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Old June 4th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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wheel fitment advice

I'm a complete noob to wheel fitment, and I need advice quick (I'm posting from my phone). Is there a way to fit rims with +36mm offset on my car? thanks in advance
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Old June 4th, 2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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Offset is relative to wheel width. Giving us just an offset is useless.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #3
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My apologies, as I said I'm a noob. Rims are 17x7
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Old June 4th, 2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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yeah it will fit. kinda weak but itll fit.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 01:22 PM   #5
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yeah it will fit. kinda weak but itll fit.
Ok thanks would wheel spacers help matters?

and by weak, do you mean it wouldn't look very good do to it not being flush?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 03:29 PM   #6
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Depends on what you are trying to achieve, show or go. The standard 15" x 6 1/2" wheel has a 55mm positive offset. Going to 1) a smaller 36mm positive offset and 2) to a 7" wheel moves the outer rim edge outwards a total of approximately 25mm. Your rear right tire may lightly touch the plastic part of the outer fender lip under slight bump (1/2") like mine did (215/55/16 tire). The plastic lip (part of the bumper panel) has worn with time, and now rarely rubs, expect on big bumps. The wheel spacer would make things worse, as it moves the wheel farther out. You can run excessive negative camber to avoid the rub. (good for show, not for go). Next time around I'll get wheels with 44mm to 55mm positive offset.
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I don't think a 17x7 is show or go.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #8
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Depends on what you are trying to achieve, show or go. The standard 15" x 6 1/2" wheel has a 55mm positive offset. Going to 1) a smaller 36mm positive offset and 2) to a 7" wheel moves the outer rim edge outwards a total of approximately 25mm. Your rear right tire may lightly touch the plastic part of the outer fender lip under slight bump (1/2") like mine did (215/55/16 tire). The plastic lip (part of the bumper panel) has worn with time, and now rarely rubs, expect on big bumps. The wheel spacer would make things worse, as it moves the wheel farther out. You can run excessive negative camber to avoid the rub. (good for show, not for go). Next time around I'll get wheels with 44mm to 55mm positive offset.
Awesome info, thanks a lot.

I know 17x7 isn't an optimal wheel width, but I can get a good deal on the rims. Any more opinions on whether or not I should get these would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone has a pic of what rims with this kinda offset would look like that would be great. Thanks to everyone for the prompt responses
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Old June 4th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #9
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I had Work Superwheels in 17x7 front and 17x8 rear +35 offset.

I think it was weak.
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I had Work Superwheels in 17x7 front and 17x8 rear +35 offset.

I think it was weak.
Weak in what way?

Winter, what suspension setup are you running with the slight rubbing?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #11
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weak as in not a very powerful way.
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This is weak (and happen to be 17x7 +40s):

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Weak in what way?

Winter, what suspension setup are you running with the slight rubbing?


Weak in the "my wheels arent wide enough" way
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Old June 4th, 2009, 06:56 PM   #14
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so the general opinion is offset is fine but width is weak?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #15
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Yes, look for an 8" width for a decent look...not too aggressive, not too weak.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 07:59 PM   #16
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Yup at least 8 inch in the front and rear.

If I had 8's front and rear I wouldnt have taken them off like I did a weekend ago
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Old June 4th, 2009, 08:40 PM   #17
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Thanks again everyone for the advice and helping me decide
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Old June 5th, 2009, 06:50 AM   #18
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I have a moderate touring setup. 1 3/4" front drop and 1 1/2" rear drop. At a 1 3/4" front drop, the bottom of the front bumper skirt frequently crazed the top of parking stops. Any lower and you hit them. Tanabe NF210 springs (5 to 10% stiffer than stock), Bilstein HD shocks (non-adjustable high pressure mono-shock), and a 20mm 2004 TL-S rear swaybar, 16 X 7 wheels, and 215/55/16 tire to maintain some sidewall height for some tire compliance to help the ride. The Bilstein HD mono-shocks are something else. There is no, and I mean no delay in their action. No transient set time necessary when you turn in, as the Bilstein have good low speed damping. I use to think a considerable amount of the set time/leaning was due to the tire wall flexing. I'm not so sure now. I'm running the Michelin Exalto A/S high performance all-weather tire. The down side is that small bumps and pavement irregularities come through, making for a busy, nippling ride. The big bumps are well absorbed. Hard to believe, but the standard Michelin Exalto A/S 205/65/15 handled and road well with the Bilsteins. I'm no slouch at the wheel either. My last vehicle was a Toyota MR2, which I drove for 200,000 miles, usually with the rear tires lasting 15,000 to 18,000 miles a set, and I've been to several driving schools, past SCCA wheel-to wheel competition license, etc.

One other note never mentioned, the stock suspension springs on the Accord are not the same height left and right. All four springs have different Honda part numbers too, and I have a brand new set too sitting in a box. The stock left side springs are approximately 1/4" longer than the right side, front & rear. And the stock car sets level. With the Bilsteins shocks and Tanabe springs, I set 1/4" low on the left side, front & rear, using the top of the fender arch as a reference point.

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Dtownz Thrillah .... nice set up.
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One other note never mentioned, the stock suspension springs on the Accord are not the same height left and right. All four springs have different Honda part numbers too, and I have a brand new set too sitting in a box. The stock left side springs are approximately 1/4" longer than the right side, front & rear. And the stock car sets level. With the Bilsteins shocks and Tanabe springs, I set 1/4" low on the left side, front & rear, using the top of the fender arch as a reference point.
I never knew that! good info..i wonder if any of the aftermarket springs account for this. Now im gonna measure from my fender arches too cuz i'm curious..altho i'll likely be using the corner where the fender arch begins, as thats a sharp edge compared to trying to find the not-as-defined apex of the arch repeatedly.
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honda probably knew americans were all fat so they did what they did. lol.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:33 PM   #22
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the transmission is on that side. and there will always be at least 1 person on that side.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #23
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Wow learned a lot today, now only if the info I learn at school
Was straight to the point like here.
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