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Old 12-09-2017, 02:31 PM
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Default 981 - Tools Needed to Swap Tires for Winter?

I am hoping to get a quick sanity check on the tools needed to swap tires out on a 981 GTS (minus the jacks, etc).

1. 1/2 inch drive breaker bar
2. 1/2 inch drive torque wrench (torques to 118 ft. lb)
3. two lug bolt wheel guides to help mount
4. 19mm 1/2 inch drive socket w/ protection for lugs

Thanks for your time and help!
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:41 PM
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You're making this w-a-a-a-a-y too difficult. Just jack the car up and change the wheels/tires.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:48 PM
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I need to purchase these particular tools, I do not have them; therefore, I would like to make sure that these are indeed ok.
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:52 AM
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Yes that is all you need. You can do without the guides if you want, I dont use any. Even only one will work.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by jsykes View Post
Yes that is all you need. You can do without the guides if you want, I dont use any. Even only one will work.
I appreciate your helpful response!
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:17 PM
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If youíve got a bit of extra cash, spring for an electric impact wrench. Even a cheap Harbor Freight one will work fine for wheels. Makes taking those bolts off a lot more pleasant.

Donít use it to install the bolts unless you also use torque sticks. But itís fine for removal.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by MrMoose View Post
If youíve got a bit of extra cash, spring for an electric impact wrench. Even a cheap Harbor Freight one will work fine for wheels. Makes taking those bolts off a lot more pleasant.

Donít use it to install the bolts unless you also use torque sticks. But itís fine for removal.
Thanks for the input! I was considering one, but I am going to try the full manual method out first and see how that goes. Appreciate it!
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:18 PM
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I was gonna mention one of the impact wrenches in my post but wanted to keep it simple. I use the Harbor Freight one, you can find them on sale for like $40 almost all the time. They work great and do make it a lot easier and faster than using a breaker bar.
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Old 05-25-2019, 10:09 AM
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I would check that socket size again. I believe my 14Cayman has 18mm lugs.
On this same note. I just bought the car and want to remove all the wheels to power wash the rims. I removed the 5 studs on the left rear and the wheel would not come off. Porsche being new to me in every way; am I missing something or is there a theft secret I'm missing. Rusted on the center? TIA David
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Old 05-25-2019, 10:09 PM
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If your an old guy like me, 77, you'll want the guide. I do with just one but otherwise it's a little of a hassle. When I was in my 50s and 60s I could change tires for AX very quickly w/o guide, no more.

Also sometimes the wheels are stuck, just drop the jack a little and they will break loose but make sure you have that guide on.
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Old 05-26-2019, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dlbehrns View Post
I would check that socket size again. I believe my 14Cayman has 18mm lugs.
On this same note. I just bought the car and want to remove all the wheels to power wash the rims. I removed the 5 studs on the left rear and the wheel would not come off. Porsche being new to me in every way; am I missing something or is there a theft secret I'm missing. Rusted on the center? TIA David
Likely just surface corrosion causing the wheel to stick. Try banging on the side of the tires with a rubber mallet(donít hit your rims)or sit on your butt and use your the heel of your foot. Itíll come loose quickly, if you have the hangers(alignment pins) put them in so the wheel doesnít drop.
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Originally Posted by dennisafrompa View Post
If your an old guy like me, 77, you'll want the guide. I do with just one but otherwise it's a little of a hassle. When I was in my 50s and 60s I could change tires for AX very quickly w/o guide, no more.
I'm not an old guy yet but I sure appreciate using the guide. 19" wheels are freakin' boat anchors.

If you've got steel rotors you only need one guide. Porsche recommends using two for PCCB cars, as if you smack the ceramic rotor with the wheel while removing it, the rotor can be permanently damaged ($$$.)
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:42 AM
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Wow were they stuck on, or what. I had to use a Johnson bar to pry of the right front. I cleaned all the contact points with a wire brush then grease the three centering tabs per the owners manual. Hope I won't have the same problem again.
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