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Old 06-14-2019, 08:52 AM   #1
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So i think i screwed up getting sti wheels

So when i got my car in 2016 the first thing i wanted was to get was some wheels. at the time i did not know anything about wheels at all and I am not a fan of the oem ones so i looked around for a while but around where i live the options where very limited, and i dint want to order them online at the time(not having creitcard) so i checked the subaru website and saw the sti wheels that look amazing. so i gave my dealer a call and asked them to order it. so summer rolls up and i start putting my wheels on, and the first thing i thought when i put the car down was this looks like crap. there was a huge gap and they where in the car way too much. so i decided to buy some spacers(25mmx4) and with the wheels i am already 2000$cad in to this. with spacers it did make it better but i still realy dont like the look at all theres to much of a gap. so i was wondering what i should do get bigger tires to fill the gap or just sell the wheels an get new ones if so what wheel and tire sizes should i get to get a flush and fill the well. or let me know if you have anymore suggestions. i dint really want to lower the car. thanks
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:22 AM   #2
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The gap will always be there unless you lower the car. Here's a pic of my car with 18" wheels before and after lowering



As you can see, it's still a monster truck in the top pic without the coilovers
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:31 AM   #3
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Sounds like you should be looking into coilovers to lower the car. Wheels alone won't get rid of the gap. I'm on 18's stock susp, I have to drive in winter so I'm not interested in lowering.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:34 AM   #4
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Sounds like you should be looking into coilovers to lower the car. Wheels alone won't get rid of the gap. I'm on 18's stock susp, I have to drive in winter so I'm not interested in lowering.
can confirm driving in winter lowered is no problem at all. I'm lowered about 1.5", driving all through canadian winter
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:38 AM   #5
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Do not get bigger tires to fill the gap, get coilovers or a lowering spring. Larger tires add weight and diminish steering feedback/response. You'll also feel more body roll because the tires squish.

I'm more surprised that the wheel didn't come in a 5x114.3
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Do not get bigger tires to fill the gap, get coilovers or a lowering spring. Larger tires add weight and diminish steering feedback/response. You'll also feel more body roll because the tires squish.

I'm more surprised that the wheel didn't come in a 5x114.3
They look to be the BRZ STi wheels.

In addition to these points though, with larger tires, your speedometer will not read correctly.

My vote would be to just get a set of lowering springs if the gap is all you're worried about.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:37 AM   #7
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Get 1" lowering springs. (Like Eibach ProKit springs, TRD, or really any 1" drop spring works pretty well) They are budget friendly, work great with OEM struts, and will make your car look like you want.

Coilovers are, IMO, for someone that knows what they will provide for them compared to lowering springs, and why they need them compared to springs. If you can't answer these questions: Springs are for you!

Additionally, they last way longer, don't ever need adjusted, and normally are quiet. (no creaking, squeeking, or rattling- common issues with coils)
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Just get some springs that drop the car 1". That should be good enough to decrease the wheel gap. TRD, Eibach Pro-Kit or RCE Yellow springs will get the job done and they are good springs.
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that looks way better, i have the 17'' sti's would you recommend me going a bit lower to compensate. thanks for the pics
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that looks way better, i have the 17'' sti's would you recommend me going a bit lower to compensate. thanks for the pics
yes. But as all the others mentioned, I would go with lowering springs in your case. You don't want to cheap out on coilovers. Good ones are like $2500-3000 cad, and springs are just a few hundred I believe
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Mach V is a good set of springs too. I had them for a while. Loved them. Plus good support @Mach V Dan
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Just cut your springs.
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TRD springs are like 300 at the dealership
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