Subject: 18" Wheel Upgrade on
early '95 993
Sent: Sat, 25 Aug 2001 19:36:52
Thought this info might be interesting
There's been a lot of talk these past
few weeks Re: 18" Turbo Wheels on early "95 cars and the Steering Support
I just installed (about an hour ago)
the Steering Support Bracket on my early "95C2. My VIN # is before the
XXX323614 number, but I like the 18" Turbo wheels and plan to fit them
on the car. I have 17" Cup Wheels on the car at the moment.
I purchased the kit from my local dealer
for approx. $40.00. It fit perfectly and was a very easy install...
took only about 30 min.
I removed the plastic tray and removed
the long allen bolts. I used a 6mm hex socket which made the job easier.
bracket and torqued the new allen bolts
to 32.5 ft-lbs..... I found that I didn't need the shorter allen bolts
in the kit...I left the
existing ones in place on the rack....Please
I though that if you wanted to use the
photo on your site that it may help answer some questions from the
If nothing else...it does prove that
the bracket fits perfectly on early cars!!
I spoke to a SoCal Porsche field rep
and he mentioned that there would be absolutely no problems fitting the
wheels...just add the bracket.... He also said that it was a "warranty
consideration" when Porsche released the TSB 4440-9604. Porsche didn't
want to spend the money upgrading all the early cars and it was much easier
to "not approve" the wheels for those cars. It would have cost them a small
The reason the Targa is not approved
at all is due the the fact that the larger wheels would add more stress
the the car and cause more squeaks. The Targas squeak so much anyway and
the Factory didn't want to repair all the additional squeaks while under
warranty.... Again it would cost them too much money.....
I checked out TSB # 4440-4 dated 8/21/98...."Summer
Tire/Wheel Summary..." and read that the factory has now approved (at that
time) the 18" wheels on all 95-98 993s (not Targa)...and by 8/21/98
all MY'95 cars were out of warranty...So it wouldn't cost Porsche
any money to allow the wheels to be
I enjoy your website and all the great
info that you post on the message boards...Keep up the good work....