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This is a discussion on Wheels and tires within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; OK, thanks to everyone for their input. I've selected to go with an Enkei wheel with a Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. ...

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    OK, thanks to everyone for their input. I've selected to go with an Enkei wheel with a Bridgestone Potenza RE-11. No, I'm not sure if I should go with 17 or 18. I'd like for it to perform at its peak, but if I go to the 18, do I have to change the size of the brakes? What's better for performance, 17s or 18s? Also, trying not to pull the fender. I like the look of a tire that barely sticks out of the fender. Is there a way to get the look with a regular width tire?

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    I doubt you'd be able to feel a differenece on a road car used sensibly.

    However, for performance, you need specifically only what you need. No more. The lightest, narrowest, smallest wheel/tyre combo that provides you just the traction necessary, no less but no more, is ideal. However you don't really have actual requirements against which to judge your choices. If you compete, see what your class allows. If you don't, go by taste.

    Since the above is beyond the scope of a road car, go to Tirerack's site, and eyeball 17 and 18 combos on your car using their online tool. See what you like.

    As far as offset and fender rolling, I don't know, sorry.
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    Without actual specs of wheels you're looking at, we can't tell you what will require pulling and what won't.

    Are you competing in autocross?

    17's would be better for performance. Much lighter wheel and (usually) cheaper tires.

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    What model year car is this going on? That's a start...

    17s are generally lighter, cheaper, and cheaper to outfit with tires, especially with an expensive tire like the RE-11 (which is a great tire btw)

    You'll usually require fender rolling if you go any larger of a wheel/tire combo that is 9.5in wide with an offset lower than +38. So if you stay under that, you *should* be ok. No guarantees though.

    My perfect wheel would be something like this: 17x9 +42ish with a 245/40/17 tire. You wouldn't have to roll fenders with that.

    And whatever size wheel you get doesn't dictate what brakes you need. The brakes you have usually will dictate what size wheel you need (such as STI Brembos require at least a 17in wheel...WRXs can go down to 15 o 16in).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    My perfect wheel would be something like this: 17x9 +42ish with a 245/40/17 tire. You wouldn't have to roll fenders with that.
    This is exactly what I have. But unfortunately, since it's 9" width I am automatically bumped up to SM class in autocross if I run on those wheels. And I can't go with 255 tire like I would prefer because that would yet again bump me up...and 255 is also a hard size tire to locate for a reasonable price. So if you are going to be competitive in motorsports, rules and budget will likely guide your decision more so than what's "best performance overall" or what your eye may prefer. If not, don't worry about it

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    Thanks so much everyone for your suggestions. It's not for competition and it's going on a 2014 WRX.

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    That definitely make a big difference as far as what 'looks' better and what can fit without needing a roll/pull.

    Performance-wise, most of what was said is still true.

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    On the 2011-2014 models, I actually prefer a 17in wheel because you can get some meaty ass looking tires on there which looks better than thinner tires IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    On the 2011-2014 models, I actually prefer a 17in wheel because you can get some meaty ass looking tires on there which looks better than thinner tires IMO.
    I absolutely agree with that Mikie
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    +2 for meaty tires

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    Installed a set of Enkie T6S ... 17x8 with 45mm offset. Big improvement over OEM wheels. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdBurr View Post
    Installed a set of Enkie T6S ... 17x8 with 45mm offset. Big improvement over OEM wheels.
    Nice!

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    Looks good!
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