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    Potential noob dumb question. I'm looking to get a new set of rims for my 2012 STI to save hassle changing the tires in summer and winter. I'm having trouble deciding what to get, don't really want to do any extra modifications and I just want something that looks good, is safe of course and will last. I became frustrated with the complexity of decisions regarding sizes, offsets, etc. so called Subaru to see what a new stock set would cost. They're around $900 each - can anyone explain why they are so expensive? Are they that much better than aftermarket rims that seem to go for anything between $150 and $350 each?

    If they are, should I look to get a cheaper set of rims and use those in winter, and keep the stocks for summer?

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    Buy some cheap wheels for winter.

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    A lot of people mount the winter tires on a set of steelies. OEM wheels aren't any better than a good set of aftermarket.

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    I plan on running my stocks for winter. Especially since the paint is screwed anyway. Then eventually running a nice summer set when I can afford it

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    Whatever set you go with, make sure they clear the Bremboes. Steelies will not clear them. AFAIK on steelies off a Honda CRV will fit.

    Look on CL & the forums & you can find a used set for winter.
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    Used BBSs (especially off '05-'07 STIs) are relatively cheap used...
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    I'd use the stock ones as winter wheels (not that fond of their looks personally).

    Plenty of (much nicer looking IMO) Enkeis out there. They are a good wheel company, but they usually sell a whole set for the price the dealer quoted for one of those.

    The take-offs from an earlier STi (not '04 though) was a great idea.
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    Thanks for all the advice guys.

    Am thinking I will either get:

    - Another used set of stock STI wheels from Craigslist (seemingly they can be had for about $1000 in good condition)
    - TSW Nurburgring RF
    - Prodrive GT1

    and use my existing (slightly scuffed) wheels for Winter.

    Any thoughts on either of the above wheels?

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    I have seen stock wheels on different Subaru Parts Online stores for as little as $315 each and reconditioned ones for $199 if you really want to keep the stock wheel look all year round. I was lucky enough to get a full set of stock wheels from a fellow member for $650 shipped. Had to order a set of TPMS modules for them though and that set me back another $159. Like you said, it's nice to be able to just swap wheels when the weather calls for it and not go through the hassle of unmounting and remounting tires each time.

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    look on ebay i got a set of the 08-10 stock wheels for 500 shipped then got them powder coated
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    That is a nice buy. Like the powder coating! Thinking I might go ahead and get my new extra set of '12 WRX stock wheels done with black Plasti Dip. Really love playing with the stuff. Did the rear emblems and front grill with it so far.

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    Nice I like the orange wrx badge
    here's my winter set up with bridgestone blizzaks 235/40 R18s
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisc View Post
    Thanks for all the advice guys.

    Am thinking I will either get:

    - Another used set of stock STI wheels from Craigslist (seemingly they can be had for about $1000 in good condition)
    - TSW Nurburgring RF
    - Prodrive GT1

    and use my existing (slightly scuffed) wheels for Winter.

    Any thoughts on either of the above wheels?
    Whatever you do, get your offset right. I don't know what it is excatly for your year, but the TSW looks way off (looking at the 18x8.0 PCD 5x114.3 (5x4.5) ET 35, 5.9"BS). I do like that general style (similar to my BBS RK).

    Here is a suitable alternative, that isn't too heavy:
    Enkei Tuning Raijin
    Finish: Gunmetal Painted
    Offset: 45mm Backspacing: 6.25" Bolt Pattern: 5-114
    Rec. Tire Size:245/40-18
    Weight: 20.1lbs.



    The prodrives look like they will line up much much better on offset. They look OK, but that is your preference. What is the weight?? OZ ultraleggera and Enkei PF01 are sort of similar and very light.

    Unless your car is white, these are spendy but are very light and would look great IMO (not worth much). Weight would be a high priority for me (I also try to buy light tires) - it makes a noticeable difference.


    O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
    Finish: White Painted
    Offset: 48mm Backspacing: 6.41" Bolt Pattern: 5-114
    Rec. Tire Size:245/40-18
    Weight: 17.4lbs.
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    search craigslist, i see stock wheels going for pretty cheap on there
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Whatever you do, get your offset right. I don't know what it is excatly for your year, but the TSW looks way off (looking at the 18x8.0 PCD 5x114.3 (5x4.5) ET 35, 5.9"BS). I do like that general style (similar to my BBS RK).
    The TSW's are 8.5 wide, with an offset of +45, which I'm told is OK.

    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    The prodrives look like they will line up much much better on offset. They look OK, but that is your preference. What is the weight?? OZ ultraleggera and Enkei PF01 are sort of similar and very light.
    Just over 20lbs I think. And yes, I considered both of those, but for some reason or other, am drawn to the Prodrives.

    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Unless your car is white, these are spendy but are very light and would look great IMO (not worth much). Weight would be a high priority for me (I also try to buy light tires) - it makes a noticeable difference.
    Plasma Blue - but still don't think I have the man's equipment required to go with the white ;-). Although I do like the idea of going lighter, just can't quite part with that much cash.

    Thanks for your help!

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