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Old 09-04-2014, 04:58 PM   #3476
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Anyone running 18's at stock height with no camber adjustments or rubbing issues? If so ,what offset are the rims and what size tires are on them? Any photos available?
did you read the first page where it says something like "this is the point at which fender modifications are required"?

try a little reading. not too hard.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:03 PM   #3477
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18x9.50 40mm offset 245/45/18. Rears rolled. Slammed
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:39 PM   #3478
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hey guys
I have read through this thread and need additional advice.
2012 wrx sedan lower on Gtworx/bilstein struts with RCE black springs. About 1 inch lower all around.
A set of wheels I would want to purchase are 18x9.5 +38
along with 245/40/18 tires
will I have any fitment issues with my fenders or struts?
I have seen some people on this thread who are running the same tires but not the same size wheels.
Thanks again guys.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:05 AM   #3479
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hey guys
I have read through this thread and need additional advice.
2012 wrx sedan lower on Gtworx/bilstein struts with RCE black springs. About 1 inch lower all around.
A set of wheels I would want to purchase are 18x9.5 +38
along with 245/40/18 tires
will I have any fitment issues with my fenders or struts?
I have seen some people on this thread who are running the same tires but not the same size wheels.
Thanks again guys.
Read the first post.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:01 PM   #3480
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Advan TCIII 18x9.5 +45, OEM 245/40/18 for now, Lowered on KW V3.

Haven't driven too far (15 miles). Not sure if I will need to adjust suspension or roll the rears.

Looks great!
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:31 PM   #3481
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17x9 +45 RPF1 with 255/40/17 BFG Comp TAs, perfect fit, no rubbing on stock suspension.
Do you have any photos of the entire car? I'm looking to possibly run the same setup.

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Old 09-15-2014, 07:11 PM   #3482
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I've read about the first 20 pages and last 30 pages of this thread and I think I've got the basics of everything, wanted to see if anybody is running the same setup I'm considering and what advice people have.

My car is my DD but I also autoX it every once in a while in SMS class due to my engine mods, Im a novice so I do it for fun and dont plan on being very competitive for a while. Ive been driving on 17x8 wheels with all seasons since I started. So I want to upgrade my wheels/ tires to a setup that looks great and will grip better. Also hoping to upgrade the suspension to something that will handle better while not shattering my teeth on every big bump.

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Current Suspension: stock plus front and rear eibach sways
Wheels/ Tires: ~stock

Future setup:
Suspension: Hoping to add koni shock inserts with possibly RCE yellows or Blacks, as far as I can tell the yellows are stiffer? I dont think I want to lower the car that much, I just want stiffer springs, I hate how my friends with lower cars cant get up some driveways without scraping and I like the fact that my subie can handle the occasional ****ty driveway. Koni's because they arent that expensive, I can do the install work and it seems like my autoX buddies swear by them (esp. for beginners).

Wheels/Tires: I want to do 18x9.5 because I think it looks great and would give me more grip. I could probably perform well in autoX for a lot cheaper but I like the looks too. So after reading and doing calculations I've decided to go with 265/35-18 tires, probably star specs or RS3s.

The wheels are the main question. I plan on rolling my rear fenders, I dont want to but it seems like a necessity, especially if I dont want to ruin a 1000 dollar set of tires. Regarding this, since my car is my DD it is sometimes taken on road trips or is used to carry a lot of heavy stuff (hence y i got the hatch), will this cause it to rub with the above setup if its loaded with weight?

Anyway, the wheels im thinking about:

Enkei T6S 18x9.5 +45, they arent too expensive, look somewhat like the more expensive Japanese wheels, but they r quite heavy

Enkei RPF1 18x9.5 +38, offset is a bit low? But they weigh next to nothing and I know are great wheels, I'm just not a huge fan of the looks, plus they are more expensive than the T6S

Rays Gram light 57C6 18x9.5 +40, Everything about these seems amazing to me, cept they r super expensive. Offset seems good, weight is pretty good, and they look amazing. I figure the advice I get here will help me decide, I dont have a problem paying a little more since I plan on keeping this setup for a number of years and how the car looks does matter to me, but I'd say performance matters more.

