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So in the Porsche world in which I have lived for the past 35 + years, when you replace your tires it’s sacrilegious not to have the wheel center caps’ logo crest pointy end face in a straight line to the wheels / tires valve stems. Pretty common knowledge that most “ experienced “ tire shops know this , and you dont even have to tell them. I always found this to be about as anal-retentive and silly as it gets ( unless you have a car you need to have judged at a concourse show ) but do folks in the Maserati world observe a similar practice ? Anyone here telling the tire shop they better have the middle spear of the trident point at the stem , or there’s hell to pay ? >:)



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Never heard of something like that, nor did I pay attention to such details.

Also never heard of something like that from any Porsche owner in my country :)
 

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WTF...yet another reason "those people" bugged me.
 

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I probably should have posted this as a thread in the driver’s lounge sub-section of the forum, since it’s not a technical topic, so if any moderators read this and can move it there that might be more appropriate.

As I said, anal retentive and silly, but it has always been a large scale obsessive compulsive disorder among PPs ( Porsche Purists ) I refer to them as PPs because it’s a more suitable description of their character :wink2: . Yes, “those people” will make sure to point out what a flawed human being you are of your center caps are not facing the right way.

Glad to know Maserati drivers are not concerned with irrelevant minutia like that . :thumbsup:
 

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I think most shops would tell you they couldn't help you if you are worried about stuff like that...We would...You could probably could not work on that persons car without getting blamed for a scratch or blemish on something... Jason
 

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I worked at an exotic European car restoration shop and we sent cars to concourse shows often. Now if you don't have the exactly correct caps, that's a big problem. Not having the correct color plastic cap on an air horn compressor is a big problem. Not having the correct acorn nuts on the engine is a big problem. Pointing the caps or knock offs at the valve stem is something I've never heard of.
 

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I've never heard of such a thing either.

I know that pretty much all manufacturers set the caps to always have the emblem straight for motor shows and photo shoots, but that's about it.
 

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Not sure why this is such a huge thing with Porsche, but it is ! Just another idiosyncrasy of the brand and evidently most of its owners. If you simply google OE Porsche wheels / crest center caps images, 99% of pictured wheels will show the pointy end of the caps facing the valve stems. All Porsche dealers when you buy the car, or have the car serviced , will make sure this is in place . Most if not all of America’s Tires chain ( at least in California ) will mount your wheels caps that way when changing your tires without you having to ask them to pay attention to that petty detail. Panorama magazine ( Porsche Club of America’s publication ) was the recipient of a few “shame on you” letters many years ago for not noticing that a couple of Porsches pictured in their issues did not have the caps aligned as they should be. When I drove down to German Autofest in Ventura , CA. about 20 years ago ( first and last time I attended a massive Porsche gathering ) I couldn’t have been there for more than 15 minutes when one of the guys checking out my car noticed that my caps were not “compliant” . I did not enter it in any contest, it was just parked there . That’s was the first time I had heard of that so I thought he was joking , but then while walking around the place and looking at what were hundreds of Porsches, ALL had their friggin’ caps pointing at the wheel stem. I’ve owned Porsches and love driving them since 1982, but other than the forum to which I belong I have never met a group of more picky and judgmental car brand owners than those people. But since I’ve always been a front engine, water cooled Porsche guy, I’ve been viwewed as the “ red headed step child “ of the Porsche community, so the disdain from, and my disdain for the 911 purists crowd is a mutual one :wink2: Glad I won’t have villagers with pitchforks and torches surrounding my Maserati if the trident caps are askew >:)

Below is a cartoon emailed by a friend who owns both a MC and a BMW , and thought this could transcend a few other car brands , Porsche included 0:)
 

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