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Old 07-11-2005, 10:22 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a cheap winter wheel that I can run a dedicated snow tire on, and the first thing that comes to mind is steelies. Does anyone know of any steelies that will clear the Subaru 4-pot brakes? It's getting harder and harder to find the impreza 5-spokes that will clear the brakes, and when you do, you might as well buy new aftermarket. If you have and ideas, lemme know.
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Old 07-11-2005, 10:49 PM   #2
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Sti steelies...?
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Old 07-11-2005, 11:03 PM   #3
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subaru's 16 inch steelies clear the 4 pots.. The one with the small circular holes going all the way around on the outside..

That is what I run during winter with blizzaks, and I have the 4 pots up in front...
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:59 AM   #4
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What car are those steelies from? will any 16" steelie made by subaru work? Any idea on how much they cost from the dealer and/or part numbers?
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Old 07-12-2005, 10:11 AM   #5
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What car are those steelies from? will any 16" steelie made by subaru work? Any idea on how much they cost from the dealer and/or part numbers?
They are from the Type RA Spec C, gravel spec.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=sti+steelies
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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They are from the Type RA Spec C, gravel spec.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t=sti+steelies
eh, he want's $800 for a set. I could buy a set of aftermarket 16s for that much...new.
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:35 PM   #7
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u can buy subaru steelies from any dealer or even tirerack.
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Old 07-12-2005, 12:42 PM   #8
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eh, he want's $800 for a set.
And he's a member of the elite group of Subie experts who doesn't know the difference between the iron 4-pots and the Brembos.
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eh, he want's $800 for a set. I could buy a set of aftermarket 16s for that much...new.
Huh??

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JDM STI RA wheels. Steelies. Fits over the STI brakes but not brembos. Came factory on the Type RA spec C. $400
Sure they aren't cheap, but you also need a very specific wheel with the proper offset, and profile to fit those brakes. Quite a few 16 wheels won't fit those right (at least without spacers).
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:32 PM   #10
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And he's a member of the elite group of Subie experts who doesn't know the difference between the iron 4-pots and the Brembos.
pardon my mistake. I was looking at this:
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Still have the RA spec C Steel wheels. They are actually 16 inch in size and clear the brembo's. Ultra rare. Tires have decent tread on them.
rather than this:
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JDM STI RA wheels. Steelies. Fits over the STI brakes but not brembos. Came factory on the Type RA spec C. $400
The two posts seem to contradict themselves, so roll your eyes if you want.


Anyways, mbiker, thanks for the help and getting me pointed in the right direction. I'm still interested to know if jigga is talking about the same steelies, or maybe a USDM set.
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Can't blame you for getting confused when the vendor doesn't know the difference either. Once the Brembo vs FHI vs STI brake misunderstandings are resolved, the blatant and random abuse of "Spec C" and "RA" can come next.

It would be a real shame to have some guy think, "I found steelies that fit over my STI brakes!"
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Old 07-12-2005, 07:33 PM   #12
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Very true. I have the v5/6 STi 4 pots (the iron 4 pots)
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Old 07-13-2005, 03:13 AM   #13
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pardon my mistake. I was looking at this:

rather than this:

The two posts seem to contradict themselves, so roll your eyes if you want.


Anyways, mbiker, thanks for the help and getting me pointed in the right direction. I'm still interested to know if jigga is talking about the same steelies, or maybe a USDM set.
I refer to those 16 inch steelies.. they clear the subaru 4 pots...but NOT the brembo calipers...

There IS a 17 inch version of the same rim that clears the brembos, which is what Clark was referring to.
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why are steel wheels preferred to say for example a set of aluminum RS wheels for winter duty?
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Because of the availability of the RS wheels that will actually clear the 4 pots without spacers. It's rare to find a set in my experience, and when you do, they're usually for sale for a short period time, at the end of which someone has paid an arm and a leg for some used wheels.
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there is 1 Subi steel will that will clear the 4 pots
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why are steel wheels preferred to say for example a set of aluminum RS wheels for winter duty?
because if u u into a slide which u can't control and smack a curb, u won't ruin an semiexpensive wheel, just a cheap ugly steelie whill come off when the eather is better.
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lets bring this back up because i own steelies and as of today i also own jdm subaru 4 pots. i am hesitant to install them without knowing that i'll have a set of winter wheels secured. can anyone confirm or not confirm that the 16" steelies from tirerack fit ove the jdm 4 pots? i'm really anxious to know, i'd rather not drop a bunch of cash on RS wheels when i think my steelies are bad-ass!
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i have read so many garbage posts in the last 3 minutes in this forum that i'm about ready to scream...

unbolt ur current calipers, zip tie them back behind ur strut. Install the 4 pots and slide the steelie over it to find out.

That should take u no more than 20-30 minutes.

the collective IQ of nasbisco must be in the teens today....
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lets bring this back up because i own steelies and as of today i also own jdm subaru 4 pots. i am hesitant to install them without knowing that i'll have a set of winter wheels secured. can anyone confirm or not confirm that the 16" steelies from tirerack fit ove the jdm 4 pots? i'm really anxious to know, i'd rather not drop a bunch of cash on RS wheels when i think my steelies are bad-ass!
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I have posted this a number of times and I just posted it again in another thread here.

OEM Forester 16"x6.5" steel wheels will clear the Subaru JDM 4-pots. Been running them for several seasons with no problems.

You won't find them on the Tire Rack web site. You have to specifically ask for them. Unless they are not in stock, and they should be by now, they carry them.

~$50 each + shipping. Wheel covers available at a nominal extra charge
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there is 1 Subi steel will that will clear the 4 pots
Any chance you could be more specific ? Brand, dimensions, price, link...

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how about the 16" spares??? check junk yards/ebay, hunt down some snow tires to fit and be rockin it rally style (only with a little less style)!
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how about the 16" spares??? check junk yards/ebay, hunt down some snow tires to fit and be rockin it rally style (only with a little less style)!
You do realize those aren't steelies, right?

Also...for the brakes...I wish people would stop referring to the FHI 4-pots as "STi"...I know they came on older STi's, but they were also available on regular WRX's in many markets...so referring to them as STi brakes seems like wrong. FHI 4pots would be the most accurate way of referring to them, I think. Avoids confusion with the current Brembo brakes only found on the STi's.
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well, instead of running steelies, ever think about buying some 16in Rota Sleepstreams with some Blizzaks??
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:48 PM   #25
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well, instead of running steelies, ever think about buying some 16in Rota Sleepstreams with some Blizzaks??
16in Slipstreams won't fit over the FHI 4-pots
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