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Old 01-27-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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Setup: 2008 Hatch STi, KWV3 Coilovers, fenders are rolled w/-1.8 camber, (right now im on sport A7 rims w/blizzak tires). I bought the car like this.

I have a set of stock Dunlops at home. It's time for me to get off of the 'snow' tires and buy some rims for my stock dunlops. I want that flush/wide tire look (see picture examle below)..but I have a few questions:

1. Obviously a 9" wide rim will stretch the stock tire, making it have less sidewall....How wide (rim wise) can I go on the stock tire??

2. With my setup, what is the max offset I can go without major rubbing (again on the stock tire)?

3. Im looking at Rota G-Force (+30), and the Grids (+38), but the DPT has a +20 offset...is that too high? Would the grid be less of the wide look, due to the higher offset?

4. What are the various ways to achieve a flush/wide tire look? (examples: Low offset, smaller tire? or Wide rim/tire and higher offset (rubbing?)? Im not too clear on this. I really wanna minimize having to do adjustments as much as possible..but if I would have to then I have no choice!!

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5. Ok this question would be me future proofing my rim selection. I am forced right now to use the stock tires, I have to save for a wedding so im not buying tires anytime soon without the absolute need. Later on if I decide to buy a bigger tire 265/275, I'll be able to use a wider rim...what is the max rim-width size I can (safely) use with the stock dunlop tires?





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Old 01-27-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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1) 18x9.5
2) This matters on a lot of factors. Rough guess would be +35 to be on the safe side although it could be considerably less. I have no idea how rolled your fenders are and frankly, I haven't poked my head under the wells of many 08+ STi's with rolled fenders.
3) The "wide" look means very different things to different people. For example, the spokes on the pic you've shown are thin. Some people prefer thick spokes and want extreme angles. The GRID does a pretty good job of this. Others like the protracted spoke look of the DPT. I personally look more at the tire than the wheel.
4) Low offset, wider wheel. Narrow tires are generally employed to ease fitment with overly low offset and overly wide wheels. Others will talk about some specific looking spokes associated with the fad.
5) Getting a wheel with as much offset as you can get away with NOW is going to bite you LATER when you want a wider than 245 tire. For example, if you want a 275 wide tire, you're going to need more offset. Unless you want to buy new wheels later, consider both your new and old tire sizes when choosing.

Recommendation?
Rota DPT 18x9.5" +44
Sorry if they're not "hellaflush". Cut some offset if you want.
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Thanks mosc!!! Im now currently looking at the 18x9.5 +38 grids in black to fit with my stock tires. The DPTs look sweet too!

And yes, recommendations are def. taken! How come you chose a +44? Any specific reason?
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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1) Recommendation?
Rota DPT 18x9.5" +44
Sorry if they're not "hellaflush". Cut some offset if you want.
That's whats on the car above. 265/35 star specs. Hotness!
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I chose +44 to recommend to you because it's a lot closer to stock than +38 grids. I don't personally understand this hellaflush fad. +44 is as much offset as you can cheaply get in 9.5" wide.

Stick some 275/35/18 tires on any wheel and they'll look beefy. And your suspension will be happier with you the more offset you can get. Easier clearance too.
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Looks like my mind has been changed to the Rota DPT 18x9.5" +44. I called Dan and he said a lot of STi guys like the DPT cause of the fitment and not having to deal with many problems. I told him I wanted the flush look and he said +44 would work!! Thats awesome! Especially now that I can see thats whats in the pic above! Thats too good to be true! Once I need new tires I'll put 265/75 on but for now stock is what I have to roll with. Anyone have any pics on an 08'+ STi? Thanks again guys!!
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The pics above are an 08. Username is TK421. I think he just sold it.
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The pics above are an 08. Username is TK421. I think he just sold it.
Lol, yes I read the original thread where i copied the picture from lol. Im guessing even tho he has different tires, thats what I can kind of expect on my 08' (KWv3 coils)?? Cause thats what I want no doubt!!
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