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Old 07-28-2000, 05:13 PM   #1
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Post Anyone with 18" wheels ?

So far I have only seen that TMR guy with 18"s, they look very nice. I believe they are TSW Hock R's. Does anybody else have 18"s ? What brand, offset, how much, max tire size, and is your car lowered ? Also, what are your impressions. I am thinking of getting a set for my self, maybe.
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Old 07-28-2000, 10:23 PM   #2
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I've got the Team Dynamics Motorsports on mine in an 18x7". They look and fit good and so far no rubbing. Pics will be up soon. BTW the tires are 215/35's, not sure if 40's will work.

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Old 07-29-2000, 02:42 AM   #3
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a friend has 18" Advan 7's here and they looked great. He hit a curb though and two are done for.
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Old 07-29-2000, 04:39 AM   #4
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Don't 18 inchers weigh like, 30 pounds+? How do the cars handle with all of that weight? I've herd comments about 17 inches being too much, so I can only imagine what 18 inches must be like.
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Old 07-29-2000, 10:50 AM   #5
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Unless you must have the 18" "look", or you are planning to install 14" break rotors with 6 piston calipers, I DO NOT and can not recomend that wheel size!!

First off, it will hurt your straight line acceleration! Second, the tires will get dangerously thin, and you may get them to cantact the pavement when cornering hard. Not to mention the negative effect on suspension dynamics due to the increased unsprung weight.

Oh, so why do WRC, SuperTouring, or other race cars, go to the biggest rims, you may ask?!
Simple, they are also aware of all the trade-offs, but they also need to cram the biggest possible brakes into the wheels, and the benefits of increased brake performance outweigh the negatives of inreased wheel size!
Not to mention that they typically use super light weight magnesium alloy wheels, where one wheel costs more than the 4 you were planning to buy...

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Old 07-29-2000, 12:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedbacks. I am aware of the slight perfomance set back due to the weight of cheap 18" wheels (>$2000), but the looks of our sube with 18s is just irresistable.

I just talked to a shop in CA about 18" wheel and tire packages. I was suprised to learn that I can even fit a 18x7.5 with 225-40-18ZR tires on our subes. They said they would gladly refund my money if it didn't fit. What do you guys think ?
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Old 07-29-2000, 04:15 PM   #7
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If you can fit a 225/40/18 on your car I am going to flip. I tried a 225/35/18 and had rubbing issues.
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Old 07-30-2000, 02:12 PM   #8
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Overtime, I must agree about the 5Zigens Heidfelds, they look awesome. 18s now range form about $1200 to well over $3000 for a set of four wheels and tires. So I DO care about the price even though I am considering 18s. For all practical reasons, I might just end up going with 17s. The 5Zigens Heidfelds are very possible candidates.

TMR, with your current setup, did you have to roll the fenders at all ? and if you don't mind me asking, around how much did you paid for those TSW Hock Rs ? I must say, your car looks very clean and well proportioned. That is the kind of looks I am trying to get for my RS.

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Old 07-31-2000, 01:04 AM   #9
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In the UK the Graham Goode Racing
Impreza demostrator is running on Radius R3 alloys which are size 7x18 with an offset of ET50 and are using a tyre of 225x35x18 (615) you can find the wheel i am talking about at this link to there website.

http://www.grahamgoode.com/subaru/pr...wheels.htm#top

The car looks mean as hell and if it was not for the Blitz technospeed alloys (anthracite) i would personaly go for these ones.
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Old 07-31-2000, 01:14 AM   #10
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Just go with 17"ers. They won't kill your cornering, you'll be able to cope with bumps, and you can fit big brakes.

Plus the rim is plenty big for anyone's taste. Ghetto rims aren't going to do you any good.

The Speedline Superturismos are gorgeous. Ditto for the 5Zigens and Heidfelds in white.

But if you gotta go 18s, go with the Volks. Expensive, but if you're going with 18s, you probably don't care too much about price.

Just my opinion.
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