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Old 10-01-2019, 06:47 PM   #326
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Any opinions on running the MR501 17x8 +42 with 245/45r17 tires on a stock 2013 WRX hatch?

I'm looking for something to handle rough roads and occasional light dirt/gravel. The slightly larger tire vs stock seems like it could provide a little more cushion without significantly affecting turn-in, compared to say a 15" or 16" wheel setup, which I have also considered.

I would prefer zero rubbing. And while performance is priority, look is important as well. I love the look of this setup seen in the second photo but I understand those are rally tires.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:45 AM   #327
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17 mr501 wrx hatch (google image search)
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showpost.php?p=44219534&postcount=162

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https://www.amazon.com/Method-Race-Wheels-Titanium-Machined/dp/B01035LZ7S

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0116/6842/products/MR501_Titanium_2048x.jpg?v=1546443492

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Old 10-12-2019, 12:51 PM   #328
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Thanks for your input. I've found all of those photos. I have searched and searched

First photo says stock tires, so 235/45r17 not 245/45r17.

That white hatch looks fantastic but I didn't see any specs posted anywhere. Looks like stock size tires. This is still an option and one I'm leaning heavily towards.


ETA: Probably going with Braid. Not too keen on the 501 weights.

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Old 05-14-2020, 06:36 PM   #329
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Looking to get some MR503 wheels with some sticky tires. Method now offers the MR503 in a wider wheel that I'm interested in, but clearance is going to be important in my case. I've got a Brake Duct Cooling system that takes up a bit of space inside my wheel well and I don't want new wheels to rub (or rub much).



I've regulated my heavy 18in Method 501s to daily use with some all-seasons now, but the 503 will be wrapped in sticky performance tires for autocross / short track.

The new Method 503s are 18 x 9.5 with +40mm offset. Anyone running these?
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:05 PM   #330
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Love the look of these wheels, but not the weight. I know they are strong for rally but for DD I like low weight wheels. You can really feel it.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:32 AM   #331
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The new Method 503s are 18 x 9.5 with +40mm offset. Anyone running these?
I've been running these for almost 2 years.

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Old 05-17-2020, 03:18 PM   #332
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I've been running these for almost 2 years.

Looks really good, how are you liking them? Any spacers added and tire specs, please.

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Old 05-17-2020, 03:59 PM   #333
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Looks really good, how are you liking them? Any spacers added and tire specs, please.
They are great! This is on a 2018 STI, so I came from 19" wheels. Specs below on the Methods.

Wheels: Method MR503 18x9.5, 5x114.3, 40mm
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/40/18

I went to these tires when I was still on the 19" OEM wheels and absolutely love them. Insane wet performance and just a good all around summer tire. They work fine in Texas winter too.
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Old 05-18-2020, 08:01 AM   #334
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They are great! This is on a 2018 STI, so I came from 19" wheels. Specs below on the Methods.

Wheels: Method MR503 18x9.5, 5x114.3, 40mm
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S 245/40/18

I went to these tires when I was still on the 19" OEM wheels and absolutely love them. Insane wet performance and just a good all around summer tire. They work fine in Texas winter too.
Thanks for reply. I want to get rid of my 19s too and came across these. Wanted a lighter wheel to wrap Michelin PS4s on. Im in South Carolina, so it doesnt get too cold out here. Forgot to ask, are you on stock suspension and are the wheels noticeably lighter?
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:29 AM   #335
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Thanks for reply. I want to get rid of my 19s too and came across these. Wanted a lighter wheel to wrap Michelin PS4s on. Im in South Carolina, so it doesnt get too cold out here. Forgot to ask, are you on stock suspension and are the wheels noticeably lighter?
Yeah completely stock suspension. The wheels are lighter, but it's been a while since I switched. It was definitely noticeable though.
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:17 PM   #336
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Thanks for the feedback, guys! Pulled the trigger during their 15% Sale and a Memorial Day Weekend Sale for the tires. They should be here next week.

So I'll officially have three sets of Methods now.

