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Old 04-14-2005, 07:51 PM   #1
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Question ?? Lightest Wheels for '05 STI ??

Gang--I'm needing to find the lightest possible wheels to fit an '05 WRX STI--there are a ton of wheel manufacturers out there, but I'd love some guidance and wisdom on where to look.

An 18"x8.5" would be my perfect solution, with a 18"x8" being my 2nd option.

These are for the Car & Driver Super4 Challenge STI I'm building, so while they will be used on a road course, they'll also need to run on some rough highway roads--nothing too brittle, please...

Also, if anyone knows a manufacturer or vendor that would want to trade 2 sets of wheels for the marketing and publicity value of being in Car & Driver, please point me in their direction.

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Old 04-14-2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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Well.....for the $$$ the SSR Comp is the lightest....a 17x8.5 would weigh ~15.5 pounds......a 18x8.5 GT2 would weigh ~17.5 pounds
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Old 04-14-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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The Enkei RPF1's are marginally heavier than the SSR's, but I can contest that they are VERY strong. Many race teams use them for race cars, so you're not going to break these on a pothole.

I believe Miles at Racecomp Engineering sells them at a good price.
http://enkei.com/HPSpecPAGES/rpf1Specs.html

Good luck with the car!
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Old 04-14-2005, 10:42 PM   #4
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read this post, didnt know what to say.
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:33 PM   #5
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If weight is your primary concern, then stick with 17's, instead of 18's.
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:24 AM   #6
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I also vote for 17s if weight is your concern, However if you must have 18s then the ssr comps, volk ce28ns, or the enkeis are your best bet. I think the 5zigen fn01rc i s lightweight as well.

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Old 04-15-2005, 08:28 AM   #7
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This is going to sound dumb, but the stock forged BBS wheels are 17X8.0 and are fairly light. If I was worried about some bumps and rough roads, I wold stick to a 17 inch wheel.
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:54 AM   #8
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Prodrive GC05F,18x8 w/ Bridgstone SO3 polepostion tires and Rays lugnuts. This is the lightest wheel and tire combo I could get that you can drive on normal roads everyday without exploding or being dented every cigarette butt in the road. There are lighter out there (not but much though) but very very few are stronger. The GCO5F is a fully forged wheel so the can handle a little more abuse. There is a GC05A (which are cheaper) out there too but they are semi-forged and they look like a 5 spoke SSR and not like the Forged GC05

Super bad@ss but be perpared to lay out some funds to put them on. I must say though, they have been worth every penny!
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:26 AM   #9
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Go custom.......
CCW, Real, Kaizer, Jongbloed, Forgeline, etc......

They're all lighter than the stack of $10's it'd take to buy them and can be had in any width or offset you desire.

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Old 04-15-2005, 12:42 PM   #10
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Thanks Guys--I'll need to use the 18's--what do the Prodrive wheels cost?
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Old 04-15-2005, 04:03 PM   #11
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$680 a wheel + $220 a tire for the GC05F
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Old 04-15-2005, 04:42 PM   #12
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Old 04-15-2005, 05:21 PM   #13
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Quote:
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$680 a wheel + $220 a tire for the GC05F

So that comes to $3600 for the whole setup. Good lord that is a lot of money for only a few less pounds of weight.
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Old 04-15-2005, 05:25 PM   #14
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if Price is no object

http://www.rayswheels.co.jp/cgi-bin/...odel=030_TE37M

forged magnesium! altho not sure about the offset
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Old 04-15-2005, 05:32 PM   #15
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I have been doing a huge amount of research on this subject and I have found a forged rim that is less then $300 dollars a rim. The size is 17x8, 5x114.3 with a 45 mm offset. Also its offered in black or silver with a polished lip. It's a very nice looking wheel and it weighs in at 14.5 lbs. I talked to the manufacturer and they want to keep this "hush hush" until they have test fitted the rim on my 05 STI. They were intended for a different car so they don't want a million calls about fittement. I wont recieve the rim for test fitting for about a month because they are brand new. I'm crossing my fingers cuz these are a hott rim.
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Old 04-16-2005, 04:46 AM   #16
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RacingHart also have some very light wheels too.

www.hartwheels.co.jp/cat_all/catalog.htm
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:30 AM   #17
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oz supperleggara's are light..i believe 18.5 lbs in an 18...and they are nice wheels, inexpensive considering too...

they are my beater wheels on the sti..

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Old 04-16-2005, 02:33 PM   #18
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If you want the best, there is nothing better than a custom built forged wheel:
http://www.fikse.com/
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Old 04-24-2005, 05:22 PM   #19
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Check out Prodrive Gc010e's. 18x8 +52, perfect fit for Subaru's. The wheel itself weighs a tad more then 17 lbs and it is one of the, if not the strongest wheel out there.

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Old 04-25-2005, 03:36 AM   #20
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for starter wheel whieght makes the most signifacate difference in wieght. So soend the money the first time, or you'll wish you did. I vote for the 18x8 ce28n 44 offset w/ some ecsta MX. Why, because that's exactly what i'm running. 16lbs a wheel!
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:40 AM   #21
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Quote:
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If you want the best, there is nothing better than a custom built forged wheel:
http://www.fikse.com/
While I'll agree that Fikse wheels are very desirable, they're not super light. Given that they are expected to stand up to real races and have a reputation to maintain, they sacrifice a couple pounds for a lot of extra strength. I looked into a set of Profil 10's for my car in 2003 and while I was very tempted, the idea of spending 2x the cost of a set of SSR Competition's didn't appeal. But I admit I'd still like to have a set. CCW's are more likely given my budget and desires (17x10.5 or so) if I ever find myself affording fender flaring.

I don't know what the original poster really is trying to accomplish and the various rules (e.g. are tires fixed by C&D? I'd worry much more about my tire compound than whether I have a wheel that weighs 1 pound less than another). From the brief blurb, custom wheels (CCW, Fikse, etc.) sound like a good thing to at least look into. Other than that, the SSR Comps, Enkei RPF1, Rays, and so on.
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Old 05-08-2005, 02:22 AM   #22
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We like the SSR alot,.both the GT2 and the COMPS...with the comps weighing 15lbs in 18 inch............













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Old 05-10-2005, 08:50 PM   #23
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Volk Racing makes some very light wheels.
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