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Old 05-09-2002, 10:59 PM   #1
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im going to be purchasing wheels soon, and 18 inch wheels are looking very appealing now that the prodrive pff7's are out, however has anyone driven a WRX with stock suspension and 18's? hows it feel? hows it look, like does it ride even higher than it does now? if i went with 17" wheels could i run a 40 profile tire (i know a few brands have tires in the size i want with a 40 profile tire available instead of 45) withouth rubbing issues given the proper offset of as close to +53 as possible? any input would be great thanks
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Old 05-09-2002, 11:24 PM   #2
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Well for me personally i had 18x8 rims with 225/40 kuhmo tires.

With the stock suspension its fine.. I mean its not like really great but the stock tires are sooo garbage that anything tire wise is a huge jump.. I had the rims on the car for 3 months before upgrading suspension to coils and i didnt think it looked bad at all. Not IDEAL but they dont look like most cars as the awd and beefy looks make it look ok. I still came out everytime to "Michelle" and she looked fine.. Always got the little grin of "this car is the shizzy".

40 profile on a 17" to me would look a bit off.. Specially if ya left it lifted for a long time. And no you wouldnt have any rubbing issues. I think you can run something like a 45 offset with 225 and still be ok..

GET 18's!
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Do not run 40 profile on 17" unless you want your speedo and odo to be off by at least a couple of miles an hour. You want the overall diameter to remain as close to stock as possible, 40 series on 18", and 45 on 17"
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Do not run 40 profile on 17" unless you want your speedo and odo to be off by at least a couple of miles an hour. You want the overall diameter to remain as close to stock as possible, 40 series on 18", and 45 on 17"
this is assuming a 225 width tire. i'm running 18x7.5 +48 offset with 225/40-18s on stock suspension. ride is good to me, a bit noisier than stock but thats because my new tires a stickier. 225/40-18 should be like .2 inches larger in overall diameter than stock setup (24.9 versus 25.1 iirc).

i've got a sedan and i have no rubbing issues whatsoever. the fit is perfect. ymmv if you have a wagon though...
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Old 05-10-2002, 08:30 AM   #5
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The PFF7's will only come in 18"x8" I beleive. NIce wheel, I think I'm getting them. Are they already out. i spoke with Luke (Tire Rack) and they are getting them in later in the month..
Good luck, post pics
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Old 05-10-2002, 09:09 AM   #6
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im going to be purchasing wheels soon, and 18 inch wheels are looking very appealing now that the prodrive pff7's are out, however has anyone driven a WRX with stock suspension and 18's? hows it feel? hows it look, like does it ride even higher than it does now? if i went with 17" wheels could i run a 40 profile tire (i know a few brands have tires in the size i want with a 40 profile tire available instead of 45) withouth rubbing issues given the proper offset of as close to +53 as possible? any input would be great thanks
I run 18 x 7.5 +48 offset on my WRX sedan with 225/40R18 Pilot Sports. The actual ride on the street is almost indistinguishable from stock, maybe a *tiny* bit harsher but really nothing to worry about at all. Now, the real difference is in handling, and there is no comparison. The Pilot Sports rock.

NO rubbing at all, even under serious side loads at track day at Road Atlanta. I'm extremely happy with the overall package.

As far as looks go, you will notice the rear wheel wells seem to be a little more filled up, but honestly the fronts still have that ugly gap there. I suppose it looks better than stock, but I sure wish I could just drop the front about an inch without f'n up the geometry of the rest of the car.

Good luck, give me a shout if you want more info.

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Old 05-11-2002, 12:32 PM   #7
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anyone know what the offset is gonna be on the pff7's cuase now im just gonna go with the 18's pff7's cuase like ya said it doesnt look bad so thast all i needed to hear. i was hoping to go wider than 225 though, give it a real bull look cuase those fender bulges really need to be filled. i mean the car jus looks so aggressive, aww its sweet huh, anyways 245/40/ 18's? what exactly can i fit on a pff7 (range wise 225-255 ish?) i dont know how to convert the metric ### thast standard on tires to the usual 18x8 or 17x7.5 and whatever else sizing you wanna convert
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