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#1 Old 01-21-2014, 01:14 AM
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In need of new rims for the ride and was wondering if anyone can help me by trying to answer this...-will rims with a bolt pattern of 5x114.3, offset:+38, size 17x8 fit this year 2004 subie wrx because i recently bought 17' sti bbs gold rims for it and they didnt fit i jus dont wanna make the same mistake again.thanx in advance
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04's are 5x100 across the board.
The 05 STi got the change to 5x114
Wrx remained 5x100
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Damn 5x100 garbage lol!

I see so many wheels I like in the common (should be on wrx) 5x114 it's not even funny. Why they still run a 5x100 baffles me.


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In 2005 they increased the wheel bearing size to better handle the rigors of competition.

I suspect that 5x100 was a compact car size of wheel hub, but the Impreza chassis was being put in competition that really required a more durable wheel bearing all along.

Just part of the ongoing improvement of the chassis, in response to Prodrive's WRC feedback to STi, I presume.

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I think I read that the 2015 wrx and sti will both have 5x114

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5x100 bolt pattern wheels are not as easy to find as 5x114.3 for sure. But there are a few options for us 5x100 guys.

VW small cars like the Golf and Jetta use 5x100, as do Audi TT, and Dodge SRT4 weirdly enough...

So "Take off" Cheap beater winter wheels can usually be sourced from these cars.

As far as new wheels are concerned Enkei actually offers quite a few options that are really good looking, light and not very expensive.

The Enkei RPF1 is actually available in quite and few 5x100 options. The Nt03+m and many other Enkei wheels are as well, including the re-released "Compe" which I think might look really awesome on a rally inspired build.



I've seen a few people with these on the BRZ and they actually look really cool in a retro way.

The EKM3 is has kind of a BBS look to it, and it's offered in the super awesome Hyper silver finish that Enkei does;
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Yeah it's usually the width and/or offset all being within the needed specs that I run into. Everytime I see a wheel I like width wise, it's got an offset too low. Everytime I see an offset within spec, the wheel is a 7-7.5 width lol!

It's a struggle to find them all working together. Subaru's ridiculous 53mm offset doesn't help! That's the real problem when looking. ALL the nice wheels are 40mm- and you should be staying 40mm+ tops.

It be nice if they joined the rest of the world for 2015+ models.


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^ Yeah I hear you on the offset.

The foresters are a little better with +43 instead of 55 or 53.

My feeling on it is that it's okay to run something +/- about 15mm from stock without any real issues. Yes your scrub radius will be slightly affected but its not that big of a change.

The RPF1 is available in a 17x8 with a +45mm offset which a lot of people find really ideal. Plus it comes in Bling Bling Gold to impress da ladies!



Looks pretty rad on the standard WRB/Gold combo.


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A 15mm change in offset is very drastic and will certainly make a noticeable change. Generally speaking you want to keep the offset as high as possible while still being able to clear the suspension and your brakes. +38 offset is way too low for a Subaru. Not that it matters though because for the 2nd time in a row you're looking at the wrong bolt pattern. You want to stick within the +45 to +53 range (based on common configurations available) for that size.
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The Enkei RPF1 that I posted has an offset of +45

It's specifically designed for the WRX and 2004 STI


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