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Looking for some new rims

Hi everyone, just got a 2012 white STI hatch and I'm looking at some new rims that i can run my summer tires on. I'm interested in the XXR 522's and 527's. I would probably run a 25 or 30 offset but i don't know if i need to get spacers or extended studs, or if i can even run these rims on the stock struts. I'm not looking into getting coilovers or roll my fenders any time soon. Any advice? Anything will help. Thanks. also what would you guys say about the color of the rim? gold or chromium black?
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1. Avoid XXR like the plague. They are unequivocally garbage. Every single XXR owner I have ever met has replaced at least one wheel and I've won money betting that cars coming into my shop with XXRs had at least 1 damaged wheel. You have a brand new $35,000 car, but you're only willing to spend $400-500 on wheels?

2. +25 and +30 are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too low of an offset for Subarus. Depending on the size of wheel, which you did not state, you need to stick to offsets in the mid to upper +40s. Those offsets will negatively affect performance (and you don't need to be a race car driver to see the differences) and increase wear on various components.
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Stock offset is actually +55 on that car. Stay close to that.

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Alright thanks guys, just wanted to throw out some ideas before I did anything. Do you have any reccomendations on some rims?


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Rotas are probably the cheapest brand that's alright across the board. It depends on what you want.
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Well I was looking at some rota grids, but can I run those without rolling my fenders or without coilovers?


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You still haven't really said what you were looking for.
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Sorry, I'm probably going to run 18X8.5 or 18X8.75
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Yes, definitely want to stay with the highest possible offset considering that's the same width as stock. ~+50 (+/-5). +45 to +48 is a very common offset range in that size.
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Alright thank you very much for all the advice!
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Are those the same figment like my 06? I have 18x8.5 +44 with 235/40s and it was tight had to roll fenders very slightly but they work very well now.


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GD wagons have far less fender clearance than his GR hatch. He could run 255s with plenty of room to spare if he buys a good wheel offset.
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The 06 sedan has the same fenders as the 02-07 sedan. They're much smaller than the 08+

But seriously. Keep the offset up. 45 is low. 48 is reasonable, 50 is nice, 53 is ideal.

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That assumption was made by the fact that you said you had to roll your fenders for that wheel and tire setup. The combination you mentioned has plenty of room with no need for fender mods on a sedan as long as you aren't slammed to the ground. You can even run your average 245 tires without rubbing. Still, his GD hatch has a ton more room under the fenders. People have run 265s on 9" wheels without problems.
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