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kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 02:09 PM
So as most of you have seen all the upgrades I have been doing are purely cosmetic atm. Power will come down the road. I like my stock wheels to a point and been thinking of buying new rims in the next month or 2 possibly.

I do however have a few questions since I'm a total rim noob. 1 I read the NASIOC rim thread and it's ok but still something I really don't understand is the offsets?

I want to go to 18's I don't want a super wide tire that will require me to change and spend more to make them fit etc.

So if I wanted to go to 18's what width and offset would I have to go to where it's pretty much buy/align and drive? Also If I plan and dropping it 1inch next year will this affect what my decision may be?

Thanks everyone.

dukenukem
09-01-2011, 02:22 PM
http://www.1010tires.com/wheeloffsetcalculator.asp

Yes, lowering your car might cause fitment issues depending on how big of tires you have. Personally, I would go 18x8 and get it in proper offset to minimize the chance of rubbing.

WA-GONE09
09-01-2011, 02:30 PM
^+1 lowering your car will def affect your decission. getting a good set that looks amazing before you lower it, is like having sex then putting the condom on. (strictly my opinion) but id say lower it first then get the wheels. that way you can shoot for a sure offset that you will like to give your car a clean look. worse case you can always get spacers if you want that hella flush look

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 02:32 PM
18x8.5 et 40-45

My stock wheels are 18x8.5 et 55 w/ 15mm spacers, making them ET 40

245's and zero rubbing.

http://uploadsx.com/di-5HDI.jpg

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 02:39 PM
Yeah that body style can do some big sizes. I would get a wider wheel with some concave something like 18x9.5 35-40 offset with some 255's. That way you wont regret not going wider later and want something different. No reason to be conservative with an 18x8 that is going to tuck way into the fender and look weird.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 02:45 PM
Interesting, here was 1 wheel I was considering in Black, but they only have it in 18x7.5 with 38 and 45 offset.

enkeiedr9 (http://www.enkei.com/edr9.html#)

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 02:48 PM
18x9.5 ET 40 or above with a 255 or below tire SHOULD be the limit...but to be on the safe side, I'd go with a 45.

Having WRX calipers is a benefit, you don't have to worry about clearing the brakes so you won't have to worry about ET + spacers needed to clear.

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 02:48 PM
Interesting, here was 1 wheel I was considering in Black, but they only have it in 18x7.5 with 38 and 45 offset.

enkeiedr9 (http://www.enkei.com/edr9.html#)

Pass...way too skinny. 8.5 should be the minimum IMO.

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 02:51 PM
Pass...way too skinny. 8.5 should be the minimum IMO.

Exactly. Please take our advice and go wider.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 02:51 PM
Thanks Greg I need the advice, Sucks cause most site that have visual loader look like shit LOL. I was actually trying to find a few pics of rims with a deeper dish on a WRX but no luck to see how they would look, then I find decent set of wheels but they only have 1 finish.

Any suggestions on brands to check out?

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 02:52 PM
Thanks Greg I need the advice, Sucks cause most site that have visual loader look like shit LOL.

If you browse Nasioc you can see a bunch of 2011's on wider wheels. Rota Grids look amazing on that body.

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 02:55 PM
Thanks Greg I need the advice, Sucks cause most site that have visual loader look like shit LOL. I was actually trying to find a few pics of rims with a deeper dish on a WRX but no luck to see how they would look, then I find decent set of wheels but they only have 1 finish.

Any suggestions on brands to check out?

What's your budget? That's the biggest factor IMO.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:00 PM
Yea Rota's look sick, but seems to be most popular IMO can see alot of subi's with them so I tend to want to be different.

Greg thats the issue LOL, I mean honestly base doesn't matter... top end 1,500... for the RIMS of course if I could get a sick set with tires for 1500 that would be bad ass. I mean I can get Rota D's which are my top ones right now for like 270 a pop. I also Like the Tenzo Concept 9's. sadly Rota is one of the few rims that go over 8".

jaguer8
09-01-2011, 03:05 PM
You are going the same route as me, looks first then go.

I've been looking around quite a bit.

Work, Advan, Enkei, O.Z. Racing, WedSport are some brands I'd look at...

Saw this picture today and it made me drool

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5277/5850661047_12af5880be_b.jpg

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 03:06 PM
If you have the budget to get the higher brands like work, advan, weds, etc.... definitely go for it.

