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After just recently becoming a proud owner of my first Porsche - a White 85' 944 with 53k original miles, I can honestly say that this car is one of the funnest cars I've ever owned, past company including Corvettes and Mercedes. Its astonishing to me that a car almost 20 years old gets so many looks and compliments. All that aside, this thing is built solid,runs strong, handles great and the engineering is strait forward.

On a different note I am looking for a bit of advice on rear tires for the stock phone dail wheels, Tire rack said that although I could fit 265/50/15 on the back, they would adversely affect the cars handling. My question is what is the best size to upgrage to on the rear without compromising handling or the stock geometry?

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265/50 won't look right. That is too wide..I would go 225/50/15's if I were you.
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53 original miles?????

Really?

Note the odometer is only five digits in the early 944's with the square dash. Six digits with the later 944's with the modern dash. Could be 153,000 miles.

Still I strongly suggest having the timing and balance shaft belts changed if they haven't been in the last two years. If/when these break it's $1,500 to fix the bent valves.

Post some pictures!
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is that 53 or 53,000...?
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Your reaction to the miles was my own, until I looked over the car and could'nt find any indication of aging-incidentally, I called the first and only owner and he reassured me of the miles and history of the car. I was also lucky enough to get all the service records at purchase, and was relieved when I found the dealer receipt for the timming belt etc. replacement at 37k. I must say, its great to have a resource like this forum to find out about possible/common problems.
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Wow. Look at that air dam. Straight and true.

Your 944 is a 1985.5, judging by the flush mounted windshied. 85.5+ 944s have a more modern interior, flush and ant. mounted windshied, stronger hvac, and an all-aluminum suspension.
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Nice catch....

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that air dam takes such a beating. when i got mine, and saw how bad it was, i couldn't believe how someone could be stupid enough to screw it up that much... until i pulled over parking lot blocks or sidewalk, and heard it scrape...

it's a lot lower than you expect...
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265's are too wide in my opinion. 250's max and you don't even need that much rear rubber unless you got a turbo. the more rear rubber you have in proportion to the front, the more understeer you will have. having too wide of rubber for a car not meant for it can reduce car steering feel and sensitivity. wide rubber is damn expensive also.
also staggering your tire widths can be a pain in the ass when it comes to tire life and flats.
too me the easiest thing you can do to get better handling feel (besides restoring the car to it's original condition) is bigger sway bars.
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I read it wrong. 53,000 miles. Really nice late model 85.

Some have all the luck.
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How much did you pay for this? it does look nice, but pic is kinda dark.....
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My 83 only had 60,000 miles on it when I bought it. Like, mac10, I doubted it until I looked at all the service records from the dealer which listed the mileage when the work was done and carfax reports.
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Very nice 944!!

As for tire size, you are going to get many different opinions. There are the folks that will say that because of the weight ratio of 944s you should keep the same size all the way around. Others may argue this. I first would ask, what do you want to do with your new car, DE events, autoX, street/sport, or daily driver? Personally mine is a summer driver, and I have 7 front rims, and 8 rears. Because of this Im putting 215s front, and 235s rear. Also I dont like how easy the backend breaks loose in tight corners when I try to accelerate through the corner. But thats me, and Im sure I will get much abuse for say that!

I will say this, if you are going to go with a different size front to rear, keep it at 20mm. Also, IMO, there is no reason for going any larger then 235s on a stock 944NA.
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Awesome car dude- It seems all you need to do is continue staying on top of the maintenance and you have a fantastic ride. Enjoy it.
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hey some1else, im with ya on the not liking the backend breaking loose! how do you stop that... while continuing to accelerate?
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