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Old 08-30-2017, 08:27 PM   #1
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The more I see pics of various wheels on 2015+ STi and WRX, the more I like the flat faced wheels with spokes that reach to the edge of the wheel, with not much step. I think they flow good with the boxier sides of the 2015+ especially when they sit relatively flush to the fenders, so if you have some please post the pics!

I will start with a few examples of what I mean, starting with the factory base 18" wheel which I love, but still find them to not fill the fenders quite enough, so I would like to see wider wheels with flat sides:

Btw if those are pics of your car then props for a nice looking car and wheels

http://i.imgur.com/SK7ddbF.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/lVx2gL4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/HjT6BbC.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/kPESQdA.jpg



And a pic of mine how it sits as of now

https://i.imgur.com/fPoh7gS.png
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Old 08-31-2017, 01:00 AM   #2
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Well I guess I'm special since I made the 'list'

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Old 08-31-2017, 05:46 AM   #3
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Nice! Haha I saved a bunch of pics when looking for wheels ideas for my future car and was not quite sure where I took each pic What specs are you running on wheels and tires?
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This thread is blasphemy. Concave wheels or get out.
















JK. I actually like every wheel in here so far.
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Old 08-31-2017, 04:45 PM   #5
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Nice! Haha I saved a bunch of pics when looking for wheels ideas for my future car and was not quite sure where I took each pic What specs are you running on wheels and tires?
18x9.5+35 with 255/35/18
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:16 PM   #6
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This thread is blasphemy. Concave wheels or get out.
















JK. I actually like every wheel in here so far.

lol ! You got me on that one


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18x9.5+35 with 255/35/18
Thanks, at 255 I am guessing this did not require any fender work, right?
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:12 AM   #7
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TWS T-66F, 18x9.5 +40 with 265/35R18. 16.85 pounds.

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Old 09-02-2017, 12:09 PM   #8
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my Volk TE37RT's 18x9.5 +40

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Old 11-06-2017, 09:38 PM   #10
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Obviously not 15+ but I came across this picture, anyone know what model it is? Supposed to be Enkei but not sure. It reminds me of the RC-T4 a bit, which I love but is a bit harder to find than some other wheels.. I think it would look good on the VA. I think it flows well when the spokes goes all the way up to the lip like that and like the RC-T4.

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:59 AM   #11
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Obviously not 15+ but I came across this picture, anyone know what model it is? Supposed to be Enkei but not sure. It reminds me of the RC-T4 a bit, which I love but is a bit harder to find than some other wheels.. I think it would look good on the VA. I think it flows well when the spokes goes all the way up to the lip like that and like the RC-T4.
Its either the JDM STI Enkei or the Rota Gravel which is a copy
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:18 AM   #12
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Its either the JDM STI Enkei or the Rota Gravel which is a copy
Thanks, for some reason from this angle I did not think of the Gravel, but might just be. Either way they are only available in width up to 8.5 I believe. If it is the Enkei I guess there is some spacer since it sits so flush. Thanks for your input!
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 AM   #13
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Heres a couple in different lighting.
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Sparco 18x8 et45, 235 40 pss tire
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:26 PM   #14
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Thanks to everyone who posted theirs, I came across a second favorite (given the RCT4 are for the most part not available anymore in the size I am looking for).

This is the Enkei PFM1, a new wheel from Enkei Japan, which apparently is a remake of the Enkei Bortex RPM2. Fits what I am looking for with the flat face and spokes going all the way to the rim. Difficult to find pics though, either searching PFM1 and nothing comes up because too new, or searching Bortex and only old cars appearing. Only pic I found which appears to have similar specs to what I am after (18x9 +45) is this Evo, and pretty light too at around 19 lb :

https://i.imgur.com/7tWi6rBh.png


Also this Levorg but in a narrower and higher offset variety, don't like it with the shallow center like this, much better on the Evo even if the whole face is the same except for the lugnuts area which is deeper on the Evo:


https://i.imgur.com/PuPyL4b.jpg



If you guys have other suggestions of a relatively light, flat faced 18x9 5x114.3 +45 wheel that is not uber expensive I'm still pondering options
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My Te37RT's are pretty flat faced at +40 offset.

