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So yesterday, finally having some free time as it being spring break for me, i decided to finally put on the struts and springs that have been laying in my garage for months. Prodrive Blue WRX springs paired with 2004 WRX Struts. Along with custom axleback Exhaust and HIDS. All in one day! QUESTION. can anyone tell me if i can run 18x9.5 +38 and what size tires are good for my setup? Rota grids ftw.

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Looks pretty good, but I don't see any HID's :lol:
How loud is that exhaust without having a rear muffler section?

I'm also not entirely sure what you'd want to make those grids fit. a 245/45 would be a little stretched, and a 255/35 would be a great match. You'll need some camber adjustment though and I dont believe a set of camber bolts would be enough.
 

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255s would definitely rub. im on 04 sti takeoffs and i have a 17x8 +35 with a 255/40/17 and if i have anyone more than myself in the car ill rub under harder cornering if i hit any bumps. and with 4 people in the car, it rubs on almost every bump. the blue springs are stiffer, but still lower. if you get a good roll job you might be alright fitting them but dont quote me on it. i still need to get my fenders rolled. that being said, the car looks great! id love to go lower, but cant for obvious reasons ^^^ aaha

Looks pretty good, but I don't see any HID's :lol:
How loud is that exhaust without having a rear muffler section?

I'm also not entirely sure what you'd want to make those grids fit. a 245/45 would be a little stretched, and a 255/35 would be a great match. You'll need some camber adjustment though and I dont believe a set of camber bolts would be enough.
 

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Looks good, and YES some grids would look good on it!! Would take some work however...

How loud is that exhaust...?
 

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I'm quite certain the fenders would need rubbing even with a large amount of camber.
I'm on 245/40s with an 18x8.5 et48 with very limited camber, and I rub on the fender with the car is loaded up. And I'm only on 05 STi springs with WRX KYB's.
With the right amount of camber and fender rolling... they could fit. There is a good chance it might look ridiculous though, or "herrafrush". You run into a strut clearance issue if you dial too much camber into the rear, especially with OEM struts because they're thicker than coilovers.

If you stretch a 245/40-18 onto an 18x9.5 et38 and run some decent camber it'll work. I'd still roll the fenders though because it'll probably still hit when the car is loaded.
You'll have to do some experimenting with tire sizes... which isn't that bad if you've got a friendly tire shop who stock the sizes you want regularly.
 

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Exhaust is suprisingly not that loud. Lets out that nice deep rumble without too much droning. ill post a video clip as soon as i can. For a 90$ Exhaust, you cant go wrong. as much as i want to go 18x9.5, i just dont know. looks like a lot of headaches to get them fitting properly. im steering towards a set of 18x8.5 rota svns maybe?! anyone know a good place in the bay area that does fender rolling for a good price? maybe someone in bay area can help me out for cheapies :biggrin: ?
 

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SVN's will work fine, you just need a good alignment with some moderate camber. I'm running a set of them with 245/40's with a lack of rear camber (changing that in a few weeks)
You shouldn't need to roll anything, but it couldn't hurt.
And with white... you have the bold colour option available to you :biggrin:
 

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the blue springs are stiffer, but still lower.
His are the WRX springs, they are softer than OEM STi and most likely lower. It will rub.

18x8.5 -- depends on the offset, but it will probably still rub. I had 18x8 48+ offset at around the same height and it rubbed with 245/45/18 tires.

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Looks good. Any wheel that wide in any offset will not be plug and play. For that offset, at the minimum, you'll need a fender roll all round and you'll probably need to pull the backs a tiny bit too. You'll need negative camber especially out back. But if you dial in too much, you'll hit the strut. Coilovers will give you more clearance. Rubbing also depends on tire stretch. If you do more stretch, less neg camber needed and vice versa. Here's 245/40 on 18x9.5 et38 grids. I wouldn't call that stretch.
 
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