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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2010, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me pick my wheels!

Hey yall,
In the very near future I will have a large sum of change to play around with so I figured I would treat my baby to some new goodies. First, I will be getting a set of BC Racing coilovers with boost's 8/8 spring rates and I will probably leave the drop at just about 1.75".

Now, the wheels. I have pretty much decided that I want Rota wheels, but I cant decide which ones I want. In both cases I will be running a 235/40/18 tire (still need to decide on tires too). I still haven't been able to figure out if that might rub or not, so any input on that would be greatly appreciated. The car itself is pretty much all black (20% tint, black sports grille, tinted tails, black calipers).

In any case, here are the two wheels that I am trying to decide between:

Rota Grid:
18x8.5 - Matte Gray (5x100/e44/56.1)


Rota SVN
18x8.5 - matt steel gray(5x100/e48/56.1)


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SVN's weigh less than the grids.... get those... BUT spokes are a PITA to clean.

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actually, they weigh the same believe it or not. both 20 lbs. and yea, i used to have wheels a lot like the svns. they are a HUGE pita to clean.
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They both look great. I could flip a coin and be happy either way.

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Go with the grid!!
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235/40R18 is too tall. You should be looking at tires 24.5" - 25.0" in total diameter

With that much drop, you're going to need a lot of offset to clear your rear fenders. Obviously +48 is more than +44

Why have you decided that 18x8.5" is the logical choice?

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No particular reason other than that I cant seem to find any wheels in 18x8 that i like. What tires would you suggest then?
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i got 235/40/18 on my car and i love it....check out performanceplustire

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i got 235/40/18 on my car and i love it....check out performanceplustire
This is too tall for the WRX. You're much better off with a 24.4" to 25.0" total diameter tire on the WRX. The 5-speed has very tall gearing and the shorter tire helps.

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If you like the SVN and want an 18x8 go with Enkei RPF1's. I run them now after havig a set of Rota Boosts on my car. For one there was a HUGE difference in the rim weight, which also translated to better feel from the car, better acceleration, and better decceleration. But ultimately its your car and your money, means its up to you to make yourself happy.

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If you like the SVN and want an 18x8 go with Enkei RPF1's. I run them now after havig a set of Rota Boosts on my car. For one there was a HUGE difference in the rim weight, which also translated to better feel from the car, better acceleration, and better decceleration. But ultimately its your car and your money, means its up to you to make yourself happy.


I have to say,You took the words out of my mouth,The Enkei RPF1 rims are really lightweight,I read somewhere that they weigh at about 17 pounds (thats per rim),Plus they wont break the bank when it comes to costs.

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My Enkei RPF1's (17x8) tipped the scale I used at 15.5 per rim. My Rota Boost were about 20.2 lbs per rim (same diameter). Some people dont like that style. But there are a couple other styles out there that are much lighter than Rotas and not that much more. Just my .02 cents.

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The RPF1's are light and all but watch out for the offset, it's only +45. Particularly for 02-07 WRX Wagons, this is a real problem. It limits the tire width you can go for. The tire size I always recommend for the WRX is 235/40R17 but it can cause fender issues if the offset of the wheel is too low, particularly on a wagon (rear fenders don't have as much clearance as the sedan). Also note you'll need 17x8" or 17x8.5" for that tire size, narrow wheels won't cut it either.

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