Needed a lot of offset to tuck the wheels and tires into the car. I'm going for a different (and more OEM) look than most of the IS300 enthusiasts...holy high offset batman. glad it worked with small spacers and you got what you wanted. do you have a pic of the IS350 brakes behind your new wheels?
I spent nearly two months taking measurements off my car, reading thru this thread (and others), calling wheel shops, etc etc to choose the offsets I did. I definitely wanted to error on the too high an offset side rather than too little - because as you mentioned, you can add wheel spacers to make the offset less, but making offset more positive is a LOT more difficult LOL! I learned it's pretty tough to find "off the shelf" wheels with these high offsets. Was really nervous about ordering custom rims, so it was really nice to find the TSW Nurburgrings. No, they're not Forgelines... But I really like the style, they're rotary "forged", weigh only 19lb a piece, and only about $230 a pop.nothing wrong with having a high-er offset! i was just surprised you could clear that in the F/R at that width and offset. everyone has their own needs. the nice thing about higher offsets and the extended studs you have is you can play with offset with slip over spacers on the cheap (compared to sketchy bolt on wheel spacers). this was the main reason i went with ARP studs too.
those IS350 calipers look fantastic behind those wheels! thanks for giving me the motivation to get that swap done (i have the mounts in my room, but i need the rest of the stuff).
i didnt either, but once i found someone i could trust to do the job the correct way, i was ready. it is so nice having them out of the way and not constantly hitting. although i am a little lower than you, so it may not be as big of an issue for you as it was for me. if you ever change your mind, powered by max is offering the service and from what ive seen, i would trust them to do my spindles. i believe S9 FUCA height is 10mm shorter than stock. not much, but every little bit helps.I don't really want to hack up my front spindles, i'm actually not experiencing that much rub anymore. Serial 9 is an additional 7mm or something
wheel selection can be tough. sometimes you just need hoops in a certain width and offset and then you come to find out that no one makes anything like that.I spent nearly two months taking measurements off my car, reading thru this thread (and others), calling wheel shops, etc etc to choose the offsets I did. I definitely wanted to error on the too high an offset side rather than too little - because as you mentioned, you can add wheel spacers to make the offset less, but making offset more positive is a LOT more difficult LOL! I learned it's pretty tough to find "off the shelf" wheels with these high offsets. Was really nervous about ordering custom rims, so it was really nice to find the TSW Nurburgrings. No, they're not Forgelines... But I really like the style, they're rotary "forged", weigh only 19lb a piece, and only about $230 a pop.
On the brakes: Thank you! This silver car is my 2nd IS300, my other one being totally stock. The big brakes are a big, Big, BIG upgrade. I did the RK-series EBC rotors and EBC Yellowstuff pads all the way around, Stoptech brake hoses, and of course, the IS350 calipers. I'm extremely pleased with the performance and feel.
Sidenote: Instead of cutting my brake backing plates, I just bent them back a little - maintaining the OEM functionality and cooling air scoop. Secondly, the adaptors I bought from the guy on eBay must not have picture-perfect geometry. They bolted up just great, but I noticed some pretty serious rubbing whenever I steered. At first I thought this was my big tires rubbing the inner fender liners, but then I noticed it sounded like metallic grinding sometimes. Took a really good look at it last night and discovered that the inner braking surface of the rotors was rubbing on the caliper, on the very outer rim of the rotor. Some slight clearancing with a carbide burr solved the issue entirely, and I can now turn lock-to-lock with no rubbing whatsoever. Very happy now. Anyway, just something to watch out for.
yes. i dont necessarily care for the design either (i believe i noted this in the FUCA thread). although i couldnt find any info on them, so i thought i would be the guinea pig. i will replace either with cusco jzx arm or go with serial9 and keep these as backups. IMO serial9 has the best FUCAs for our chassis.Are those the russian made arms?
I don't like that design of upper arm bc the balljoint area is this . . . giant block
The Serial 9 seems to have alot less mass around there
ditto for the Figs but the Figs is totally alien
my specs are 18x9.5 +22; tire is 225/35/18. if my setup were to clear 40mm spindles, it would be very close. i likely wouldnt be able to go up in tire size at all. if you look at the pic again, it clears the wheel no problem, but i would likely interfere with a larger tire size. i went with 30mm shorter because i wanted to be able to be flexible with wheel options down the line; for example, a 9/10j stagger with tires that have less stretch.oh, and FWIW, I emailed Parts Shop Max
Its $500 to shorten the spindle 40mm - they dont have new replacement stuff yet. They asked if i give them my car to test, but sadly i am not in southern california or else i totally would.
I think i'll look for some junker arms tomorrow. A recycler said they'd sell me a couple for $75 each, i'm gonna hit them up
The biggest concern is whether the shortened spindle will hit the wheell/tire
From your pic it looks VERY close
What wheel specs are you running?
thanks pig. reiterating what was stated above, tire size comes into play with my current spindle/wheel setup. not like a larger tire would work with the stock fenders and the height im at, but if i had vertex or larger fenders my situation may be a little different.Meso is running 18's. You'd have to be running like 20's for the tire to hit.
Hijacking someones tread is not cool. I would say. But Google works also.Hi Guys,
I'm hoping someone can answer this question as quickly and as easily as possible - hopefully from experience.
An opportunity has come up to purchase a set of these rims - but it is from interstate and there is no chance to 'try-before-we-buy'.
Will 2006 WRX STi rims - Enkei 17x8jj +53 10 Spoke - fit a 2000 IS200 with no mods ? The IS is currently running the standard 16's.