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So, I hate to ask a question that has already been asked before but my head is swimming with information from all the content I've read. I thought I wanted to go square but the more I look (at pics/info) the more I think I want a 18" staggered set -up but I'm struggling to find vendors/wheel options with good offsets. That fat tire in the back looks sexy.
The Plan,
- 245/45/18 and 275/40/18 is the plan but I want the option of 255/45/18 and 285/40/18 as well.
- I'm lowered on tiens / konis and don't want to deal with any rubbing at all. I'd rather not roll rear fender, but if I have to I'll find someone to do it.
- I'd rather not have the wheel and tire out so far that I need mudflaps to keep my paint decent.

As far as brands go I've really liked the things I've read about Apex with weight/strength/durability.
Below are the options from APEX
Aggressive option with awesome looking concave, but might need rolling and flaps.
et (mm) Poke(mm)Inset(mm)increase in poke over stock (mm)/(in)
18x8.5 35 73 143 19.4 0.763779528
18x9.5 43 77.7 163.7 24.1 0.948818898
safe option
18x8.5 45 63 153 9.4 0.37007874
18x9.5 58 62.7 178.2 9.1 0.358267717

With trying to get as much concave without having rubbing/tire splash all over the paint issues. the perfect offset doesn't seem possible per my searching. et 40 front /50 back would be mint in my mind.

What I think would be a great no hassle option but I cant kind a source for something close to this.
18x8.5 40 68 148 14.4 0.566929134
18x9.5 50 70.7 170 17.1 0.673228346

Anyone have wheel options that would meet this happy medium requirement and have the Apex/VMR710 look?
 

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Anyone have pics of a 18x8.5 et45 and 18x9.5 et58 ? Or something close to this? Considering the apex ec-7 in these sized.
 

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no pics? its hard to verify set-ups via google images, so any help would be great.
 

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no pics? its hard to verify set-ups via google images, so any help would be great.
Kind of hard to see but mine are 18x9 +45 Front with a 255 Firehawk in front and 18x9.5 +45 Rear with a 275 firehawk. I used to run a 285 Bridgestone Potenza S0-4 pole position in the rear and they rubbed a bit even with the fenders slightly rolled. 275's do not rub at all. I wish I would have ran a square set-up with 275's all around. Yes they do fit. My suspension setup until recently was koni/H&R. With a +45 offset, I really could use a 15mm spacer to bring them out flush. For my next setup I want to run 18x9.5 + 35 square. That is also proven to work but rear fenders definitely need to be rolled in the rear if running the correct tire (275+).



 

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That's a sweet 18s setup, probably the nicest one I've seen.
 

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Thanks, based on your specs the +45 offset I'm considering in the front will be totally fine, which I was already pretty sure of. Interesting that you went 9.0 wide in the front to get some extra poke.
(Makes the et45 front work better with the et45 rear)
You've confirmed what I've read which is that the +45 rear on a 9.5" wide wheel is pushing it if you don't want to deal with rubbing, rolling etc. So the available +57 rear is the safe bet to run a 285 rear tire.

Your bringing back square setup ideas... my brain hurts.
 

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Thanks, based on your specs the +45 offset I'm considering in the front will be totally fine, which I was already pretty sure of. Interesting that you went 9.0 wide in the front to get some extra poke.
(Makes the et45 front work better with the et45 rear)
You've confirmed what I've read which is that the +45 rear on a 9.5" wide wheel is pushing it if you don't want to deal with rubbing, rolling etc. So the available +57 rear is the safe bet to run a 285 rear tire.

Your bringing back square setup ideas... my brain hurts.
When I originally ordered my wheels years ago (they are discontinued now) no one could answer if the 18 x 9.5 +45 would fit the fronts. I test fitted the rears on the front and took it for a drive. Visually, the wheels looked absolutely perfect (no poke and almost dead flush with the front fender). I had about a half inch of clearance between the inner lip of the wheel and the spring perch which made me nervous but the test drive proved that there were no issues. By the time I tried to order another rear pair, they were sold out and gone. If you really dont want to roll fenders then I guess you'll have to stick with the sizes you listed. I did mine carefully with a heat gun, jack and a official, wooden Loiusville Slugger wrapped in painters tape (lol FPFQ) Going very, very slowly I was able to roll them almost flat with no paint damage whatsoever.
 

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That's a sweet 18s setup, probably the nicest one I've seen.
Hey thanks! Time to give them a refinish. Want to fill in a little bit of curb rash and change the color. Might go back to gold.

 
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