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This is a discussion on The OFFICIAL 2011/12 WRX wheel/tire thread within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; NICE, this is exactly what I'm doing as soon as winter breaks. I figured this would hold me over until ...

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    NICE, this is exactly what I'm doing as soon as winter breaks. I figured this would hold me over until I fork the coin over for some new wheels. what lug nuts are you using? I planned on switching to red also and those look nice.


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    Plast dipped for almost a year now!

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    Thanks. Like you, I'm saving some dough too for a nice 18 incher. But for now, stocks will work fine. This is the second winter with the plasti dip, power wash them, and still holding ok. Got the lug nuts from Sickspeed, very light.
    Quote Originally Posted by ears2305 View Post
    NICE, this is exactly what I'm doing as soon as winter breaks. I figured this would hold me over until I fork the coin over for some new wheels. what lug nuts are you using? I planned on switching to red also and those look nice.

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    Final thoughts on my future summer set-up before I pull the trigger??

    Wheels: Enkei Raijin 18 x 9.5 et+45
    Tires: 255/35/18
    Suspension: Currently on Tein coilovers, f/r sways as well

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

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    Yes those wheels are fugly if ur going to do a 18x9.5 do something that has a nice concave front or stick to a 17x9


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilnut View Post
    Final thoughts on my future summer set-up before I pull the trigger??

    Wheels: Enkei Raijin 18 x 9.5 et+45
    Tires: 255/35/18
    Suspension: Currently on Tein coilovers, f/r sways as well

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
    I thought about the Raijin's when I was originally wheel shopping too, but ultimately went with something different (just personal preference). I went back and fourth about going 9.5 but was swayed against going over 9 inches wide (partly due to performance, and partly because of the tire cost)...The 9 inch wheel is actually much wider than I thought. I would go with 265's if you are going to 9.5 inch wheels. I have 255's on the 9 inch wide wheels that I have and they fit perfect. Good offset you have though, that will give you a much more flush look.

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    These wheels do have a nice concave to it. How do I know you say? I have these wheels!!


    Is there a certain reason why you don't want a 265 tires? 255 would be the lowest I would go with a 9.5 in wheel.also your going to have to roll the rear fenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrxPower View Post
    These wheels do have a nice concave
    not with a +45, 35 yes

    It's very very minimal with a 45 offset and if you're going to run a bigger wheel you're slightly putting form over function so why stop there? Run a more aggressive offset as well you have to roll your rear fenders anyways

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    I don't understand how the offset affects concave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrxPower View Post
    I don't understand how the offset affects concave.
    It's where the hubcap is so they could either be concave or deepdished. I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrxPower View Post
    I don't understand how the offset affects concave.
    Do you understand what Offset means? Quick picture that will illustrate how it would affect the concave of the wheel.


    http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/...jsp?techid=101

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    What I know about offset is the lower the number the more the wheel/tire stick out of fender. The higher the offset the more the wheel/tire are closer to fender. Theses wheels raijin are a one piece wheel so how can a lower offset affect the concave? I can't remember if enkei even makes a lower offset.

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    Because the distance from the outside of the lip to center of the wheel is further away so the concave on the front of the wheel is deeper.


    They make a 35 as well as a 38 i believe they may be special orders but i have seen them on cars.

    This may help you understand the concept better
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwiqAr2bI-I

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    Ok, thanks for the input gang!

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    The degree of concavity of some wheels is affected by the offset.
    Some wheels, however, this does not apply to. For example:

    With RPF1's, it is the width of the wheel that determines whether or not it is concave or convex.
    So with RPF1's, the 7", 7.5", 8", and 8.5" widths have a convex face regardless of offset.
    And the 9", 9.5", 10" widths, etc. all have a concave face regardless of offset.
    Above 9" on these, they all have the same lip and just the hub depth is changed to determine the offset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilnut View Post
    Final thoughts on my future summer set-up before I pull the trigger??

    Wheels: Enkei Raijin 18 x 9.5 et+45
    Tires: 255/35/18
    Suspension: Currently on Tein coilovers, f/r sways as well

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
    This is the same setup I am planning to get!...... eventually

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatBroBill View Post
    not with a +45, 35 yes

    It's very very minimal with a 45 offset and if you're going to run a bigger wheel you're slightly putting form over function so why stop there? Run a more aggressive offset as well you have to roll your rear fenders anyways
    I have done a pretty fair amount of research on these wheels, and the only offset that Enkei offers in this wheel size (bolt pattern 5x100 wheel size 18" x 9.5") is +45. If you want any offset lower you have to go all the way down to an 8 inch wheel width. At that size they give you the option of +45 or +35. HERE is the link to the size chart for the Raijin.

    EDIT: with a +45 offset you still have a nice little bit of concavity to the appearance.
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