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Old 07-31-2005, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default '05 STi SSR Comp 17x9.5 +42mm?

OK, here's the deal. I have a track day coming up in a month and my RX7 is broken (go figure). So I'm taking the STi (2005) out.

Here's the dilemma. I don't want to tear up the tires on my daily diver. I have nice sticky (well semi sticky anyways) on my RX7 street wheels. The problem is that they're 275/40/17s (Nitto 555RII) on SSR Comps 17x9.5 +42 and I don't see anyone running that combo around here. My RX7 race wheels are completely out of the question since I have to drive to the track on whatever I'm going to run, and its 165 miles one way.

Now, I tried a test fit, and they seem to fit just fine, with no rubbing, and I seem to have kept the full range of steering. They got me around the block a few times, and I couldn't hear anything bad, and there's no sign of the wheels rubbing anything. Of course, a few 40mph turns around some back streets isn't 100+mph into a turn, but good enough for a test run.

They are damn close to rubbing on the rear strut (~0.5", maybe a bit more). I understand that I'm going to reduce the life of the bearings a tad, but can anyone see why I shouldn't use them just for a track day? Also, how much of a spacer do you think I could get away with running without changing the lugs out? 1/4", 3/8"? A tad more clearance on the rear struts would put my mind at ease.

Any thoughts? This really isn't my area of expertise, so my uneducated opinion is to say that "they fit, so they should work"

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Old 07-31-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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If it were my car, I'd want to hit some hard corners to see if there was any rubbing. If there's no rubbing when you flog it on the street, you'll *probably* be ok at the track.

BTW, whatever you do, PLEASE post some pics of your '05 STi with those monster wheels/tires on it!!
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Old 07-31-2005, 08:22 PM   #3
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....I believe that some have autox'd something like that combo.....just make sure your alignment is approprioate for tracking the car and 1/2" gap between the tire and strut is a mile.
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Old 07-31-2005, 11:42 PM   #4
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what tires do you have on your STi? The RE070s should be able to manage shouldnt they...would you really wear them away that much? Im not questioning your judgement, just curious.
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Old 08-01-2005, 12:00 AM   #5
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BTW, whatever you do, PLEASE post some pics of your '05 STi with those monster wheels/tires on it!!

+10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:11 AM   #6
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what tires do you have on your STi? The RE070s should be able to manage shouldnt they...would you really wear them away that much? Im not questioning your judgement, just curious.
I'm going to run 3-4 20 minute sessions on a fairly technical track. The last time I did something similar on street tires they got very torn up after the first session (the tread got really rough, and they felt "greasy"). I have the other tires/wheels, and they seem to fit, so why risk the REs?
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:12 AM   #7
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BTW, whatever you do, PLEASE post some pics of your '05 STi with those monster wheels/tires on it!!
I'll work on the pictures. How does one upload a picture here? I don't see a manage attachments option like other forums have.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:10 AM   #8
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I would buy another set of take off re070's and burn up the ones that have the least tread.....the re070's are, really, a very competent tire and should hold up to being tracked if your alignment is good for track conditions and you don't overdrive them and melt them.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:58 AM   #9
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I would buy another set of take off re070's and burn up the ones that have the least tread.....the re070's are, really, a very competent tire and should hold up to being tracked if your alignment is good for track conditions and you don't overdrive them and melt them.
Well, I already have the Nittos, and they're way stickier than the re70s. Running the nittos won't cost me anything other than the time it took to put them on the car.

I agree that the re70s are a good tire, I just don't want to wear the set I have unnecessarily.
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Old 08-01-2005, 05:01 PM   #10
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I have tracked the RE070's 3 times, once in the rain. They actually do pretty good in the rain, partly thanks to the AWD. Actually they have held up pretty well with the track days. I like tires except for after the first 10k they start getting loud. I wouldn't stress about wearing them out, you can buy them on ebay during the winter off of people on the east coast that can't use them because of the snow, and usually they are damn cheap.
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Old 08-06-2005, 06:41 PM   #11
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....I believe that some have autox'd something like that combo.....just make sure your alignment is approprioate for tracking the car and 1/2" gap between the tire and strut is a mile.
I am barely clearing a spring coil on one side (1/16")...do I need a spacer?
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Old 08-07-2005, 08:58 PM   #12
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Also, how much of a spacer do you think I could get away with running without changing the lugs out? 1/4", 3/8"?
the stock bolts are already at the bare minimum imho; I would not want any less thread gripping the lugnuts.
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Old 08-08-2005, 03:13 PM   #13
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275/40/17 on SSR Comps 17x9.5 +42mm

WOW, that is HARDCORE please post some pics!!
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here is a guy that stuffed 275s on an 8" wheel...

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30209
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