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Old 11-22-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default Cheap and Skinny... STI Snow Wheels!!!

Found this fitment on another subaru forum so I thought it would be a good idea to share with everyone here. I was shopping for a cheap set of snow wheels for my 08 STI. Everyone knows the skinnier the better for snow/winter traction, but with the big brakes on the STI's it's hard enough just to find something that fits.

Solution: 07+ Honda CRV steelies!
They are 17x6.5 and are supposed to clear the big brakes. You can buy them new if you need them now, and they are steelies so if you come across a used set they should be dirt cheap! I picked up some 215-55-17 Blizzak tires this morning and am picking up the wheels tonight. I'll be painting mine black tonight and mounting them tomorrow so I'll post pics of them on my car when I get them installed. Here is a pic for now of what they look like for reference.

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Old 11-22-2010, 05:58 PM   #2
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so they're 5x114.3? all 05+ STi could run these for cheappp
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:03 PM   #3
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Yes they are 5x114.3
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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Yeah, I saw this on IWSTi... good repost! (being serious). Some CRV owners will let these things go for for like $50 for 4.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:10 PM   #5
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FYI: I just called the local honda dealer and they are actually like $220 each new so the used market is definitely gonna be the way to go!
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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great find, i'll stick with my 05-07 bbs wheels

post up pics asap!
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #7
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FYI, OEM Honda wheels use ball seat lug nuts. Technically, you should get new lug nuts (ball seat, M12x1.25) to use with those wheels.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:48 PM   #8
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Stole these pics from a classified ad, they just sold.





BTW he ended up selling the wheels for $100 so don't go buy them at the dealer.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:05 AM   #9
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Wow those actually look really good painted...... i just spent 600 for winter wheels.... DOH!!!
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:14 AM   #10
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More pics!!!!

Is the center bore the same or do you need centering rings?
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:15 AM   #11
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While I agree for the price they are pretty good painted. But I think the stock wheels painted look better and then spend your money on summer rims and tires. Yes it is more expensive, but I think nicer as well.

Some people like steelies for winter, but with stock wheels so cheap, who needs steelies.

As far as skinny, never had a problem with stock 205 in the snow.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:08 PM   #12
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While I agree for the price they are pretty good painted. But I think the stock wheels painted look better and then spend your money on summer rims and tires. Yes it is more expensive, but I think nicer as well.

Some people like steelies for winter, but with stock wheels so cheap, who needs steelies.

As far as skinny, never had a problem with stock 205 in the snow.
Actually the stock tire size for a 08+ STI is 245-40-18... and on a 05-07 STI is 225-45-17... any less width on either stock wheel set would leave the rims completely exposed! You are a little off base with 2004 wrx reference in a STI fitment thread.
Anyhow... here is a pic of what they looked like after a few coats of semiflat black and clear... I put them on the car tonight but too dark for pics. I do think it looks good tho, will put pics up tomorrow.

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:17 PM   #13
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Is the center bore the same or do you need centering rings?
You will end up with a gap because these have a slightly larger center bore. Although the rings may help, they are not completely necessary. As long as you tighten the lugnuts very slowly to be sure the wheel centers itself before torque you should be fine. You can clearly see for yourself after install if they look centered or not. Because of the fresh paint I also drove a few miles on them and retorqued just to be safe. Also, these are factory steelies made for a different car so they do not have the 1/8" lip inside the center bore like aftermarket wheels used to hold the hub adapter ring in place during install so I'm not sure what sort of spacer you would use anyways???
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Anyone know what steelies would fit an 04 STI in 17"?
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Actually the stock tire size for a 08+ STI is 245-40-18... and on a 05-07 STI is 225-45-17... any less width on either stock wheel set would leave the rims completely exposed!
that's not correct. i am running 215/50/17 snows on the stock 17x8" bbs (05 sti). the tires fill out the wheels just as much as the stockers. and no they aren't over stretched either.

http://www.rimsntires.com/rt_specs.jsp

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Old 11-24-2010, 01:07 PM   #16
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^^^Wow... really???
Obviously going down 10mm and adding a bit more sidewall is not going to make much difference. I was simply making the point that stretching a skinny tire on a wide wheel for a winter setup is just a dumb idea. It seems that is not what you did so it isnt really an example of what I was referring to. This is not a fitment thread BTW, it is simply to let other STI owners know there is another option besides aftermarket wheels for a winter setup.
Here is a pic of what these steelies look like on my car...


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That looks awesome! If I had an STi I would totally rock those for winter, and I'd even put the stock Honda center caps back on
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^^^Wow... really???
Obviously going down 10mm and adding a bit more sidewall is not going to make much difference. I was simply making the point that stretching a skinny tire on a wide wheel for a winter setup is just a dumb idea. It seems that is not what you did so it isnt really an example of what I was referring to. This is not a fitment thread BTW, it is simply to let other STI owners know there is another option besides aftermarket wheels for a winter setup.
Here is a pic of what these steelies look like on my car...


Yep np. And I didn't mean to hijack your thread. I just wanted to correct you so that others are not mislead by incorrect information. I agree with you 100% about stretching tires and trust me I searched for months trying to find some cheap skinny wheels (17x7 and less than 150 per wheel). I even looked at the crv wheels but I decided against it. They look good on your car though - you did a nice job painting them.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:41 PM   #19
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what's the offset on them? they're ugly as all get out but prettier than a set of steelies
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Actually the stock tire size for a 08+ STI is 245-40-18... and on a 05-07 STI is 225-45-17... any less width on either stock wheel set would leave the rims completely exposed! You are a little off base with 2004 wrx reference in a STI fitment thread.
Anyhow... here is a pic of what they looked like after a few coats of semiflat black and clear... I put them on the car tonight but too dark for pics. I do think it looks good tho, will put pics up tomorrow.

Point taken, but do you really think a difference from 225 to 215 will make that much of a difference. Maybe the 245, but the compound and tread of the tire will be more important than 1cm.

They look nice, and for the price you cannot beat it. But I would rather have nicer summer rims and keep the stocks for winters.
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how'd you paint them? I wanted to do a flat black but i read that you shouldn't clear coat them. If you do they wont be a flat black, and they will be more prone to chipping. Any suggestions?
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i like, I think they are sexy.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:31 AM   #23
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They look nice, and for the price you cannot beat it. But I would rather have nicer summer rims and keep the stocks for winters.
if he has the upgraded 08+ bbs, they are nice summer wheels.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:36 PM   #24
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how'd you paint them? I wanted to do a flat black but i read that you shouldn't clear coat them. If you do they wont be a flat black, and they will be more prone to chipping. Any suggestions?
I sanded them down with 100 grit paper.
Wiped them thuroughly with rubbing alcahol to clear any dust/dirt from surface.
Painted with semiflat black 2 coats.
Used 2 coats of clear that is made for wheels.
After they completely dried the clear didnt seem to change the semiflat look at all.
Im not really sure if putting clear on makes them prone to chipping, the theory is actually to make them a bit more durable. I used a rattle can clear that is specifically made for wheels.
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Oops meant NOT clearing them would make them more prone to chipping. Id like to clear them without them getting too glossy. Is there a clear paint that can do that?
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