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Old 01-21-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default ideal wheel width

What do you guys recommend,

17 x 7.5 (48mm offset)
17 x 7 (50mm offset)


Mostly i just want to get a wheel that will decently fill out the wheel well better than my stock wheels (16x7?)

Will there be a noticeable difference between 7 and 7.5 width in terms of the look?
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Old 01-21-2003, 04:23 AM   #2
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Subaru factory wheels are

17x7 ET48
17x7.5 ET53

I believe
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Old 01-21-2003, 05:20 AM   #3
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you have 16x7 wheels. must have an older RS. a lot of people like those wheels because most subaru 16 inchers are 6.5" wide. on that particular car 17x7.5 with 48 offset probably isn't such a great idea. the 48 offset is less than optimal plus that car doesn't have the space that a wrx sedan does. on YOUR car i'd probably go with the 17x7 with the better 50 offset and run 215/45/17 though you'll probably want to ask people with the same car that you have. hope this helped.

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Old 01-21-2003, 05:22 AM   #4
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i just noticed the ? after the 16x7 indicating that you really aren't sure. what are you driving? this would help us out a lot. thanks.
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Old 01-21-2003, 09:37 AM   #5
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Subaru factory wheels are

17x7 ET48
17x7.5 ET53

I believe
Flip those and thats pretty much correct.

Just to add a bit to the choices. I have a set of 16x7" RS wheels with the 205/55-16s on them. I really like the look of the 205 width on the 7" wheel(very little bellying of the sidewall.) I think the 215/45-17 might look as good on a 7.5" wheel.

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Old 01-21-2003, 10:15 AM   #6
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i just noticed the ? after the 16x7 indicating that you really aren't sure. what are you driving? this would help us out a lot. thanks.
I'm driving a MY02 impreza wrx. Yeah i just realized the stock wheel width is 6.5"


Is 17x7 with 50mm offset close enough to ideal?


I'm not sure if i'm thinking about this correctly but on a 17x7 wheel does a 50mm offset mean the wheels are pushed out further than a 48mm offset?

Thanks
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I have an old chassis style car. I have NO problems using 17x7.5 +48mm wheels. I run 215/45/17 Sumitomo HTR Z 2s. I have never gotten any rubbing, not during auto-x, not with passengers in the back, never. The car is lowered with Eibach Pro Kit springs and AGX struts.

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I'm not sure if i'm thinking about this correctly but on a 17x7 wheel does a 50mm offset mean the wheels are pushed out further than a 48mm offset?

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Nope, +50mm moves the wheel further inboard than +48mm.

You will be fine running either 17x7 or 17x7.5 +48mm.

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I have an old chassis style car. I have NO problems using 17x7.5 +48mm wheels. I run 215/45/17 Sumitomo HTR Z 2s. I have never gotten any rubbing, not during auto-x, not with passengers in the back, never. The car is lowered with Eibach Pro Kit springs and AGX struts.

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A setup real similar to this would be good IMO. You can get a 225/45-17 on that rim on your car. But the extra bit of width is offset to me by the added weight(rotational mass,) and decreased mpg on a daily basis. The 215/45-17 will also gear the car slightly better for acceleration and is interchangeable with almost all the other Subaru platforms. If you are running auto-x, track etc you could get some 225s on 16s for those days.

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Originally posted by AKMustard
What do you guys recommend,

17 x 7.5 (48mm offset)
17 x 7 (50mm offset)


Mostly i just want to get a wheel that will decently fill out the wheel well better than my stock wheels (16x7?)

Will there be a noticeable difference between 7 and 7.5 width in terms of the look?
I don't think you'll be able to tell much difference between the two. It all depends on what size tire you put on. For a sedan I would recommend 225/45/17 and wagon 215/45/17. Either offset is good . I have 17x7.5" SSR Comps and they have 50mm offset.
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Old 01-21-2003, 04:53 PM   #11
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thanks a lot for your help guys

I just purchased some Work Esperio 1's in 17x7 50mm offset with 225/45-17 falken's

Will post pics soon.
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