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Old 06-27-2004, 10:29 PM   #1
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Will be getting a new set of wheels soon. Going with the SSR comps and a BFG KDW tire. Having a problem settling on the size. I really like the look of a 245 size tire but not sure if it will rub. On tirerack if you look up a 2003 wrx the rim are 17X7.5 and i dont think a 245 tire would fit anyway. But if you put in an STi They have 17X8.5. Will these rims fit good on my car, and will the 245/40-17's fit on that rim w/o rubbing. Stock supension. I would think that combo would fit with the right offset and not cause problems, although tirerack does not list the offset of these wheels, anyone know?Sould i try for the wider tire or play it safe with a 17X7.5 wheel and 225/45-17 tires?Please if anyone has info or is running a set up like this let me know thx.
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Old 06-27-2004, 10:44 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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The 17x8.5 SSR's are ET48

Lots of people run 17x8 ET48 Rotas on WRX sedans and with 235/40x17 there is no rubbing with moderate lowering

However, the 17x8 and 245/40x17 combo will rub on the sedan, so I'm pretty sure that even at stock height the 17x8.5 will require you to roll the fenders
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:14 PM   #4
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I'm running SSR Comps (17x7.5) and Toyo Proxes 225/45-17 on my 2002 WRX wagon. There are rubbing issues on the wagon with wider tires and rims. As you stated, I also went the safe route. I'm also 3 LBS lighter than stock on each wheel. Many have had their fenders rolled ($300.00+/-) and now run larger widths with no problems. However, I didn't. For now, the above combination holds the road fine. The rims are forged and strong and the tires are sticky

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Old 06-28-2004, 09:09 AM   #5
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I have seen 245's cause some rubbing issues that couldn't even be corrected with a fender roll ...... 235's is about as wide as I would recommend
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:00 AM   #6
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It all depends on the camber of the rear wheels. If you run pretty close to 0 you will have rubbing issues even with the fenders rolled. If you run closer to -1.5* you will still have to roll the fenders, but should not encounter any further rubbing issues.
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:21 PM   #7
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Ok will be ordering today going to go with the 225 Thx for the info. By the way seen a lot of post about rolling fenders was wondering exactly how you would do that, not that im going to just wondering.
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Old 06-28-2004, 12:28 PM   #8
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Basically bend the fender lip up so that it is flush with the fender itself.
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Old 06-28-2004, 06:51 PM   #9
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has anyone tried an 8 or 8.5 inch wheel with something like the chargespeed fenders which are a little wider than stock? Is the extra 20 mm in width enough to make a 245 tire not rub you think?
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Old 06-28-2004, 07:59 PM   #10
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20mm is almost an inch of extra room which would be more than enough.
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Old 06-28-2004, 09:04 PM   #11
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hmm, I forgot how much 2 cm is.
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:45 PM   #12
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2.5cm=1"
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:34 PM   #13
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but the charge speed fenders are for the fronts only..
So the front would clear the 8.5 245 series setup..

what will you do about the rears??
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Old 06-29-2004, 09:45 PM   #14
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I'm hoping since they don't have to turn that I'll be ok since I'm still at stock ride height. If the fenders need to be rolled I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem for the body shop to give it a few whacks with teh hammer since my car will be in there for basically a whole front end, sans 1 headlight and the hood scoop
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Old 07-05-2004, 09:50 PM   #15
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Wheels and tires came in got pics up check them out tell me what ya think.
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Old 07-05-2004, 10:08 PM   #16
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Good,

I've got the ssr comps 225/45-17's on my blue 2002 wagon with Toyo Proxes tires. They look good on a b;ue vehicle, however some of the clear coat is chipping off.

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