Here are some cheaper options that you can buy locally.

http://www.wheelsnext.com/wheels-rims/18x9.5-XXR-6-Black%2520Gloss.html

http://www.wheelsnext.com/wheels-rims/18x9.5-XXR-502-Hyperblack.html

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:06 PM
Well, for my money, you can't beat a concave wheel. Rota happens to be selling some very attractive concave wheels in your price range. Regardless of what you do, for 1500 anything unique and different is probably going to be unique and different because it doesn't look good or it doesn't fit right.

If it does, and you post pictures of it and it looks good, everyone and their brother will be buying it because 1500 is that sweet spot that most people can afford.

As much as it pains me to do this, because I HATE black wheels. This is what I would be buying.

http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/123788-1/t2r_1895_hb_05.jpg

http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/123771-1/t2r_1895_hb_01.jpg

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd100/car_junky/photo5-1.jpg

It's an 18x9.5 et38 Rota TR2. Being 38 offset, you're going to need to stick with 245's to avoid a roll which will look a little stretched, but should fit.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:06 PM
I'm trying to find this dudes Ppics he has a 2011 and bought your STI rims and got them powder coated black they look sick. every "fast" car I have owned I went speed.speed.speed! i want looks now and then speed, this car is quick enough for me now...

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:08 PM
You are going the same route as me, looks first then go.

I've been looking around quite a bit.

Work, Advan, Enkei, O.Z. Racing, WedSport are some brands I'd look at...

Saw this picture today and it made me drool

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5277/5850661047_12af5880be_b.jpg

Unfortunately, RPF1's won't clear the brembo's without an 8mm spacer or so, which is going to make it poke quite a bit on an already low offset, if you're looking at the 18x9.5's.

CZ03WRX
09-01-2011, 03:08 PM
ReCoil seems to be a fitment pro. He has an 04 WRX but I would still talk to him. he's running like 18x9.5 on his with zero rubbing

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:08 PM
It's an 18x9.5 et38 Rota TR2. Being 38 offset, you're going to need to stick with 245's to avoid a roll which will look a little stretched, but should fit.

I hate the hyper black though. I guess my question is what is a fender roll?

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:11 PM
I'm trying to find this dudes Ppics he has a 2011 and bought your STI rims and got them powder coated black they look sick. every "fast" car I have owned I went speed.speed.speed! i want looks now and then speed, this car is quick enough for me now...

That would work provided he got spacer adapters to convert 5x114.3 to 5x100.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:11 PM
If you have the budget to get the higher brands like work, advan, weds, etc.... definitely go for it.

Here are some cheaper options that you can buy locally.

http://www.wheelsnext.com/wheels-rims/18x9.5-XXR-6-Black%2520Gloss.html

http://www.wheelsnext.com/wheels-rims/18x9.5-XXR-502-Hyperblack.html

LOL i just saw the bottoms one right beofre and actually like them a Bit. buy locally? wheels for next is in Fla and cali it hought site said?

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:12 PM
I hate the hyper black though. I guess my question is what is a fender roll?

Using a tool and heat gun to roll the inner lip of the fender on the rear to provide more clearance for the tire. They also sell the wheels in flat black.

http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=6597

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:12 PM
That would work provided he got spacer adapters to convert 5x114.3 to 5x100.

I'm almost positive they were sti rims unless they were powder coated rims that looked identical to yours.

jaguer8
09-01-2011, 03:12 PM
I'm trying to find this dudes Ppics he has a 2011 and bought your STI rims and got them powder coated black they look sick. every "fast" car I have owned I went speed.speed.speed! i want looks now and then speed, this car is quick enough for me now...

Not on the car, but here are the stockies powder coated.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5017/5499809329_5e7eb3f622.jpg

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:19 PM
http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/37936-1/rota_p1_18x8_5x114_3_e30_67_1_flatblackredlip_02.j pg

wonder how these would look...

Rota P1's (http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=365)

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:27 PM
http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/37936-1/rota_p1_18x8_5x114_3_e30_67_1_flatblackredlip_02.j pg

wonder how these would look...

Rota P1's (http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=365)

Like poop. 18x8 et 48. Skinny and tucked.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:30 PM
so your saying 8.5" then to go for? what offset? also don;t we have sensors in our wheel on 2011's? something I need ot be concerned with?

