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Old 12-15-2004, 11:34 AM   #226
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Hi Kean, thanks for your answer.

Maybe its my speeling (or comprehension, my English knowledge is limited, sorry), but what I tryed to say is that what he bought were 17x8 +48 wheels.

And by the moment, I have not be able to find along this tread if 5zigen Usa has commit a mistake displaying the +35 wheels as an aplication for the STi or they are correct and no special damage will be caused to the bearings (of course, I asume there will not be clearance issues with the Brembos), which is the info I was looking for.
Their wheels may "fit" (and in that sense they may be correct), but that doesn't mean that they are well suited for your car. It only makes sense that a difference in offset will affect the handling characteristics and various components on your car (i.e. wheel bearings). .....the question is by how much and how perceptible will the difference be? This entire discussion was about how to fit larger wheels on our cars while trying to maintain the ideal/stock offset. After reading through all of the posts, I would come to the conclusion that while +35 might fit, is not an "ideal" offset for your car.
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:33 AM   #227
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:27 PM   #228
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Would a 17x8 w/ a +46 offset prematurely wear down my wheel bearings or would this be fine. I know that +48 is what is best, but also will the extra offset make the steering act different or cause any adverse affects?
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:03 AM   #229
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too all those that said 19x8 +35 wouldn't fit and blah blah blah. i put my wheels on with a 245/35 tire and they look awesome. did some trimming in the wheel well and they look perfect. flush with the body of the car. im doing widebody anyway but thought i would let you all know. ill post pics up eventually...
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:58 AM   #230
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I have an FXT with 16" wheels and 215/60/16.

I want to change in 17".
Is it better to buy some used wrx or should i choose sti wheels?

which offste is better?

Please help
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Old 01-06-2005, 10:58 PM   #231
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I love my wife's FXT wheels (her, too) and I want to switch them with my 03 WRX ?wagon wheels. Is this safe to do?
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Old 01-10-2005, 07:04 PM   #232
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for those of you who are putting 17X7.5s on their GC8's or putting the 04 STi wheels on them, are you guys running into rubbing problems with the suspension? I have factory 16s on there right now along with JIC coilovers and they are very close to rubbing but not yet. Let me know.
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Old 01-11-2005, 10:25 PM   #233
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Hello everyone.
I have oz sleggeras 17x7 with ET48 on my WRX. I am planing on STI brembos and to clear the fronts I would need 12mm spacers which would change my ofset to 36 I guess.
Is it possible to do? Will this car drive fine? I really dont want to change those wheels so please tell me can I use those kind of spacers (with longer studs of course) or it is not possible and why?

Thank you.
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:00 PM   #234
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awesome diagram from Jon illustrating some of the real-life issues of offset and fender clearance:

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This'll give you an idea of relative position on an '04 STI. I put this together when shopping for wheels:

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Old 02-12-2005, 06:46 PM   #235
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i couldn't find that. so i made one, seems to be opposite direction though.

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Old 02-15-2005, 01:30 PM   #236
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I tryed on My05 FXT the 17X7" of EU WRX with ofset 53 and 225/55 and had rubber problems with the rear struts and rubing problems on the front plastics when turning. I ahve stock suspension and went back to stock rims. I am now try to find wheels 17X7 with ofset 48 or 17X7.5" with ofste till 46-45.... Any ideas?
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Old 02-15-2005, 08:58 PM   #237
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I'm not too familiar with the FXT stock tires, but 55 series seems pretty tall. I'd rather spend some time and money adjusting the speedometer to work with better (lower profile) tires than buying more wheels. Lower profile tires *might* solve both of your problems.

The FXT looks great on lower profile tires! It improves pretty much everything about the car.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:19 AM   #238
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Did we ever establish whether the Enkei RSV 18x7.5 +45mm with 225/40/18 would fit an 04wrx sedan? I am awaiting this information because as soon as i can confirm that it fit i will order them. Also I am planning on lowering my car, would this setup work if i just do a common lowering?
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:23 AM   #239
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Will 17x8 45mm offset fit ok on an 05 WRX Sedan? I would like to put some 235's if possible, or are 225's better?
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:08 AM   #240
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Help i read all the pages. And what i have been told that a 15 inch steely will fit with a 35mm offset but that doesnt make any sense by anything that was written in this thread. As far as i know the size of the rims was 7 inchs wide. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
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Old 03-24-2005, 10:45 AM   #241
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Help i read all the pages. And what i have been told that a 15 inch steely will fit with a 35mm offset but that doesnt make any sense by anything that was written in this thread. As far as i know the size of the rims was 7 inchs wide. PLEASE HELP!!!!!
....in a nutshell, just because it "fits" doesn't mean it's the best wheel for your application. Stick to the stock offset or as close to it as possible. The only reason I could see changing the offset is for clearance. .....and even then you would only want to alter the offset just enough to accomodate your set-up.
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:42 PM   #242
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Did we ever establish whether the Enkei RSV 18x7.5 +45mm with 225/40/18 would fit an 04wrx sedan? I am awaiting this information because as soon as i can confirm that it fit i will order them. Also I am planning on lowering my car, would this setup work if i just do a common lowering?
Yes, they would fit. Are they the correct offset specifically relevant to geometry, bearings, etc? No. Compromise. Fit != correct, which appears to be something lost from the message many are getting out of this thread. I'm researching obsessively about wheels right now to get the correct wheel, not just one that will fit, for my MY05 WRX sedan. If I want correct, I should by a Prodrive wheel such as these:

