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Old 04-30-2001, 03:04 PM   #1
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Question Wheels and tires and boost, oh my...

Alright, so my WRX should be here soon, says the dealer. So it's time to kick the accesorizing into high gear. I am much inclined to keep the stock rubber on the stock wheels and use them for winter driving. That means I need to get wheels and tires. Since I have had great experiences with tirerack.com in the past, and they will mount the tires I buy on the wheels I buy for free, I am inclined to buy from them. And I think that I want the Kumho 712s, as I have heard fantastic things about them. On tirerack.com, I searched for wheels that are compatible with the 2001 RS; they don't have the WRX-specific wheels up yet. Am I correct in assuming that these wheels are also compatible with my WRX wagon?


If so, what wheels, and in what size? I don't lke flash, guady wheels. Something as close to possible to the stock appearance would be great. I don't know if I should go with a 16"x7" wheel, or go up to 17"x7". Will 17s in that width fit okay into the wheel wells on the wagon? Will 17s get pounded and bent by urban driving? Will the
extra weight hurt acceleration, even if the diameter and width helps handling and traction? Will 17s ruin the sleeper look?


I'm looking at the ASA JS1s, which will cost me $159 each in 17x7. With the tires and shipping, that should be about $1000 total. I don't want to spend much more than that.


Finally, I don't want (and didn't order) the Subaru gauge pack, but I really want an accurate boost gauge. Where can I get one (specifically, as I've looked at places that sell mods and can't find any, except for the Subaru one from subaruparts.com ), and how hard will it be to install it myself?


Thanks for all the help. The only thing more grueling than waiting for the car will be the break-in period.

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Old 05-01-2001, 08:13 PM   #2
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You should take a look at OZ superleggra's. Lighter than stock and they're like $280 for the 17" from tirerack. Not to gaudy, very strong and light. I think they run around 15 lbs. The less expensive wheels tend to be a little more fragile and heavy.
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Old 05-01-2001, 08:28 PM   #3
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I remember reading in a post not too long ago about how the kumhos are actually under rated for the weight to the wrx- barely at least, not too sure where it was from on this board- maybe someone would be nice enough to put up a link- now where is that post.......

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Old 05-01-2001, 08:41 PM   #4
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Yeah, I really don't want to spend almost $300 per wheel. Anything cheaper?
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Old 05-01-2001, 10:15 PM   #5
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I got the Speedline Super Turismo for my car. I know they are being discontinued though but I love them. Available at SPD Tuning or ISR. The rubber is Toyo Proxes T1-S 215/45-17.

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Old 05-02-2001, 01:00 AM   #6
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WRX specific wheels have been up on tirerack.com since at least February. They have 13 or 14 models listed. If you search for wheels from their home page by vehicle make and year the WRX is the only Subaru listed for 2002.
http://www.tirerack.com/mycar/WRSele...baru&year=2002


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Old 05-02-2001, 08:21 AM   #7
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Check out this thread...
http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Foru...ML/002979.html

This guy has installed an HKS Boost gauge on the driver side A-pillar which looks like a good place for it. In addition, I have seen this boost gauge and it is very nice. If you could get someone where you live to mock this installation, you would probably have a nice boost gauge setup. This is what I am going to try to do with my car once I get the gauge and put my ball bearing turbo in.

By the way,I have also had Superleggeras on order from Tire Rack for over a month but I am getting impatient. May I suggest a set of the UK stock 17 inch rims - they weigh 18.5 lbs a piece and can be had including shipping for $979 from www.ccv.co.uk including the shipping to anywhere in the continental US. Not a bad deal, and they are neither flashy nor gaudy. Search the board and you will find them.

Cheers

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Old 05-02-2001, 09:06 AM   #8
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PunksWRX,
I really like the wheel. Do you know how much it weighs?
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