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Old 07-23-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Ok, so I am looking to get a set of rims to put some summer tires on so I can mount a set of winter tires to my stock rims. Was planning on just getting a set of STi BBS's (so 17x7.5). I keep reading about people saying that if you put rims on with the stock suspension it will "look like and SUV" and the wheel gap front and rear will get worse. I don't quite understand their logic, other then maybe it is just an illusion with since there is less rubber.

My question is, does anyone have a picture of 17" rims on a stock suspension? It would be great if it could be a 02-03 Wagon with BBSs, but any good pic would work. I have been searching the forms and keep finding people talk about this but can't find a good picture of it. Thanks
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:23 PM   #2
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winter rims are pretty much gonna look the same, apart from you may want to make them skinnier so you get better handling. And honestly who cares, its winter. its not really suppose to be aesthetically pleasing more functional than anything else
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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winter rims are pretty much gonna look the same, apart from you may want to make them skinnier so you get better handling. And honestly who cares, its winter. its not really suppose to be aesthetically pleasing more functional than anything else
That I know, I was going to put the winter tires on the stock rims, my question was what does it look like with a stock suspension and 17" Rims for the summer tires instead of the stock 16"?
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:11 PM   #4
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Come on, someone has to have a picture.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:40 PM   #5
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Here you go, you tell me what you think. I personally think the BBS wheels help fit the car better.

Stock Wheels with 205/55/16 Falken FK-452's








BBS Wheels with 225/45/17 Bridgestone RE050's














BTW - The pictures from the stock wheels were taken with the car on a sloped driveway so that may change the look a bit as it isn't exactly level ground.
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:43 AM   #6
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Personally, I think the front needs to get dropped. But yea, Im in the same boat with you. I want to get 17'inch rims for my bugeye but I don't want to lower my car either.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:28 PM   #7
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Personally, I think the front needs to get dropped. But yea, Im in the same boat with you. I want to get 17'inch rims for my bugeye but I don't want to lower my car either.
Yeah, don't worry, the drop will be coming. I'm waiting for my camber plates to be ready.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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Thanks for the pictures, I do agree that it needs to be lowered but the wheels do look much better on the car.

Not to get picky, but anyone got anyone a wagon.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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I have an '05 Wag on 17's, and just had it dropped. Here's the link to a post of the Before and After pics with my car on stock suspension, and then just after it was lowered.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=692975
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Somebody on here thinks that the stock wheelgap in the front is too much? Shocking! Suspension throw has no point, you guys are right. I mean, we should all just permanently attach our axles to the frame. [/sarcasm]

There's no point IMHO of doing springs without shocks. The stock shocks can't handle any more springrate so you're left with just reducing travel alone. Better shocks, more springrate, and then you get less travel the RIGHT way.
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