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Old 06-24-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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So I'm ready to pull the trigger on wheels and tires, but I'm stuck between 3 choices. I could use some opinions to sway me one way or another. They're going on an 04 WRX wagon. WRB if it matters. Swift sport wagon springs (1" drop front, .6" drop rear) with Koni dampers.

I'm trying to maintain a clean, classy look. Planning on fitting a set of 225/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sports based on bang-for-the-buck and very positive reviews.

I'm trying to decide between:
RPF-1 17x7.5 ET48 - bright silver
RPF-1 17x8 ET45 - gold
OZ Alleggerita 17x7.5 ET48 - gold

Where I'm getting stuck is on the RPF1's. They were my first choice, and I'd like to go with gold because it just looks sharp against WRB. But the only way to get the gold is to go with a 17x8 - which gets into questionable fitment territory.

YES - I have researched it. And I've seen reports both ways as far as rubbing goes on cars of the same year with the same springs. That makes me feel a little sketchy on ordering them. For every report I found that said they fit with no problem, there was another that said they rubbed and they had to roll their fenders.

Then there's the OZ. It looks good. It comes in gold in a 17x7.5. But it's also $130 more per wheel. It's not that I couldn't afford it, but that's edging into more than I WANTED to spend.

So what would you do in my situation?
Take a chance on the fitment and get the 17x8 and have the look I want that's more comfortably within the budget?
Spend the extra on the OZ and have the look I want (arguably somewhat nicer looking, too) with a wheel I know will fit without any issues?
Or go with the silver instead, where I know it will fit AND it will make my wallet happier - and it's not like the silver looks BAD either.

Thanks in advance for anything helpful.
And for those that want to troll, or say something insightful like 'tl;dr' - you're easily ignored. So...
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:09 AM   #2
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you dont want 17x7.5...and 17x8 +45 with a 225/45 will fit just fine

and get ya a set of the federal 595RS-R's for ~$470 shipped and be
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:13 PM   #3
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agreed, go with the rpf1 17x8
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help, guys. That seems to be the general consensus from others I've bounced the same question off of. I'll go with the 17x8's, cross my fingers and see what happens. I was leaning pretty strongly that way already, but I wanted a couple more opinions before I went ahead with it since it's such a big purchase.

Once I fit them up, what's the best way to test and make sure I'm all clear? Load up a couple adults in the back seat and toss it through some hard corners or something?

And would it do me any good to firm up the dampers a little? When I installed them a few months ago, I set them all at 1/4 turn up from full soft to start off with. I liked the ride, so I haven't messed with them since. Maybe being a wagon I should just turn up the rears a little more than the front? (This is probably getting into Suspension Tech questions, I know).

Thanks again.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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Go with 18".
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #6
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Go with 18".
No thanks. I've seen pictures. 18" is a little too much wheel for the car for my tastes. 17" is just right. You must have missed the part where I said I was going for a "clean and classy" look.

I'm a bass player. I've learned that sometimes, less is more.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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I have a 2002 Wrx wagon w tein h techs and kyb gr2... Setup sucks switching soon hahah but I have enkei PF01's in 17x8 also was trying to decide between 17-18"... I think 17" actually looks great on the wagons especially lowered slightly as yours is. I'm also running 225/45/17 Dunlop direzzas and I did have some rub In the rear on hard cornering or through a big dip in the road at highway speeds etc. I had my rear fenders slightly rolled. Having your fenders rolled is not a big deal and not very expensive mine was 100$.. I wouldn't let that stop you from getting wheels it's not a big deal
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:20 AM   #8
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I have a 2002 Wrx wagon w tein h techs and kyb gr2... Setup sucks switching soon hahah but I have enkei PF01's in 17x8 also was trying to decide between 17-18"... I think 17" actually looks great on the wagons especially lowered slightly as yours is. I'm also running 225/45/17 Dunlop direzzas and I did have some rub In the rear on hard cornering or through a big dip in the road at highway speeds etc. I had my rear fenders slightly rolled. Having your fenders rolled is not a big deal and not very expensive mine was 100$.. I wouldn't let that stop you from getting wheels it's not a big deal

if you had camber bolts in the back and dialed in ~ -1.3 - -1.5 or so camber....you wouldn't rub...and it would handle better, too

and if ya know where to buy them, camber bolts can be had for under $30 shipped

those springs aren't as bad as the s-techs...but those struts suck
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:37 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help, guys. That seems to be the general consensus from others I've bounced the same question off of. I'll go with the 17x8's, cross my fingers and see what happens. I was leaning pretty strongly that way already, but I wanted a couple more opinions before I went ahead with it since it's such a big purchase.

Once I fit them up, what's the best way to test and make sure I'm all clear? Load up a couple adults in the back seat and toss it through some hard corners or something?

And would it do me any good to firm up the dampers a little? When I installed them a few months ago, I set them all at 1/4 turn up from full soft to start off with. I liked the ride, so I haven't messed with them since. Maybe being a wagon I should just turn up the rears a little more than the front? (This is probably getting into Suspension Tech questions, I know).

Thanks again.
see above...get a set of camber bolts and ya be all good...you COULD even put a 235/40 on it if ya wanted
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #10
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Go with the 17x8 gold. It sounds like that's what you really want. On the off chance it rubs, you still have options.

Love gold on wrb. Its the classic Subaru look. Good luck.
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17x8 BRONZE RPF1s et45

225/45s or 235/45s
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #12
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see above...get a set of camber bolts and ya be all good...you COULD even put a 235/40 on it if ya wanted
Nice! Never even considered camber bolts. I'll see how the fitment ends up and if I'm up against any rubbing I'll go that route. Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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Not sure if this is where I would put this question but does anyone know if I can put the stock rims from a 2013 Scion FR-S onto a 2005 2.5rs Impreza? Offset on the scion wheels are +48 and my stock subaru rims are +55? Will this make any difference.....Thanks for the help!
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These wheels right here will be for sale end of next week..
Volk Gram lights 17x7.5 ET50.. Includes lugnuts, hubcentric rings but no tires..
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These wheels right here will be for sale end of next week..
Volk Gram lights 17x7.5 ET50.. Includes lugnuts, hubcentric rings but no tires..
this isn't a FS forum.....we don't need this here
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Go with the 17x8 gold. It sounds like that's what you really want. On the off chance it rubs, you still have options.

Love gold on wrb. Its the classic Subaru look. Good luck.

yea that or bronze
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yea that or bronze
I never saw the rpf1 listed in bronze, but that would be a pretty good look. I'll ask about it. Or have them powder coated during the winter. Happen to have a pic of the bronze I'd they offer it?

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Old 06-29-2013, 07:52 PM   #18
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I never saw the rpf1 listed in bronze, but that would be a pretty good look. I'll ask about it. Or have them powder coated during the winter. Happen to have a pic of the bronze I'd they offer it?
They don't offer bronze.

Gold, matte or gloss black, silver, sbc or white (special order). Pretty sure that's it.
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They don't offer bronze.

Gold, matte or gloss black, silver, sbc or white (special order). Pretty sure that's it.

YES THEY DO OFFER BRONZE in 17x9 and 17x8 5x100 and 5x114... The 17x9 are just not out yet.. Will be in November




http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merch...y_Code=RPF1_17



http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merch...y_Code=RPF1_17
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