Wheel | Diameter x Width | Offset | Approx weight | Colors | Price
Prodrive P1 (P-WRC1) | 17x7 | 52 | 19.50 | Silver, Gold, Anthracite | $390.00 CDN @ Tiretrends.com
Prodrive P7 | 17x7 | 52 | 22.50 | Silver, Gold, Anthracite | $370.00 CDN @ Tiretrends.com

A wheel with +35 (attn: sc00by25rs... if you have you modify the car to get the wheels on then they don't fit, whether or not it looks good or you are happy with it, right?), +45, and +48 (like the Superleggera and countless others) is not correct, whether or not it fits. As noted a few times, the post that opened this thread seems to be more of a fit guide than an Offset Correctness guide. If we redefine "correct" as "fits" and stop caring about our bearings and geometry issues, then about 75% of this thread goes away
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Old 04-04-2005, 09:54 PM   #243
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I tryed on My05 FXT the 17X7" of EU WRX with ofset 53 and 225/55 and had rubber problems with the rear struts and rubing problems on the front plastics when turning. I ahve stock suspension and went back to stock rims. I am now try to find wheels 17X7 with ofset 48 or 17X7.5" with ofste till 46-45.... Any ideas?
Stock offset on the Forester (and the Outback) is 48. I'm using 17 X 7" wheels, 48 offset with 225/50's and have no issues, my Oz super legs are working out well:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3025

(Mine is lower by about an inch due to the springs I fitted.)
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Old 04-19-2005, 12:54 AM   #244
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Sorry for resurrecting this, i was pointed here for help though.

So from the looks of reading all of this, a +50 or more mm offset would be good for 18x7.5 rims.

I have a Saab 9-2x Aero (sorry ), and want to get the Black 18" Rota Subzeros, 5x100 +48. I just lost out on $400 having to sell my Crimson K6 +41 (or +40?)s, because the rubbing was horrible. I took off the rear rubber liner around the fender wall, and all it did was tear my tire to shreds.

So back to the point, i'm looking for black rims that will allow me to do a drop with Tein springs, of about 1.5 or so. I drive it pretty hard, and i dont want rubbing.

Should i do 17x7.5? Is 18.7.5 going to matter? What tire sizes would i need? Any other suggestions for flat black rims? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-22-2005, 05:27 PM   #245
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I've got a 9-2X too...looking for good 17" wheels. What brands cater to the higher 47-52mm offset? Most 5x100 wheels that I have looked at go up to 42mm offset and with all of the early wheel bearing failure talk I am trying to find wheels that work for me.
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Old 05-05-2005, 12:20 PM   #246
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17x7.5 ET48 Rota with 215/45/17 on my RS = no rub
stock suspension and stock alignment...

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for those of you who are putting 17X7.5s on their GC8's or putting the 04 STi wheels on them, are you guys running into rubbing problems with the suspension? I have factory 16s on there right now along with JIC coilovers and they are very close to rubbing but not yet. Let me know.
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Old 05-21-2005, 10:50 PM   #247
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Can someone please explain how the S203 has 18x8.5 et53 without any problems with fitment?
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:24 AM   #248
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Can someone please explain how the S203 has 18x8.5 et53 without any problems with fitment?
No, but I can guess. Since the strut is at an angle to the mounting face of the wheel, then larger diameter wheels will have a few more millimeters of clearance between the wheel and the strut housing. IIRC, Rota has some 17x8.5s with a +48 offset that fit. An 18x8.5 +53 would push the wheel 5mm towards the strut, but it might have 2 or 3mm extra room than a 17. Of course the width of the tire that is used makes a huge difference, as does camber and ride height.
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Old 06-04-2005, 09:39 AM   #249
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Back ground info- My WRX is an 03 sedan converted to RWD. Easy on the flames


My problem is that I need to fit 18x8.5 rims (optionally 17x8.5 or 9)on the rear ONLY and I need them to be in an offset that will allow me to run really big tires without contacting the struts. Or perhaps I should be concerned with backspacing only?
I have read all ten pages of this thread and have not seen anyone addressing something like this. BTW The rear wheel bearings are not a concern to me I will change them as needed. AND rolling or otherwise moddifying the rear fenders, plastic lining etc. is not a concern.
Any help would be welcome.

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Old 06-06-2005, 03:52 AM   #250
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17x8.5 sounds like the Rota's that Subydude sells. I think those can fit a 255 with rolling. You would either have to run those tires all the way around or find a tire with the same O.D. Sounds like a PITA.

Then you end up with sticky rear tires and...transmission trouble?

What is this car going to be used for?
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