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Old 08-04-2019, 07:45 PM   #8228
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Originally Posted by rst.ack View Post
Derailing this slightly, I'm looking at getting some Enkei RPF-1's for my daily-driven 2015 WRX (original, I know but I really like how the shape of the RPF-1 cross section accentuates a meaty fitment), but can't decide between 18x9.5 +38 or 18x9 +35, running 265/35s.

I'm aware that 265 is on the limit of how wide one might normally go with a 9" wheel, but I'm after a functional, meaty fitment.

It's quite common for me to go ragging the car on some mountain/backroads for a bit of fun, but I don't have any intention of ever taking the car to the track.

I know both of those widths/offsets physically fit the WRX, but my question is more along the lines of which one would be the more logical choice in terms of:

- The look of the fitment - would 265's on a 9" be "too" meaty (I don't even know if it's possible to be too meaty)?
- The weight saved by going for a 9"
- The handling - would 265's on a 9.5" perform better or worse than a 9"?
- The feel - would 265's on a 9.5" tramline less or more than a 9"?

Also, being a big newbie to aftermarket wheels and tyres, will I need to purchase aftermarket valve stems and/or different lug nuts? I know I need hub-centric rings...

Thanks in advance
Around January of this year I replaced the stock 18x8.5, 245/40 wheels/tires with 18x9.5 +35, 265/35 wheels and tires, so almost identical to what your 9.5 setup would be aside from the 3mm difference in offset.

I will say that the steering does feel quite a bit heavier over stock, which was to be expected. I also have a tiny bit of poke. Some stanceb0is might say it's a "perfect" fitment but in my opinion, it sticks out just a tiny bit too much considering my ride height is only about a 1" drop. If I was lower and more cambered it would look okay. Otherwise a +38 or even a +40 would look better at the height I'm at.

If I were to do it all over again I'd go with a 9 wide rather than 9.5 to still retain some of the steering and turn-in sharpness. The issue is that 9.5 seems to be a much more common width than 9, so there aren't as many options in 9 wide.
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