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:31 PM
You are going the same route as me, looks first then go.

I've been looking around quite a bit.

Work, Advan, Enkei, O.Z. Racing, WedSport are some brands I'd look at...

Saw this picture today and it made me drool

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5277/5850661047_12af5880be_b.jpg

I like whose are those?

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 03:38 PM
so your saying 8.5" then to go for? what offset? also don;t we have sensors in our wheel on 2011's? something I need ot be concerned with?


18x8.5 et 40-45

TPMS sensors can be transferred from your wheels to the new ones.

The wheels in the post above are Enkei RPF1's. Very good wheels.

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 03:51 PM
so your saying 8.5" then to go for? what offset? also don;t we have sensors in our wheel on 2011's? something I need ot be concerned with?

He's saying go for 8.5" at a Minimum. 9" - 9.5" preferred.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 03:57 PM
ok so If i hit a 9" anything I have to consider? also what about XXR they have some good looking wheels.

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 03:59 PM
ok so If i hit a 9" anything I have to consider? also what about XXR they have some good looking wheels.

Nope, just figure out the right tire size.
They are cheap. So the quality isnt anything to brag about but they do look good. Alot of people like them and have no problems running them.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:02 PM
Yea sucks being there are 100's of rims and company's to look through, Nice thing is if I find a site that I can choose color and go black it cuts down alot, I am finding alot of 18x8.5+ are 48 offsets, ones i found 40-45 are fugly.

VF34RX
09-01-2011, 04:12 PM
Yea sucks being there are 100's of rims and company's to look through, Nice thing is if I find a site that I can choose color and go black it cuts down alot, I am finding alot of 18x8.5+ are 48 offsets, ones i found 40-45 are fugly.

Yep, its disheartening to see such high offsets on wheels with no other options. But i guess that what sells.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:14 PM
well most of the rims that I'm like OMG i want in 18's they only do 8" or they do 19inch in 8.5" like wth.

WA-GONE09
09-01-2011, 04:17 PM
unfortunately im burnt out of the GR w/ Rota's on them. it seems all i see on the IWSTI forum and pics from Mach V is rota's on subies. def go with ur gut and be different. ur lucky that u dont have to deal with the STI's clearance problems like i have but agreed with everyone on here. 8.5+ offset if your gonna do it.. our cars look wimpy without a lil fatness.

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 04:22 PM
well most of the rims that I'm like OMG i want in 18's they only do 8" or they do 19inch in 8.5" like wth.

This is a good looking wheel.

http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/miro-type-18x95-5x100-et40-cb571-matte-black-p-117078.html

http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/wm.php/images/Miro_111MTB-1.jpg

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:32 PM
XXR 522's Ebay new and cheap (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/XXR-522-18x8-5-5X100-5X114-3-CHROMIUM-BLACK-WHEELS-48-/270807231607?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f0d5e6c77)

Funny I typed in "Rims" on ebay anbd these popped up I sawq them on another site in flat black, they look really good but offset is +48 but stupid low price for set of 4

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 04:32 PM
If ya REALLY want to be ballin, drop the whole black wheel pipe dream and get yourself into a set of NT03's. One of my favorites.

http://lsdmotorsports.com/prod/901101049022.html

http://lsdmotorsports.com/merchant2/images2011/enkei/Enkei-335x335-NT03+M-Silver.jpg

http://ivyleagueeast.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/enkei-snow9.jpg

oh yes.

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 04:33 PM
XXR 522's Ebay new and cheap (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/XXR-522-18x8-5-5X100-5X114-3-CHROMIUM-BLACK-WHEELS-48-/270807231607?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f0d5e6c77)

Funny I typed in "Rims" on ebay anbd these popped up I sawq them on another site in flat black, they look really good but offset is +48 but stupid low price for set of 4

Bah, might as well get Rota Grid's if you're gonna do that. At least then you know you'll get the right offset and width.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:38 PM
If I want to be "Ballin" as you so put it. I wouldn't be driving a WRX lol. the thing is most rims I see that aren;t black look weird on SWP

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 04:39 PM
If I want to be "Ballin" as you so put it. I wouldn't be driving a WRX lol. the thing is most rims I see that aren;t black look weird on SWP

You have a very skewed "eye of the beholder" thing goin on. Gold and Silver wheels look great on SWP. Gold especially.

