (4) fronts, that could also be an option. Figure wheels + adapters + tires + TPMS will be around 1,200. Will keep this thread updated!

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    Porsche wheels are relatively string as well. Wouldnt see bent wheels constantly like with other makes.
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    two wheels have been procured - 17x7 Boxster Twists II, apparently the lightest 17'' OEM porsche wheel - recently refinished for a good price - excited to get this project started!

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    Very cool. Those are lighter than they look! Nice metallurgy and hollow backsides to those thick spokes I suppose.

    I'm having a hard time visualizing these wheels on a 500, but I've found that almost any wheels end up looking cool on these cars.

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    alright trying to nail down offsets

    for the front, will go with a 17x7 et 20 fitment - thats a few mm inside of the 17x7.5 et 30 BBS application

    What are people's experiences with the rear? Feels like I could squeeze another 5mm back there (et 15)

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    Your tire size will determine what offset you need. How wide are you planning for the rear tires?

    When you get your wheel adapters made the overall diameter of the adapters should not exceed 150mm, ideally a little smaller, or have them machine the inner edge so its not so close to the rear brake calipers. The rear brake rotor hats are 140mm in diameter.

    I had adapters made by motorsport tech that were 150mm in diameter, and its almost touching the rear brake calipers. Sent it back to have them taper the inner edge. No issues on the front calipers.
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    Be interesting to see how this turns out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Very cool. Those are lighter than they look! Nice metallurgy and hollow backsides to those thick spokes I suppose.

    I'm having a hard time visualizing these wheels on a 500, but I've found that almost any wheels end up looking cool on these cars.
    I'm not 100% sure on this exact model, but big porsche feqture point he "twist" series of wheels where hollow spokes. Not just cut out backsides. At least this is true of the various generation of turbo twist wheels.

    Still want to see this done. Love adding little Porsche bits to non Porsche cars. I have an authentic 935 race car boost gauge I have installed in several cars and if I ever go bigger calipers on my abarth will probably be adaptor brackets with Porsche branded brembos.
    2013 abarth
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    Homebrew fmic w/ corsa forza hoses
    Stock Downpipe with cat and 2.25discharge
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    Koni/vogtland
    Braces and strut mounts
    Corsa forza vento
    E30 blend

    2013 abarth tork tuned
    cowl intake, custom fmic and bypass valve, vogtlands, rear vette bilstiens, long 3 inch downpipe to stock rear section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 126pwannabe View Post
    two wheels have been procured - 17x7 Boxster Twists II, apparently the lightest 17'' OEM porsche wheel - recently refinished for a good price - excited to get this project started!

    porshce by peterszew, on Flickr
    Much better choice than the basic 996 carrera wheel.

    I'll bet it's going to look great! Gonna be sorta pain in the ass s ok nice you cant just buy a set of 4 from one seller. But good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megatron View Post
    Your tire size will determine what offset you need. How wide are you planning for the rear tires?

    When you get your wheel adapters made the overall diameter of the adapters should not exceed 150mm, ideally a little smaller, or have them machine the inner edge so its not so close to the rear brake calipers. The rear brake rotor hats are 140mm in diameter.

    I had adapters made by motorsport tech that were 150mm in diameter, and its almost touching the rear brake calipers. Sent it back to have them taper the inner edge. No issues on the front calipers.
    Thanks a lot for this intel - very helpful. Working through adaptitusa.com to figure out the solution - unfortunately 4x98 --> 5x130 requires a minimum width of 28mm - I think it'll be OK given the high starting offset, but somethings to consider.

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