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Old 01-11-2003, 09:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation The wheels on the car at the autoshow are 17's, not 18's!

Maybe I missed a post where someone already figured this out and if so I apologise.

If not, check this pic out:
http://community.webshots.com/photo/...60406271yILVMT

The tires are clearly marked as 17s. Looks like we may be getting Spec C style wheels in 18".

For anyone not in the loop, there has been ongoing debat over which wheels we will get. The assumption was that the autoshow car had the 18" BBS Spec C wheels and would be an option. However, Subaru lists 17" forged BBS wheels for the USDM STI which implys that they are not the "standard" STI wheels the rest of the world gets.
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Old 01-12-2003, 07:19 AM   #2
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I thought it is 17's...

taken from the press release thread above....
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The WRX STi employs a quicker steering ratio than the standard WRX model - 15.0-to-1 compared to 16.5-to-1 for the WRX. As standard equipment, Subaru equips the WRX STi with 17x7.5-inch BBS aluminum-alloy wheels and 225/45 ZR17 Bridgestone Potenza RE070 directional performance tires.
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Old 01-12-2003, 09:34 AM   #3
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I thought it is 17's...

taken from the press release thread above....
See this thread for the history on this subject:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=298384

As you pointed out, the spec sheet lists 17's. However, many believed that the wheels that were actually on the car at the auto show were the 18" STI Spec C wheels because they look almost exactly like those wheels. That has led us to believe that some other wheel must be stock and that the wheels at the auto show are an optional wheel. The spec sheet specifically states 17" BBS wheels and it also says they are forged. The standard STI wheels are 17" but they are not made by BBS and they are not forged (I think). The STI Spec C wheels are made by BBS and are forged but they were only know to be available in 18".

The significance of the autoshow picture is that it confirms (almost) that we will get a Spec C style wheel in 17" as stock.
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:06 AM   #4
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sorry, but you are taking complete nonsense.

The spec C comes in two options, 16" and 17", both homologated for groupN. The 16" version has smaller brakes.

Specs for the WRX including Spec C 16" and 17" versions
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:06 AM   #5
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Spec C BBS wheels NEVER HAVE BEEN 18" wheels in any market

I have the 2003 JDM Impreza brochure right here, in the Spec C column it says:

BBS wheel
17"X7.5JJ
225/45ZR17
Potenza RE070

I can post a scan if you want.

Further, there has been nothing but rumor that we are getting anything but BBS Spec C wheels. There has been nothing said by SOA about an optional wheel. Everything from SOA has said BBS wheels and NOTHING about that they would be optional.

Unless you know for sure or are from SOA or read or hear it in a brochure or press release, don't believe anything you hear from some dumbass dealer or what rumor you read here. And worse, if you read a rumor here without any background info, don't go posting it all over the place like it is fact.
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:10 AM   #6
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:12 AM   #7
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:27 AM   #8
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It's understandable people are getting carried away with every little aspect of this car, it's such a revelation for you guys.

It is hard work trying to work out what is fact and what is rumours turned into fact though.

Best i can say is dont accept anything unless you have seen some hard evidence to back it up.

I really want to have a play with this car, see how it performs. It should be very good.
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:55 AM   #9
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Also, the Spec C tires (RE070) are a little bit lighter than the stock JDM STi tires (RE040).
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Old 01-12-2003, 10:55 AM   #10
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Geeze, people are grumpy around here in the morning...

I apologize for not having my facts straight on the size of the Spec C wheel. I've seen it referred to as being an 18" several times and assumed that as truth.

Anyway, the whole point of my post was to dispell rumors that the show car had anything other than the base wheels that we will be getting.

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Old 01-12-2003, 07:24 PM   #11
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It's understandable people are getting carried away with every little aspect of this car, it's such a revelation for you guys.

It is hard work trying to work out what is fact and what is rumours turned into fact though.

Best i can say is dont accept anything unless you have seen some hard evidence to back it up.

I really want to have a play with this car, see how it performs. It should be very good.
I completely agree. I'm really excited for this car yet it won't be in the showrooms till around may/june/ (rumor too). When hearing all the information about this car, I gotta just go back to the press release and follow that. (that better not be a hoax/rumor!!)

If you want to drive the car...you have a standing invitation here in south-east Ohio (not exactly a vaction place) where the roads are simlar to an Isle of man, but without the pretty seaside.
Then maybe you can show me how to correctly use this amazing DCCD contraption

Cheers,

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