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Old 06-27-2003, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default I've got wheels to fit my STi for the track

Hi all,

I had purchased a set of track wheels for my '02 WRX for obvious reasons. They are from a British company: Team Dynamics. However, by the time I traded in my WRX for an STi, I had only used them twice! Between the wheels and Falken Azeni Sport tires, I had spent about $1000. That works out to $500 per use, if I never used them again! Today, I went to the shop where I store the wheels to try them on my STi. Of course, the concern being whether they'll fit over the monster Brembos.

They fit!! In fact, they have slightly more clearance than the stock BBS wheels. Whew! My race tire / brake guy looked at the Brembos and was impressed. He commented that he thought they were about the same size as he saw on the Ferrari F40!

The only thing about my track wheels is they are 17" x 7". So, they are 0.5" narrower than the stock wheels. I asked my race mechanic whether I would notice any difference having a half inch narrower wheel / tire. He said probably not. And added, of course, that "wider is better." Any thoughts on this here? Should I eventually get some 18" x 8" (or bigger) wheels? I just want to amortize my current track wheels / tires to a figure smaller than $500 / use!

Thought I'd share a possible source for wheels with any STi-ers that want to track the beast. Here is a link to the wheels that I have: http://www.teamdynamicsracing.com/pr...orace-anth.htm

Mike
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Old 06-28-2003, 01:51 AM   #2
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They look not bad to me. As long as you can get rubber to fit them, why not use them?

I'd use them until you felt you wanted an "upgrade" to lighter, stronger, forged wheels.

I wouldn't bother going to 18" unless you get brakes that need that much clearance. You'll get bang for buck in handling going to a better tire with proper inflation than going to a bigger wheel. Some 18" wheels may be "lighter" but their rotational mass is actually greater.
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Old 06-28-2003, 03:31 AM   #3
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You could move your race rubber to your stock wheels, and the stock rubber to Team Dynamics wheels for now.

Then drive on the TD wheels on the street until you need new rubber this fall, then put some Blizzaks or maybe all weather tires on the narrower TDs and use them as your winter daily driving wheels. Kind of a shame, but at least the narrowness would be a benefit for that usage

EDIT: OOOPS, just saw that you are in Florida.... disregard!
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Old 06-28-2003, 04:05 AM   #4
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Good idea about sapping them for track / road / winter use. And as other people have mentioned, you often find better availability & lower price for the 17" vs 18".

One reason to NOT use them is if you're really keen on getting another set of wheels and want to sell them before their curbbed or chipped.
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Old 06-28-2003, 07:16 AM   #5
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17" x 7".
What is the offset? These just might do for the all-season tires.
Thanks!
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