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Old 01-25-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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I've been doing some searching, that has led to more questions.

I want to find what wheels will properly fit a tire width of 275 on my 05 STi.

This also includes clearing the brembos.

Some say 8.5" width work, others say (depending on the tire manufacturer) even 8" wheel width work.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:02 AM   #2
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That entirely (no pun intended) depends on what tire you are talking about. Autox guys run 275's on 8" wheels, but hey are R-comps that do much better on narrow wheels. For a street tire, 8.5" would be the minimum, and not exactly ideal, but fine.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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for 275/40-17

bfg lists 9" as the min for the KD

Kumho lists 9" as the min for the MX

goodyear lists 9" as the min for the GS-D3


....that said....I run 235/40's on 7.5" wide wheels without any real issue.

I think that I would MUCH rather have an 9" wide wheel for the 275/40 though, as keeping that much grip from distorting the tire would make it a lot less 'squirmy' and more predictable.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:44 AM   #4
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If you are going to buy a new set of wheels, get at least 9s...People run 275s on 8" wheels because they HAVE to to stay in SCCA stock classes. The wider wheels will better utilize the tire...no reason to stay with the skinny wheel if you dont HAVE to.
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If you are going to buy a new set of wheels, get at least 9s...People run 275s on 8" wheels because they HAVE to to stay in SCCA stock classes. The wider wheels will better utilize the tire...no reason to stay with the skinny wheel if you dont HAVE to.
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The other problem is that it seems tough to find 17x9s... either I am finding 17x8.5s or 17x9.5s.

As for the tire... it will be used primarily for autox (and maybe a NASA HPDE).

I understand Hoosiers run a little wider than what they say, so I may stay away from them.

I'm trying to find a wheel like the Work Emotion XD-9s in bronze, as I like that style wheel, but it seems that it is a very difficult task.
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The other problem is that it seems tough to find 17x9s... either I am finding 17x8.5s or 17x9.5s.

As for the tire... it will be used primarily for autox (and maybe a NASA HPDE).

I understand Hoosiers run a little wider than what they say, so I may stay away from them.

I'm trying to find a wheel like the Work Emotion XD-9s in bronze, as I like that style wheel, but it seems that it is a very difficult task.
Consider yourself lucky...you have a 5x114.3 wheel, try finding the wide wheels in 5x100.

If you haven't already, go read the wide tire thread in Motorsports.
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Consider yourself lucky...you have a 5x114.3 wheel, try finding the wide wheels in 5x100.

If you haven't already, go read the wide tire thread in Motorsports.
Eaxctly.

There are a ton of 17x9's et35 that would work on your car. You will need to roll/cut fenders to get them to fit.
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well... I'm trying to figure out who makes 17x9 wheels, and know what offset it should be.

I have asked 4 different vendors, and have searched 3 different Suby forums trying to find out which 17x9 (or 18x9) wheels will fit properly on a 2005 STi.

I keep getting mixed information about offsets and whether they clear calipers or not.
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Read the 17x9 thread on iwsti.
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