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Centre lock wheels - didn''t think about that!

wilpert

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I'm a self confessed buy now and think about it after person but that's me.
One thing I didn't give a lot of thought to was the wheel choice on my car.
I fell in love with the look of my wheels as they matched the car so well and the yellow brakes looked good to me.

What I didn't consider was the potential issues with tyre changing.

I've scared myself by reading posts on forums about how problematic they can be to change tyres etc.

So is it really the case that 'normal" places, Kwik for etc don't really know how to remove and refit them for tyre changing. Or should I stop concerning about it?
 
wilpert said:
I'm a self confessed buy now and think about it after person but that's me.
One thing I didn't give a lot of thought to was the wheel choice on my car.
I fell in love with the look of my wheels as they matched the car so well and the yellow brakes looked good to me.

What I didn't consider was the potential issues with tyre changing.

I've scared myself by reading posts on forums about how problematic they can be to change tyres etc.

So is it really the case that 'normal" places, Kwik for etc don't really know how to remove and refit them for tyre changing. Or should I stop concerning about it?

Not so much not knowing how, it's not having the appropriate equipment.
Most independent Porsche specialists will be able to deal with centrelocks, as well as OPC'S of course.

You can DIY, information here on equipment required ;

http://www.911uk.com/viewtopic.php?p=1529417
 
I had a new set of tyres on mine at Kwik Fit in Bagshot. I had to tell them in advance because they shared the tool with other local branches and had to get it in for my booking. I have a good relationship with the manager at my local centre and he actually did the work himself with no issues.

My indie is also able to do them so I don't think it's a big problem for most specialists or something to worry about unless your regularly changing your wheels yourself in which case you will need to go shopping!

I'm on my second car with CL with no issues to report.

If you were to get a flat on the motorway and couldn't get home might me be a different matter though and a recovery to a local garage may be needed, but if you have breakdown cover then again nothing to worry about, especially as you may never be in that situation.
 
Originally designed for race cars for quick wheel changes. I can see the attraction from an aesthetic point of view but 5 Studs will always be a more practical choice for a road car.

Each to their own...

C.
 
I think that centre-locks make a Porsche that bit more special. :thumb:

I have five bolt wheels.

On the subject of punctures and not just centre-locks. Infrasilver posted (below) which caused me to think it might just be worthwhile to carry a repair kit just in case...?


usually go well prepared for a road trip but one thing that caught me out once up in the very North of Scotland was a slowish puncture where I had to stop every 20 minutes to pump it up again. There were no tyres place for miles and miles, I eventually found a fuel station and bought/pumped some of the repair foam into it, which didn't work.
I was eventually having to stop every 5-10 minutes to pump it up and soon realised I needed to fit the space saver to get me to Glasgow for a pair of new rear tyres as the tyre was now ruined. It was a long drive on the space saver.

I now carry a puncture repair kit that you fit from the outside of the tyre and I never leave home with out it, they are cheap and don't take much space up. It will get you out of the, you know what, if you are very remote.
I can't find the one I have but there are lots if you search online.
 
Thanks all,

What switched me on to this was when I was in the main dealers talking warranties, I asked what the next service would be. He looked up the service history and said the next one is a major, then he asked 'have you got centre lock wheels" I said I had and he then gave me a price of £2,200-00. Or thereabouts. He explained that the centre locks make it more expensive.
I didn't really question it much I just shuffled off thinking blimey, maybe I get a free massage and a meal with the service.
 

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