I've tried to do the research but I'm no where near an expert and I appreciate any help I can get!
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:20 PM   #3483
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For your needs RCE Yellows sound good. They aren't as low, and they are stiffer, probably a much better autocross spring than the Blacks. Star Specs in 265/35-18 would be amazing.

You will NEED to roll the rear fenders, this is not optional.

+38 is fine. With the +45 you might need a 3mm spacer or so to clear the springs depending on how much camber you have.

The rest is pretty subjective but the RPF1's are going to be the lightest of the bunch (they are lighter than the Gram Lights, and significantly cheaper).
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:39 PM   #3484
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For your needs RCE Yellows sound good. They aren't as low, and they are stiffer, probably a much better autocross spring than the Blacks. Star Specs in 265/35-18 would be amazing. You will NEED to roll the rear fenders, this is not optional. +38 is fine. With the +45 you might need a 3mm spacer or so to clear the springs depending on how much camber you have. The rest is pretty subjective but the RPF1's are going to be the lightest of the bunch (they are lighter than the Gram Lights, and significantly cheaper).
RPF1's are light... they are not particularily STRONG, however. Consider what condition your local roads are in before you buy. And 18's aren't very forgiving if you hit something hard... no sidewall to protect that expensive wheel...!
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:48 PM   #3485
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RPF1's are light... they are not particularily STRONG, however. Consider what condition your local roads are in before you buy. And 18's aren't very forgiving if you hit something hard... no sidewall to protect that expensive wheel...!
Good point, thats what I had heard about the RPF1s, and the detroit roads can get preeeeeetty bad.

The gram lights arent cheap or as light as RPF1 but Im thinking they are a lot stronger?

Do you guys think with that 18'' wheel with 265/35-18, RCE yelllows and konis would constantly rub even with fenders rolled if the car was loaded with a lot of weight or is that not much of a worry?
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:19 AM   #3486
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RPF1's are light... they are not particularily STRONG, however. Consider what condition your local roads are in before you buy. And 18's aren't very forgiving if you hit something hard... no sidewall to protect that expensive wheel...!
265/35-18 is a pretty big sidewall IMO. This is the first time I've heard someone say RPF1's have strength issues.

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Good point, thats what I had heard about the RPF1s, and the detroit roads can get preeeeeetty bad.

The gram lights arent cheap or as light as RPF1 but Im thinking they are a lot stronger?

Do you guys think with that 18'' wheel with 265/35-18, RCE yelllows and konis would constantly rub even with fenders rolled if the car was loaded with a lot of weight or is that not much of a worry?
I don't know, I would say Gram Lights are about the same build quality as RPF1's. You won't rub at all if you roll your rear fenders flat even with the car heavily loaded.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:42 PM   #3487
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265/35-18 is a pretty big sidewall IMO. This is the first time I've heard someone say RPF1's have strength issues. I don't know, I would say Gram Lights are about the same build quality as RPF1's. You won't rub at all if you roll your rear fenders flat even with the car heavily loaded.
A 265/35/18 is 25.3 inches tall. So is a 215/55/16... you have one inch LESS sidewall between the wheel and the road. And that one inch is HUGE when it comes to protecting the wheel from damage on rough roads. A pretty big sidewall is like the one on my van, a 225/70/16 . And I have never bent a wheel on that vehicle... EVER.

RPF1's are fantastic wheels in the proper environment, smooth roads and track use. They are very lightweight, but sacrificing some strength to do so. In everyday use, they are fine, but hit something hard, and you stand a very good chance of damaging the wheel. Another poster had 2 RPF1's for sale just recently... not 4, only 2, because the other 2 were bent... a 17 inch might be a better choice in that wheel, depending on your local roads. But then your friends would all say your wheels are too small...!

A true rally wheel, like a 16 inch Braid for example, weighs about 20 lbs... heavy for a 16. A similar sized RPF1 weighs about 14 lbs. The Braid focuses on strength, sacrificing light weight to do so.

