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Old 01-30-2020, 07:44 AM   #8401
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The next step should probably be to find out exactly where/what on the sheetmetal is being rubbed.

There are a number of things that could make the difference between getting a little rub and not. Rear wheel camber, sheetmetal and build tolerances, to list a couple, plus the possibility that the actual offset on your wheels is a little less positive than advertised or that the actual width is a little wider. It is possible to determine wheel width and offset (fairly closely) without having to remove the tire from the rim.


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Old 01-31-2020, 06:08 AM   #8402
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I'll try to figure out where its rubbing and take it from there. Thanks mate.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:39 AM   #8403
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Default 2015 WRX/STi Aftermarket wheel and tire fitment

My first of (hopefully) many posts to come.



After weeks of practically living in this thread, then another couple of weeks picking the perfect set of wheels, I finally pulled the trigger.



Enkei TSR-X (new for 2020) in Gloss Bronze

18x9.5 +38 on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ in 255/35/18
Stock suspension for now, no rubbing as of yet.











I love how they came out

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Old 02-12-2020, 07:42 AM   #8404
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My first of (hopefully) many posts to come.

After weeks of practically living in this thread, then another couple of weeks picking the perfect set of wheels, I finally pulled the trigger.

Enkei TSR-X (new for 2020) in Gloss Bronze
18x9.5 +38 on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ in 255/35/18





I love how they came out
Very nice man! The fitment looks awesome. Are you running aftermarket suspension or wheel spacers or anything special beyond stock? Any scrubbing going over speed bumps or potholes?

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Old 02-12-2020, 11:12 AM   #8405
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Very nice man! The fitment looks awesome. Are you running aftermarket suspension or wheel spacers or anything special beyond stock? Any scrubbing going over speed bumps or potholes?


Ah I forgot to mention the fitment!

Stock suspension at the moment, but looking to go with RCE yellows in the near future.

Havenít had any fitment issues so far. I check every now and then for signs of rubbing since these seem to poke slightly more than most of the +38 wheels Iíve seen. But so far so good, knock on wood.
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:10 PM   #8406
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These tires are much somehow wider and fatter than any tire brand. I shouldíve went with these tires instead of the Potenzaís RE980AS.
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Old 02-12-2020, 01:16 PM   #8407
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I had read that the PSS ran a little wider than most tires and so I assumed the A/S version would be similar. I was trying to avoid the stretched look and it seems to have worked out. Whether that means rubbing or not, Iíll have to see.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:44 AM   #8408
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My first of (hopefully) many posts to come.



After weeks of practically living in this thread, then another couple of weeks picking the perfect set of wheels, I finally pulled the trigger.



Enkei TSR-X (new for 2020) in Gloss Bronze

18x9.5 +38 on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ in 255/35/18
Stock suspension for now, no rubbing as of yet.











I love how they came out


Has anybody tried this fitment with the Eibach lowering springs?
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:23 AM   #8409
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These tires are much somehow wider and fatter than any tire brand. I shouldíve went with these tires instead of the Potenzaís RE980AS.
Both the AS3+ and the RE980AS list a 10.2" section width. Tread width (a pretty fuzzy thing in my opinion) is slightly wider in the Michelin (9.3" vs 8.7").


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Old 02-15-2020, 08:38 AM   #8410
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Haven’t had any fitment issues so far. I check every now and then for signs of rubbing since these seem to poke slightly more than most of the +38 wheels I’ve seen. But so far so good, knock on wood.
I can think of at least one possibility, that being where the outer flange for that particular wheel design is thicker than the inside flange or has a 'wider' shape. That would move the plane of the wheel's outer face further outward relative to where it would be if the flanges were of equal thickness/shape. The tire would tend to look slightly more 'stretched' as well because you'd be seeing more flange.

You may be able to determine if this is the case by measuring backspacing and actual wheel width to arrive at an actual "frontspacing" number. Both of those wheel measurements can be determined without having to remove the tire from the wheel (for wheel width you may need to make three measurements and do some math).


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Old 02-15-2020, 08:51 AM   #8411
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Enkei TSR-X (new for 2020) in Gloss Bronze

18x9.5 +38 on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ in 255/35/18
Stock suspension for now, no rubbing as of yet.











I love how they came out
Turned out really nice. Bet the handling is pretty 'crisp'.


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Old 02-15-2020, 11:16 AM   #8412
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Both the AS3+ and the RE980AS list a 10.2" section width. Tread width (a pretty fuzzy thing in my opinion) is slightly wider in the Michelin (9.3" vs 8.7").





