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Old 07-07-2005, 01:18 PM   #1
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Question OK, so who's running 18x8's on their wagons?

I just picked up my 92x this past weekend, and I kept the 18's that were on the STi. I've read every thread known to mankind about wheel fitment on wagons, but it seems to me that it really boils down to who has the closest to your set/specs to find out if it fits or not.

They're 18x8 G-Games Wolfs with Hankook 225/40/18's and +42 offset. I have no plans on modding the suspension besides a rear sway, and I'd rather not roll the fenders unless absolutely needed.
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:43 PM   #2
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Another 92x here

Theres so much conflicting information here its not even funny. From what i've gathered your ET 42 is going to cause you to rub. I'm going to have 18x8 ET51 prodrives on next week so we'll see how that goes. I'm also running 235 40 series tires to protect the rim.

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Old 07-07-2005, 04:35 PM   #3
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I just looked up on Tire Rack's site, and the average offset range of the available 18x8's for the 92x is 48-51, but one rim was +46. I even spoke to one of the reps, and he said he didn't think I could use my wheels although he wasn't 100% sure.

I know the best way to find out is to just put the wheels on and test it out, but unfortunately I don't have a power gun. So, it would be a royal PITA to put them on only to find out they don't fit!
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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just use a 4 way and tighten the crap out of the lugs.
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:47 PM   #5
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OK, I know there's gotta' be some wagons out there runnin' 18x8's!!

I'd just like to know if any of you have gotten away without rolling your fenders. BTW, I just looked up wheels on tires.com and they actually list Racing Sparco 01R's with a 42 offest! Only difference is they're 8.5 wide, but that gives me some glitter of hope with 8 wides!
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Old 07-10-2005, 12:29 AM   #6
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i run 18x7.5 +48 lowered and I rub pretty bad on bumpy road. 18x8 +42 sounds like a bad idea if you're gonna lower.
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:28 AM   #7
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Where exactly do you rub? Front, rear, top, bumper brackets etc...?

Also, what tire size are you running?

I just got my rear wagon fenders rolled (cars one week old lol) in preparation for my Pff7 w. 235 tires, no drop.
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Where exactly do you rub? Front, rear, top, bumper brackets etc...?

Also, what tire size are you running?

I just got my rear wagon fenders rolled (cars one week old lol) in preparation for my Pff7 w. 235 tires, no drop.
Rubbing in rear w/225-40-18. Fenders getting rolled soon
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:14 PM   #10
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I know the best way to find out is to just put the wheels on and test it out, but unfortunately I don't have a power gun. So, it would be a royal PITA to put them on only to find out they don't fit!
Umm, the best way to protect you rims, lugnuts and rotors is to do it by hand.

I never use an air gun. Get a cheap torque wrench and do it right!
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Old 07-10-2005, 11:51 PM   #11
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i've got 18x8 volks with 225/40-18 with a +50 offset and have no rubbing.lowered on the sti wagon struts and springs.also listen to wrext get a torque wrench.
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Old 07-11-2005, 10:13 AM   #12
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I've never tightened lugs with an air gun! I actually meant a cordless drill (my bad!), but I just realized we did have one at home (duh!)!

Anyways, I think I've come to terms with the fact that I should either trade my wheels or sell them.
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Old 07-18-2005, 09:14 AM   #13
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OK, so after reading every thread in the planet on this subject, I finally did the only obvious thing to find out for sure if my wheels fit or not - I installed them, and they fit!!

Yes, you read correct, they actually fit! I took a quick drive across some of the rougher roads around town, and even took some hard turns - no rubbing whatsoever!

My next test now is to drive it with at least 4 passengers in the car. Although I normally don't drive it as hard with people on board, I just want to make sure there's no rubbing on light turns or bumps (fingers crossed).

I'll keep you guys posted!
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:01 PM   #14
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Now we need to see pics!
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:12 PM   #15
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Yes, definitely! It's been pretty crappy weather the past few days by me, but hopefully this week will be nicer so I can wash it and take some pics!

BTW, Alan, did you get your wheels installed yet?
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:45 PM   #16
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Not yet. The vendor only had Sti fitment instock so now they're waiting for the correct ones to come in. I'm dying to get all of my mods! After spending a nice chunk of change i only recieved the tires!

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I'm itching to get the DP and UP now and go straight to Cobb Stage 2. I can't stand how slow this wagon is from 0-20. No power until 3K when the turbo kicks in.

Take a pic even in this crappy east coast weather. I'm dying to see what 18's look like without springs.

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Old 07-18-2005, 02:42 PM   #17
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I'm itching to get the DP and UP now and go straight to Cobb Stage 2. I can't stand how slow this wagon is from 0-20. No power until 3K when the turbo kicks in.
Trust me, I feel your pain! I went from an STi to the 92x!
I, too can't wait to give this 'lil wagon some more pep. I'm just waiting to finish my break-in miles so I can at least install my catback, and I'm also lookin' to get an AP to run Stage 1 for now.

I'll get some pics after work tonight!
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:48 PM   #18
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I don't know how you deal with it going from a Sti to the saabaru lol. I drove my friends 05 STi w. mods and that thing is a monster. I have a supercharged bmw and the Sti blows that away in terms of raw acceleration and speed.

I'm praying that after the cobb stage 1 and 2, the wagon feels significantly faster than stock.

Can't wait to see pics
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:18 PM   #19
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I don't know how you deal with it going from a Sti to the saabaru lol. I drove my friends 05 STi w. mods and that thing is a monster. I have a supercharged bmw and the Sti blows that away in terms of raw acceleration and speed.

I'm praying that after the cobb stage 1 and 2, the wagon feels significantly faster than stock.

Can't wait to see pics
I have gone from Cobb Stage 1 -> Stage 2 -> Stage 2.5 (VF30) and installed closer ratio RA gears on my wagon and it can keep up with the STi's now. I just have to keep the RPM up above 3200. I was following Car vs. Driver and C17load after the Delaware meet. the STi's started off faster but once I got my foot into it I caught up quick. Of course that was only for a short while because I realized I was almost out of gas and had to pull off, doh!

The best part about wagons is that cops don't even seem to notice them.

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Old 07-18-2005, 09:26 PM   #20
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OK, so I finally got a chance to take some pics! Hope you like them, let me know what you guys think!


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Old 07-18-2005, 10:56 PM   #21
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Nice Saved every pic

Actually doesn't look bad even on stock springs. Much better than the scrawny stock 16"s

How did the ride quality change going from the 16"s to the 18"s?
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The best part about wagons is that cops don't even seem to notice them.

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That's definitely one of my top reasons for getting the wagon!


Alan, believe it or not, the ride seems more firm to me with the wider rims! I think part of the reason is the '05 STi rack on these cars. It just begged for a wider, more aggressive grip! The 16's on this just don't cut it. Actually, the rims seem to give this car a nicer ride than on the '04 STi I had!
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