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Old 08-12-2017, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default 2018 STI Owners - How Do You Like The 19" Rims?

How do you 2018 STI folks like the 19" rims? Ride quality? Appearance?
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:12 AM   #2
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How do you 2018 STI folks like the 19" rims? Ride quality? Appearance?
I honestly was NOT a fan of the idea of 19s or having 19s, but after seeing it on my 2018, they honestly really look visually better than 18" and I wouldn't trade them out ever. I can't compare the ride quality that much since I haven't been in the models with the 18" enough times to give a solid opinion.

As far as track times down to fractions of seconds, yeah, 18" are probably better.

I would go see them in person if you can, because the pictures don't really let you feel the visual balance they bring to wheel arches
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:13 AM   #3
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We have 19's on the shop car and it looks and drives great!
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:18 AM   #4
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Wondering what specs they have for 19s
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:00 AM   #5
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I drove my 2018 up to my in laws lake house. The driveway is dirt, potholes, 57 stone, fallen branches and small ruts. The 19" rims and tires held up just fine, no damage. This is the first Subaru I've owned so can't compare it to one with 18s.

The only minus would be cleaning the rims is a PITA. Too many spokes.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:50 AM   #6
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Love 'em.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:08 PM   #7
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I would go see them in person if you can, because the pictures don't really let you feel the visual balance they bring to wheel arches
I just happened to be driving by my dealer today, and they just happened to have a 2018 WRX STI Limited in Crystal White Pearl parked out front.

You're right. The 19s look better in person than in photos.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:33 AM   #8
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They're a pain in the butt to clean. Even after getting them ceramic coated. But they do look really sharp when they're nice and clean.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:24 AM   #9
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I love mine. Pretty much the only hassle is cleaning. But it's not that bad because I like cleaning my car. Plus the ride is pretty comfortable; I had my worries initially.


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Old 08-14-2017, 02:53 AM   #10
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I definitely like them! Like someone said, they look bette rin person.
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:58 AM   #11
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I love mine. Pretty much the only hassle is cleaning. But it's not that bad because I like cleaning my car. Plus the ride is pretty comfortable; I had my worries initially.
Subaru puts Yokohamas on them?
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:28 AM   #12
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I love mine. Pretty much the only hassle is cleaning. But it's not that bad because I like cleaning my car. Plus the ride is pretty comfortable; I had my worries initially.



well I didn't like them at all till I saw this, damn that is a great color combo!
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:52 AM   #13
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Loving the 19's. Initially thought it was overkill but ride quality is there (for me anyways) and I love the looks.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:41 AM   #14
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Can we build on this thread and do a little review on the yokohamas vs previous dunlop sport maxx?
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:45 PM   #15
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So I gotta ask...What's the point of asking 2018 sti owners how they like their rims. I think it's obvious what the answer wouod be.

It's going to be a harsher ride compared to 2015-2017 sti wheel. Simply put, the lower profile tire will make the ride harsher and hitting pot holes will hurt. I live in downtown Houston where you can hit potholes and be knocked off the face of the earth.

The only reason I did not get a 2018 sti was specifically the wheel choice. The wheel setup on the 2018 will not take hits as good as 2015-2017 wheel setup. There is no way around it.

The only way you could fix the 2018 is by putting a 245/40R19. But then you have issues of throwing your speedo off because the circumference of the tire is different. You can't go back to an 18 because Subaru set you into nothing smaller than a 19inch wheel.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:03 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info, guys.

Traded my '17 WRX in on an '18 STI today. (Went from WRX Base to STI Limited.) Wheels feel fine, and the appearance is growing on me.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:29 PM   #17
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So I gotta ask...What's the point of asking 2018 sti owners how they like their rims. I think it's obvious what the answer wouod be.

It's going to be a harsher ride compared to 2015-2017 sti wheel. Simply put, the lower profile tire will make the ride harsher and hitting pot holes will hurt. I live in downtown Houston where you can hit potholes and be knocked off the face of the earth.

The only reason I did not get a 2018 sti was specifically the wheel choice. The wheel setup on the 2018 will not take hits as good as 2015-2017 wheel setup. There is no way around it.

