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Old 03-26-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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Originally I wanted 17x8 wheels thinking wider is better but if I'm running a 225/45/17 tire on either why should I pay more for the 17x8s?
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:03 PM   #2
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I think 17X8s are worth it...thats what i recently got
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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just wondering what the difference would be.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:48 PM   #4
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a little crisper steering response, all else being equal; the real advantage is that you can mount wider tires on the wider wheel. check though as most 8" wheels gain another 1lb over their 7.5" counterpart.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:46 PM   #5
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17x8 and a 235/40 and done
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:16 PM   #6
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Originally I wanted 17x8 wheels thinking wider is better but if I'm running a 225/45/17 tire on either why should I pay more for the 17x8s?
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Well if you only want to run 225's a 7.5" is fine, but if you go with the 8" rim and hit a curb, at least you won't scratch your tire............
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:28 PM   #7
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Well if you only want to run 225's a 7.5" is fine, but if you go with the 8" rim and hit a curb, at least you won't scratch your tire............


what planet are you from, again?????

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Old 03-26-2010, 11:44 PM   #8
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One where people don't have "short man syndrome" on the internet...........
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:19 AM   #9
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One where people don't have "short man syndrome" on the internet...........
or one where idiots dont post stupid **** out their asses
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:31 AM   #10
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or one where idiots dont post stupid **** out their asses
Yes, that's exactly where I'm from, so thanks for the support............lemme guess, you got confused trying to be witty and meant the opposite. I suppose you'll derail another thread with the weak moderators here tolerating your BS?
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:57 AM   #11
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Well if you only want to run 225's a 7.5" is fine, but if you go with the 8" rim and hit a curb, at least you won't scratch your tire............
I could've sworn the '07 STi came with a 225-45-17 on a 17x8 wheel....... sounds like you're trying to make it sound as if it would be "stretched".


OP: IMO 7.5" is a waste and only limits your tire size possibilities. 17x8 would be my choice of the two you have listed. Simply because I wouldn't put a 235-40-17 on a 7.5" wheel, and I wouldn't buy a set of aftermarket wheels to run anything less than a 235.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:10 AM   #12
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I could've sworn the '07 STi came with a 225-45-17 on a 17x8 wheel....... sounds like you're trying to make it sound as if it would be "stretched".
Subtle sarcasm is lost on many and you infer more from the comment than there is. How many STI BBS wheels do find for sale without curb rash?
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All else equal, a 17x8 is more versatile as it offers the ability to run a 245 width tire. Otherwise, the differences are primarily in cost/weight, with 7.5's usually being cheaper and lighter than their 8" counterparts.

That said, if all you're going to run is a 225, a 7.5" wheel is just fine, and in most cases will be lighter/cheaper than it's 17x8 counterpart. It all depends on what YOU need from your application. If you're looking to move to a wider tire (235-245) in the future, get an 8" wide wheel. If you have no plans to run anything wider than a 225 (you can run a 235 on a 7.5" wheel as well with no ill effects, I'll get my fancy numbers out again for those who disagree) then stick with a 7.5 and save yourself some money.

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Old 03-27-2010, 02:27 PM   #14
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Subtle sarcasm is lost on many and you infer more from the comment than there is. How many STI BBS wheels do find for sale without curb rash?
Rarely do I find myself lost when sarcasm is involved as I have a very cynical and dry sense of humor.

However, Subtle sarcasm hardly ever translates through the written word without an obvious tell in the story.

Never looked at '04 STi BBS wheels because I do not like them.

Carry on people.
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:29 PM   #15
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17x8 and a 235/40 and done
Scotty isnt this the 3rd identical question in about 5 days??? Hahaha now I know your frustrations.
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Never looked at '04 STi BBS wheels because I do not like them.

Carry on people.
You first mentioned 8" width, then the 7.5" 04 rims. Anyway, with a 225 on both, they're all get curbed. I digress, yes, carry on.

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Scotty isnt this the 3rd identical question in about 5 days??? Hahaha now I know your frustrations.
And you might as well leave the forum if you think the same questions won't be continually asked over and over. If you still get mad, well, you must like the aggravation and can climb on your cross over and over to be crucified............most children learn to keep their hand away from the flame the first time.
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You first mentioned 8" width, then the 7.5" 04 rims. Anyway, with a 225 on both, they're all get curbed. I digress, yes, carry on.
Yes I mentioned both the '07 and the '04, and I stated the year before each in the posts. It is because I was talking about two different things, for two different reasons. They only share a commonality that is implied in tone, and revealed to those who can see it. As I said, things rarely translate in the written word without an obvious tell in the story.
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