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Old 07-24-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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17x9 on 2013 SE?

I've not been able to pull my stock 16's off to measure up clearances and have been wondering if anyone is running or even mocked up 17x9 wheels on a MKIII yet. I want to get Enkei RPF1's redrilled to 5x108 since those are the wheels I had on my Mazdaspeed 3 and loved them. Only 15.9 pounds in 17x9 45 offset. For tires, 235/45/17's will be perfect.


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Old 07-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #2
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well they run 235's on the stock 18's that come on the Ti and ST
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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9's can fit, and as far as inside clearance you should be fine, though steering limiters may be needed (as found on the Ti with handling package, for example). From factory Foci can have up to 8" wide, +55 wheels so 9" +45 should clear the inner workings.
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9's can fit, and as far as inside clearance you should be fine, though steering limiters may be needed (as found on the Ti with handling package, for example). From factory Foci can have up to 8" wide, +55 wheels so 9" +45 should clear the inner workings.
If you base it on this the 9" ET45 would stick out 20mm more towards the fenders but you should clear all the inner workings. The 235/45 would be a good fit on a 9" wheel, but I would agree with the above, you may get some rubbing lock to lock and may need to do some fender modification or camber adjustments to make it work perfect.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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All good to know. I knew the 235 tires would work at a minimum since that's what the ST's run from the factory. With the 9 inch wheel and 45 offset it's 3mm less inner clearance and sticks out 23mm farther than the 8 inch wide 55 offset ST wheel. 245-255 on an extreme fitment maybe with some fender massaging and the perfect offset. Thanks guys.
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I have the 2012 SE Sport with the handling package and DCT... I have stock 17's and Eibach Sportline Springs that have lowered it nearly 2" it practically sits on the tires. I have 20 mm spacers on rear, 15mm front...for a wider stance. I would like to get some 18" rims, but I want the offset just right I like the wider stance, and if i can get it without spacers even better.
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17x9 at only 15.9 pounds?! Now that sounds sexy.
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17x9 at only 15.9 pounds?! Now that sounds sexy.
Yeah and not bad on price either. Goodwin Racing has the wheels for something like 239 each. I have been quoted 50 per wheel to redrill them too. As I said, had them on my ms3 and loved them.
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The lightest I've found so far are the 17x8 Team Dynamic Motorsport wheels. I believe they come in at around 17.9 pounds (est.). Only plus side is that they're direct bolt on and run $180 per wheel.
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i was sure you can get the TDs in 17x9.

to the OP. since it is an aggressive fitment, err on the high side of offset, because you can always use spacers to clear the inners and you maintain the highest possible fender clearance.

if I had a MKIII I would be putting on 17x9 too.
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