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Old 09-06-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default lowest offset for 02-03 wrx

i know there are threads about the sti and wheels that clear brembo, but how about the 02-03 wrx? what is the lowest offset that i can go?
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:30 AM   #2
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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low offset gives you more inboard clearance

the lowest offset you can run will depend on wheel and tire size / ride height / whether you are willing to roll fenders / how much you like your wheel bearings

what exactly are you trying to do?
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:58 AM   #4
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you need to do some research before we can answer that question. there are those that go as low as +18 but those that do are far more dedicated than others, and if they wanted they could go even lower.

your question has no definitive answer. you need tobtell us what you're looking for and what you use your car for.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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ya need the dubs on that rig.............+10 dubs
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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Why? That is my only question. Why is it that you want a low offset? Do you want to be herrafrush? Or do you want to take out your wheel bearings? Worry about the widest wheel/tire you can fit with a normal offset.
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Old 09-08-2009, 03:35 PM   #7
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the reason i ask is becuase i want to run a set of wheels that have a concave look to them but the problem with that is of course the wheel bearings and what not im not really trying to go for track use just a nice concave look to daily drive and size i would probly like to be anywhere in the 17x8 to 17x9 range
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:04 PM   #8
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Lowest on a bug i wagon is +35. That what i ran. 18x9 +35 all around. Ill show pix when i get home from school.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:15 PM   #9
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Lowest on a bug i wagon is +35. That what i ran. 18x9 +35 all around. Ill show pix when i get home from school.
yeah this is a good offset (+35) thats the offset I had on my TE37s(17x8), I was running 245/40R17
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:41 PM   #10
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Lowest on a bug i wagon is +35. That what i ran. 18x9 +35 all around. Ill show pix when i get home from school.
^^I 2nd that, i ran the same offset on my wagon^^
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:35 PM   #11
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the reason i ask is becuase i want to run a set of wheels that have a concave look to them but the problem with that is of course the wheel bearings and what not im not really trying to go for track use just a nice concave look to daily drive and size i would probly like to be anywhere in the 17x8 to 17x9 range
what size tire would you like to run? how much fender work are you willing to do? what are your suspension mods?
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:30 PM   #12
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yeah this is a good offset (+35) thats the offset I had on my TE37s(17x8), I was running 245/40R17

that sounds good did you guys have any wheel bearing problems? reason i ask becuase of the sticky by unibomber about 17x8 needing to have a +43 and up offset but if you guys have no problems then 35 is an ok offset
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:31 PM   #13
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Lowest on a bug i wagon is +35. That what i ran. 18x9 +35 all around. Ill show pix when i get home from school.
please do that would be great
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so far, there is no proof that low offset wheels will cause premature wear of the hub bearings. there are many guys on this forum running +35 and lower offsets for the past several years with no ill effects.

grippy monkey, for example, is currently running a +18 and has been at +35 or lower for many years.
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:03 PM   #15
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I have a set of 16x7 +33 Volk TE37's and the only problem I'm having is rubbing in the rear. A roll and coilovers will be in order soon... But no bearing problems at all. And that's a low offset for a 7 inch wheel on Bugeyes.
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:22 PM   #16
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grippy monkey, for example, is currently running a +18 and has been at +35 or lower for many years.
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Like sleepy said a +35 in a 9" wheel is pretty much the lowest you'd wanna try unless you had some custom molded fenders like Shagon Wagon has. You'd still need to do alot of fender work to fit a 9" in +35 offset. I really like how a +42 or +44 17x9 fits a Wagon. You can run a 235/40/17 or 245/40/17 tire and roll the fenders flat with mild camber and call it a day. It's functional and looks flush also. I like people that push the envelope, but if you aren't familiar with this kind of stuff then I wouldn't even suggest trying something really aggressive on a wagon in the 9"+ and 30 offset+ range.

this wagon has 17x9 +44 wheels and wide 235/40/17 tires. It's perfectly flush

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Like sleepy said a +35 in a 9" wheel is pretty much the lowest you'd wanna try unless you had some custom molded fenders like Shagon Wagon has. You'd still need to do alot of fender work to fit a 9" in +35 offset. I really like how a +42 or +44 17x9 fits a Wagon. You can run a 235/40/17 or 245/40/17 tire and roll the fenders flat with mild camber and call it a day. It's functional and looks flush also. I like people that push the envelope, but if you aren't familiar with this kind of stuff then I wouldn't even suggest trying something really aggressive on a wagon in the 9"+ and 30 offset+ range.

this wagon has 17x9 +44 wheels and wide 235/40/17 tires. It's perfectly flush


nice looks like the 5zigen zr20
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:42 PM   #18
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kind of a newbie rule is you don't need to quote all the pics and stuff I just said right below me... it's a bit annoying. You can just point an arrow like ^ or simply post. People will know what you are talking about if it's right below me.

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Old 09-08-2009, 08:32 PM   #19
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gotcha my bad^^^^^ so i would have to roll my fenders if i do a 17x9 with 35 offset
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^^^ would this be a bad decision to run Work Emotion XT7 Wheel 18x8.5 5x100 with a +32 offset?

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:07 AM   #21
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I guess I assumed you have a Wagon? or do you have a sedan? It does make a difference.

and yes.. you will need to roll your fenders pretty much whatever you run outside of the standard wheels approved for your car.
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^^^ i have a sedan sorry
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^^^ i have a sedan sorry

^ well then...

You can go very low with the offset .. but it all depends on what you are going for? A car that handles well on the street for daily driving? A slammed ride with ultra low offset wheels? A track beast? A mix of a little of everything?

I personally run a 17x9 +17 with 225/45/17 tires, lots of camber, and the car is very low. This is 100% a street setup. If I were to track my car I'd switch out the wheels for some 17x9's in +30 offset and 255's. I can suprisingly push my car pretty hard on the street as it is though. For most people I'd recommend a 9" wide wheel in the +30 to +38 range. You can run a 235-255 tire with some fender work and useable amounts of camber. I've ran a 18x9.5 +22 with 255's also. It handled really well, but I wouldn't recommend it for daily driving to be honest. That's the only setup I've had that tracked really bad out on the freeway. You would get pulled quite a bit with lines in the road, and it made the car a two hand driver all the time. It was probably a combo of wide tires, low offset, camber, and big/wide wheels. I Don't notice that with my current setup with the 17x9's though. Like I said it did handle nicely though.

Something like the rota grid for example is a good option. you can get it in 18x9.5 +38 which doesn't require much fender work in the rear, and you could run a 255 width tire pretty easily. I am more of a 17inch wheels guy these days, but I always like the way my 18's looked previously. I would recommend you check out the Aggressive wheel thread in the member's gallery and start reading and researching alot. In the end you will have to make the decision on how much work you wanna do to the fenders, if you are going for looks or a performance setup, etc etc..

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