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Old 12-04-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default New Xmas gift 18x8.5 48mm offset

Well I finally got my new wheels that are my xmas/ hannukkah gift from the wifey. XXR 522's 18x8.5 48mm offset with 225/40 18's. I think they look real nice, I know not everyone has the same taste but I will enjoy them greatly. Just thought I would share my excitement on the boards. Happy holidays everyone, oh yeah my gift to myself this xmas is a Grimmspeed 3 port BCS and a ProTune. The car has really started to come together recently. Cant wait to see the difference with a ProTune Stage 2.

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And here is my little man, blocking the new wheels....
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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is your car lowered?
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:35 PM   #3
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Yes the car is lowered 1.5 all 4 with springs. I had to get rid of the horrible wheel gap. But the car is coming along nicely finally.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:02 PM   #4
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looks awesome, where did you get the rear spats????

I want some for mine
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:04 PM   #5
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you need more tire!
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:15 PM   #6
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you need more tire!
100% correct, I had these tires already. So when these go bad and are worn out I will invest in a bigger set. Thanks for the reply.

This was the car when I first bought it January 09'


Here is another pic later on down the road..... things have changed so very much.


and then a pic all black....
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:24 AM   #7
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The new wheels look good. They'll look even better with a 245/40/18

BTW what color are those wheels? Gloss or flat or hyper?
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:47 AM   #8
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The new wheels look good. They'll look even better with a 245/40/18

BTW what color are those wheels? Gloss or flat or hyper?
Yeah 245 was what I was thinking, the color is called chromium black which I believe is the same as hyper. Thanks for looking
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:52 AM   #9
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245/40/18 is too much aspect ratio. it will run too tall, 245/35/18 is almost perfect..

do you have any pics of the stretch right now? what brand/model tire?

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Old 12-05-2010, 02:44 PM   #10
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^ I like the 245/40 because it's a little taller. Fills out the fenders that much more, and has a little more sidewall in case of potholes. But I'm with you on the 'more pics'
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:12 PM   #11
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^ I like the 245/40 because it's a little taller. Fills out the fenders that much more, and has a little more sidewall in case of potholes. But I'm with you on the 'more pics'
but then ya kill the gearing


which makes a slow car even slower....the larger wheels and tires also add a LOT of increased rotational mass farther from the hub...which just adds more to the slowness

just ask the guys that have put big, heavy wheels and tires on their cars and then gone back to the stock wheels for a while

they are ....mah k00-k00 wheels make ma kar teh slow
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:46 PM   #12
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but then ya kill the gearing


which makes a slow car even slower....the larger wheels and tires also add a LOT of increased rotational mass farther from the hub...which just adds more to the slowness

just ask the guys that have put big, heavy wheels and tires on their cars and then gone back to the stock wheels for a while

they are ....mah k00-k00 wheels make ma kar teh slow
Lol , you are right. I guess looking at the science and mathematics aspect it doesn't make sense. But I have said before I don't track or race the car in any way, not even 1/4 mile as of yet. So the additional rotational mass really doesn't bother me at this point. I will post some more pics shortly of the stretch on the wheel. It's really not that bad but really could use a little more sidewall and gap filler. Thanks for the looks, I really do think the car is coming together appearance wise.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #13
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Car looks good. Are you on Tanabe GF210's? My car has about the same ride height. Love 'em. I was thinking of getting the same wheel in 17" but the 18"s look good too. Just can't justify paying so much more for 18" tires.
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You could just run stock 16s for Uncle Scotty, he'd like those, they're only 16lbs! Or if you think the look and pothole resistance of slightly taller 18s would do the trick, you could deal with the 0.7" more height, and the extra 5-6lbs per corner.
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You could just run stock 16s for Uncle Scotty, he'd like those, they're only 16lbs! Or if you think the look and pothole resistance of slightly taller 18s would do the trick, you could deal with the 0.7" more height, and the extra 5-6lbs per corner.
For some reason stocker 16's just dont do it for me, but to each thier own I guess. I am happy with the outcome regardless of what anyone else thinks, but then again everyone is entitled to thier opinion. Gotta love a freedom of speech. Well here are some more pics of the stretch on the wheel. And I am riding on just some aftermarket springs lowered 1.5 all 4 corners.

Here are the pics..... The tires are FALKEN 225/40 18 ZIEX ZE-502, pretty much got the tires for free so I decided to use them until I need a new set and then I will get a better fitting and better performance tire. But for now they work.






