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Old 07-14-2019, 11:09 PM   #4676
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On a scale from 1 to Screwed..

I just bought an 08 sti (single owner, florida kept, 28.5k original miles) that needs some TLC from sitting its whole life.

Here is where things get slippery - I stole (purchased) a set of 18x9.5 +30 wheels. I just did a test fit yesterday and found out I need a 5mm spacer so they can clear the brakes. The left rear shock is completely blown, soaked in oil. I bought some coils that'll make it on the car soon so I'm sure this will help.


What do you think I need to do fender/tire wise to make this set up work? This is going to be a very long term project that will evolve over the years which will someday include either flares or a wide-body. I'm okay if this first wheel set up isn't optimal for handling.

The car is sitting at my friends shop where I get to go wrench whenever I have time. Thankfully I have no rush on needing it drivable tomorrow lol

This sti was me and my brothers favorite car back in the day, and he's about to embark down a very intense path in the military. I bought this thing to keep me and my mind very busy - and to build a beast for him to come home and get blown away by. Taking it all as a learning experience.

Appreciate any and all help
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:27 AM   #4677
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On a scale from 1 to Screwed..

I just bought an 08 sti (single owner, florida kept, 28.5k original miles) that needs some TLC from sitting its whole life.

Here is where things get slippery - I stole (purchased) a set of 18x9.5 +30 wheels. I just did a test fit yesterday and found out I need a 5mm spacer so they can clear the brakes. The left rear shock is completely blown, soaked in oil. I bought some coils that'll make it on the car soon so I'm sure this will help.


What do you think I need to do fender/tire wise to make this set up work? This is going to be a very long term project that will evolve over the years which will someday include either flares or a wide-body. I'm okay if this first wheel set up isn't optimal for handling.

The car is sitting at my friends shop where I get to go wrench whenever I have time. Thankfully I have no rush on needing it drivable tomorrow lol

This sti was me and my brothers favorite car back in the day, and he's about to embark down a very intense path in the military. I bought this thing to keep me and my mind very busy - and to build a beast for him to come home and get blown away by. Taking it all as a learning experience.

Appreciate any and all help
Roll and pull the fenders, run a stupid amount lot of camber, and run stretched tires.

Wouldn't it be easier to just sell those wheels and find better ones or even just run the stock ones till you get the ones you want?
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:53 PM   #4678
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Roll and pull the fenders, run a stupid amount lot of camber, and run stretched tires.

Wouldn't it be easier to just sell those wheels and find better ones or even just run the stock ones till you get the ones you want?
This is what I'm going to do..the later part of your reply that is. I found a local buyer for the wheels and fortunately won't lose a penny on the mistake. The hunt for new wheels begins
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