The only way you could fix the 2018 is by putting a 245/40R19. But then you have issues of throwing your speedo off because the circumference of the tire is different. You can't go back to an 18 because Subaru set you into nothing smaller than a 19inch wheel.
Although I do agree about the potholes in downtown, I don't think they're that bad. Even with the 19's, it'll depend on the strength of the wheel. Cheapo wheels bend easily. I don't think these are that cheap (At least i'd like to think not)

Why are you saying you couldn't go to a smaller size wheel?

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Thanks for the info, guys.

Traded my '17 WRX in on an '18 STI today. (Went from WRX Base to STI Limited.) Wheels feel fine, and the appearance is growing on me.
Congrats!
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Old 08-15-2017, 06:35 AM   #18
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Although I do agree about the potholes in downtown, I don't think they're that bad. Even with the 19's, it'll depend on the strength of the wheel. Cheapo wheels bend easily. I don't think these are that cheap (At least i'd like to think not)



Why are you saying you couldn't go to a smaller size wheel?







Congrats!


Yes I agree, cheap wheels can not withstand blows that high ends could. But that was not point the point I was trying to convey because I do agree with you on that. All I was saying is that the new wheel setup is going to be stiffer and harsher specifically due to the fact of the tire itself. There isn't any room for the tire to deflect. And that in turn makes it harsher on bumps because the suspension absorbs the blow versus the tire.

I will admit I do like the 18s but it just lost its touch with those wheels. And if I'm stuck at a time shop and need a tire I'm more likely going to find an 18 than a 19. But I digress.

I love the 2018 if i drove it on the track and lived on perfect Roads.

You can't go to a smaller rim like an 18 inch because then your gunna run into clearance issues with the six piston brembos.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:49 AM   #19
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Yes I agree, cheap wheels can not withstand blows that high ends could. But that was not point the point I was trying to convey because I do agree with you on that. All I was saying is that the new wheel setup is going to be stiffer and harsher specifically due to the fact of the tire itself. There isn't any room for the tire to deflect. And that in turn makes it harsher on bumps because the suspension absorbs the blow versus the tire.

I will admit I do like the 18s but it just lost its touch with those wheels. And if I'm stuck at a time shop and need a tire I'm more likely going to find an 18 than a 19. But I digress.

I love the 2018 if i drove it on the track and lived on perfect Roads.

You can't go to a smaller rim like an 18 inch because then your gunna run into clearance issues with the six piston brembos.
My base 2018 STI comes with the 18's from last year. The new brembos clear just fine. For whatever reason, Subaru Canada opted to not give that option for the US market.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:30 PM   #20
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My base 2018 STI comes with the 18's from last year. The new brembos clear just fine. For whatever reason, Subaru Canada opted to not give that option for the US market.


Well....this is awkward. Lol maybe I should have dug deeper on this. I couldn't find anything for 18inch wheels. That may have pushed me to get that one but eh. I got a good deal on the 17. Oh well lol
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:53 PM   #21
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Well....this is awkward. Lol maybe I should have dug deeper on this. I couldn't find anything for 18inch wheels. That may have pushed me to get that one but eh. I got a good deal on the 17. Oh well lol
The option wasn't there for the US market so not much you could've done unless you wanted to import one from up here
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:58 PM   #22
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19's will always look better than 18's as they give the illusion of filling out the wheel wells better. I run 19" in summer on my Golf R and 18" in the winter and the differences in harshness is minimal to the point it would never dissuade me from going bigger.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:27 PM   #23
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The option wasn't there for the US market so not much you could've done unless you wanted to import one from up here
I was contemplating the possibility of having the dealer swap the 19" rims for the the 18" rims that come on on the 2018 WRX Premium and Limited.

The main thing that dissuaded me was resale value. Most people are gonna want those rims.

But now that I have the 19" rims I'm liking them more and more. And so far the ride is fine.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #24
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I cant stand those fluorescent green calipers. They look horrid.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:10 PM   #25
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I cant stand those fluorescent green calipers. They look horrid.
Due to your opinion, I've decided to remove them from my car. You made me see the light and I realized they ruined the look of the car. Thank you so much. I am forever grateful.
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