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Old 12-28-2010, 12:20 PM   #1
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I just wanted to post up a thank you to Luke@tirerack.com for helping me through my difficult wheel purchase decision, for seeing that my order was processed uber-quickly and accurately, and for the friendly conversation. I have been working in Customer Service for the last 20 years, and have had the pleasure of working for some top-rate companies. Not only did you exceed my expectations, but you refreshed my idea of what high-quality customer service is all about.

Last night I took delivery of this, equipped with the wheels/tires/TPMS sensors you guys shipped so quickly to the dealership:


Wheels: 17x8 O.Z. Ultraleggera
Tires: Kumho KU21 245/45-17

This is my 3rd WRX. I will say that the wheels/tires are a major contributing factor to my barely containable excitement about this car.


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Old 12-28-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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What rims did you get? Are those the Enkei EDR9s? They look sweeet! Can't wait for mine to come in.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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What rims did you get? Are those the Enkei EDR9s? They look sweeet! Can't wait for mine to come in.
Sorry. I made the specs edit while you were posting.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:29 PM   #4
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niceee! got the same wheels on my 05, those arnt stock lugs are they?
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:40 PM   #5
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niceee! got the same wheels on my 05, those arnt stock lugs are they?
Nope. The lugnuts came with the wheels.

I have long been a fan of O.Z Racing wheels, but I never had the means to add a set to my past cars. Recently, the heavens aligned just right to allow me pull the trigger on a set. To quote 'The iron Horse,' "Today <(echo)Today>... I consider myself <..myself>... The Luckiest Man <...Man>... On the face of the Earth <...the Earth>."
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:41 PM   #6
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Can you take more pictures? I have the same wheels with dunlop star specs. Are those tires bulging at the sidewall? I know different companies have slightly different widths but my 225/45-17s are squared up pretty nicely so I figure another 2 cms would be getting close to the limit. In any case, they look really good.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:43 PM   #7
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Those wheels look great with the DGM.
Props to the dealer for letting you make the swap before you took delivery. I guess someone got a good deal on your OEM rims and tires.
How much weight did you save on the wheels?
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:46 PM   #8
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kenliu84 - Thanks for the compliment. I'll take more pics when I get a chance. The tires equipped are 245/45-17, whereas the OEM tires are 235/45-17. So yeah, they're a little fatter, and slightly taller, too.



Leftlane2 - Thank you for the compliment. I spoke with the service manager about wheels/tires/TPMS sensors before I decided to order anything. He was really supportive, and suggested that whatever I decided to do, I should have items shipped directly to the dealership, and they'd get things squared away on the car for delivery. When I did place my order, I called the parts dept and gave them a heads up, and was again met with a positive attitude. Everyone in the parts and service depts was very helpful.

As for how much weight did I save? Well, I have yet to put the OEM wheel/tire assembly on the scale (I retained the OEM wheel/tire set and have no plans to sell them at this point), but I roughly estimate the weight savings per wheel/tire assembly to be somewhere between 3-4 lbs. BUT, despite the fact that the O.Z. wheel is lighter than the OEM wheel, the new tire is heavier than the OEM tire. Because of the weight distribution of the new wheel/tire assembly (lighter towards the center, heavier on the outer edge), the effect of its rotating mass is nearly equal to that of the OEM wheel/tire assembly.

I was really beating myself up over rotational inertia differences between various wheel and tire combinations. In the end, Luke basically said as long as I wasn't racing the car, and a particular combo didn't weigh a ton more than the OEM setup, I should just pick a wheel and a tire I like. So that's what I did. About $200 more could have gotten me into the O.Z. Alleggerita wheels, and thus ahead of the rotational inertia curve with the same oversized tire, but I don't find the Alleggerita wheel as aesthetically pleasing as the Ultraleggera. Form over function, I guess; Hard Parking over drag racing in a school zone.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #9
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sick!! Looks good.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:55 PM   #10
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the 2011 WRXs look really good and the specs are just insane. I agree about the ultraleggera vs. the alleggerita - I'm rocking the ultras in mettallic silver.
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:35 AM   #11
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Although I took delivery of the car with only 12 miles on it, the MPG calculator seemed pretty far out of whack. I'll be putting on about 100 miles today, so I figured I'd top off the tank and reset the trip miles/MPG computer. The sun was just coming up and the lighting looked nice, so I snapped a couple more crappy cell phone pics:



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Old 12-29-2010, 01:59 PM   #12
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if only you didn't get tires so tall.

wheels look good.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:10 PM   #13
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245/40?
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:27 AM   #14
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if only you didn't get tires so tall.

wheels look good.
Thanks. And meh... The tires aren't that much taller than the same tire in the OEM size. When I was contemplating the size change, I figured the little bit of added sidewall height might offer an eency-weency bit more cushioning against the giant freeze cracks, potholes, and bomb craters that are common on Wisconsin winter roads. Maybe.

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245/40?
I looked at the 245/40, but felt it was too short. Outer diameter of the 245/40 is 24.7". OEM-sized 235/45 is 25.4", and the 245/45 is 25.7"
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:33 AM   #15
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exactly, you did the most logical approach. You pretty much went 10mm more wider and taller (9mm exactly) instead of 10mm wider and about 16mm shorter. and your other reasoning with the crappy roads shows function over form which I completely understand here in NYC
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