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Old 07-25-2009, 12:49 AM   #1
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I just bought new 16" rubber, but have found a 17" wheel that I would like to have that doesn't come in a 16" size. Does anyone know of a manufacturer that has something similar to the ASA AR1 rim? BBS rims are out of my price range at this time.

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Old 07-25-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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Available on Tire Rack, 16x7.5 +48 and currently $99 each
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:56 AM   #3
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I would stay away from wheels made by SPORT. They bend very easily. (even with tall tires)
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:59 AM   #4
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the heads up on those rims. I'm going to look into ordering some locally here in Canada. I'm not sure if the Tire Rack ships here and the dollar is a not too close to par right now.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:10 AM   #6
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I would stay away from wheels made by SPORT. They bend very easily. (even with tall tires)
What would it take to bend them? I know nothing of this kind of thing.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:20 AM   #7
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What would it take to bend them? I know nothing of this kind of thing.
A good sized pothole would do it. Had Sport Edition Fox 5 wheels on my '00 Grand Am, bent 2 on potholes. Of course they discontinued them so I had to eventually go back to my stock wheels.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:23 AM   #8
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Do they have any warranty? Do you think they have made them any better over time? If they are crap I will definitely steer clear.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:39 AM   #9
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I don't know of any company that warranties against pothole damage. You get what you pay for, any ~$100 wheel will most likely bend easily. Might just be easier to pickup a used set of OEM wheels. The 18 spoke wheels used on some Legacies are fairly close to that design.
http://www.cars101.com/subaru_legacy_archive98_99.html


I bought a set of 16" WRX wheels for my '95 Legacy a couple years ago. Wife blew out a tire hitting a curb, wheel was scraped but not bent.
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:46 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replys. I might have to look at running 2 sets of tires/rims, although I would hate to put out the other cash. I'm going to Stage 2 so I might just be running a Street Sleeper for a while.
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MB wheels, which is sold only by Discout Tires will gurantee their wheels for life. So if anything happens you can return it and get a new one for free! I've seen a few in person and there not too shabby, I think their defintley better than the ones your looking at right now. Plus they have a sale on them get $50 off if you buy a set.
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As far as I know ASA does make the AR1 in 16, just a matter of finding someone who has it in stock. Another option are the EM9s but again finding one in stock might be an issue. The CanadianTire up here in Grande Prairie has a set sitting on display with a layer of dust, and IIRC before I moved the one in Saskatoon had one on the tire wall. I'd go to your local Cantire and see if they can run a check for them. I would have bought the EM9s already if they were in 17, decently priced and quality and ASA is affiliated with BBS for design and manufacturing I believe.


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Thanks for the tip. The EM9s look good.
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A good sized pothole would do it. Had Sport Edition Fox 5 wheels on my '00 Grand Am, bent 2 on potholes. Of course they discontinued them so I had to eventually go back to my stock wheels.
the MAIN reason that wheels bend is that too little pressure is being used in the tires

THAT is 90% of it

there are lots and lots of board members using SPORT wheels with no issues...and ROTAS and lots of other wheels

and most bent ones are due to rubber band tires with too little pressure being driven on bombed out roads

it is NOT the fault of the wheels
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and ROTAS and lots of other wheels
I was looking into rotas, are they suppose to be cheap? Just wondering the general overlook of them.
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