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Old 07-09-2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default Rota, 18", 02 WRX Wagon...help please?

I have three questions. I've searched the threads but couldn't find the answer I was looking for so please be nice to me. Thanks.

1) It appears Rota makes wheels that resemble other more expensive wheels. Does this mean they are lower quality?

2) If I'm looking for new wheels, realistically, what should I be looking to spend? What are most people spending for wheels?

3) I realize certain 18" wheels will fit my 02' WRX wagon, but if my car is stock, is there anything I need to be concerned about when purchasing 18" wheels? Do I need to adjust anything in order to fit 18" on my car or does it just go right on? Will it scrape?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:04 PM   #2
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1 - Rota wheels are not low quality, and in my opinion for the $$ are great rims.
2 - Try to find a set in your local area used 1st, and there are a lot of subies in your area to find a nice used set. New you don't need to spend more than a $1000 w/tires.
3 - 215/18/40 is what I would run, but some will run 225's but if you are lower than stock or plan to, you may have to roll your fender wall.

Hope that help's and don't forget...Wagons rule!
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Old 07-11-2005, 11:22 AM   #3
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Default Forgot to change my profile..

I live in the DC area now. I moved here 2 years ago but forgot to change my profile...

Thanks for the advice. I'd like to get further clarification on one thing. So what you are saying...if I want 18" wheels, as long as they are the right size, I don't have to make any other adjustments to my suspension or anything else? I want to buy wheels that I can just slap on. I am using my stock wheels with winter tires and I want to purchase a set of wheels and tires for everything in between. (Spring/Summer/Fall).

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Old 07-11-2005, 12:03 PM   #4
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^^^ I've got a wagon too, and I know first hand what GRNMTNRS is referring to in pont#3 If you have installed, or ever plan on installing springs that lower the ride height, your tires will rub the lip of your fenders. Having them rolled means to actually round the outwards to give more clearence. 215/18/40 is a significant jump in diameter from the stockers and going up to 225s has even less clearence on the outer tire edge. If you drop the ride height, the distance between the fender lip and the tire is reduced.

Keep in mind, the wheels offset has a crucial part in the equation also. the stock wheels have a 55 offset. If you decrease the offset, the wheel moves in towards the car and will tuck it under the fender better. You need to be very careful because going too little on the offset will cause the tires to rub on the inside of the wheel wells. I still have the stockers and I need to roll the fenders. I've read the offset for the 18s should be no less than 45, and 48 is optimal.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:42 PM   #5
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Keep in mind, the wheels offset has a crucial part in the equation also. the stock wheels have a 55 offset. If you decrease the offset, the wheel moves in towards the car and will tuck it under the fender better.
Think you got this backwards. With smaller offset, the wheel moves out toward the fender.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:55 PM   #6
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I've got 18" Rota Tarmac IIs with 215/40/18s. My car is lowered on Tein Htechs and there have been no rubbing issues. These wheels and tires were only used for daily driving so if you plan on tracking or autocrossing the car then I would suggest sticking with 17s or roll your fenders. I'm selling mine because I have two other sets of wheels and tires and I need the money. I'm selling for $750 with tires so you should be able to find a decent deal from someone in your area. Try to buy used if you can because you'll save some $.
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Old 07-11-2005, 01:00 PM   #7
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Think you got this backwards. With smaller offset, the wheel moves out toward the fender.
Your right, I did.

Try this lik:
It's a wheel FAQ here on NASIOC:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=450557
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Old 07-11-2005, 10:37 PM   #8
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with the right offset you shouldn't have any problems. i've got 18x8 on a wagon with no rubbing.they're volks with a +50 offset and 225 tires. lowered a little with the sti wagon struts and springs.
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:53 AM   #9
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Default Thanks for the responses fellow WRXwagons...

I appreciate all the responses. I'm still not sure if I got the exact answer I was looking for although everyone has been very helpful.

I've read through a few threads, faqs and forums, but I wasn't able to find the exact answer I'm looking for. I don't plan on lowering my car anytime soon. I want to know that if I put the right size 18 inch wheels on my car with the right size tires, will I run into problems or will it be a direct fit...no adjustments. If I have to roll my fender or anything else, I'd rather put 17's on because I know I can find a set that are a direct fit.
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Old 07-12-2005, 06:42 AM   #10
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I appreciate all the responses. I'm still not sure if I got the exact answer I was looking for although everyone has been very helpful.

I've read through a few threads, faqs and forums, but I wasn't able to find the exact answer I'm looking for. I don't plan on lowering my car anytime soon. I want to know that if I put the right size 18 inch wheels on my car with the right size tires, will I run into problems or will it be a direct fit...no adjustments. If I have to roll my fender or anything else, I'd rather put 17's on because I know I can find a set that are a direct fit.
So get 17's. There are definitely a lot more choices, and tires are cheaper. If you're looking at Rota, there are a lot of 17" choices, and all will fit without rubbing or need for adjustments with a 215/45-17 tire. If you stick with Rota and go with an 18", you'll want 215/40-18 tires, and they'll go right on without any other adjustments. Since you are running stock ride height, some 225 width wheels will fit, but something to keep in miond is that not all brands are the same. For instance, a Falken Azenis 225/45-17 is wider than almost all other brands of the same size.
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Old 07-12-2005, 10:29 AM   #11
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thanks mav1c. That's exactly what I needed to know.
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:48 PM   #12
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I've got Tarmac II's also in 18 with 225/40/18. It doesn't rub under normal conditions... and I'm not running a super stiff suspension. When I had coilovers, rubbing was never an issue and it shouldn't. However with a softer setup, it will rub slightly when for some unforseen reason I have to haul fatties around which is rare.
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