How bout some hyper black NT03+m's?

http://luisbicol.smugmug.com/Cars/My-STi-Oct2010/IMG4527/1108351783_9ko9t-L.jpg

Outta control!

Flat black looks like shit, IMO because it makes your tires look dry and brown. Even when clean, the tires look poopy.

jaguer8
09-01-2011, 04:42 PM
This is a good looking wheel.

http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/miro-type-18x95-5x100-et40-cb571-matte-black-p-117078.html

http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/wm.php/images/Miro_111MTB-1.jpg

Ohh very nice. Weds SA-67R knockoffs for almost a fourth of the price!

This thread is really making me want to spend money that I shouldn't...

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:42 PM
these looks nice as well for Rota... Gold yes I agree they do but the rim itself has to be the rigth rim. HERE is one example Rota DPT

http://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/attachments/2005-2010-mustang-talk/123126d1298677851-what-size-wheels-do-you-run-rota-dpt.jpg

http://www.mysubie.com/user_images/v1/galleries/555/v1_galleries_555_4f01757470_413_1024.jpg

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:44 PM
unfortunately im burnt out of the GR w/ Rota's on them. it seems all i see on the IWSTI forum and pics from Mach V is rota's on subies. def go with ur gut and be different. ur lucky that u dont have to deal with the STI's clearance problems like i have but agreed with everyone on here. 8.5+ offset if your gonna do it.. our cars look wimpy without a lil fatness.

Yea Adum this is my issue. seems Rota is super popular in sizes I want etc. or I find something and they are $400 a pop without tires, so I just need to look alot more and try to get around 5 rims I like in different prices etc and make a decision.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 04:46 PM
Ohh very nice. Weds SA-67R knockoffs for almost a fourth of the price!

This thread is really making me want to spend money that I shouldn't...

lol Rims are easy to drop alot of cash on fast, It is almost winter so In my mind I'm like just save over the winter and buy all your shit in the spring and do it all at once. then other side says buy now you might be dead in the spring :)

timsti
09-01-2011, 04:47 PM
hyper black NT03+m's = Those are perfect. Well made, lightweight and beautiful. Damn you 08+ guys and the wide wheels you can run. I guess I just need to stop being lazy and do the fender work.

WA-GONE09
09-01-2011, 04:53 PM
jump on the IWSTI forum and just look the the members journals in the GR section. thats where i spend most of my day at work looking. ive found a few styles i like.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 05:50 PM
jump on the IWSTI forum and just look the the members journals in the GR section. thats where i spend most of my day at work looking. ive found a few styles i like.

Yea I dont want to buy the "Popular rim" but i'll look for sure.

TO GREG-- the reason I like black is my color choice I'm going with which is White/black(most CF) and red as end goal. so that is why i'm drawn to Black, Hyper black looks ok from pics... to chrome looking but maybe I need to see them in person.... KC Tends maybe to get idea of colors at least?

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 06:32 PM
OK so most of the rims I'm narrowing down to the 8.5 are all 48 offset which you guys said not to get right? so then my next option is 18x9.5 with +38 offset.... work?

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 07:21 PM
I think 38 will work with a 245/40/18 tire but just barely. There's a CHANCE you might have a little rubbing. I know 40 or above on a 9.5 and 245 will work. I think 38 will as well, but you might want to consider the possibility of a light roll. It wouldn't even need a pull. There are guys that have the tools I'm sure they'd let you borrow it and you could get a heat gun from harbor freight for 13 bucks.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 08:08 PM
Yea I'm seeing alot pf guys on IWSTI that have 38 off set and 9.5. most im finding with 40 or 45 i don't like or are 700 a piece LOL

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 08:19 PM
Hart wheels brand new... Good deal? (http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/personal-sale-wanted/134338100-brand-new-18-inch-racing-hart-j5-evo-gold-5x100-114-3-a.html)

jaguer8
09-01-2011, 09:09 PM
Racing Hart makes some cool stuff. Seems like a good deal to me.

Only weird thing is that they've been for sale for over 9 months and no one has snagged them...

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 09:20 PM
Question for you guys with 2011 STI's what offset are your stock rims?