You can't have both... !

I new a guy who bought a BMW 330i a few years back, that came with upgraded 19's... looked freakin' awesome, but the tire had NO sidewall. He went 1 month before complaining about a vibration, which was from a bent ( really expensive...) wheel.

As good as a low profile looks, and works from a handling perspective, some places simply don't have the roads for it. If you live where the roads are not perfect, understand that wheels will be a consumable part, and budget accordingly. Or, run smaller wheels and taller tires... chances are you will still bend the occasional wheel, just not as many...!
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #3488
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As good as a low profile looks, and works from a handling perspective, some places simply don't have the roads for it. If you live where the roads are not perfect, understand that wheels will be a consumable part, and budget accordingly. Or, run smaller wheels and taller tires... chances are you will still bend the occasional wheel, just not as many...!
Your whole post is very valid and it will be something that is a personal decision for the guy above. Great information and balanced viewpoint.
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:49 AM   #3489
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17x9 RPF1s with 255/40/17s, stock ride height.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:01 PM   #3490
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Hey guys... So the wheels are on. 18x9.5 +38 DR and they look great. I'll have to roll the rears as they do rub on bumps with my coil instal. I went and got alignment and the rear is not adjustable as we know... So the rears are about 1.5 out. I believe the stock settings is right there also? I may look into adjustable control arms... But what is everyone else doing? Just dealing with it and rotating/flipping?

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Old 09-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #3491
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1.5* of camber is just fine, you want some camber for handling.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:11 PM   #3492
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Might want to consider a 17x9 Enkei RPF1+45
I have the same set up as Bilingham except I am on Prodrive springs.
Mass roads suck and have had zero issues.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:11 PM   #3493
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Hey guys... So the wheels are on. 18x9.5 +38 DR and they look great. I'll have to roll the rears as they do rub on bumps with my coil instal. I went and got alignment and the rear is not adjustable as we know... So the rears are about 1.5 out. I believe the stock settings is right there also? I may look into adjustable control arms... But what is everyone else doing? Just dealing with it and rotating/flipping?

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Just make sure you have zero toe and you should be fine.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:44 PM   #3494
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1.5* of camber is just fine, you want some camber for handling.
Thanks digital. Really did not want to tell the wife i needed new control arms haha





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Just make sure you have zero toe and you should be fine.
Toe was fixed!


Car does pull to the right more than before the alignment. Going to call them tomorrow to see if they can get me back in. Also will be doing a fender roll tomorrow.


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Old 09-19-2014, 12:22 PM   #3495
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Hello.. I'm trying to get a wheel that is 18x9.5. I was originally gonna go with 265/35 or 255/35 but I heard that narrower tires are better for snow. So now I'm debating between 235/40 or 225/40. So my question is: will the 225/40 have too much of a stretch on a 9.5in wide wheel?
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Hello.. I'm trying to get a wheel that is 18x9.5. I was originally gonna go with 265/35 or 255/35 but I heard that narrower tires are better for snow. So now I'm debating between 235/40 or 225/40. So my question is: will the 225/40 have too much of a stretch on a 9.5in wide wheel?
It can depend a lot on the specific model of tire you buy, but 225/40 should be pretty stretched no matter what the tire is.
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #3497
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I don't think putting snow tires on a 9.5" wide wheel is a good idea. Look at rally cars. They run really narrow wheels and tires to dig through the snow. Not drive over it. I'd suggest putting snows on your stockers. :-)

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I don't actually plan on putting winter tires. Just all season. I looked on the manufacturers website and 235/40 is acceptable on a 9.5 wide wheel. So would I sacrifice anything by going 225/40?
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I don't actually plan on putting winter tires. Just all season. I looked on the manufacturers website and 235/40 is acceptable on a 9.5 wide wheel. So would I sacrifice anything by going 225/40?
You'd have a tire that is stretched and undersized.
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realistically, you need to be buying a dedicated winter setup.

especially if you're trying to brostance.
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