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Just get 5 x 100 bolt pattern and +48 to +53 offset and you should be OK.
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So you are telling me that it doesnt matter what kind of rims I get? Front wheel or rear wheel drive rims will work just fine without any damn stupid adapters? That would be the best thing in the world.

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as long as it has the bolt pattern and the offset mentioned above.....the right wheel for a Subaru is a little more difficult to find....
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Do mean that the right wheel is hard to find because not all wheels look good on the Subie? Or do you mean the actual fitting of the wheel? I just wanna get some wheels!! I didnt think that it whould be so hard. Am I making this out to be more than it really is?

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Front wheel or rear wheel drive rims will work just fine. BUT be sure to get them in a 5 x 100 bolt pattern with a +48 to +53 offset. The way they look really only matters to you, not the car.
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I know I might be sounding kinda repetative in my questions I just dont want to make a mistake and buy a set of rims I cant put on my car. Does anyone have any suggestions of some nice, clean, wheels? Money is no object! I just want to have the best WRX in Nashville!

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I was wondering any of you have seen the Enkei Rs5. It is a great simple 5 star wheel. It think it would look great. But a final thought is 17 or 18"? I like the 18"s because they fill the wheel well quite nicely. Does anyone know if an 18" rim will throw off the steering or rub on the inside of the frame?

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Hi Don

Check out the weights of the wheels that you choose - weights above 20 lb for the wheel tend to reduce the effectiveness of the damping of the standard WRX suspension. The wheels I showed in my previous post are all less than 17 lb in 17 " and 19 lb in 18" (for the first two - the OEM is 17" only).

Apart from the weight, the choice of wheel is yours and will not effect the car provided;
  • it has 5 holes on 100mm PCD
  • its' offset is between +48 and +53
  • it is between 7" and 8" in width
  • the tyres are between 215/45/17 and 225/40/18

Hope that helps.

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Not over 20lbs. huh? Well that makes sense but isnt under 20 lbs light for a wheel? I could have swore that all the rims I look for in that weight range are pricey as hell. I might be wrong though. So again, 17"s or 18"s? Which one would look better?

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I would go with the 17s...they look just as good and they are lighter...IMHO...
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Great point. I am just concerned about the whole throwing the suspension off thing. I know that it probably isnt a huge difference in performance but I really dont want to find out. Thanks again!

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Money is no object! I just want to have the best WRX in Nashville!
Ahh-ha. I took you too literally! Money is always an issue in the real world. :roll:

Subaru have taken considerable care with the OEM wheels to keep the weight down to improve the handling, and it would kind of be a pity to 5crew this up with a poor choice of wheel. I stick with my comment about 20 lb being a good target, but accept the point that lightweight wheels are more costly. However, don't forget that it is the overall weight of the wheel & tyre combination that counts, and if you add wider tyres these obviously weigh more.

Personally, I prefer the look of 18" wheels, and can attest that on UK roads (which are average to poor in comparison to US roads, but better than unsurfaced tracks!) that they significantly improve the handling and grip in comparison to the 17" standard wheels. However, you are starting from a lower base, 16" wheels and reportedly poor OEM tyres, so you will notice a significant benefit going to 17" wheels.

As a lower cost option than the aftermarket wheels, consider either a generic copy wheel such as the Rota Subazero


(about $550 new for a set of 4) or buy some 2nd hand 17" OEM from the UK (about $350 + shipping for a set) .

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Yea, the 17" OEM UK wheels look great and are only 17 lbs. each.....I think they are 17 lbs.
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Bugeyed! Great pic of that rim. And sorry that yes money is not a huge issue but I have to allocate money for other things on the REX so I dont wanna blow all of it on the wheels and tires. How much does the average 17" tire weigh though? That rim has truly caught my eye. I will have to further look at that brand and series. Thanks!

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A typical tyre in the range that you would use on the WRX in 17" weighs between 10 and 12 lb.

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