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 09:56 PM
Was in my first post.;-) 55

matt25sti
09-01-2011, 09:58 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v469/Waramp/Subaru%20STI%20Sedan%202011/IMG_0280.jpg

Either of you SWP would win with this

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-members-journals/199938-waramps-2011-subaru-wrx-sti-19-gold-advan-rs-chargespeed-cf-lip-kit.html#post2980870

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 10:02 PM
yea at $600 a wheel lol. so I guess I'm missing something if stock is 55 why would I want 40-44? and why wouldn't the 48 work?

matt25sti
09-01-2011, 10:09 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/300705_10100540400340288_10736493_58251201_5997088 _n.jpg
http://www.iwsti.com/forums/gr-members-journals/217456-2011-sti-sedan-3.html

Budget solution lol

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 10:11 PM
ok so i went to tire direct and they suck ass when you pu tin your car info they don't show any rims over 8" for me. sadly I went to Ebay and found these from their site and when I tpe my car they tell me they don't fit LOl what do you guys think???

RIMZ (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/4-NEW-18x8-5-5x100-5Zigen-ZR-Wheels-Rims-/360285198431?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item53e2abd85f)

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/263/parkps20np8.jpg

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 10:15 PM
Those will fit. I'd probably put a 5mm spacer on em. 48 was a good offset on the GD. GR needs more offset. About 8-10mm more.

Scooby24
09-01-2011, 10:20 PM
yea at $600 a wheel lol. so I guess I'm missing something if stock is 55 why would I want 40-44? and why wouldn't the 48 work?

rota makes knockoffs of that style and color wheel. Same size and offset too. 48s will work but have you seen how sunken stock sti wheels look? It's not a look you should be going for with aftermarket. 48 is still too sunken for my tastes.

kcwrxfan
09-01-2011, 10:22 PM
I miss read the Zingen thought it was tire and rims, if im going to spend 1k Ill buy Rota's

VF34RX
09-02-2011, 07:42 AM
We aren't saying that 48 offset wont work. But i will infact make the wheels look sunken into the wheel well. Which wont look good no matter what the wheel is. A 18x9.5 38 offset would be perfect and flush.

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 08:08 AM
VF would it requir a roll at all? also I see alot of guy posting their allgment with different number like f-1 and r -2 not sure what that means. Since this is first time buying rims that seem to be picky I want to make sure I don;t order anything that doesn;t fit or require me buying a bunch of extra or it looking like shit. I have seen a few WRX where the lip of the rim looks exposed and the bead of the tire is sunken in.

Side Note talked to Hydro and he said he can get me just about any rim I want cheaper so I'll porbably be dealing directly through him unless I find a better deal :)

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 08:21 AM
The alignment number are camber. The more negative you go (ie higher negative number) the more your wheels do this / \

That allows a higher offset since the top of the wheels will angle into the fender.

Offset is a measure of the hub's distance from the center of the wheel, so 40 on an 8.5 is different than 40 on a 9.5. Since the 9.5 is wider, 40 offset on it will have more wheel poke than 40 on an 8.5. On the flip side, if you tried to go more than 40 on an 8.5, you're pushing the entire wheel further to the outside and that's going to be rough on your 5x100 hubs. This is my reasoning for saying even though 18x8.5 could go another 13mm and be a 27 offset and be at the same flushness as a 9.5 et 38, pushing the wheel out that far will likely cause premature wear on you wheel bearings.

http://www.1010tires.com/wheeloffsetcalculator.asp

To keep it simple, just take our advice and look for these sizes. 18x8.5 et 40. 18x9 et 35-45. 18x9.5 et 35-45

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 08:32 AM
For reference, here's what the wrong offset looks like. 18x8.5 et48

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_Ud0AKvWhCjI/TcMhhPL9h3I/AAAAAAAACLg/1WHue_PWIs0/s640/IMG095.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_Ud0AKvWhCjI/TcSFLWWH-qI/AAAAAAAACLo/Cf1Oy65qrAU/s720/DSC00047.JPG


Poopy.


18x8.5 et 47

http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/3584/rims3.jpg

vs. my 18x8.5 et40 (effective)

http://uploadsx.com/di-XBY2.jpg

It just fits better.


