Here’s A Photo Of One Of My Nuts.

Warning – this post may contain content about a certain brand of car beginning with P. I feel like I’ve been gushing a little too much about my latest acquisition so I’m trying not to mention it too much lest people get a bit sick of it – but HOT-DAMN, it’s good!

If there’s one thing I fell in love with straight away when it comes to my 968, it’s the grip. Much of that comes courtesy of the car’s transaxle, 50/50 weight balance and limited slip diff. But the finishing touch was the four rubber patches holding it to the road – the Yokohama tyres that, whilst road legal, are designed primarily for the track.

The downside is that they’re very, very noisy. They create a whining sound that rises in volume as you accelerate and to be honest, they made driving the car around town more laborious than it should be.

So last week I made my first post-purchase decision and had new tyres fitted. The new tyres are Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2’s.

Here’s a photo of the new tyre next to the old one:

968tyres

Result – a much more pleasant driving experience!! The Goodyears are not only a LOT quieter, they seem to absorb the disturbances in the road a lot better, too, making for a much more comfortable drive all round.

I’ve undoubtedly lost a little bit of that grip, but I tested the new rubber out on a couple of 180+ degree off-ramps the other day and I can tell you: there’s still plenty of grip there to be enjoyed 🙂

The Yokohamas are now in storage and will come out for special occasions, like the Porsche Club of Tasmania hillclimb at Baskerville race circuit in a few weeks from now. It would have been a waste to wear those Yokohamas out on regular streets, anyway.

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A couple of things noted during the tyre change:

1) It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that has trouble with the low stance of this car.

The guys at Beaurepaires couldn’t get their hoist under it to change the tyres so they had to do it with trolley jacks instead.

968jackedup

2) While the wheel was off and for no good reason at all, I picked up one of the wheel nuts. Porsche’s commitment to always thinking like race-car builders was evident straight away.

The wheel nuts are made of lightweight alloy and weigh next-to-nothing. I picked up the wheel nuts from the Holden Commodore in the next bay and they must have been at least three times as heavy.

968wheelnut

When it comes to unsprung weight, every little bit helps.

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The next spend will be on the 120,000km service, including the timing belts and associated bits and pieces, just for my own piece of mind. After that, I’ll be hunting for a spare set of Cup I wheels so I don’t have to go back to Beaurepaires every time I want to change my tyres.

Of course, there’ll be some very pleasant driving between now and then and maybe, if it’s OK with you, some more photos and posts on the website about the expeirence.

It might even be time for a film.

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7 Comments

  1. Alloy wheels nuts….shades of Bathurst and the Channel 9 car….and you know what happened to that…
    Film please of some serious high speed cornering action. Maybe the road to the Huon?

  2. Porsches are full of wonderful little details. On the other hand, you will also find appallingly over-designed systems that (literally) outweigh these details.

    For instance, I don’t know about the 968, but the 944 has a headlight mechanism that must weigh at least 50lbs, and is about as far from the center of mass as you can get. Most pop-up headlights used two small motors, one for each side. Porsche used one huge motor, along with an elaborate system of cams, levers, rods, gears, etc. I guess that one of the many Porsche engineers with OCD just couldn’t live with the idea that the two lights might not always move in lockstep.

  3. I had those Goodyears on my 04 Saab ARC and had no regrets, better and quieter than original Continental Sport Contact 2. But, I sure wish Saab had invested a little more on lug nuts rather than the cheap plastic cover-ups.
    My only problem was that the local tire shops wouldn’t mount them for me (bought on Tire Rack), said their machines couldn’t deal with the stiff sidewalls. Ended up buying a No-Mar Pro tire changer and doing it myself.
    Glad you’re having fun.

    1. How much life did you get out of the Goodyears? I’ve heard that they are a very good tire. I’m running Michelin Pilot Super Sports on our 9-5… way overkill for the 9-5, but actually would be another good candidate for Swade’s Porsche. I have really liked their performance. They do wear quickly – we got 2 summers out of them – I haven’t checked the exact number of km, but lets say 25k km, and we’re in the 3-4mm ballpark I’d guess, so imho done. Supposedly PSS is longer lasting that PS2… These Eagles might be a good option next summer, though I’m leaning towards the Bridgestone RE970AS…

      I’ve heard some people replace the Saab lug nuts with BMW ones… I mainly am frustrated with the stupid emergency jack/jacking points on the 9-5… I’m not sure I could safely lift the car at the side of the road with them… not good! I have a floor jack in our garage which works fine, but that’s no help if I get a flat somewhere else!

      Swade, I enjoy hearing about the Porsche. Your blog is first rate as always!

  4. Don’t worry about sharing your fun with the new toy, Swade. Since we can’t all own all the toys we might like to have, it is fun reading what you write about your new car.

  5. Now that your are in the Porsche club and know how light your nuts are, I have to share some caveats with you. You need a special socket for those things, and you need to torque them properly.

    Did the boys at Beaurepaires do that? You know you now have to become anal about your Porsche!!

    Don’t let them tighten them with an air wrench.

    Here is what you need:
    Impact Duty Soft-Walled Lug Nut Socket – 19mm, 1/2″ drive 28mm Outer Diameter. It has and aluminium interior so it will not harm your NUTS.

    I can get one for you here in the USA if they are not available on you little Island…….I am sure your P car suppliers can get it for you.

    Also get a torque wrench to tighten properly.

    Swade we will have to enroll your in our school for you to become a basic Porsche A**hole! I know you can do it.

    YOU GOTTA TAKE CARE OF YOUR NUTS!!!!

  6. Hmmm, smaller and lighter than I would have thought. Delicate too. Not to mention dirty and poorly maintained….Swade, you had better step up.

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