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Old 04-15-2015, 11:11 PM   #1
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year: 2006
model: WRX
wheel model: options below
wheel size/offset: options below
tire brand/model: open to brands similar to star specs/rivals etc
tire size: no stretch wanted, at least a 40 sidewall open to size suggestions
suspension: fortune auto coil overs
alignment: preferably no more than -1.5 camber
fender mods: roll prefer no pull
spacers: yes/no? size? None


So my dilemma is I'm looking to run the following wheels in the following sizes. I'm having such a hard time deciding between a 17 or a 18 because of this aswell.


Enkei RPF1's
18x9.5 +38
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17x9 +35

Enkei NT03
18x9.5 +40


Wedsport TC105N
17x9 +35


Like I stated above I am more of a functional setup guy and prefer no stretch (at least no visible stretch) The car won't be too low, 1-3 fingers worth of wheel gap once done. And I like meatier sidewalls because it looks better to me and I live in Chicago and sometimes avoiding potholes is impossible.
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:52 AM   #2
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17x9 with a 234/45 or 245/45 for chi-town
and a +40 - +44 is better....
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:07 AM   #3
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The options I stated are all the ones I have, +35
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:32 AM   #4
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that will limit your tire sizes

you will have to run smaller tires

you might as well just get a 17x8 and a 225/45 and forget the bigger wheels

maybe you don't really understand what you think you want
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:41 AM   #5
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How does that limit tire sizes?

And I don't want a reverse concave wheel, which is also one reason I want at least a 9" wide wheel.
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meaty 17s please.
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http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/graph..._WRX_Wagon.jpg


Those are 17's and pretty meaty. I can't find any pictures of a hawkeye on meaty 18's without flares.
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17x9 +40 with 245/40R17.

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all these meathead idiots
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dude get the **** out of here if you aren't going to contribute anything to my thread other than nonsense
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My old Wrx


17x9 +38 with 235/45/17 not by choice it was just a ridiculous deal at the time. Finger gap all around with -2.3f and -1.8r alignment. This was with slightly pulled rears.

Although I had zero rubbing in the front, I would rub in the rear on heavy bumps unless I put more rear camber, pull more fender, or raise the car.

This setup was probably the most balanced of function and form. I was able to push the car hard, but still be pleased with the looks haha. In the end it still bothered me during heavy bumps.

If I could do it again I'd probably go -40 or more to go 245/40 like Mach Vs example. But depending on how much camber you run, you may start running into inner clearances with the inside of the wheel and the coilovers.
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it seems a 17x9 is going to be a lot easier to fit overall.

ALSO, theres a +45 or +38 offset option for those wheels I just noticed in 17x9
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dude get the **** out of here if you aren't going to contribute anything to my thread other than nonsense

suck the **** straight outta my ass

your thread is as lame and useless as all the other thousands of these SAME EXACT ONES that have been posted here in the last 10 years

YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL

YOU ARE NOT UNIQUE

YOU are JUST ANOTHER KIDDE F00-F00

wanting to do stupid **** for idiot reasons and just gonna cause yourself the same problems that all the idiots before you have
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Lol uncle Scotty always pissing people off and stirring up ****. What's new.

I like the 18x9.5 +40 Enkei NT03's. They're not convex at all and they give you plenty of room for tires. Plus they aren't done very often. If I had the money, that is where I'd be looking.
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Lol uncle Scotty always pissing people off and stirring up ****. What's new.

I like the 18x9.5 +40 Enkei NT03's. They're not convex at all and they give you plenty of room for tires. Plus they aren't done very often. If I had the money, that is where I'd be looking.


