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Old 01-12-2018, 02:39 PM   #1
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At the Track Wheel/Tire dilemma for DS 2011 WRX hatch HELP!

I have been autocrossing for about 5 years now in several cars. 2011 Evo MR, 2011 STi hatch, and a 2015 Audi S3. I've most recently traded in the S3 and I'm going to run my wife's 2011 WRX hatch this year in DS.

My dilemma comes to getting proper wheels and tires. My default would be to purchase Enkei RPF1 in 17x8 +45 weighing in at about 15.6 lbs with 245/40/17 RE71R's. I recently came across a set of SSR type C in 17x7.5 +50 weighing in at 13.3 lbs. I love the SSR's but I'm not sure if it is worth the sacrifice in width for the looks and lighter weight of them. Would a 245 be too squishy for a 7.5 wheel? Should I just go with the narrower tire on the lighter wheel? Or should I just get new Enkeis and call it a day?

Thanks for the input!
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:27 PM   #2
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If you are running DS you cannot change the width of the oem wheel (even if going smaller) so that should make the decision pretty easy.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:56 AM   #3
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If you are running DS you cannot change the width of the oem wheel (even if going smaller) so that should make the decision pretty easy.

Thanks Rusty! That solves the wheels.

Now, for tires is a 245/40/17 recommended over the stock 235/45/17?
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:59 AM   #4
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Iíve always ran 255/40-17 on an 8Ē wheel. Yes itís a little squishy but still higher ultimate grip.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:00 PM   #5
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I also ran a 255 and really liked it.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:31 PM   #6
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I have been autocrossing for about 5 years now in several cars. 2011 Evo MR, 2011 STi hatch, and a 2015 Audi S3. I've most recently traded in the S3 and I'm going to run my wife's 2011 WRX hatch this year in DS.

My dilemma comes to getting proper wheels and tires. My default would be to purchase Enkei RPF1 in 17x8 +45 weighing in at about 15.6 lbs with 245/40/17 RE71R's. I recently came across a set of SSR type C in 17x7.5 +50 weighing in at 13.3 lbs. I love the SSR's but I'm not sure if it is worth the sacrifice in width for the looks and lighter weight of them. Would a 245 be too squishy for a 7.5 wheel? Should I just go with the narrower tire on the lighter wheel? Or should I just get new Enkeis and call it a day?

Thanks for the input!
FYI, if you want to be technically legal for DS - stock offset is +55, so +48 is the lowest you can go with the current ruleset. The Enkeis would be 3mm off if they are +45. I had OZ Ultraleggeras on my '13 WRX which were 17x8 +48, and they were pretty light, IIRC.

I ran 245s, but many WRXs which have won RTA / DS at nationals over the last few years (both VA and GR/GV with 8" wide wheels) ran 255s, IIRC. If I did it again, I'd probably run 255s.
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:44 PM   #7
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FYI, if you want to be technically legal for DS - stock offset is +55, so +48 is the lowest you can go with the current ruleset. The Enkeis would be 3mm off if they are +45. I had OZ Ultraleggeras on my '13 WRX which were 17x8 +48, and they were pretty light, IIRC.

I ran 245s, but many WRXs which have won RTA / DS at nationals over the last few years (both VA and GR/GV with 8" wide wheels) ran 255s, IIRC. If I did it again, I'd probably run 255s.
Thanks for the input on the tires. You are correct with the offset. Luckily I am not going to be in the top 25% of the class even. It seems in the past the RMsolo group were ok with bending of the rules to a small extent. I don't expect to be competive at the national level or complete in any national events. Just local at FRA and PPIR and the time attack at PPIR. So I'm willing to roll the dice on 3mm offset until I start winning the class LOL.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:30 AM   #8
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Really not contributing helpfully to the thread, but the SSR type C are awesome rims. I run them as summers with some older Hankook RS3s. They noticeably spin up faster than my takeoff WRX rims with Hankook Z714s. If the SSRs fit in the class and are as much lighter than the stock rims as I supect, I'd run those.

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Old 01-24-2018, 02:32 AM   #9
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I keep forgetting how annoying NASIOs is for posting images. Maybe this works

https://photos.app.goo.gl/d2sMvvV5Vzkd4Adu1

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UtCmTFm5XilI5SZ82
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:12 PM   #10
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I tried to get those images to work, but no dice. Google won't allow live linking to them?

Anyway, nice pics.

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Old 02-13-2018, 02:35 PM   #11
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Stock offset on the 2011 WRX is +53 so the RPF01 is only 1mm off, but still technically not legal. I think just because of the width I'm going to stick with the RPF01. I found some SSR in the right size 17x8 +49 on ebay, but they want way too much for the condition of the wheels. Time is ticking until the summer events start. I'd like to do a winter event to decide what to do for alignment and whether I should get a sway bar or not.

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FYI, if you want to be technically legal for DS - stock offset is +55, so +48 is the lowest you can go with the current ruleset. The Enkeis would be 3mm off if they are +45. I had OZ Ultraleggeras on my '13 WRX which were 17x8 +48, and they were pretty light, IIRC.

I ran 245s, but many WRXs which have won RTA / DS at nationals over the last few years (both VA and GR/GV with 8" wide wheels) ran 255s, IIRC. If I did it again, I'd probably run 255s.
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