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Old 01-11-2004, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Front End alignment - new rims?

Hey gang,
Just bought my '04 STi less than a month ago and I'm looking into running two sets of rims -

Stock BBS's
&

Rota SDR's 17x7.5ET48
or
SSR GT7 17x7.5ET50

When I swap between sets of rims from stock ET53 BBS's to the second set(Rota or SSR) do I need to have a front end realignment since the offset is different than stock? Any info. appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2004, 12:14 AM   #2
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The wheel offset has nothing to do with the alignment specs of the car. The alignment is for the car's geometry on the suspension not related to the wheels or tires.
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Old 01-12-2004, 07:37 AM   #3
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Thanks. Really wasn't sure since the offset may create different stress or possibly how the wheel contacts the pavement - but we're not talking about huge offset differences. Appreciate the heads up. Glad to now know that, don't want to re-align every time I swap rims.
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Really wasn't sure since the offset may create different stress or possibly how the wheel contacts the pavement.
Well, it does, but it's nothing the alignment can fix.
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OK. Thanks. I'm learnin'. Appreciate the feedback.
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