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Old 06-09-2018, 11:33 PM   #17
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Northern, I like the flatness of the wheel but the spokes do not reach the lip which is the look I am mostly after.

My research continues, a couple other types I like, but not as much as the RC-T4:


Speedline Corse 2120 turini

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

Which is the type of wheels on the NBR special STi (with more extreme offset)

https://i.imgur.com/9UBQfQB.jpg



OZ Superturismo LM, available up to 9.5" wide, a bit too many spokes to my liking though

https://i.imgur.com/AHrC1lW.jpg



If the Rota Gravel were lighter and available in 9" wide I might look into them..

And also the Rota Hashtag looks a bit like what I am after, and are fairly light (20.7 lbs IIRC) but they are not really flat faced, more like concave flat spokes.. And can't find pics of them on 2015+ Wrx or STi. I prefer a flat spoke and then have the center of the wheel sunken in like the RC-T4.

https://i.imgur.com/105eZc3.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/MhTDCtR.jpg



It seems like what I am looking for is mostly used in tarmac rally racing which is why I had a look at OZ, Speedline and Team Dynamics. I noticed a lot of european cars tends to have this type of flat face, lots of BMW etc but they have different bolt pattern so can't shop in their wheels.


If you guys have any other ideas of motorsport wheels I could shop please let me know, as they tends to be light and strong and also relatively cheap, just like the RC-T4 were. But I noticed the motorsport variety (as in tarmac rally) rarely go as wide as 9". In my case I would like 9" to be a bit closer to the fender while maintaining a reasonable offset (+45), instead of only increasing the offset.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:17 PM   #18
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I just changed the thread title since I am more looking for flat face wheels ideas and pics, not only on 2015+.

Something looking like those gray WRC wheels would be awesome, those are VW WRC Polo R wheels:

https://i.imgur.com/27AAd71.jpg
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heres mine on 18x9 Wedsport TC105n

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^ nice, the TC105N are growing on me, what offset and tire size are you running? Do you know the weight of the 18x9?
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^ nice, the TC105N are growing on me, what offset and tire size are you running? Do you know the weight of the 18x9?
they are +35 running a 255/35/18 continental extreme contact sport, they are 17 lbs a piece or actually just a hair under at 16.9 according to wedsport
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Interesting, I'm looking into buying aftermarket wheels and I haven't given flat faced wheels a solid chance. Time to rethink that.
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Old 12-28-2018, 01:36 AM   #23
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The more I see pics of various wheels on 2015+ STi and WRX, the more I like the flat faced wheels with spokes that reach to the edge of the wheel, with not much step. I think they flow good with the boxier sides of the 2015+ especially when they sit relatively flush to the fenders, so if you have some please post the pics!



I will start with a few examples of what I mean, starting with the factory base 18" wheel which I love, but still find them to not fill the fenders quite enough, so I would like to see wider wheels with flat sides:



Btw if those are pics of your car then props for a nice looking car and wheels



http://i.imgur.com/SK7ddbF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lVx2gL4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HjT6BbC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/kPESQdA.jpg





And a pic of mine how it sits as of now



http://i.imgur.com/fPoh7gS.png


Second pic (from the top) was my blue 2016 on 18x9 +35 RCT4.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:18 PM   #24
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Second pic (from the top) was my blue 2016 on 18x9 +35 RCT4.
Your car is the one that got me looking for RC-T4 in the first place... such a shame they discontinued that wheel, it looks so awesome.

Any other ideas of long flat spokes, and light wheels like the RC-T4?
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:32 PM   #25
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This is so frustrating lol it seems like every time I find a wheel that look like I want, it is either not available in the right offset, width or bolt pattern!!

Just saw neuspeed rse11 wheels, that's the look I'm after! But of course wrong bolt pattern.


When the bolt pattern is right and width is 9 or 9.5, it seems the offset is never in the 45 range.. which is what I'm looking for. It seems like every wheel in 5x114 18x9.5 is +35 offset. I am afraid of the effect a 20mm offset difference will make in handling, so I'd rather have my wider wheels closer to normal offset.. Oh my.. to me the RCT4 were the perfect wheel in so many aspects!


https://i.imgur.com/PhJ4dlP.jpg

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