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Old 04-04-2005, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default Conflicting information...18x8" +35mm on STi...

Okay guys I've been reading/calling a bunch of different places about this and I'm getting mixed answers. Two places have said this will fit fine, and another two have said the wheels would stick out too far. I'm looking at 18x8 Enkei ZR1's for my STi, they've got a 35mm offset which Gruppe-S says will fit over the STi brembo's, but I'm worried about them sticking out too far.

I HAVE searched, but I don't have a large enough grasp on the concepts of offsets and things like that to be able to accurately interpret everything that's said througout the forums. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!

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Old 04-05-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Offset is the difference between the center of the wheel and the mounting surface (hub) where it bolts up to the car. Subaru has a rather unique offset, designed to support the boxer engine. It is recommended that you DO NOT go below 48+ offset for most applications. The wheels you are suggesting would be risky. I would look elsewhere.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:19 AM   #3
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Those wheels would very close to the fender. They would not fit without rolling the fender and then you would have the problem of possible premature wheel bearing failure.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:22 AM   #4
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they would stick out past the fender .....
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Old 06-08-2005, 10:55 PM   #5
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Don't worry about the bearing failure. I know many people that run below +40 offset on the WRX, and have had no problems. In fact I don't think you will find any posts on any Subaru forum that actually tells you that someone was running a lower offset and had bearing failure.
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:37 AM   #6
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Don't worry about the bearing failure. I know many people that run below +40 offset on the WRX, and have had no problems. In fact I don't think you will find any posts on any Subaru forum that actually tells you that someone was running a lower offset and had bearing failure.
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Hehe, I'll let you know if my Gramlights 18x8 +40 killed wheel bearing.
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Old 06-09-2005, 01:08 AM   #7
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I posted a similar question a couple days ago, regarding 5-Zigen fn01-RC 17x8's w/ +35mm offset. I know of many who have these wheels, and when I posted my question about the offset I got mixed reviews as well.

They obviously did not stick out past the fender from all the pictures I saw, my only question was on the wheel bearing failure.
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Old 06-09-2005, 10:27 AM   #8
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Just say no. They will definitely stick out too far unless you run narrow tires, and then whats the point. Get proper offset rims.
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:15 PM   #9
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They dont either stick out to far. In fact et40 18x8 stick out right up to the fender edge filling out the widebody. Know facts before you give opinions. I have pics of 18x8 et40 Verdicts underneath my 2002 if anyone wants to host them. On a bug eye I had to roll the fenders some, but that was because I am lowered 2.25" and like to haul people. On an STi, you might get away with it.
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:32 PM   #10
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I think the real question for STi owners is:

The 17x8 +48mm wheel is offered for the Impreza Sedan, and the +35mm wheel is listed for the STi. Will the +48mm clear the brembo's? anyone using them?
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:41 PM   #11
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Hey, minesfaster. any problems with the bearings? How long have you run the +40 offset. I talked with you on the other post. I know of no one who has had a problem with a low offset. What are these people talking about? I run a +42 and am still going strong.
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Old 06-09-2005, 02:36 PM   #12
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Your current 17X8 is +53, the 18X8 at +35 is sticking out towards the fender another 18mm (.7"). Stop asking everyone questions, go outside and measure the distance from the outer lip of the wheel to the inside of the quarter panel and you'll have your answer.

I'm going to say it won't fit without some sort of modification, and it will certainly be harder on your wheel bearings.
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