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Old 04-13-2005, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default How do I know the rim will fit?!?! =(

Folks.. I am not a car person at all.. and definitely not in anyone's league when it comes to choosing or even knowing how to read what tire fits or which rim will fit. How do I read the bolt pattern on the rims? I have a '05 WRX, with the stock 16" rims.. and I was hoping to get 17" but now I am confused about bolt patterns and width.. i assume if i get a wider tire.. may someone help me out?? thanks!
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Old 04-14-2005, 12:15 AM   #2
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Bolt pattern is 5x100. Stock offset is 53-55. If you upgrade to a 17" wheel, many are also an offset of 48, which is acceptable. I'd advise avoiding a width of more than 7.5". If you don't know much about it, you probably won't be doing the driving to take advantage of it. Plus, if you have a wagon, you could potentially have rubbing issues when you run the wider tires.

If you have a sedan, then you can get 225/45/17's without any problems. If you have a wagon, and you lower it, with some suspension setups, you may experience rubbing if you go over 215/45/17's, but it varies from car to car, tire to tire(different brands have different actual widths).

Basically, just choose what wheels you want first. 48 is the lowest offset you want. 55 is the highest. 5x100 for the bolt pattern, and I doubt you need anything wider than 7.5"(stock is 6.5"), but you can go wider, it just gets more complicated to be sure what fits.

Then choose tires. Pick out the particular type that performs the way you want, has the characteristics that you like, and is in your price range. Then, you can just get a standard size(225/45/17 for sedan, 215/45/17 for wagon, although you can do 225's, just might run into problems if you lower it, plenty of threads on that subject) or you can talk to some people about some other size choices that are out there.
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Old 04-20-2005, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thanks very much for the explanation.. it made a lot of sense and it definitely helps me with my decisions. I was reading some of the other threads and there are definitely a lot of choices in rims and wheels.. so I will be doing a lot of extra reading.. thanks again!
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