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 Old 05-20-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
 
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Default 17" wheels for my MS3?

Sorry if this has been covered before - it must have been, but searches didn't give me anything.

I want a set of track wheels for my MS3. 17" because they are lighter, and R-compound tires will be fine with that sidewall depth. 8" wide, because that's what Toyo or Hoosier recommend for their tires. So, I'm looking for:
17"x8" with 5-114.3 bolt pattern, 48mm offset.
I see that Evos and such use the same 5-114 bolt pattern, but seem to all be around 35mm offset. Anyone tried that? Seems like it could be a problem for the wheel bearings more than clearance. Any other cars use the same 5-114 pattern that you know of?

Yes, I've called TireRack with some results, but none just what I was looking for. Any suggestions appreciated.

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why not go 17"x9"?

it fits and wont weight much more than 8" wide.
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I'm good with 9" if I can find them.
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p.s. yeah, I could use 9".... :-).
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Thanks for the input so far. Back to the second part of my question - it seems I can find 17" wheels with the right bolt pattern, but with 35mm instead of 48mm offset (RX7, other Mazdas, Nissan, etc). That's about a 1/2" difference, if I calculate correctly. Anyone have opinions about how healthy that would be, especially on the track? Bearings, etc?

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Which track are you referring to, Drag or AutoX?
If its Drag here is what I did.
I found a set of rims + tires off from a 2005 V6 Mustang, on craigslist for $100.
Yes all 4 plus tires for $100.
I saw that Tru-Boost had gotten in the 12's and asked what he was using.
He told me and thats what I got.
I am still waiting on some slicks/drag radials.
I turned around and sold the other 2 tires/rims to another MS3 owner.

There are some really good deals out there.
The 2005 V6 Mustang rims fit and have the perfect offset.
They are 16 inch not 17.
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For drags that seems like a really sensible solution! But I'll be autocrossing, and I'm trying to keep the unsprung weight down by selecting light wheels. Any idea what the Mustang wheels weigh? Also, do you know the offset? I'm most concerned that 35mm vs 48. I guess that puts the hub closer the the physical center of the wheel?

thanks again for the info,
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Enkei RS-M

They come in 17X8 5X114 bolt pattern and +48 offset. Another bonus is that they are not terribly expensive and only weigh 16.8 lbs. I really want a set.

If you search for STi wheels, you'll come up with some possible solutions. The Subarus have a smaller hub bore, but many aftermarket wheels are bored out large and use hub rings. You'll just need to make sure the wheels you want are 67.1 or larger.
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Thanks - that's a great suggestion. I had also found many 17x8's by searching under Acura TSX. Sure would be nice if TireRack allowed selection by size, pattern, offset...
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Don't limit yourself to 17's "because they're lighter"... A set of really good 18's can still be a couple pounds lighter than a set of pretty good 17's. They're only 7.5" wide, but my 18" VOLK CE28Nf's weigh under 15 lbs each complete with center caps and aluminum valve stems. Yeah retail price is $3220 for the set, but keep your eyes open on forums and ebay - sets of really nice rims do come around for very good prices.
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