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View Poll Results: Which wheels should I get as my winter setup?
Drag DR-31 17x8 +35 Matte Gunmetal 3 12.00%
Drag DR-38 17x8 +35 Charcoal Gray 15 60.00%
Sparco Drift 17x8 +48 Bronze 2 8.00%
MB Wheels Gear 17x8 +46 Bronze 2 8.00%
Motegi MR118 17x8 +32 Matte Black 3 12.00%
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default New winter wheels to decide on...

So I am looking at the following wheels for use with my winter tires.
My winter tires are Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 225/45/17.
Hoping to narrow down the choices (5). Prices are pretty close (between $484-$628). Fitments are slightly different due to offset (between +32 - +48). Size is uniform throughout (17x8).



Drag DR-31 17x8 +35 Matte Gunmetal ($490/set)
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...r=0&wd=17&rw=8






Drag DR-38 17x8 +35 Charcoal Gray ($540/set)
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...r=1&wd=17&rw=8






Sparco Drift 17x8 +48 Bronze ($576/set)
http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Brand



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Old 11-14-2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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MB Wheels Gear 17x8 +46 Bronze ($484/set)
http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/w...70597fffffffff






Motegi MR118 17x8 +32 Matte Black ($628/set)
http://www.elementwheels.com/products.asp?cat=3928




Thanks for looking.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:51 AM   #3
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I vote dr 38, but whatever you do, make sure you post pics!!!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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I agree on the DR-38's. I actually have a set of charcoal gray 17x8 w/47 offset ordered for my 9-2x, but unfortunately they're back ordered.

Hopefully the 17's look about as good as the 18's on that STI.

Edit: It looks like Discount Tire only has 3 of the 35 offset DR-38's in stock...last I heard the shipment was still about 4-5 weeks out.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:18 AM   #5
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I'm in no rush seeing as I have to buy xmas presents for everyone and there's nothing wrong with my current winter wheels. I simply want something a little more aesthetically pleasing and with a slightly more aggressive offset over stock.

Note: the STI pictured above with the Enkei GTC01's (which look very much like the DR-38) are 19" wheels. Also, the Motegi MR118's pictured above are in 18's on the SWP WRX Sedan. I'm interested in 17" wheels and those were the only helpful pics I could find at the moment.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:56 AM   #6
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Oops, now that I look at the STI again I notice the single bolt pattern. I also just assumed they were 18's since the Drags don't come in 19. Well, I guess I'm back to worrying about what the charcoal gray Drag's actually look like.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:51 AM   #7
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ha...sorry. yeah, that was all I could find. I google the isht outta DRAG DR-38 with no luck at finding any pics of them installed.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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http://www.dragwheels.pl/galeria.php?marka=30

All I could ever find was a Golf with silvers. I'm not sure if they're a 17 or 18, though.

BTW, if you do decide on the DR-38's, have them price match this place:

http://www.rsaperformance.com/drag-d...l-painted.html
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:41 PM   #9
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all those pictures make the cars look nice. I cant pick
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:43 PM   #10
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Too wide. Go for a 7 or 7.5 with a 205 or 215 tire. Less tire the better for winter.

Don't waste money on new wheels for winter. They get ****ted on with the salt. Use your stocks or some beater wheels.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:44 PM   #11
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But if you insist, go with the drag dr-38
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:45 PM   #12
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DR-38's look nice.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:36 PM   #13
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http://www.dragwheels.pl/galeria.php?marka=30

All I could ever find was a Golf with silvers. I'm not sure if they're a 17 or 18, though.
I was just informed (by a gentleman in Poland ) that the DR-38's on the Golf are 17x8.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:10 PM   #14
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jrank3792, I appreciate the advice but I already have the Blizzaks I listed above. They are 225/45/17 mounted onto my stock '09 WRX wheel. Here in Philly we tipically don't get a ton of snow, mostly just colder temperatures with some icey conditions.

I have my suspension and camber set up for my summer wheels, which make my winters look that much more sunken into the fenders. Aside from just not loving the stockers, I want something with a lower offset, but not crazy aggressive, ya know?
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:12 PM   #15
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Yeah, the Drag DR-38's look real nice on that VW. They just look so clean and, aside from the multi spoke pattern, they look classy and expensive.

Besides, I have the DR-31's in 18x9 +38 for my summer set up. Might as well get something different for my winters.

Keep the responses coming!! And thank you to all those who have already voted and responded.
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
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I just received some pics of 18x8 DR-38's on a Lexus IS. I can't post them here at work due to our blocker, but if you want to seem them pm me your email.

Also, here's a set on an EVO (at very bottom):

http://dragwheels.pl/galeria.php?marka=24
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DR 38s come in +47 offset, why not get those?

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...w=8&vid=017577
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:45 AM   #18
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I've had my eye on the dr-38s since I first saw them but I haven't seen them on a car yet. They look so good. I was planning on ordering mine from rsaperformance.com. If anyone gets them will they post a pic please.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:42 PM   #19
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18x8 Charcoal Gray DR-38 (according to Drag distributor in Poland) on Lexus:








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Old 11-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #20
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Steel or something cheap. Winter is not nice on wheels. Neither is jamming sharp and pointy objects into the wheels to scrap out snow and ice so you can actually drive a vibration free car. As much as you may want a nice looking package, sometimes you just have to settle on something that is expendable.

Also weigh your tire options. Depending on how much snow and ice you actually have to put up with, you may seek something a little better for dry road conditions. The WS60 is great on smooth ice but others have advantages in snow, rough ice, dry road, and handling. Pick the best option for the conditions. If freezing rain and black ice are the greatest concerns, then the WS60 may be the better pick. If there's a lot of highway miles, deep snow, or other requirements, something else may offer better performance in those conditions.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:52 AM   #21
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Drag's are the cheapest I've found that don't murder the look of the car.
I refuse to run steel wheels on a $30,000 car. And I plan to upgrade the brakes at some point which would eliminate 16" wheels from what fits on my car anyway.

My wife has the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60's on her Audi which are great for the dry winter conditions most common in the Philadelphia area. However, last year we got the most snow in something like 10-15 years. I was happy I had the WS60's over the LM-60's, but more of the average snowfall we expect in this area, the LM-60's would probably suffice.

I don't know if you've ever heard about the conditions of the popular ski mountains in the poconos, but they are typically icey conditions with very little fresh powder if any.
Black ice is the major concern in this area as well. As I said, it is very unusual for us to get a big snowfall. Usually it's a series of smaller snow falls throughout the winter, which the plows can keep up with for the most part.
Bottomline, I have no plans of changing the tire option I went with. Just looking for a new set of wheels to accompany the tires I already have. Maybe when I'm due for my next set of winters, I might consider the LM-60's or something compareable.
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A guy on cardomain said he had them but had not posted pics yet. So I asked him to send me one and I finally got it. Looks great imo. These are 18's.

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I like it, but they could use a little more offset for a sedan. I'm assuming they're 47 and not the 35.

I like the color.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:55 PM   #24
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There's nothing wrong with steel wheels? **** I have a set for my winters. Your "$30,000 car" (it's not worth close to that anyway) is a frigging Subaru, not a Ferrari. It's not even an sti....

Diamond racing makes badass custom steel wheels that cleared my brembo's. Just gotta send in some measurements.
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How much did the steelies run you?
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