Fitting 18 inch wheels & lowering springs

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  1. Lladnyk

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    So my tires only have a few thousand miles left on them, so I figured now is the time to get bigger rims!

    I'm fairly certain I'll be going with these Enkei Wheels, and I want to go with 18 inches as well as drop the car with some Tanabe DF210 Springs. Bolt pattern I believe is 5x100, but as far as width and offset, I'm pretty uncertain. Seems they have 8 in, 8.5in, and 9.5in, and the offsets are either 38mm or 45mm. My main priority is to fit these wheels in without rubbing, if possible, without rolling the fenders. I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of the ride quality. After all this, I'd prefer to have the wheels flush with the fenders and to not have a tire too narrow for the rim.

    I've done a bit of research already but the whole thing is a bit overwhelming and I could really use some advice from those who've fit 18 inch wheels before dropping this much cash.
     
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    18x8.5 45 offset (215/40/18 tire)nankang ns25
    Roll fenders(it's no big deal)
    Springs are good

    Then you'll be good to go.


    Pictured is 18x8.5 35 offset. Since the ones you want aren't offer in 38 offset id recommend either a 5mm slip on spacer or a 10mm spacer with extended studs
     

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    Thank you this is exactly what I needed to see. Do you think I could get away with not using spacers? Since it's only a 1 cm difference, I can live with it as long as it doesn't rub.
     
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    It won't be flush without it but it will be a big improvement from stockstill still
     
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    215/40/18 tires seem like a stretch, anyone have any luck fitting 235’s?
     
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    Too big and fat. Causes clearance problem and is ugly.


    Trust me
     
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    Alright little update: Tanabe springs are sitting in the garage and I just got the fenders rolled, front and back. Last thing I have to decide on is tire size. I'd like to do 225/40/18 but if I have to I'll go with 215/40/18. Can anyone confirm fitment of 225s or confirm that they do rub with rolled fenders?
     
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    Go 215 trust me
     
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    18x8, 45 Offset, 225/40x18, Stock springs:
     

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    Tires too big and wheels too skinny
     
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