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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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Skinny? :rotfl:
 

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Skinny? :rotfl:
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... :rotfl:
 

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My bugeye came with 16x6.5 wheels stock.
 

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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!!!" :rotfl:
 

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lol

It was an upgrade on my '68 Camaro when I went to 15x7!!
 

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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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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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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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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.
I'm hoping since I'm not going larger in diameter but just a little wider I'll be ok. I think just a little wider and it will look perfect. I'm definitely not lowering the car.

When you say "want an +42-45 ET" that means these are good without spacers, right?

17x9 Rota DPT - Flat Black (5x100/114.3/e42/73) Wheeldude.com - Professional wheel dealer.
 

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I'm hoping since I'm not going larger in diameter but just a little wider I'll be ok. I think just a little wider and it will look perfect. I'm definitely not lowering the car.

When you say "want an +42-45 ET" that means these are good without spacers, right?

17x9 Rota DPT - Flat Black (5x100/114.3/e42/73) Wheeldude.com - Professional wheel dealer.
On a 2011+ WRX you will be perfectly fine running a 17x9 et40-45 with 245/40 tires with no spacers. Heck, if you had stiffer springs and a mild roll you could probably get away with running 265-275/35/r18 on the new wrx body style.
 
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