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Old 04-05-2002, 05:47 PM   #1
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I saw these wheels in a recent car magazine so I thought I'd do a little research. For those that haven't seen them, they are forged aluminum and *I believe* they weigh less than 15 lbs. for 19" wheels (not that I'd want them that big). The 17" was nearer to 13 lbs. but I don't have the ad with me so I'm only guesstimating.

http://centerlinewheels.com/w_catalog/fwd.html

I called my local reseller and it seems they only come in a +40 offset...bummer. Following that conversation, I contacted Centerline:
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To whom it may concern:

I am interested in your new forged RPM wheel in both 17" and 18" sizes. I drive a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX and think these wheels would look outstanding on the car (the only other "affordable" light wheel that can compare is the SSR Comp). I called my local dealer and he said that +40 is the most backspacing that you manufacture in 5x100 (pretty sure that is the bolt pattern). Do you know of any plans of making a minimum +48 or even +50 or +52 offset wheel? Obviously I haven't done the market research on this but nearly every WRX owner I've talked to has thoughts of changing their wheels to at least 17"s...we just don't have a whole lot of choices of high-quality wheels for this car. In addition, I think 17x7.5" would be the preferred size as most owners tend to purchase 225/45 size tires.
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We do offer the RPM for your car. I have attached a picture of a WRX for you.
The wheel is a 40mm offset. A dealer near here used a 18 x 7.5 (different manufacturer) with a 35mm and it cleared fine.
I'm not sure what tires they're using.

Thanks
Centerline Wheels
Sales Dept.
www.centerlinewheels.com
(800)345-8671
I personally won't be getting them due to the incorrect offset, even though they fit without rubbing (approx $330-350 apiece for an ill-fitting wheel). Oh well, I'm going to follow-up with them again...thought others might want to know. (See the attached pic that they sent me).

Matt
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Old 05-22-2002, 02:09 PM   #2
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Damn, they look good too. Wish the pic was of gold or black/grey wheels. I talked to a dealer today who also swore to me that they fit the WRX. He told me that it was indeed the 48mm offset but glad to hear that he was problaby lying. Too bad, I like those wheels, especially if they are that light. Expensive though.
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Old 05-22-2002, 02:15 PM   #3
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I wonder what size tires are in that pic. They look very big.
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Old 05-22-2002, 02:55 PM   #4
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That picture is photochop look at the flat rear wheels.
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Old 05-22-2002, 03:54 PM   #5
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that pic is definately photoshopped
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Old 06-09-2002, 08:41 PM   #6
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- I figured I might resurect this post...
I too, REALLY like the look of those rims (and probably first saw them in the same mag as ANIMALMOTHER).
Does anyone know of any new news about these rims and if they have decided to come out with some more WRX-offset friendly?

I might email them too, and see if they tell me something different - hell, if enough people do email them, they just might see that there is a big enough market to actually start making these rims with the right offset (just look at all the other aftermakret stuff comming out for our cars ). Atleast I hope so, since I think their dark grey ones would look sick on my Silver WRX with gunmetal painted kit.

IF these rims are out cuz of the offset, can any of you guys recommend ones that kinda LOOK like them but that fit our cars??
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