Daily Use
MR501 w/Continental DWS


Winter / RallyX setup
MR502 w/General Altimax Arctic


Track / AutoX
MR503 w/Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

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Old 06-11-2020, 02:36 PM   #337
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Default I like your winter setup a lot.

Mine is the MR502 w/ Studded Hakka 9's. Only ran them for a few months when I lived in Lake Placid. Now that we're moving to Charleston I'll have no chance to enjoy them again

https://i.imgur.com/sebawGg.jpg

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Old 06-12-2020, 09:13 PM   #338
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I just got a set of the MR502's in 16x7 +30mm offset for my 2017 STI. Stock Brembos and stock suspension. I got them for rally-x. I went with 16s because I wanted a taller sidewall than a 17" wheel. Method's website said the 16's will clear pre-2018 STI brembos so I gave it a shot. They technically do clear the 2017 Brembos but damn it's close! I'm not so worried about the calipers scraping due to wheel flex just more so worried about the calipers getting chewed up from dirt and rocks getting wedged between the wheel and caliper. I might get 1-2mm spacers machined to get the wheel a bit further away from the caliper.

I'm not 100% certain yet if I'll end up running them. If i do the plan is to mount General Altimax Arctic 12 tires or Firestone Winterforce 2 tires in 205 x 60R16.

Will post an update if i decide to stick with them and run them in rally-x.




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Old 06-21-2020, 03:53 AM   #339
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I just got a set of the MR502's in 16x7 +30mm offset for my 2017 STI. Stock Brembos and stock suspension. I got them for rally-x. I went with 16s because I wanted a taller sidewall than a 17" wheel. Method's website said the 16's will clear pre-2018 STI brembos so I gave it a shot. They technically do clear the 2017 Brembos but damn it's close! I'm not so worried about the calipers scraping due to wheel flex just more so worried about the calipers getting chewed up from dirt and rocks getting wedged between the wheel and caliper. I might get 1-2mm spacers machined to get the wheel a bit further away from the caliper.
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Thanks for this info! I am thinking of running the same spec. I personally wont mind the calipers being that close, but how much does the wheel poke out from the car? Do you mind taking a pic to showcase that?
Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2020, 10:48 AM   #340
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I just got a set of the MR502's in 16x7 +30mm offset for my 2017 STI. Stock Brembos and stock suspension. I got them for rally-x. I went with 16s because I wanted a taller sidewall than a 17" wheel. Method's website said the 16's will clear pre-2018 STI brembos so I gave it a shot. They technically do clear the 2017 Brembos but damn it's close! I'm not so worried about the calipers scraping due to wheel flex just more so worried about the calipers getting chewed up from dirt and rocks getting wedged between the wheel and caliper. I might get 1-2mm spacers machined to get the wheel a bit further away from the caliper.

I'm not 100% certain yet if I'll end up running them. If i do the plan is to mount General Altimax Arctic 12 tires or Firestone Winterforce 2 tires in 205 x 60R16.

Will post an update if i decide to stick with them and run them in rally-x.




https://www.flickr.com/photos/188872...posted-public/
Yikes, that's a no go from me.

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Old 06-24-2020, 11:55 PM   #341
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Thanks for this info! I am thinking of running the same spec. I personally wont mind the calipers being that close, but how much does the wheel poke out from the car? Do you mind taking a pic to showcase that?
Thanks!
I decided to give the setup a try and got the Altimax tires mounted, installed them on the car, and took it for a spin. The fitment looks realllly good IMO. Uploaded more pics to flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/188872...posted-public/

Doing the math with the rim width and offsets (stock compared to the Methods) the Method wheels stick out about 0.25" more. Plus the sidewalls on the Altimax's are so plump and stick out a lot past the rim.

There wasn't any rubbing when i took it for a test drive over speed bumps but i'm slightly worried the tires will contact somewhere in the wheel wells when rally-xing and the suspension is traveling a lot more. Nonetheless i'm gonna give them a try at the next rally-x.

I also decided not to go with spacers in the front given i'm already worried about the clearance to the fenders.
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