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Old 07-27-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Story: Right now on my WRB 2004 wrx I have 18" by 8 Tarmac3 Full Royal Sports Bronze. I love the rims, but its around that time to move on to another set. I want to buy a set of Rota Grid Hyper Black 18" by 9.5, but I have some concerns. At the moment im on megan racing street coilovers and I have heard storys that the Grids like to crack and bend. I know they are rotas and thats what I get for buying "cheap" product, but I have had no problems with my Tarmacs that are only 8" wide. Here are some questions I have for the nasioc wheel junkies:

1. What problems will I encounter with upgrading to these rims? Such as rolling fenders and camber problems.
2. If I do end up buying these rims what size tires should I purchase: I know different size wheel make a more HellaFlush look.

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Old 07-27-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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Those rims may look cool but there's no real reason to put them on a WRX. That said, the best tire would be as small as possible to avoid rubbing. That equates to 245/35/18. The Grids are +38 I believe which is 15mm less than stock. Also you're adding 10mm on each side more than STi size so you're somewhere in the 25mm less fender clearance than STi size. That's going to require rolling the rear fenders, even on stiff coilovers. Negative camber will help, but there's only so much you want to run.

I won't comment on rotas cracking. It just gets into a shouting match. Lets just say it happens on any rim more or less and a lot of people here by rotas.
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Thanks for the input mosc!
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