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Old 11-23-2004, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default The perfect subaru wheels! Finally!

Prodrive GC-05F,et 46mm.Only 1 catch,they are still in production. Prodrive who is supposedly a subaru specialist,dosent even offer a wheel with the correct offset for the sti! Until now they are supposedly changing the offset of the GC 05F to 46mm from 43mm.The 43mm offset wheels had rubbing issues with lowering of the vehicle.
They are also notorious for dragging their feet,with respect to getting parts out to the public. I called and e-mailed them,mabey if we all got together and let them know the demand for their products they would expedite the process! Lets let them know!!
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:06 PM   #2
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I don't know if I would call a 46mm offset wheel the perfect Subaru wheel.
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:28 PM   #3
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50mm might be closer fit - don't know what the offset is for the STi now but for the older ones it has been 53-55mm
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:46 PM   #4
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Ok,mabey not perfect ,since perfection dosent exist,but closer than any wheel currently on the market(beside of coarse the OEM's). Yes there are wheels with better offsets(ex. the PFF-7,et50mm vs. OEM 53mm)but also a lightweight close to OEM(16.5lbs.)that can clear the Brembos!
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:50 PM   #5
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GC-05F's are gorgeous wheels

My Prodrives are +43mm, but for the GC-06Ds.
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:33 PM   #6
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Don't get too boned up on the offset numbers.....it 'aint a 'perfect' world and a little variance won't kill anything....43's will work.....46's are better.....

Under 42 is another story....
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:40 PM   #7
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Yeah,and it really sucks when you find out your $3000 set of wheels rub when you lower the car an inch after spending $375 on aset of JDM pink springs! Or after 75000 miles you have to spent $ to have your bearings replaced! Yeah,mabey some of are a little anal but cars are engineered with certain parameters for a reason!Diffremt strokes for different folks!
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Old 11-23-2004, 11:34 PM   #8
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....maybe you did/didn't do something you should have and 75k miles on bearings used on a HP car using UHP tires isn't bad.

I know peeps that have +40 offsets on their cars with no problems.....

Just because you didn't get it right does not mean that it can't be done...
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:51 AM   #9
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Ok,mabey not perfect ,since perfection dosent exist,but closer than any wheel currently on the market(beside of coarse the OEM's). Yes there are wheels with better offsets(ex. the PFF-7,et50mm vs. OEM 53mm)but also a lightweight close to OEM(16.5lbs.)that can clear the Brembos!
There are tons of wheels with better offset numbers than 46. Do you LIKE the rollerskate look?
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:58 AM   #10
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Besides the Prodrive Pff-7,name lets say 3? Remember they should close in weight to the OEM wheels(16.5lbs.) and fit the 04 Sti???
And the "rollerskate look" is exactly what I'm trying to stay away from!
Uncle Scotty I personally have never had any problems with wheels or bearings and would like to keep it that way.Its funny how people get worked up so quickly when someone believes in something other than what they believe in,I mean this is'nt philosophical or rocket science. But I and most people out there dont enjoy the "aftermarket" feeling wheels with the incorrect offset make theyre cars feel! And its proven that the bearings are under greater stresses,I'd rather not take the chance of having to replace them , especially if I can avoid it! Good luck.
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:55 AM   #11
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The perfect Subaru wheel would be +53 offset.


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Old 11-24-2004, 11:03 AM   #12
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I don't know if I would call a 46mm offset wheel the perfect Subaru wheel.
how wide are these rims?
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:59 PM   #13
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I agree the "perfect offset" is 53mm and it would weigh 16.5 lbs.,oh yeah thats the OEM BBS wheel. The significance of this wheel is that its as light as the oem wheel ,fits over the Brembos and dosent rub!Oh yeah to add its 18x8, I'd prefer 17x8et46mm so I could use the oem 040's,but no one makes a wheel like that,YET!This GC 05F at least is getting closer!
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how wide are these rims?
unless they are wider than 8.0" or you plan to use tires wider than 245, it doesn't matter how wide they are you should STILL aim for a +53.
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Besides the Prodrive Pff-7,name lets say 3? Remember they should close in weight to the OEM wheels(16.5lbs.) and fit the 04 Sti???
maybe you missed the thread on this topic:

Enkei ES-Tarmac = 17x8.5_ET48__(16 lbs)
5Zigen Pro-Racer GN+ = 17x8.5_ET48
OEM UK/JDM STi (ver. 7)= 17x7. 5_ET53
SSR Competition = 17x8.5_ET48__(15.3 lbs)
Compomotive MO = 18x8_ET53
BBS RE = 18x8_ET50
STi RS-ZERO = 18x7.5_ET53

Also there are OZ Superleggeras at 17lbs and countless Rotas at slightly higher weights.
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:42 PM   #16
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I'd prefer 17x8et46mm so I could use the oem 040's,but no one makes a wheel like that,YET!This GC 05F at least is getting closer!
OEM tires are RE-070.
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:50 PM   #17
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8.5 inch width has rubbing issues with lowering!Cool I'll check out some of those wheels as potentials!
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