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Old 12-05-2008, 03:26 AM
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Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

I have just picked up these second hand '05 STi wheels. They were coverd in break dust and had heaps of tar spots on them. Pretty happy with the way the cleaned up. What size tyres do you think would be best. I was thinking 225/45/17. Cam, LegacyAu has put 235/45/17 on his. I am interested in your thoughts on tyre selection for the STi rims. Thanks Col

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Old 12-05-2008, 03:53 AM
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

Are those the 17x7.5 or 17x8 version? On the 7.5" wide I would stick to the 225/45/17 size. With the 8" wide you could go up to a 245/40/17 if you want, although stock STi size on those is still 225/45. I have the 17x8 STi goldies on my car and run 245/40/17 General Exclaim UHP's.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:24 AM
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

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Are those the 17x7.5 or 17x8 version? On the 7.5" wide I would stick to the 225/45/17 size. With the 8" wide you could go up to a 245/40/17 if you want, although stock STi size on those is still 225/45. I have the 17x8 STi goldies on my car and run 245/40/17 General Exclaim UHP's.
The 7.5" are the '04 rims and are 5x100. The '05+ rims only come in 8".

Those are STi limited wheels which mean they are '06+ (which are still 17x8 with a 5x114.3 pattern).






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Old 12-05-2008, 07:24 AM
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

hey did you notice they don't fully paint the wheels apparently the Subaru said it was to save weight

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Old 12-05-2008, 08:22 AM
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hey did you notice they don't fully paint the wheels apparently the Subaru said it was to save weight

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Weight? By weight do you think they meant to say money?
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:14 PM
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

The stock tires they come with are the RE-070's ina 225/45/17... Those are great tires, but when mine die I will be replacing them with 245/40/17's brand still undecided.....
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

Hi,
My STi wheels came with good Kumho Ecsta MX 245/40/17. They haven't rubbed yet, and ride pretty good. They also stop verrrry good on dry pavement (btw- OT brake kit) I almost put myself through the windshield trying to get the ABS to activate.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:09 PM
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

Well, those are the limited wheels, which makes them the Enkeis (rather than BBS), which only came from the factory in silver. So, I'd say they were painted by the owner, thus the incomplete coverage. Good looking wheel in gold, though! Nice choice.
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

As far as tires...what are you looking for? Handling? Smooth ride? Quiet? I'd go with a 245/40/17 personally just because I like the look.

Cheap tire: BFG G-force Sport
Grippy but relatively cheap: Falken Azenis RT615
Grippy, expensive, loud: Bridgestone RE070 (these may only come in 225/45 and 255/40)
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

How do you know they are the limited? I believe that BBS was bought out by enkei or vice versa but the name is still used.....
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Re: Wheels - STi's - What size tyres?

Im crazy maybe? I really don't like the sti rims at all.. Am I alone on this?
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Well, those are the limited wheels, which makes them the Enkeis (rather than BBS), which only came from the factory in silver. So, I'd say they were painted by the owner, thus the incomplete coverage. Good looking wheel in gold, though! Nice choice.
yes they are enkie wheels but mine are painted the same gold colour with only the front side properly coated and almost no gold towards the inside of the wheel

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Old 12-09-2008, 04:45 PM
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Well, those are the limited wheels, which makes them the Enkeis (rather than BBS), which only came from the factory in silver. So, I'd say they were painted by the owner, thus the incomplete coverage. Good looking wheel in gold, though! Nice choice.
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yes they are enkie wheels but mine are painted the same gold colour with only the front side properly coated and almost no gold towards the inside of the wheel

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I may be wrong but I thought thaat the '05 and '06 STi that came to Australia all had the Gold Enkeis.

Based on Cam's wheels and mine perhaps they left the Enkei factory in silver as suggested by SVX10 and were then given a gold finish?

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Im crazy maybe? I really don't like the sti rims at all.. Am I alone on this?
One of the great things about life is that we all have different views and opinions.

Personally I really like the STi rims plus their specs create a perfect fit. I read somewhere buried in an old post where someone showed two pics of a Pearlie with black top sitting on the Enkeis and another set of rims. The member used the words that the SVX looked 'heavy' (or words to that effect) on the other wheels and that it looked lighter and more suited on the Enkeis. I must say I totally agree and can't wait to get mine fitted once the spray job is finished.

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One of the great things about life is that we all have different views and opinions.

Personally I really like the STi rims plus their specs create a perfect fit. I read somewhere buried in an old post where someone showed two pics of a Pearlie with black top sitting on the Enkeis and another set of rims. The member used the words that the SVX looked 'heavy' (or words to that effect) on the other wheels and that it looked lighter and more suited on the Enkeis. I must say I totally agree and can't wait to get mine fitted once the spray job is finished.

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Please post pics in a thread when you are finished with it. I'd love to see what they look like without gold paint and on a pearlie..
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