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LOOK what came in the mail today!

Check it out, got these in the mail today, delivered from Portugal! Originally found them on eBay, these 959 wheels are about $5000 each retail if you buy them from Porsche. Got them for about 20% of that. Used ones are just not to be found. They are made of magnesium, and are super-light for the size of the wheel. They have hollow spokes (I guess they used a lost-foam or lost-wax method of casting) for light weight, and also air distribution (I think). Manufactured by Speedline, the guys who made the Ferrari F40 wheels too. I bought these as spares, just in case something happens to one of the wheels. It's not as if you can slap a Fuchs alloy on this car - the car only takes one wheel, and only takes one tire that fits that one wheel. Now I have to start looking for a pair of fronts...

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Nice catch! Are they original or aftermarket/replacement?

P.S. - I'll never complain about paying $3.50 for exhaust gaskets ever again...
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Just curious, how many people were bidding against you?
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Nice find!

How much was shipping?
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Good deal! Not much more than a set of regular 16 x 9 Fuchs!
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Nice catch! Are they original or aftermarket/replacement?

P.S. - I'll never complain about paying $3.50 for exhaust gaskets ever again...
There are only two types of 959 wheels. The ones used on the stock cars, and then the 961 ones that you can see in the early photographs of the cars. There's no market for aftermarket wheels...

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Just curious, how many people were bidding against you?
No one. The auction ended twice with no winners, and then I made a deal with him afterwards. Trouble is, he raised the price on me after the auction ended (something about the exchange rates), but what was I going to say? It's not like you see these at the Pomona swap meet all the time...

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Nice find!

How much was shipping?
I paid $277 Euros to have them shipped here with full insurance via a "premium" method, whatever that means.

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Half of the miracle is that they actually made it to you!
Yes! Now, I can start letting my fingernails grow back...

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Are they for the front, rear or one of each? Are you looking for a full set?
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there are still some amazing finds on eBay, great score Wayne.

While not even close to your deal, I got 2 complete rear Toyota quarters for my rusty 4Runner for 10% dealer cost the other day and shipped via Greyhound from Idaho for $80.
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Nice!

But what about "only one sort of tire"? Is it metric tire or what is the problem with fitting any kind of tire on the wheel?
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Nice!

But what about "only one sort of tire"? Is it metric tire or what is the problem with fitting any kind of tire on the wheel?
They are run-flats that are specifically designed and made for the 959...

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Ahh...I get it. I assume car doesn't have a spare so they made run-flat tire that's 959 rated?

Hmm...I wouldn't run it flat anyway (unless I got a flat in "sensitive" area)

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What a difference a letter makes. "I got them at 20% of that" vs. "I got them at 20% off that".

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Wayne,
Thanks for the update on your 959 adventure.
Early on you were posting a lot of really interesting "stuff" here as you debugged this somewhat neglected, mistreated car. Are you still doing that in a location I am unaware of, or have you just gotten too busy with other things to continue?
Maybe I missed the memo....
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Wayne,
Thanks for the update on your 959 adventure.
Early on you were posting a lot of really interesting "stuff" here as you debugged this somewhat neglected, mistreated car. Are you still doing that in a location I am unaware of, or have you just gotten too busy with other things to continue?
Maybe I missed the memo....
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Wayne, I thought you posted awhile back that you "found" a front and a rear at the factory?
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