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Old 06-21-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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Squared vs staggered?????

hate to sound like a noob, but can someone please explain to me the difference between squared and staggered wheels- and maybe some pros/cons to each? thanks
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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Square:

con - rear tires are smaller and look not that good, slightly less grip on the rear
pro - you can rotate the wheels very easily if you dont have one direction tires

Staggered:

con - can't rotate around as with square, rear camber will get to the tires faster, tires cost more
pro - better grip, looks better
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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Is there any difference in terms of appearance? It sure didn't seem like it....
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On my wheels the rear wheels have a deeper lip which looks better. On some wheels you can't really see any difference.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:30 AM   #5
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the rear wheels are often deeper or have a deeper concave when you have a staggered setup, if you have the choice go staggered it looks 10000 times better
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:24 AM   #6
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Example square set up;
F: 18x8.5"
R: 18x8.5"

Example staggered set up;
F: 18x8.5"
R: 18X9.5"

I.e. rear wheels usually wider.

And then you have to take into account offset, too.

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Old 06-22-2012, 11:10 PM   #7
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my sig is squared with 225 all around
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:04 PM   #8
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Note that you can also run spacers in the rears if you are on a square setup to push the rears out a bit and at least give the appearance of staggered, to an extent
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