Here's some other good offsets

18x9 et 40

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg190/Laki747/IMG_0008-1.jpg

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg190/Laki747/IMG_0009.jpg

18x9.5 et 40 NOTE: these fenders are rolled.

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=19941&d=1304143457

http://www.iwsti.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=19946&d=1304143489

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 08:36 AM
Gross the 48 looks like its a damn 4x4 off road car LOL. Yea no it reall helps alot guy, cause Im finding a ton of 18x9.5 with the 38mm and In styles I like which is what i'm obviously going for. then still need to find tires LOL

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 09:14 AM
Thoughts on these? it would be 18x9.5 with 38mm offset the come in gold/black/black chrome.



http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5194295568_df368ced7d.jpg

Bah I know its an EVO but it's white lol
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5967529887_3aed2712fe.jpg

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 09:18 AM
Rota Grids, yes? They look great on our cars. They are very popular so you'll have to accept it's not really unique. I would recommend sticking with a 245/40R18 tire unless you plan on rolling the rear fenders. A roll should provide enough room to squeeze a 265/35R18 in there.

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 09:40 AM
lol those aren't Rota Greg those are XXR's. Almost identical but half the price or more. crazy huh? I like that style

ROTA.
http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/img/Grid_1895_gold_new.jpg

XXR
http://www.elementwheels.com/prodimages/xxr522gld.jpg

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 09:47 AM
oh wow, the grid's definitely look better.

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 10:00 AM
yea that pic is weird they look totally different on the car and not that bright but yea 6/7 spoke

matt25sti
09-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Aren't the XXR's the wheels that MKC is selling?

VF34RX
09-02-2011, 10:43 AM
Aren't the XXR's the wheels that MKC is selling?

Yes, this is what i meant by buying locally.

jaguer8
09-02-2011, 12:40 PM
Really liking these for myself (sorry not trying to thread jack!)

Rota DPT 18x8.5 44 mm or 18x9 44 mm
http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/121480-1/DPT_18x85_10x114_3x100_e44_73hb_PCPG-4.jpg

EDIT: Damn it these were already posted! :( Oh well I still want them lol

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 12:44 PM
Really liking these for myself (sorry not trying to thread jack!)

Rota DPT 18x8.5 44 mm or 18x9 44 mm
http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/121480-1/DPT_18x85_10x114_3x100_e44_73hb_PCPG-4.jpg

EDIT: Damn it these were already posted! :( Oh well I still want them lol

Wider, sir. Wiiiiiiider.

18x9.5 et 44. More poke, but not enough to need a roll.

http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=5921

jaguer8
09-02-2011, 12:48 PM
Sweet, wasn't sure if that would work. Thanks! :D

Scooby24
09-02-2011, 12:51 PM
Don't forget the hubcentric rings.

matt25sti
09-02-2011, 02:23 PM
You guys are going to get me in trouble lol
http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/111875-1/dsc01737.jpg
http://www.wheeldude.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=1320

kcwrxfan
09-02-2011, 02:48 PM
DAMN YOU GREG!!!!! I blame this all on you! now I'm leaning towards bronze or gold now over black. I have always loved the BBS STI gold rims, so they have always been in the back of my mind, also I saw a few on IWSTI with black chrome and looks sick. most dude I see on IWSTI seriously have 4k+ in rims/tires though.

matt25sti
09-02-2011, 02:49 PM
If I had white gold or bronze would be my first choice.

kcwrxfan
09-03-2011, 06:03 PM
So we were chatting and came up about my stock rims and just straying them etc. So got to thinking if I dropped my car and painted the rims what would it look like? Also could I toss spacers on stock rims to push them out some if i wanted to?

Ok here is stock pic/height.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u67/dbd801/Random/DSCN0110.jpg

then my 2 shitty PS pics I lowered and painted the rims
Bronze, which I think looks pretty nice.
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u67/dbd801/Random/choppedBronze.jpg
GOLD
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u67/dbd801/Random/choppedgold.jpg

Scooby24
09-03-2011, 06:06 PM
That would look good. I'd go with 20mm spacers.

kcwrxfan
09-03-2011, 06:07 PM
here's Black too.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u67/dbd801/Random/choppedBlack.jpg

matt25sti
09-03-2011, 07:36 PM
I think powder coating the stockers would be a great start.

kcwrxfan
09-03-2011, 10:08 PM
possibly, anyone know who does it and how much it usually costs?

jaguer8
09-05-2011, 11:02 AM
possibly, anyone know who does it and how much it usually costs?

