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I have been trying to finalize a puchase of new wheels.

Originally I wanted something with alot of spokes but shifted towards a larger 5-spoke design.

I was on tirerack and it seems like the best place to get them from, because they can ship to an installer right near my house and put in lowering springs for me.

Here is the model I think I have decided on:

Sport Edition ST4 18x8

The recommend a 225-45-18 tire size which I guess is okay? Anyways, let me know what you think of them, you can view them on the cts with the viewer on their site.
 

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20 inches strong...go big or go home is what I say...
 

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most people run either 245/40 or 245/45 with 18's, i think something is wrong with tire rack's numbers

nice wheels....could do without the rivets though
 

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18's and eibachs is a wonderful site to my eyes, i love it. I think your on the right path with 5 spoke. Also while your thinking along those lines, might want to check out the splut 5 spoke look or even 7 spokes which is like my sig pic...nice choice in 18's and eibachs though
 

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yes, I will be sticking with 18". I can surely afford 20's, and was thinking about it, but they are just too big for me.

About the painted vs chrome. I live in Ohio and want to use these rims all year round. Chrome would literally be ruined in the first year of being on my car. Besides, I don't like chrome anyways.

Tire size... I don't know why tirerack recommends 225, must be something to do with the stock tires? Anyways, going with 245's just makes the tire wider, correct? Rubbing with eibach's in? Should I go with 245?


Thanks for the replies.
 

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I've have some almost like that on my car. Mine just has nut covers. 18 all the way. Looks good and you don't lose much of your ride quality. I get nothing but compliments with mine. I can't take to much chrome either.
 

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I've have some almost like that on my car. Mine just has nut covers. 18 all the way. Looks good and you don't lose much of your ride quality. I get nothing but compliments with mine. I can't take to much chrome either.
I have 20's on mine and the ride quality didn't change at all for me. I seriously thought it would, but was extremely impressed when I drove it home after getting the new tires put on and didn't notice a difference. My stocks are 17" rims with 50 series tires and my 20's have 35 series, so maybe that's why I don't notice a difference?

To cover a comment from above, keep your stock tires for winter wheels, it's always a great feeling to put your "summer" tires back on every year. I've lost a couple pairs of "chrome" rims to winter conditions, stockies are going back on come "October - November".

I'm sure whatever you do will look great, anything is better than stock. I know I considered 18's but then decided that I didn't want to be sitting here "wishing" that I had gone with 20's.

Good Luck !
 

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Regardless of the 20 vs. 18 debate (its totally personal preference for looks). If you're running 8" wide wheels, get a 40mm offset and 245's. 225's look skinny even on the stock wheels. 245/45R18's or 245/35R20's. They're slightly larger diameter than stock, but are stock size for the V (same body as us) and fit the wheel wells much better.
 

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I have 20's on mine and the ride quality didn't change at all for me. I seriously thought it would, but was extremely impressed when I drove it home after getting the new tires put on and didn't notice a difference. My stocks are 17" rims with 50 series tires and my 20's have 35 series, so maybe that's why I don't notice a difference?

To cover a comment from above, keep your stock tires for winter wheels, it's always a great feeling to put your "summer" tires back on every year. I've lost a couple pairs of "chrome" rims to winter conditions, stockies are going back on come "October - November".

I'm sure whatever you do will look great, anything is better than stock. I know I considered 18's but then decided that I didn't want to be sitting here "wishing" that I had gone with 20's.

Good Luck !
Not trying to dissagree. But I feel alot more bumps in the road now . Sinse I went from 16's to 18's and I know I would feel even more if I went to 20's. Complete smooth road no problem though. Also that higher air pressure you have to run don't help.
 

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Not trying to dissagree. But I feel alot more bumps in the road now . Sinse I went from 16's to 18's and I know I would feel even more if I went to 20's. Complete smooth road no problem though. Also that higher air pressure you have to run don't help.
We'll agree to disagree. I don't feel the difference, but really, that's not what the thread is about, although we are definitely providing different and informative points of view.

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Thanks for all the info and different perspectives on this. I am going to go with 245 tires as recommended and hopefully stick with that style rim.'


These look pretty sweet. Imagine that lowered with 20% tint all around and tinted tails.
 
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