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When my buddy got his new wheels (same specs to mine) we compared them both and his wheels/tire combo looks much wider imo. They look much better too.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:36 PM   #8413
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:30 AM   #8414
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I currently have gram light 57xtremes 18X9.5 +40MM on 255/35/18 firehawk indy 500s on my 2016 WRX on stock suspension.

Can someone recommend a set of wider summer tires that would allow me to maintain my stock suspension with no rubbing? Trying to get away from the stretched look the firehawks currently have on the wheels.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:35 AM   #8415
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I currently have gram light 57xtremes 18X9.5 +40MM on 255/35/18 firehawk indy 500s on my 2016 WRX on stock suspension.

Can someone recommend a set of wider summer tires that would allow me to maintain my stock suspension with no rubbing? Trying to get away from the stretched look the firehawks currently have on the wheels.
265/35/18 is what you're looking for.
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Old 02-27-2020, 11:43 AM   #8416
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I currently have gram light 57xtremes 18X9.5 +40MM on 255/35/18 firehawk indy 500s on my 2016 WRX on stock suspension.

Can someone recommend a set of wider summer tires that would allow me to maintain my stock suspension with no rubbing? Trying to get away from the stretched look the firehawks currently have on the wheels.
I think for your wheels, 255 or 265 is fine. As far as actual tires, I would highly recommend Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. They are hands down the best rated summer tire out there currently. They make them in that size.
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Old 02-27-2020, 12:57 PM   #8417
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265/35/18 is what you're looking for.
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I think for your wheels, 255 or 265 is fine. As far as actual tires, I would highly recommend Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. They are hands down the best rated summer tire out there currently. They make them in that size.
Got it, will take a look. thanks
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Old 02-28-2020, 12:26 AM   #8418
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My first of (hopefully) many posts to come.



After weeks of practically living in this thread, then another couple of weeks picking the perfect set of wheels, I finally pulled the trigger.



Enkei TSR-X (new for 2020) in Gloss Bronze

18x9.5 +38 on Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ in 255/35/18
Stock suspension for now, no rubbing as of yet.





I love how they came out
Damn, these wheels look amazing. I wonder how different they'd look in stock size of 18x8.5. Anybody have pics? Thinking about picking up a set.
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:38 AM   #8419
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I see lots of people running 18x9.5 +35, but I've heard this could cause some steering feel issues and is a rather aggressive fitment. I'm looking at wheels and would like fitment closer to stock. I was looking at something along the lines of 18x8.5 +50 enkei ts10, or even a slightly more aggressive kong rennform 18x9 +40. Would I run into any potential issues running either wheel on stock suspension and stock summer tires? I'm leaning towards a fitment closer to stock. I don't like the poked or stretched look and want function.
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Old 02-29-2020, 04:12 AM   #8420
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I currently have gram light 57xtremes 18X9.5 +40MM on 255/35/18 firehawk indy 500s on my 2016 WRX on stock suspension.

Can someone recommend a set of wider summer tires that would allow me to maintain my stock suspension with no rubbing? Trying to get away from the stretched look the firehawks currently have on the wheels.
Do you have pics of the stretch? Iím on the same tire wrapped on 18X9.5 +38mm TE37 Sagas lowered on HKS Hipermax GT coilovers lowered about 1Ē all around and it doesnít bother me much. I do like a beefy tire and will get 265s next time.

For those wondering, I have ZERO rub with this setup with 4 adults in the car.



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Old 02-29-2020, 03:56 PM   #8421
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Does anybody have any pictures of their stock WRX with the stock 17in wheels, but on the Eibach spring drop? I am torn between taking the cheaper approach of lowering springs and wheel spacers or going for the correct wheel/tire setup.

Ideally, I would like to save as much money because I want to build an FF 427 Shelby Cobra
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:59 PM   #8422
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New wheels for spring. Custom concave offset, 18x9.5 +38. Prob go w 275/35 PS4ís.
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:37 PM   #8423
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New wheels for spring. Custom concave offset, 18x9.5 +38. Prob go w 275/35 PS4ís.


Nice man. Canít wait to see these on your car!
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Old 03-03-2020, 08:55 PM   #8424
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Does anyone have experience with the Fitment with an 18x8.5 rim with a 35mm offset concave style? I’m looking at something like the Rota grid. I’ve got a stock suspension and plan to use the factory tires. Got a 2019 WRX premium.

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Old 03-04-2020, 09:11 PM   #8425
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Does anyone have experience with the Fitment with an 18x8.5 rim with a 35mm offset concave style? Iím looking at something like the Rota grid. Iíve got a stock suspension and plan to use the factory tires. Got a 2019 WRX premium.
Should fit fine. Those are only 20mm difference in offset from stock.
Here is a 18x8.5 +44 but it would be very similar
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