Industrial Coatings

http://www.coatingskc.com/

Not sure about the price, but if I remember right it was like $65 a wheel.

kcwrxfan
09-05-2011, 12:45 PM
cool thanks, putting spacer on the wheels, say the 20mm would it require an alignment?

Scooby24
09-05-2011, 01:21 PM
No alignment just make sure you get hubcentric spacers. Ichiba or similar quality.

kcwrxfan
09-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Got ya, will do, pretty easy to put them on I assume?

Scooby24
09-05-2011, 06:59 PM
Got ya, will do, pretty easy to put them on I assume?

Yup, just do one corner at a time, make sure you have a torque wrench. No guessing on these, way too important for that. Torque spacers down to the same 73 ft lbs and it's a good idea after a couple hundred miles to recheck torque to make sure they haven't loosened on you at all.

kcwrxfan
09-05-2011, 07:29 PM
RIGHT?? (http://www.ichibausa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SU-50920)

by this I need to buy 2 right? since sold as a pair?

kcwrxfan
09-05-2011, 09:20 PM
Hmm so here's what I'm thinking. spacers $230 to make me flush, lowering kit $250 to put me down 1inch to line up with 18inch tire, powder coating, let say $70 a tire so 280. I'll need a alignment, so $50-$75? need to have some install the spring which will cost money. So on my stocks I'm looking at $760 roughly then alignment and install. so $900 total? I could get XXR's for that price with Tires 900 is what Rota's/ most others I can get hard to say.

Scooby24
09-05-2011, 09:24 PM
RIGHT?? (http://www.ichibausa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SU-50920)

by this I need to buy 2 right? since sold as a pair?

That's correct.

AWD Bishop
09-05-2011, 11:58 PM
Hmm so here's what I'm thinking. spacers $230 to make me flush, lowering kit $250 to put me down 1inch to line up with 18inch tire, powder coating, let say $70 a tire so 280. I'll need a alignment, so $50-$75? need to have some install the spring which will cost money. So on my stocks I'm looking at $760 roughly then alignment and install. so $900 total? I could get XXR's for that price with Tires 900 is what Rota's/ most others I can get hard to say.

I say more is better. go with the spacers / springs / powder coating / service & labor better to have the right stance on stockers than look stock on nice rims.

kcwrxfan
09-06-2011, 07:11 AM
Yea Might be right. Might wait on Powder coating though, we'll see what I end up doing.

matt25sti
09-06-2011, 10:37 AM
Dang those spacers are expensive! I am used to the cheap ones i used on my jeep that were like $10.

kcwrxfan
09-06-2011, 01:57 PM
hahaha well matt Jeep>>>>WRX... enough said right? lol hey how the pics turn out you took?

matt25sti
09-06-2011, 02:30 PM
hahaha well matt Jeep>>>>WRX... enough said right? lol hey how the pics turn out you took?

Well, they have cars in them lol. I still need some time learning the settings of the camera and photoshop. I tried to use HDR toning on some and I didn't turn out well. I might post some up but be nice. I will be back in town Thursday so I will do it then.

kcwrxfan
09-06-2011, 05:26 PM
good deal. anyways back to wheels!

VdoManZ
09-16-2011, 03:38 PM
Well, for my money, you can't beat a concave wheel. Rota happens to be selling some very attractive concave wheels in your price range. Regardless of what you do, for 1500 anything unique and different is probably going to be unique and different because it doesn't look good or it doesn't fit right.

If it does, and you post pictures of it and it looks good, everyone and their brother will be buying it because 1500 is that sweet spot that most people can afford.

As much as it pains me to do this, because I HATE black wheels. This is what I would be buying.

http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/123788-1/t2r_1895_hb_05.jpg

http://www.wheeldude.com/gallery2/d/123771-1/t2r_1895_hb_01.jpg

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd100/car_junky/photo5-1.jpg

It's an 18x9.5 et38 Rota TR2. Being 38 offset, you're going to need to stick with 245's to avoid a roll which will look a little stretched, but should fit.


dangit Greg... now I am thinking 18's...but then what do I do for the winter... grrr
18's with all seasons year round? hmmmmmmm too many choices! I know I said no Rota, but that was in reference to track wheels... i like this t2r!! they have gold, hyper black in stock now :)

kcwrxfan
09-16-2011, 04:19 PM
yea wheel dude is cheapest on Rota for sure, I wouldnt run those for winter they would take a beating, save up and toss winter tires on the stock rims thats my plan next year

Scooby24
09-16-2011, 04:27 PM
Those aren't a good winter choice since they are so wide. You want narrow wheels for winter, probably an 8 or less with some skinny snow tires.

