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Old 01-19-2002, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default Aftermarket rim offset?

I am goin to buy a set of aftermarket rims and dont know what the best range in offset is for a 95 Legacy sedan. I know the fenders dont really have that much flare and had a set that rubbed againt the wheelwell.
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Old 01-19-2002, 11:28 AM   #2
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you'll probably want a 6 1/2 - 7 inch wide rim with an offset from 48 to 53 mm. the size and type of tire and suspension will also determine whether or not there's rubbing.
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Old 01-19-2002, 03:30 PM   #3
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jrlegac8195 - Ok, the following offsets & tire sizes I've tried myself and everything's been ok :

Not lowered
16x6.5, +55mm offset : 205/55/16, 205/50/16
16x7, +53mm offset : 205/55/16, 205/50/16, 225/45/16
16x7.5, +48mm offset : 205/55/16, 205/50/16, 225/45/16
17x7, +53mm offset : 215/45/17, 215/40/17
17x7.5, +48mm offset : 215/45/17, 215/40/17

Lowered
16x6.5, +55mm offset : 205/55/16(some rub with full load), 205/50/16 (recommened)
16x7, +53mm offset : 205/55/16(as above), 205/50/16, 225/45/16(as prior)
16x7.5, +48mm offset : 205/55/16(as above), 205/50/16, 225/45/16(as prior)
17x7, +53mm offset : 215/45/17 (very close but no rub), 215/40/17(lots of space left)
17x7.5, +48mm offset : 215/45/17(some rub w/ full load), 215/40/17(no probs)
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Old 01-19-2002, 08:32 PM   #4
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nice comprehensive list gtbguy. i can definitely confirm that the 17" lowered, +48mm offset 215/45 will rub in the front and rear.
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Old 01-20-2002, 12:42 AM   #5
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What about 17x7, +48mm offset, 205/45/17, Lowered ???

I have the wheel setup, but am currently running on 40's and not 45's and still at stock height ... any thoughts?
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Old 01-20-2002, 01:40 AM   #6
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legaliztik2001 - well, when your car is lowered, it's very probable that it will rub (depending on lowering etc) under full compression of the spring. It will most likely rub on the lip. Your tires you are running is ~2.5% undersized (in diameter), so your speedo will read that much slower. If you want to go with a 215, try out a 40 series tire. Also, if you plan on lowering your BG5, I'd invest in a proper offset wheel of +53mm for 7".
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Old 01-20-2002, 09:10 AM   #7
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GTBGUY,

Just to clarify for my own sake. Isn't it the other way around with the tire size. If you have a smaller dia then stock, your speedo will read faster then your actually going. Hence the opposite, if you have larger dia tires then stock, your speedo will read slower then you are actually going.

This is at least how my car has behaved when I put my rims on. I went from 175/70 R14, to 205/45 R16. The overall dia is close, but the 205's are a smidge smaller.

I also notice when I put my snow tires on, 185/70 R14, the speedo is a little more accurate, or readin a little slower then I'm goin.
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You are correct, 777. A shorter tire will need to turn more RPMs to go a given speed, hence the drivetrain will run higher RPMs at a given speed.

It's worth noting that the rubbing/not rubbing thing will also depend on what brand and type of tires you're running. Not all 215s have the same section width or tread width.

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Old 01-20-2002, 03:35 PM   #9
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legacy777 & Pat - yes you guys are right, I had a little lapse, it was ment to read that your tires are actually going slower than what your speedo says. In anycase, staying within 4% is acceptable. This is something you guys could use in court just incase for speeding purposes
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Old 01-22-2002, 06:40 PM   #10
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Thank you guys for all your help.
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