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Question Why wheels?

I'm just wondering if there's a good reason to change the wheels on my stock '18 2.5i.
I get changing for looks. I'm planning to get A/T tires. Is there a problem with the stock wheels and A/T's?
At some point I'll probably lift the car, but for now tires and skid plates are first.
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The main issue is that bigger A/T tires may rub on suspension components. That's why almost all aftermarket wheels have a smaller offset. My factory wheels have a 55mm offset. Most aftermarket wheels that I've seen are in the 35-42mm range. If you install larger A/T tires you can install spacers to avoid the contact problem. I did that. Installed Perrin 20mm spacers.

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As far as the offsets go it depends on how big of a tire you're talking. I run 235s on stock rims with no problems and may have posted about having 245s without rubbing.
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245/65/17 doesn't rub on stock wheels but it will on some aftermarket wheels.
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The original post stated that one of his next steps would be to install a lift kit. If you're going to do that I would assume that significantly larger A/t tires would be the choice. I've also read in this forum that even 255/55R18 tires fit without rubbing and without a lift, but no doubt on wheels with something like a 35mm offset or with spacers on stock wheels.
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One reason we changed our wheels was to reduce weight. The new Enkei PF01's are 17.8 lbs compared to about 25lbs for the stockers. Reducing tire and wheel weight is good for braking, acceleration, and ride quality etc..

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Personally, I prefer the design of the OEM 18" wheels on my 3.6R

I now have a 2" lift installed, but even before there were no rubbing issues with the 235/60/18 Geolandar G015 A/T tires I am running.

Here are 'before lift' and 'after lift' pics, both on the 235 G015's...
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Personally, I prefer the design of the OEM 18" wheels on my 3.6R

I now have a 2" lift installed, but even before there were no rubbing issues with the 235/60/18 Geolandar G015 A/T tires I am running.

Here are 'before lift' and 'after lift' pics, both on the 235 G015's...
I like the blue. Good looking ride!
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I like the blue. Good looking ride!
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I originally wanted Wilderness Green, but I couldn't find a low mileage CPO 3.6R with ES when I stumbled on this.... admittedly, the blue is definitely growing on me 🙂

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One reason we changed our wheels was to reduce weight. The new Enkei PF01's are 17.8 lbs compared to about 25lbs for the stockers. Reducing tire and wheel weight is good for braking, acceleration, and ride quality etc..
I've wondered what the stock wheels weigh. I've been paying attention to weights while I've been window shopping. I like the idea of less rotating mass.


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