and the OP said he wants FUNCTIONAL..no roll or pull

an 18 x9.5 isn't functional on a GD chassis other than to stroke the kiddie lil boi owners ego

too heavy...too big...too k00
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You have no idea what you're talking about. Where are you getting your index for functionality? It's humorous to watch you just spout crap out like you are the master of everything Subaru. Lol. There is nothing wrong with a wheel 1" larger in diameter. You can fit plenty of tire at a reasonable ride height. It's mostly dependent on tire width and compound density as far as functionality goes. Any dampening you lose with the slightly smaller tire you can make up for with shock dampening and spring rates. Also with proper wheels like NT03's your tires usually weigh more than the wheel does so having more wheel and less tire isn't necessarily a bad thing. It usually results in less rotational mass even at a higher total diameter. Not in every case of coarse, but with forged aluminum usually. If you JUST wanted function and didn't care about looks AT ALL, then that's your own thing, but having a good look is worth .5" in radius added to my wheels. To each his own.
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sweetie

the GDA came with a 16" wheel, stock...and 17x7 as a +1...the GDB was 17x7

you been here about 5 minutes...and yer a kidiot and don't know **** about **** but think ya do...just like all the rest of the kidiots, here

just stop.....just STOP
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the OP just wants to be validated on poor decision making

and he isn't getting it
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and he isn't getting it

Well you are persistent... that's for sure. But the only idiot here is you. Who gives a rats Fu-cking a$$ what wheels the car came with from the factory. Lol. I don't see rally cars or time attack cars with the factory 16's. You act like a CHILD with a full diaper when someone has a different opinion than you. I'm done here. You have my opinion OP.
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You have no idea what you're talking about. Where are you getting your index for functionality? It's humorous to watch you just spout crap out like you are the master of everything Subaru. Lol. There is nothing wrong with a wheel 1" larger in diameter. You can fit plenty of tire at a reasonable ride height. It's mostly dependent on tire width and compound density as far as functionality goes. Any dampening you lose with the slightly smaller tire you can make up for with shock dampening and spring rates. Also with proper wheels like NT03's your tires usually weigh more than the wheel does so having more wheel and less tire isn't necessarily a bad thing. It usually results in less rotational mass even at a higher total diameter. Not in every case of coarse, but with forged aluminum usually. If you JUST wanted function and didn't care about looks AT ALL, then that's your own thing, but having a good look is worth .5" in radius added to my wheels. To each his own.

The index of functionality is only one thing - the best setup for your car.

Suggesting someone jump to 18x9.5 wheels with huge tires is not functional or ideal at his current level of modification. 99% of cars on this forum probably aren't even maxing out their stock wheels/tires/suspension.

Nt03's aren't exactly light, and depending on the size are equal weight to most tires that would fit that wheel.

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The index of functionality is only one thing - the best setup for your car.

Suggesting someone jump to 18x9.5 wheels with huge tires is not functional or ideal at his current level of modification. 99% of cars on this forum probably aren't even maxing out their stock wheels/tires/suspension.

Nt03's are pretty heavy, and depending on the size are equal weight to most tires that would fit that wheel.

Your proving my point. 99% of cars aren't maxing out their current tire setup, so functionality isn't really a deciding factor when getting new wheels as long as they fit well and don't rub. Meaning theirs nothing wrong with the size I picked. I guess I personally just like the way 18's look and can't really see a reason why they're less reasonable or "functional".

Also 18x9.5 +40 NT03's are 19 lbs
275/40/18 track tires are 25 lbs and up

17x7.5 rpf1's are 16lbs
245/40/17 tires are 27lbs

There is 1lb total difference, but any mass lost with getting smaller wheels is gained my adding mass to the outside of your radius, making the inertia of the wheel greater.

All of these calculations are completely NEGLIGIBLE though. A car with more than 250hp won't know the difference between anything in this reasonable range.

This whole thing really doesn't matter, I'm not going to be able to change anyone's opinion so I'll just stop talking.

TL;DR any set of wheels is as functional as the next if you get the right tire compound and width of tire. Size of wheel and tire is negligible.
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I haven't even read anything since my last post but clearly you didn't read my first post scotty. Fenders are rolled I preferred not to pull them but I will. And I don't want so much camber it causes uneven wear...


Alright now that I read everything, my reasoning for using the word functional is because I do not want a **** load of camber, a rubber band sidewall tire, or it to drive like ass. It's my daily I want it to look nice overall. Thank you for those that have been helpful so far.

I am just figuring out what size tire will fit either size wheel at this point. If I did an NT03 it would only be a 18" if I did a RPF1 it would be a 17" at this point.

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