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Old 04-15-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Question Help with some new wheels and tires for my 07 WRX.

Ok so it's time to replace my summer tires.
There Goodyear Eagle GT's in 225/45/17 and I am still on the stock wheels.

This combo worked well when I was stage 2. But now that I'm making 370hp and 400tq at the wheels it can't keep up. And the tires are getting worn.

For the tires I want more rubber on the road and more grip. Looking at 245s and going to a summer only tire.

I like the look of 18s but I want to keep the weight down as much as I can.
I want the rims closer to flush with the body, but don't want to have any rubbing. (I am lowered on Mach V sport springs.)

I value handling over looks, but they have to look decent.

So what size rims and what size tires should I run?
I'm not sure on the rim width, or the offset. Or what size tire I can run with out rubbing.

Thank you for the help.

Oh and I did search. It only made me more confused.
One person would say that they run 245/35/18s on 8.5 wide rims with a +35 offset with no problems, and then the next guy claimed the same setup had all kinds of rubbing problems and he had roll and pull fenders and so on.
So I'm totally confused at this point as to what will, and what will not, rub.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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FYI this the car the new wheels and tires will be going on.



Thank you!
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17 x 9 in the plus 42 range and roll the rear quarters. 245-40-17 or 255-40-17. Mach V makes a wheel that works well and is only 17 pounds.

http://fastwrx.com/mavawwh.html
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If your set on 18" wheels. 18x8.5 +48 with a 235-40-18 will not rub. 245-35-18 and you will need to roll the rear quarters.
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I really like those!
But man there expensive!
Not sure I can swing $1,150 for wheels alone after shipping.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:24 PM   #6
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Also really not a fan of stretching tires to fit the rim.
So I would want a tire that will sit square on the rim.
On a 9" wide rim I would need the 255s for sure.
And I'm sure that's going to be expensive.

I'm looking to spend around $1,700 for wheels and tires.
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I really like those!
But man there expensive!
Not sure I can swing $1,150 for wheels alone after shipping.
You are going to have a hard time finding wheels that are both light and cheap. Rotas in the 18x8.5 size are in the 20 - 22 lb range.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:29 PM   #8
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My stock wheels are 21 lb each.
I would like to lose 2 lb per wheel.

I am willing to stay with a 17. But would much rather run an 18.
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Also really not a fan of stretching tires to fit the rim.
So I would want a tire that will sit square on the rim.
On a 9" wide rim I would need the 255s for sure.
And I'm sure that's going to be expensive.

I'm looking to spend around $1,700 for wheels and tires.
245 is not stretched on a 9" wheel. It depend on the tire, some run wider than others and some have more rounded shoulders. I had those wheels on my 04 with 245-40-17 and they looked fine.
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Do you have any pics of them?

My stock wheels are 17x7 and I am running a 225 on them.
I like the look, but want better performance, and would like to go to an 18 if I can.

Right now my car is parked. But I want to get new wheels and tires ordered soon so I can pull it out for the summer.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:49 PM   #11
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If you want 18" (which I also prefer for looks) and you don't want to do any rolling than you have a few choices. I'm currently running a 18x8 +45 with a 235-40-18. You can do 18x8 plus 42 - 48 range with tires 225-40-18, 235-35-18, or 235-40-18. You can also do 18x8.5 plus 45 - 50 range with the same three tire sizes. If you want to go 245 you will need to roll the rears.

18x8 + 45 235-40-18





17x9 + 42 245-40-17 (only pic I have with those wheels)

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What wheels are those?
Both the 18s and the 17s.

The 18s look perfect to me!
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What wheels are those?
Both the 18s and the 17s.

The 18s look perfect to me!
17s are the Mach V wheels, the 18s are from TireRack / Kazera wheels.
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I'm thinking about ordering these with some 235/40/18s.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price

What do you think?
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I'm thinking about ordering these with some 235/40/18s.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price

What do you think?
I like them and they will fit fine without doing any fender mods.
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Also like these..

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...All&sort=Price

I think I like them the most so far.
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Can I run an 18x8 +35 offset with out rolling the fenders?
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Can I run an 18x8 +35 offset with out rolling the fenders?
You would have to roll the rear.
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I have a friend with the Assetto Gara and they are a nice wheel in person. The Konigs are a nice simple design too. Can't go wrong with either IMO. Just remember that 235/40-18 is going to be slightly larger in diameter, but should fit without rubbing.

http://www.rimsntires.com/specspro.jsp
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Well I ended up orderign a set Drag DR 38 GBB rims in 18x8 with an offset of 47.

Link.
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...=Car%2FMinivan

I also ordered a set of Hankook Ventus R-S3 V2 tires in 235/40/18.

Every thing should be here in about 12 days give or take. But I will not have time to go have them installed until around the 20th of next month do to work.

From every thing I read and whatnhas been posted in this thread they should not rub.
Ill post pics as soon as I have them on the car. As well as a review of the tires.

Thansk for the help guys!
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:07 AM   #21
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Order got changed.

Same wheel and tire but in 17x8s. with 235/45/17s.

I decided that a stiff suspension+ 18s+ Michigans crappy roads= a bad day at some point.

Tire shop talked me out of the 18s.

Probably for the best as the 17s where $500 cheaper!!!!!!!!!!!! And are 2lb lighter per wheel/tire combo over the 18s.
Also the 18s where on back order and it was going to be 3 weeks or more to get them.
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