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Thread: What size wheels under turbo flares ?

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    What size wheels under turbo flares ?

    Just wondering what wheel/tyre combos everyone is running with their turbo flares ? I just ordered some flares from IE and started looking for wheels, but I dont know what will or wont fit ! The car is hopefully going to have a turbo M42 so I would prefer to run a meaty tire under the rear.

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    I have 15x8 et0 with 225-45-15 Hankook R-S3, and get a slight rub at full compression in the rear. et~10 would solve that issue, I have plenty of room to move things inboard. The front hits the footwell at full lock.

    Pictures in my Flickr link in sig.

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    ^so at full lock, the outer edge of your tire is hitting?

    i'm trying to help my dad out with the same thing, possibly a square setup 16x9.5 et38....that seems awfully wide though even for the widebody flares lol


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    I would run the Rota RB's. They are 13x8 et4. they would look the part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000mkoop View Post
    ^so at full lock, the outer edge of your tire is hitting?

    i'm trying to help my dad out with the same thing, possibly a square setup 16x9.5 et38....that seems awfully wide though even for the widebody flares lol
    Yup, you can see the line in this pic where it has rubbed off some of the undercoating (first time I drove it with these wheels and tires, and didn't know they rubbed that bad)




    What size tires do you plan on running with a wide 16" wheel?

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    About how much room do you have inboard ? Enough room to fit a 9 inch wheel with the right offset ?

    Anyone remember that black turbo with the style 5 or bbs rs wheels ? They looked like 17's, what wheels specs did he have ?

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    I remember that one, but if we're talking about the same one it had a 5 lug swap and so much custom work I wouldn't use it as a basis for comparison...

    I think there is enough room to run a 9" wheel with the same 225 tire, but honestly I don't think you'll have that much more support for the sidewall. It's already a little stretched on the 8" wheel.

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    I was thinking 245's

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    The trick will be finding a 245 that isn't 25" tall...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammer03 View Post
    What size tires do you plan on running with a wide 16" wheel?
    didn't end up going with those wheels unfortunately

    are those Diamond steelies? That paint combo is fantastic

    Are Diamonds pretty affordable? Seems like I remember them being a good option considering there's such a wide range of sizes/offsets


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    Diamonds are very cheap, especially used (check vwvortex) but steel and heavy.

    Mine are (I think) Spinwerks. I know they're aluminum, and they're the only ones I could find that made a 9 d-window wheel in aluminum. I bought them second-hand so I can't say for sure what they are. They came to me polished.

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    wheels...

    I once bought a car w/ 225/50 15 on 8 rears....et 12 but a spacer was used...like 20 mm......anything bigger will look cartoonish on the car IMO.....


    we ran 15/7 up frt on 205/50....


    I prefer the old school 13s...here is an 8 w/ neg 12 offset!



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    Bringing this thread back...
    I am thinking about running the following on my 2002 with turbo flairs:
    FRONT: 15x8 et0, 220/45/15
    REAR: 15x8.5 et-5, 230/45/15

    ANY OBJECTIONS!?!?

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    We'll be running 15x8.5 15x9.0 on our upcoming flared 02 build. We've used the combo before and it works well. 225/45-15 tires. I'll have to double check to see what offsets are.

    Actually, after having run that setup a few times, I'd like to try 9.0 up front and 10" rear


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    Hey @2000mkoop, what offset were you running on those 15x8.5 and 15x9.0? I'm guessing front would have to be at least -7 to get 4.5" of backspace, right? -14 in the rear?

    I want to run this setup right now. Looking at getting tii struts + e12 hubs + 15mm spacers (5x120 to 5x114.3 adapters).
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