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Old 10-17-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U 2008 WRX STI - aftermarket wheel/tire options

I sent SOA an e-mail with my thoughts. As per Jon[in Ct], in the JDM model, you could only get features like navigation if and only if you get the BBS wheels. It seems that wheels are going to be a $2000-$2999 option - for the wheels only. On the JDM model, You can not get features like navigation, Ricardo seats, etc with the stock 17" wheels. Lets hope this is not the case with the US models.

Now honestly, I would want the 17" stock wheels, with navigation. With the $2000-$2999 I would save by not getting the BBS wheels, I would be able to get wider 17" wheels and wider tires.

17" stockers are 235/45/17, which means if you find a 9" (or wider) wheel - you could run a 265/40/17 tire and not have any difference in your speedo. Although, who knows if a 265 would fit with no clearance issues, and there are not many tires which come in that size either.

Theoretically, you could run either:

245/45/17 - speedo would read 60.8 mph @ 60 mph
255/40/17 - speedo would read 59.3 mph @ 60 mph
265/40/17 - speedo would read 60 mph @ 60 mph
275/40/17 - speedo would read 60.8 mph @ 60 mph

For a snow tire: 215/50/17 - speedo would read 60.3 mph @ 60 mph

If a 275/40/17 tire with wide enough wheel could fit on the STI with no rubbing or clearance issues due to width, there are a large number of tires in that size that could be had. I counted 11 tires in that size being sold on tirerack from between $89 to $119 per tire. Not bad for relatively inexpensive wide summer tires.


If you got lots of money to burn, and also in the highly unlikely case a wheel/tire combo this wide would fit with no rubbing:

315/30/18 - speedo would read 60.3 mph @ 60 mph.
335/30/18 - speedo would read 61.4 mph @ 60 mph.

Seems like there are some nice options for those who want to run wide wheels. Lets hope the wheel wells are as wide as they look and can swallow some wide wheel/tire configurations.



What do you folks think?
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:04 PM   #2
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, where can I get some Josway bars?

sorry, just had to do it
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:24 PM   #3
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what does hpo mean in refrence of offsets?
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:19 PM   #4
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I didn't realize the 18s were an option. Hopefully a port installed option for my A stock aspirations for next year.


I've been daydreaming about 295/30-18s. Hopefully they fit under the car.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:02 PM   #5
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The optional BBS wheels come with 245/40/18 tires.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:28 PM   #6
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Yea I realize that. Originally I thought they were standard. Hopefully they are not a dealer installed option.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:31 PM   #7
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Yea I realize that. Originally I thought they were standard. Hopefully they are not a dealer installed option.
From the survey some people got, it looks like it will be $2000-$2999 option I rather just get something else if I was spending that much.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:36 PM   #8
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You aren't following me I don't want the BBS ones, for autocross rules reasons, I just want to know if it's a port installed or a dealer option, so I can get my own and put 295s on them, lol.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:15 AM   #9
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You aren't following me I don't want the BBS ones, for autocross rules reasons, I just want to know if it's a port installed or a dealer option, so I can get my own and put 295s on them, lol.
Not sure. It's all up in the air right now. I think Subaru is putting in the final touches based on surveys and e-mails they receive.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:50 PM   #10
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I'm guessing Subaru will only bring a single package 2008 STi to the USA... and it will have 18" bling BBS wheels to match with the moronic common denominator of the American public.

I predict value of OEM 2005-7 STi 17" BBS 5x114 rims to go up.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:05 PM   #11
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I'm guessing Subaru will only bring a single package 2008 STi to the USA... and it will have 18" bling BBS wheels to match with the moronic common denominator of the American public.

I predict value of OEM 2005-7 STi 17" BBS 5x114 rims to go up.
You're probably correct.

And that would certainly be sweet to have my '06 wheels be worth more than a bag of beef jerky for a change.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:13 AM   #12
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Apparently, you can't get the higher end options in the US model unless you get a model with the BBS wheels.
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You aren't following me I don't want the BBS ones, for autocross rules reasons, I just want to know if it's a port installed or a dealer option, so I can get my own and put 295s on them, lol.
Sorry, to shift gears here ~ but explain your BBS = Autocross rules statement? I have a new set of BBS rims 17x7.5 just waiting for spring and to start Auto X-ing again. It has been YEARS!
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Sorry, to shift gears here ~ but explain your BBS = Autocross rules statement? I have a new set of BBS rims 17x7.5 just waiting for spring and to start Auto X-ing again. It has been YEARS!
If the 18x8.5 wheels are a dealer installed option they are not stock class legal. Seems like they will come on the car from the factory, so that's good news.
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If the 18x8.5 wheels are a dealer installed option they are not stock class legal. Seems like they will come on the car from the factory, so that's good news.
Thanks.
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Theoretically, you could run either:

245/45/17 - speedo would read 60.8 mph @ 60 mph
255/40/17 - speedo would read 59.3 mph @ 60 mph
265/40/17 - speedo would read 60 mph @ 60 mph
275/40/17 - speedo would read 60.8 mph @ 60 mph

For a snow tire: 215/50/17 - speedo would read 60.3 mph @ 60 mph
Ok, maybe I'm misunderstanding. But you're saying that the speedo would change when you change the WIDTH of the tire. I notice there is a difference between the first tire size you list as a 245/45/17 but the rest of them all have sidewall sizes of 40. Which would mean that the diameter would be the same and the speedo would read the same....?
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the "40" or "45" is the aspect ratio or % of the width that the sidewall is tall which will effect the diameter of each tire.
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