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Old 04-06-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U Mach V Awesome Wheels/Mach V springs on 04 WRX Wagon

After many years of rocking the OEM wheels and M+S tires, I decided to get with the program and get some m4d tYte rimz like all the cool kids do. My criteria was:

1. Light (I embrace the mantra of Colin Chapman)
2. Strong (Chinesium eBay janks need not apply)
3. Proper fitment (Did not want to stack washers to fit properly)
4. Inexpensive (I make $9/hour and have 6 wives and 8 kids)
5. Easy to clean (I abhor cleaning wheels)

This list means the Mach V Awesome wheels were in order. They have two additional side benefits:

1. They look good (subjective for sure)
2. Dual bolt pattern (for now and new Subaru use)

Once I strapped the tires on, my bathroom scale said 39lbs, which is D A M N light. The weight will vary with the tires slightly, but the wheels alone are 19lbs each according to the wheel webpage. Since I have a wagon which is known for rubbing due to lack of flairs, I asked Dan at Mach V for sizing help and he said 235/45-17 tires should be good to go and in very limited testing today, there is no rubbing.

Also this week, I installed Mach V springs. Previously I had STI takeoff springs on wagon struts with Koni inserts. Great setup, but....like a crazy person a few months back I swapped out every rear bushing in my car with Turn in Concepts race bushings....you know....because racecar.....and it made the rear of my car SUPER hoppy over bumps. I found that the Mach V springs, as compared to STI takeoffs, were the perfect fit as they should be the same drop but a touch softer in the rear. Turns out I was right as they really settled down the new found stiffness due to the new bushings.


STI springs on 04 wagon: Front height 25.75", Rear height 24.5"
Mach V springs on 04 wagon: Front height 25.5", Rear height 24.5"

Old and busted


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Top view to show poke factor on front which ain't much and about the same at rear


And I topped all this OCD install off with brand new Group N top hats front and rear, new lugnuts in a similar color, and went full retard on wheel protection (did I mention I hate cleaning wheels) and Opti-Coated my wheels and applied 4 coats of Wipe New tire shine. Don't laugh...that As Seen on TV tire shine you can get at Walmart is actually fantastic and does last for months.

Opti-Coat Pro (I also coated every sink in my house with this because I had a ton left and its a use it or lose it product, so why not)


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Old 04-06-2015, 11:08 PM   #3
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Default Mach V Awesome Wheels/Mach V springs on 04 WRX Wagon

Are those wheels 8" wide?
What's the offset?

Edit: I hit the link. Duh!

17x9 offset of 42
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:21 AM   #4
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I'm really wanting to run these wheels as I have the same springs on my 05 psm wagon. Dig the look maybe a little more low in my opinion. I was thinking about running sti front control arms and rear lateral links. So it looks like I'll have to do more wheel research to avoid that poke
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