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Old 06-19-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default tirerack...search by wheel size please!

Your search on the website! Why can't we search by wheel size!

I don't have stock suspension on my RS and would really like to see the sizes available for the various wheels you guys have listed, but it just won't show me what i'm looking for i.e. 18x8s when it shows a 17" is available, yet that sizing won't show up when 17's will easily fit on my car stock.

in a nutshell before i get more flustered...please let us mere mortals who don't want oem spec wheel fitment a way to search by size.

Thank you

<--- really frustrated

I'm looking at the TRmotorsports C2, and it shows 17" fitment, but all that comes up is this 18x8....
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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The only response you will get from them is that the 'average person' is too dumb to know what wheels to buy...so they set up the website to be child proof.

I would tell you to shop elsewhere, but you want a Tire Rack specific wheel...so you can just call them directly.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:46 AM   #3
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I agree that the whole 'child proof' concept is one thing I hate about TireRack. I wish there was a way to search on any wheels and be able to see the price without specifying car model as well.

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Old 06-22-2009, 08:01 AM   #4
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search using a different car
Try using a 2004 STi or a 06+ WRX.

but...

You better know what you're doing. If you end up buying 18x8 wheels withs a 45 offset and put on 225 tires, don't complain to anyone when they rub. TireRack is trying to save money as well, it costs them when people return wheels/tires that don't fit.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:07 AM   #5
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Wheel diameter and width are not the only issues when consicering wheel fitment. How many times have you seen a car with the wheels sticking out several inches beyond the fender? Ever wonder what that does to the suspension and steering geometry?



It may seem obvious, but a wheel is comprised of a hub, spokes and rim. These parts work together to create the wheel. The hub is the center portion of the wheel and is what attaches the wheel to the suspension. The spokes radiate out from the hub and attach to the rim. The rim is the outer part of the wheel that holds the tire. While many people refer to wheels as "rims," this is technically incorrect.

Wheels come in all different styles, sizes, bolt patterns and offsets. So how do we know which wheels will fit your vehicle? We can only do this by first knowing your vehicle inside and out. Measuring your vehicle's critical components with sophisticated electronic tools allows our fitment engineers to create extremely accurate drawings of these parts. We do the same for the wheels that we offer and then use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to match the wheels to the vehicles. Using these electronic tools we verify numerous different critical areas before a wheel can be listed for a vehicle.
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Bolt Pattern - Not as simple as 4-lug vs. 5-lug. There are currently 17 different 4- to 5-lug bolt lug patterns as well as 6- to 8- lug for light truck/SUV.

Centerbore - The wheel must, in most cases, fit the hub of the vehicle precisely, either as a direct fit or with the use of a centering ring.

Hub Interference - Many vehicles have additional items on the mounting surface area that must be considered for wheel applications, these include locating pins and rotor mounting hardware.

Load Capacity - The wheel must have enough load capacity when compared to the gross axle weight rating of the vehicle.

Lug Hardware - By either supplying lug hardware or using the Original Equipment hardware the wheel must be securely fastened to the vehicle.

Suspension Components - The wheel must clear and not interfere with any of the suspension components and their operation on the vehicle.

Proper fitment engineering allows Tire Rack to offer Tire and Wheel Packages that are specifically designed for your vehicle. Our attention to detail prevents vibration, wheel/tire interference and unbalanced handling that can result from improperly designed packages.

If you want to do something out of the ordinary I can help you so, please feel free to give me a call directly.

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Old 06-22-2009, 12:00 PM   #6
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thanks for the info, i knew most of it already, but its good to reinforce my knowledge base

i'll call you guys directly, i'm actually looking for a 16x7.5 5x100 or 16x8 5x100 in subaru offsets, but it looks like the hellaflush movement has killed off all of them
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:55 PM   #7
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16x8 has never been available in many styles. I con only remember a few since the introduction of the WRX. There are some 16x7.5 out there though with Subaru friendly offsets
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all i saw on the website was some sport edition @ 16x7.5....pass

anything available? i'm just about ready to just get a super lightweight 16x7
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16x7.0 BBS RG-F = 12.3 lbs.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #10
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Your search on the website! Why can't we search by wheel size!

I don't have stock suspension on my RS and would really like to see the sizes available for the various wheels you guys have listed, but it just won't show me what i'm looking for i.e. 18x8s when it shows a 17" is available, yet that sizing won't show up when 17's will easily fit on my car stock.


d00000000000000000000d......in a nutshell

NEVER happen

they dont want a bunch of liability issues and wheel returns because 'they dont fit' because some ******* ordered what they 'thought was gunna fit'

put in 2004 STi for the best choices
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:45 AM   #11
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That's the biggest reason why I don't buy from Tirerack anymore. As a matter of fact, I haven't bought from them for like yearsssss....

I currently have 3 sets of wheels for my 05 STi and I'm running 18x9.5 in 40mm offset with 275/35/18 tires and I have done mods to fit it. But, If I were to call them up and wanting that set up, they would just laugh in my face and say they cannot sell it to me. That's cool, I understand where they coming from. You know what, there are many other vendors out there that knows what custom offset will fit what, therefore, Tirerack is not the only game in town.

Just my $0.25...
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Wheel diameter and width are not the only issues when consicering wheel fitment. How many times have you seen a car with the wheels sticking out several inches beyond the fender? Ever wonder what that does to the suspension and steering geometry?
Blah blah blah...

Translation: We think you're too stupid to choose a rim on your own so to avoid legal worries, we don't list our rims at all without entering in your make and model. That way you can't sue us for being an idiot. Pissing off the 5% of our customers that want to search by rim is better than legal dealing with morons.

Cmon, at least be up front about it instead of pretending you're doing us a favor.
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