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Old 06-08-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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I searched the manifesto and came up with nothing. I'm lowering my car this week on Prodrives with my stock wheels. I want to enhance the image a bit more by possibly lowering the offset of my stockers. Are there specific brands of wheel spacers or are they just something I can pick up at any alignment shop?
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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You have to change the offset by a lot to be noticed and I doubt a non-subaru owner would even notice at all. You'd be better off getting some rims with the correct offset.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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Honestly man you'd have to go really agressive with your spacer on OEM wheels since the offset is so high to begin with. To run a good size spacer for flushness ( read: more than 10mm) you'd need extended studs to do it right. bluescoobywagon is right in the regard that you'd probably want to just get a better fitting wheel.

Project Kics does have bolt on option click here, but there doesn't seem to be many people running them at all on these boards. I'd love to see some results with these ... been considering them for a more aggressive stance on my TE37's.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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Spacers may also screw with your wheel bearings
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:49 PM   #5
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I've got a bugeye and it still has the oem sti 17x7.5 wheels. From the factory I think the fitment is crap.
The wheels sit in way too far.
I have fitted 10mm spacers and longer studs and it is still not enough. By the way with the 225/45 tyres there is no rubbing and I haven't rolled the edges.
Just to check for neat fit I packed a rear wheel out with washers (didnt drive it), just to see what sort of offset it needs. I packed it a total of 18mm before the rim/tyres was where I thought it should be.
While this amount of packing is simply too much in terms of bearings and stud length it does show what a crappy offset the oem wheels are.
Yes, with the 18mm packing I would need to roll the lip.

I'm now looking at a new set of 18inch rims with an offset that will sit a lot more flush. I'm even considering keeping close to the standard offset (so its kind to the bearings and going for a 8.5 or maybe 9 inch rim?

And finally the spacers I've currently got I had made by a friend and bought longer studs.
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:54 PM   #6
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Spacers may also screw with your wheel bearings

yeah he's right... i've personally gone through 3 sets of wheel bearings from my 25mm spacers jk
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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18x8.5 +48 looks amazing and that's only 5mm further out than the stock 17x7.5 +53.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #8
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.....bearing issues aside, you may want to consider the impact to the suspension geometry and its effects.
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another one of these????

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:14 AM   #10
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yeah he's right... i've personally gone through 3 sets of wheel bearings from my 25mm spacers jk

lol i was waiting for that...

Hey grippy you know whats up with fitment. Anyone on the west coast run the project kics spacers out there? I'm having no luck getting any results with searches on here, google, blogs, etc. Even my "industry" friends stock them but nobody buys them.

I'm seriously considering becoming the nasioc guinea pig once this economic stimulus $$ finds its way into my wallet.


bugeyes: you could have figured that out with simple math instead of going all crazy and taking your wheel off, but kudos for going the extra mile. Seems like you want a 17 x 7.5 wheel in the +35 to +38 offset range to suit your liking.18 x8.5 +48 does sit pretty nice also.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:20 AM   #11
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I'm seriously considering becoming the nasioc guinea pig once this economic stimulus $$ finds its way into my wallet.

I have some 15mm 5x100 project kics spacers. They worked fine for me, however I don't need them anymore. Let me know if you want them.
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