VdoManZ
09-16-2011, 04:39 PM
yea wheel dude is cheapest on Rota for sure, I wouldnt run those for winter they would take a beating, save up and toss winter tires on the stock rims thats my plan next year

what are you doing this winter???? i am thinking all seasons. there are 3-4 days a year that the roads are snow covered/packed where I drive. I also have the option of working from home. As much as it would be fun to have true winter tires, I do not want to have 3 sets of wheels/tires again LOL

VdoManZ
09-16-2011, 04:40 PM
Those aren't a good winter choice since they are so wide. You want narrow wheels for winter, probably an 8 or less with some skinny snow tires.

this is true for deep snow pack, but in KC we rarely see that

jaguer8
09-16-2011, 05:13 PM
I'm planning on buying all seasons for my stockies and trying to sell the stock tires (hopefully).

Then come spring time I'm hoping to have some money to buy some new rims/summer tires.

AWD Bishop
09-16-2011, 09:37 PM
I plan on running my Enkeis as my winters now and save up til springtime to get new wheels and tires for summers. I am narrowing it down on my wheel selection.

jaguer8
09-19-2011, 03:10 PM
Will they fit question...

Buddy of mine is selling his old rims for super cheap and I was wondering if they'd fit my STi. Figured it would be a good winter setup.

5zigen heidfelds, 17x7

EDIT: pretty sure the offset is +42

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/xilikenicegirlsx/rsx/P1000485.jpg

Scooby24
09-19-2011, 03:21 PM
Doubtful, not sure if the bolt pattern works, but it doesn't look like they'd clear brembos.

VdoManZ
09-19-2011, 03:28 PM
If they are coming off an RSX they are 114.3 offset around Mid 40s sounds about right.

kcwrxfan
09-19-2011, 03:41 PM
I sticking with my summer tires for now and getting new rims prob in the pring anyways. I was looking at some WSD's. *wet,snow,Dry* tires too

jaguer8
09-19-2011, 03:43 PM
Doubtful, not sure if the bolt pattern works, but it doesn't look like they'd clear brembos.

What I figured. He said he'll bring em by later this week so I'll know for sure then.

Scooby24
09-19-2011, 03:51 PM
I sticking with my summer tires for now and getting new rims prob in the pring anyways. I was looking at some WSD's. *wet,snow,Dry* tires too

Not sticking with summer tires through winter, I hope? That's what sucks about these cars in the midwest. Damn winters mean if you buy a WRX/STI, you're going to be buying new tires for it come late fall. :mad:

VdoManZ
09-19-2011, 03:55 PM
Not sticking with summer tires through winter, I hope? That's what sucks about these cars in the midwest. Damn winters mean if you buy a WRX/STI, you're going to be buying new tires for it come late fall. :mad:

yea that! you do not want summer tires in the winter...it's not just snow that will suck. When it's cold you will slide around in the dry, peel out, braking sucks :(

Greg what are you doing for winter??

Scooby24
09-19-2011, 04:23 PM
yea that! you do not want summer tires in the winter...it's not just snow that will suck. When it's cold you will slide around in the dry, peel out, braking sucks :(

Greg what are you doing for winter??

Looking at snow tire options. I'll likely be remounting on the stock wheels so I want snow tires that have decent capabilities in the dry as well since I'll probably be rocking them from late fall to early spring. The price for Blizzak WS60's look nice, but I'm unsure of how unstable it will be in the dry.

The LM25's I had for my G35 two winters ago had a lot of tread squirm, but the sidewalls weren't too bad...but LM60's are all that fit in the 245/40R18 for the STI. Those would probably be a better handling tire but they are also 150 more for a set.

Scooby24
09-19-2011, 04:30 PM
Aha! Nice


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPu9lR0Egeg