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Old 05-04-2001, 09:54 AM   #1
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Post Anyone know the weight of the stock WRX wheel.

My Sub. parts guy dosent know and is to busy to find out.
Also how critical is the offset. I have two big wheel shops telling me that +45mm is NOT a problem for the WRX. This is on a 16x7" or a 17x7",(American Racing Alloy," Painted Carrera #49") Outer is painted in a gunmetal gray with polished alloy center, would look good on a silver car with gray accents. The wheel weighs 19lbs.
Bearing load probs??
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Old 05-04-2001, 10:13 AM   #2
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The stock WRX wheel is something around 15.5-16 lbs, and offset does indeed matter. Our Scoobies have big offset +55, so generally anything below +48 is considered a no-no for your wheel bearings. You might have to roll the fender as well, if you plus-size.

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Old 05-04-2001, 10:17 AM   #3
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Stock RS offset for MY00 was ET53, not ET55... just about a hair's difference!
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Old 05-04-2001, 10:26 AM   #4
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Call any dealer, tire shop IE discount or tire rack and between a 42 and 53 is good, 45 recommended. As long as you have 17inch with 215 40 series tires a 42 or 45 offset will doing nothing bad for your car except make it look tight and ride better becasue of the widen fender flares and wider tire. All offset means is how far the rim is sticking out. Big offset it is pulled in closer like OEM, small offset the rim is pushed out more. Its not a big deal like people think. Call around. www.vividwireless.com
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vivid, running those mega low offsets means say goodbye to your wheel bearings due to increased bearing load, and enjoy your messed up steering response and way-altered-scrub radius.

On a 7" rim, unless you want to roll the dice, I'd echo the earlier advice and stick with ET48 or above.

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Old 05-04-2001, 11:13 AM   #6
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vivid,

You definitely have no idea what you are talking about on this. The wrong offset can change the suspension geometry (this is particularly bad in front since you steer with those wheels), and can cause the tires to come into contact with the fenders (a very common problem with the wrong offset and wider than stock tires).

Car makers don't pick offsets randomly or to prevent your car from looking "tight". They select the offset to properly integrate with the rest of the suspension and the chassis.


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IE has gone mad!

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