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Old 02-07-2004, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default Benefits of a wider rim?

I was just wondering if there is any REAL benefit to getting wider wheels on the WRX. For example 17X7.5 compared to a 17X8.5. I'm actually debating on buying some Volk TE37s 17X8.5 +50 offset or the 17X7.5 +48 offset and I am concerned about rubbing on any parts of the suspension if i got the 8.5. I plan on putting 235/45 or 235/40 size tires on them. I dont really care if i have to roll the rear fenders, its not really much of a problem. I would like NOT to mess with the camber too much to make them fit.
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Old 02-07-2004, 06:02 PM   #2
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The benefit is better sidewall stability and more direct handling. You can also safely run a wider tire. Sedans shouldn't have too much trouble up to a 245ish wide or so depending on your camber settings. Its pretty impossible to say exactly what would fit considering all the different suspension setups out there. Search through the Motorsports forum for Red Rocket's 255/40 setup, he's done quite a bit of documentation on how it fit up.
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Old 02-08-2004, 03:32 PM   #3
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8.5 is optimal if you want to run 245 or larger. The difference between 7.5 and 8.5 won't be as big on 235's.
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