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Old 02-20-2006, 11:08 PM   #1
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First HPDE w/ the new car is done and I definitely need to get a plan for wheels/tires. I really have no idea how to select them. I also need to pick wheels to fit STi brakes.

Stock is 17 x 7 w/ 215/45/17

17 x 7.5/8 w/ 225/35?/17 (would that be plus one sizing??)

I liked the grip I felt when riding w/ paisan in his old legacy Turbo - he has Azenis on their I think - he was surely keeping up pretty good w/ some faster cars by braking/cornering pretty well.

Usually the comments I read here are a bit advanced for me to really understand and apply to myself.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:25 PM   #2
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I've heard putting on a wider wheel/tire called "plus zero" before, instead of "plus one."

With a wagon, 17x8's are very likely to give you rubbing issues. If you're lowered on a 17x7.5, you still might need to roll your fenders. Jumping to 7.5 inches wide and 225 section width should be a good help, though.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:31 PM   #3
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ok - good start in the right direction

sorry for the incorrect term - plus one only applies when the diameter goes up?? (oops)

It will get lowered some when I get springs/struts (Swift/Koni is what I'm thinking btw)

A 225/45 would be taller though right - so I'd need say a 225/35 or 40 if available?? That sounds light - I like that. Sedan fenders/widebody rear kit sound like a great idea but I doubt I'd spend on something like that yet.
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:51 PM   #4
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i've done around 10 hpde days with my wagon, in the past 8 or 9 months. im running te-37's in 17x7.5 with 215/45 Hankook rs2's. These tires are awesome, especially for the price. 215's seem small, but they fit perfect and i've run 3 time attacks and beaten cars with twice the tire. they grip! 225's will fit fine lowered(a little), otherwise rear fender roll is needed. good luck!





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Old 02-21-2006, 12:06 AM   #5
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ok - good start in the right direction

sorry for the incorrect term - plus one only applies when the diameter goes up?? (oops)

It will get lowered some when I get springs/struts (Swift/Koni is what I'm thinking btw)

A 225/45 would be taller though right - so I'd need say a 225/35 or 40 if available?? That sounds light - I like that. Sedan fenders/widebody rear kit sound like a great idea but I doubt I'd spend on something like that yet.
It would be a little taller. I don't think 225/40 is a very popular size, though. Also, I wasn't talking about a widebody kit. Check out www.rollyourfender.com to find out about a cheaper option.
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Old 02-21-2006, 12:09 AM   #6
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i gotcha - i WISH i could put on sedan fenders/widebody for the STi wagon - but I'd rather do 2-3 track weekends

Dunno if I'd consider rolling them - but that seems to be fairly innocuous and the tire room may be well worth it.

This is going to be a tricky decision - lots of stuff comes into play.

TE-37's are $2k?? (omg - I thought golf was pricey)
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I rolled my fenders and don't have any problems with 17x8 rims with 245/35 tires (Falken fk-451) on my '03 WRX Wagon. The inside of the tire is very close to the strut, but doesn't rub at all. My struts are stock with '04 Sti springs and I have 25 mm swaybars front and rear.

If you have a second set of rims, why not go for some r-comps? Azenis and Kooks are nice for street tires, but why not step up to some real sticky tires? BTW, rolling your fenders with the equipment from www.rollyourfenders.com was really easy - good guy to work with.
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TE-37's are $2k?? (omg - I thought golf was pricey)
Fancy, forged, and very, very light. There are plenty of cheaper wheel options. If you're worried about strength and weight, you can get Enkei RPF-1's for about $1k a set. Or, you can add a pound or two a corner, have reasonable strength, and be very cheap with a set of used Rotas from the classified section here. I got mine for $650 with tires.
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Fancy, forged, and very, very light. There are plenty of cheaper wheel options. If you're worried about strength and weight, you can get Enkei RPF-1's for about $1k a set. Or, you can add a pound or two a corner, have reasonable strength, and be very cheap with a set of used Rotas from the classified section here. I got mine for $650 with tires.
i was definitely daydreaming and drooling!!

Can't get ahead of myself with the R-compounds - I want to at least use most of my cars capabilities before I start increasing what it can do....

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With rolled fenders, I run 235/40/17 Hancooks RS2's on a 17x8 +48 wheel no problem on my wagon. I have run as big as 245/40/17 on 17x8.5 +48 with no rubbing.

Roll your fenders
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I think I need to roll something else at the moment

Found these TE-37's

"17" X 44ET X 8" in Mercury Silver w/ 225-45 GY Eagle GS FS1 tires on them."

I assume 44 is the offset??

"one season left in tires" (I assume that means they are close to done?)

Fancy forged and light sounds nice!!
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44 sounds like a slightly low offset for a Subaru. It might be okay with an 8 inch wheel.
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