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I got my car last Nov and have been reading the forum for a while.
Finally put some wheels on, and for those who say 8.5 rim with 30 sth offset won't fit our car you are WRONG!
These are Sportmax 962 18X7.5 +38 in front and 18X8.5 +35 in rear with 225/40/18 Kumho MX all arround.
It did rub in the rear at first, and the fender did cut my tires about 1-2mm deep. I rolled them with a baseball bat and it's fine now even with 3 people total weight of 400lbs and cornering hard. It didn't rub even when the traction control kicks in. So I don't think they will ever rub.
BTW my suspension is stock.
OK, here is the prove!



 

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Not to get down on ya mate, but why did you put wider wheels in the rear, and use the same size tyre? :-S Or just why did you choose those sizes?
 

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staggered ehh, interesting take on the wheel debate.
you also went with a fairly agressive offset, have you had your car up in the air and had a chance to inspect inside clearances? would be interested if you could somehow get a picture next time you are down there. :D
where exactly did the rear wheels rub? I always thought the wheels would rub on the inside with a wide tire, but with your offset im gonna guess it was rubbing on the lip?
 

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There are at least 1 inch clearance inside the wheel both front and rear.
I would say you can get even bigger tires on front without rubbing, may be 235/40 since the front fenders are wider.

AND for those who ask why I went with a staggered set, I just like the look and want to be different.
Similiar to VW Golf and Jetta, they use staggered wheels on FWD. And I think it looks good in 3 too.
A good example:

As long as the tires are the same, it doesn't affect the performance except may be a little bit more understeer. But hey when you have 265hp in a FWD car, understeering is expected.
 

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[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200216#msg1200216 date=1171167094]
You rolled your fenders with a baseball bat? I don't know the proper procedure for doing this... but I'm guessing that isn't normal?!
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Well, you can rent a fender rolling for $40-50 bucks for 3 days, or you can have a shop roll it for you for $80 a side.
Or you can just use a breaker bar or a small baseball bat and a heat gun to roll it, it gets the job done if you know what you are doing. I rolled my Corolla AE86 to fit 0 offset rims, my friend's Miata and Jetta and they all look great.
 

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[quote author=2007MS3 link=topic=69214.msg1200233#msg1200233 date=1171167715]
[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200216#msg1200216 date=1171167094]
You rolled your fenders with a baseball bat? I don't know the proper procedure for doing this... but I'm guessing that isn't normal?!
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Well, you can rent a fender rolling for $40-50 bucks for 3 days, or you can have a shop roll it for you for $80 a side.
Or you can just use a breaker bar or a small baseball bat and a heat gun to roll it, it gets the job done if you know what you are doing. I rolled my Corolla AE86 to fit 0 offset rims, my friend's Miata and Jetta and they all look great.
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Interesting. I wasn't bashing the way you were doing it, I had just never heard of that before. Do you have any pics of the final outcome? I'd be interested in seeing it.
 

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[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200239#msg1200239 date=1171167867]
[quote author=2007MS3 link=topic=69214.msg1200233#msg1200233 date=1171167715]
[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200216#msg1200216 date=1171167094]
You rolled your fenders with a baseball bat? I don't know the proper procedure for doing this... but I'm guessing that isn't normal?!
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Well, you can rent a fender rolling for $40-50 bucks for 3 days, or you can have a shop roll it for you for $80 a side.
Or you can just use a breaker bar or a small baseball bat and a heat gun to roll it, it gets the job done if you know what you are doing. I rolled my Corolla AE86 to fit 0 offset rims, my friend's Miata and Jetta and they all look great.
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Interesting. I wasn't bashing the way you were doing it, I had just never heard of that before. Do you have any pics of the final outcome? I'd be interested in seeing it.
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I don't have pics of it, but I can tell you it doesn't look as smooth as those fenders rolled by fender roller.
However, you won't notice unless you put your hand down there to feel it.
 

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[quote author=2007MS3 link=topic=69214.msg1200246#msg1200246 date=1171168064]
[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200239#msg1200239 date=1171167867]
[quote author=2007MS3 link=topic=69214.msg1200233#msg1200233 date=1171167715]
[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200216#msg1200216 date=1171167094]
You rolled your fenders with a baseball bat? I don't know the proper procedure for doing this... but I'm guessing that isn't normal?!
[/quote]

Well, you can rent a fender rolling for $40-50 bucks for 3 days, or you can have a shop roll it for you for $80 a side.
Or you can just use a breaker bar or a small baseball bat and a heat gun to roll it, it gets the job done if you know what you are doing. I rolled my Corolla AE86 to fit 0 offset rims, my friend's Miata and Jetta and they all look great.
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Interesting. I wasn't bashing the way you were doing it, I had just never heard of that before. Do you have any pics of the final outcome? I'd be interested in seeing it.
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I don't have pics of it, but I can tell you it doesn't look as smooth as those fenders rolled by fender roller.
However, you won't notice unless you put your hand down there to feel it.
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In which case, nobody will... so you are all set! Cool man...

I'll let you get back on topic now... sorry for that :p
 

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Wow, a baseball bat! they have been rolling fenders with them since the 50's Old School, right there. Wheels look nice!
 

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Not feeling those rims at all. Makes it look like you got 16s on there. Just my opinion tho. And staggered look...hmm. okkk.
 

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I'm not feeling the rims either. I personaly do not like thick 5 stars. The lip on the rims is a too thick also. It makes the rims look cheap IMO. I do like the idea of wide rims in the back and thinner rims in the front although it does seem a little odd on FWD cars.
 

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[quote author=2007MS3 link=topic=69214.msg1200233#msg1200233 date=1171167715]
[quote author=zoom_craigy_zoom link=topic=69214.msg1200216#msg1200216 date=1171167094]
You rolled your fenders with a baseball bat? I don't know the proper procedure for doing this... but I'm guessing that isn't normal?!
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Well, you can rent a fender rolling for $40-50 bucks for 3 days, or you can have a shop roll it for you for $80 a side.
Or you can just use a breaker bar or a small baseball bat and a heat gun to roll it, it gets the job done if you know what you are doing. I rolled my Corolla AE86 to fit 0 offset rims, my friend's Miata and Jetta and they all look great.
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I did the same in my z. It is a must when you put in coilovers and lower your car over 3". bat doesn't work so good on fiberglass fenders :)
 

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I saw a pretty nice RSX with staggered wheels in a tuner mag. But it was staggered larger width in front and small in back so the ass-end would slide out easier in corners.
 
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