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Old 08-06-2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default How wide can I go with a 04 WRX?

I may be considering new wheels soon but this time around, I want wheels that will make the car look extra aggressive. The only way to do that is with extra wide wheels...as wide as I've seen on some M3's but maybe not as wide as some I've seen on Mustangs.

I will probably end up getting 18" wheels. So, the width would probably have to be at least 8" right? (18x8) I have STi gold BBS wheels right now and I believe they are 17x7.5...not too sure....but not wide enough.

I'm also looking to wrap them with wide tires, 235 or 245 mm.

Here is where I'm not so sure of...it's the offset. I want the wheels to go out as far as they can to be flush with the fender. According to the offset thread, I need an offset of +43 to +47 for a 8" wheel. So, is my best bet a 18x8 wheel with an offset of +43? Would that provide a comfortable fit on the rotor, get me flush with the fender, and get me an almost stock smooth ride?

Lastly, I'm preferring a wheel that is gold with polished liip (on my WRB sedan....I wouldn't want it any other way). I know Volk has nice GT-N's in gold with polished lip. I'm leaning more towards the multi-spoke (or many spoke) wheels rather than the 5 spoke wheels. Any other suggestions? I'm also liking the style where you have the polished lip and the spokes are very 'recessed'. 'Recessed' meaning the spokes are actually closer to the rotor than the outside edge of the wheel.

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Old 08-07-2005, 08:31 AM   #2
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:52 PM   #3
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Remember, WRX and STi have the same chassis

8.5~9" with a 265~275 is the widest you can go.... somewhere around a +43~+47mm offset depends on your suspension, camber setting....

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=679660

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Sweet, then I should be fine with the Volk GT-N in 18x8 ET42. I should also be fine with 245/40/18 tires as well.
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Sweet, then I should be fine with the Volk GT-N in 18x8 ET42. I should also be fine with 245/40/18 tires as well.
245/40/18 is too tall, go 255/35 or 235/40.......
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If you don't want to fold in the rear lips, stick to a 18x8" w/ +45-51mm offset and wrap them in 245/35/18
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Remember, WRX and STi have the same chassis

8.5~9" with a 265~275 is the widest you can go.... somewhere around a +43~+47mm offset depends on your suspension, camber setting....

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=679660
I thought I remember seeing that the 04+ fenders were wider thanthe 02-03's.
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What I'd like to do is get the wheels as flush to the fender as possible. Currently, I have 04 STi BBS wheels (17x7.5 and +53 I think) and 235/45/17 tires. I'd rather have the wheel come closer to the fender; it looks more aggressive. Of course, I don't want to rub or have to modify the car in any way.

So with that being said, what should my offset be? How flush will the setup be with a +45 offset?
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Old 08-09-2005, 01:15 PM   #12
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I thought I remember seeing that the 04+ fenders were wider thanthe 02-03's.
not any wider, just a different shape to accommodate the different shape headlights.
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What I'd like to do is get the wheels as flush to the fender as possible. Currently, I have 04 STi BBS wheels (17x7.5 and +53 I think) and 235/45/17 tires. I'd rather have the wheel come closer to the fender; it looks more aggressive. Of course, I don't want to rub or have to modify the car in any way.

So with that being said, what should my offset be? How flush will the setup be with a +45 offset?
18x8.5 +45mm or 18x8 +40mm
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18x8 +40mm....the Volk GT-N's only come in 18x8 +42. I guess that will have to do.

Besides, what's 2 mm anyway? haha
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18x8 +40mm....the Volk GT-N's only come in 18x8 +42. I guess that will have to do.

Besides, what's 2 mm anyway? haha
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dave - talk to erik (gotboost from nesic)
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i have 17x8 -48 mm offset with 245 40 17 and i rub with some creative camber i could get away without rubbing but im gonna roll anyway so i never have to worry about rubbing.
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