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    Where to buy wider wheels for 2012 WRX?

    I want to get either 17 x 9 inch wide or 18 x 9 inch wide wheels to replace the skinny stock 17 x 8 inch wheels. Both Tirerack and DiscountTireDirect won't even let me choose anything that wide for this car. Where can I buy wheels in either of those sizes and also be sure they will fit my car?

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    Thanks, scarmack - I'll check them out. And I also just figured out how to search for wheels just by sizes on DiscountTire.

    Anybody know if the brand "Drag" is any good? It's the only brand that carries 17x9 wheels on DiscountTire; they do look nice. But I've never heard of them before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Skinny?
    I guess in comparison to what I've had on other cars. My last car for example was a Audi S4 with really wide tires.

    Also, on the WRX with the wide fender flares this car should have wider wheels and tires. Especially, when looking from the back or front, yes, they look skinny in my opinion.

    So, yes, skinny...
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    I remember when I upgraded from 6in wide wheels to 7in wide wheels on my Integra back 12 years ago. I thought "Damn those 17x7s are wide!!!"
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    Same with horsepower. I remember when I had 125 HP on my 94 Civic Si (car I owned when I was 16) and I thought that was a lot of power. Now with a car that has over 250 HP and I still want more.

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    Will these with 245/40 tires fit on a 2012 WRX without rolling the fenders or whatever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarmack View Post
    Yes
    Nice! What about spacers? Seems the extra inch of width is going inwards towards the car... and I'm guessing this is why Tirerack or DiscountTire won't even give 9 inch wide wheels as choices when choosing by car.

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    lots of people here will say spacers are bad your your car. Extra stress on the hub, bolts, suspension...throws off certain other dynamics. I dont remember exactly, just that I dont think they are a good idea.

    Someone else can probably elaborate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hung_Wei_Lo View Post
    Nice! What about spacers? Seems the extra inch of width is going inwards towards the car... and I'm guessing this is why Tirerack or DiscountTire won't even give 9 inch wide wheels as choices when choosing by car.
    The ET specification is there for a reason. If you push your wheels out further, you're changing the load on the suspension and will detriment your cornering/handling. For a 17x9, you'll want an +42-45 ET IIRC. I could get into the physics of this, but I'm too lazy.
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