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thanks for the extra pics, looks good!
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You could just run stock 16s for Uncle Scotty, he'd like those, they're only 16lbs! Or if you think the look and pothole resistance of slightly taller 18s would do the trick, you could deal with the 0.7" more height, and the extra 5-6lbs per corner.
d0000000000000d.....it can be as much as 12-15 pounds per corner

I have 17x7.5 SSR Comps that weigh 12.5 pounds and with a light tire.....you can have a mounted tire/wheel that weighs >36 pounds


put yer 18x8.5 with the tire on a scale and post up what it weighs

do it and post it here


I ****ing DARE you to
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:51 PM   #18
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d0000000000000d.....it can be as much as 12-15 pounds per corner

I have 17x7.5 SSR Comps that weigh 12.5 pounds and with a light tire.....you can have a mounted tire/wheel that weighs >36 pounds


put yer 18x8.5 with the tire on a scale and post up what it weighs

do it and post it here


I ****ing DARE you to
my 245-40-17 weight 1lb more than my 215-45-17 do. 225-45 weigh more than the 245's.

my new 17x8's weight less than the stock 17x7's do. stockers i weighed on my home scale at 48.5 lbs.
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my 18x7.5 gram lights with a 235/40/18 contisportcontact3 weighs under 40 at 39.6 lbs. thats pretty good all things considered. wish i went with a 225/40 though, but the 235 allows me to run slightly lower rpm on the highway at cruising speeds (lots of trips to the cottage)
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my 18x7.5 gram lights with a 235/40/18 contisportcontact3 weighs under 40 at 39.6 lbs. thats pretty good all things considered. wish i went with a 225/40 though, but the 235 allows me to run slightly lower rpm on the highway at cruising speeds (lots of trips to the cottage)
stock rotations were 847. new set is 841.

aka. i wanted as close to stock ratio as possible. 60.0mph at stock vs 60.2mph at new. was just trying to replace stock with something decent. ultralegras look good though.

how much of a diff did you notice switching over?
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i was just referring to weight
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my 18x7.5 gram lights with a 235/40/18 contisportcontact3 weighs under 40 at 39.6 lbs. thats pretty good all things considered. wish i went with a 225/40 though, but the 235 allows me to run slightly lower rpm on the highway at cruising speeds (lots of trips to the cottage)
jeebus dude. just priced our some ssr's at 500+ per wheel and at 16lbs for 17x8.

waay too much money for a subaru imo. the oz's are 320 each for less than 16lbs at 17x8.
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jeebus dude. just priced our some ssr's at 500+ per wheel and at 16lbs for 17x8.

waay too much money for a subaru imo. the oz's are 320 each for less than 16lbs at 17x8.
Honestly thanks for the debate on weight and cost per wheel but really, if I could spend 500 per wheel I wouldn't own a damn Subaru. It's only a 10k dollar car why would I put 20% of the value into just wheels when I'm not racing it or putting it on the track. Even more so for weight reduction I have gone backwards , since I have a Kids car seat in the back and a stroller in the trunk, the few items I have in the car would void any upgrade of 16lb wheels. I'll stick to my 112 dollar 22lb wheel. Besides my kid likes them too.
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jeebus dude. just priced our some ssr's at 500+ per wheel and at 16lbs for 17x8.

waay too much money for a subaru imo. the oz's are 320 each for less than 16lbs at 17x8.
those are the new SSR's made by whoever bought them after Speed Star went bankrupt...Tanabe, maybe

my SSR's are the originals made by Speed Star that I bought in 2002 for my 2002 wrx...and cost me~$420/ea ....they havent made the wheels I have in 5+ years

The new ones are different...look the same...but different...and heavier

mine ARE 12.5lb/ea....and with 225/45 Kumho MX's on them, they weighed 35 pounds/ea
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Honestly thanks for the debate on weight and cost per wheel but really, if I could spend 500 per wheel I wouldn't own a damn Subaru. It's only a 10k dollar car why would I put 20% of the value into just wheels when I'm not racing it or putting it on the track. Even more so for weight reduction I have gone backwards , since I have a Kids car seat in the back and a stroller in the trunk, the few items I have in the car would void any upgrade of 16lb wheels. I'll stick to my 112 dollar 22lb wheel. Besides my kid likes them too.


d0000d

yew kan get good, LIGHT wheels...16-18pound for >$1000 in 17x8

22 pounds means that your wheel tire combo could weigh up to 50pounds

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