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Old 04-29-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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9.5"s up front on a sedan?

With a moderate offset and a somewhat stretched tire do you guys think I'd have any issues fitting a 9.5" wheel up front? I know its less than ideal... So please dont flame me, but would appreciate any help.


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I have a pair of ET 43 19x9.5's on the way!
Already have a set of 235/35 Michelin PS2s.. I know they run a little wide for 235/35s..

Talked to a guy at H&R and the sport cupkit was made to oem specs, so it shouldnt be any more likely to rub on the inside
From what Im hearing I should probably aim for around ET33... Hoping that with a 10mm spacer Ill end up just inside the fenders, but far enough away from the suspension...
Really not trying to run negative camber and Im keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't rub..


Thanks to everyone for their help... I will keep you guys posted!

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:21 PM   #2
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Depends on the offset and tire.
Gunmoto was running an 18x9.5 +35 before with 255/35R18 (Michelin Pilot Sports iirc) with no rubbing problems, I tried the same set up but with diff tires (Yokohama S.drives) and I rub the coilover spring perch. Have to run a 5mm spacer to clear. It's pretty tight fitment, I don't have any experience with running a higher offset but I get the feeling the wheel might end up rubbing with the suspension.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:45 PM   #3
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Definitely possible. Try a 9.5" ET33 and a 235/35 tire
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the pointers guys.

What if I went with a 19x9.5 ET 43 up front?

You guys think I might have any issues rubbing the against the strut? Have no problem running spacers to get them close to flush with fenders if necessary
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:47 PM   #5
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #6
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youre gonna rub on the inside
If I ran a spacer to get the ET43 flush with the fender would I still rub?
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ya you would need to run a spacer to go down to 30 offset or so for it to clear IIRC
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my et30 has a little room to go inward.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:08 AM   #9
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If you were to go with a 9.5 up front I'd recommend going with something lower offset than that. I've found that our 9.5 ET33s can fit, but even then it may require a spacer to clear some suspension setups. As for a tire, it depends really. A 235 that is stretched would probably be your best bet, but it's tough to say since there are so many variables that affect how the wheels will fit.
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Sweet. Did you do any camber adjusting or fender rolling?
is the et30 your total offset with spacers or the original et of the wheel?
Going to try to find pics or if you can point me in the right direction Id appreciate it
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Sweet. Did you do any camber adjusting or fender rolling?
is the et30 your total offset with spacers or the original et of the wheel?
Going to try to find pics or if you can point me in the right direction Id appreciate it
I rolled the front fender lip and have about -2 of camber as well. They were originally et45 wheels and I added a 15mm spacer. Since my car is so low and soft, and my shocks are in bad shape due to the roads, I rub a lot. I could use some smaller spacers.

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8.5 et35 will sit flush with the fender. 9.5 et30 will be pushed out another 18mm.
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UPDATE:

I have a pair of ET 43 19x9.5's on the way!
Already have a set of 235/35 Michelin PS2s.. I know they run a little wide for 235/35s..

Talked to a guy at H&R and the sport cupkit was made to oem specs, so it shouldnt be any more likely to rub on the inside
From what Im hearing I should probably aim for around ET33... Hoping that with a 10mm spacer Ill end up just inside the fenders, but far enough away from the suspension...
Really not trying to run negative camber and Im keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't rub..

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i ran 19x9.5 et38 with 255/30 19 no problems
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i ran 19x9.5 et38 with 255/30 19 no problems
Interesting because I ran that same offset in a 9" wheel for a while with a skinnier tire and it rubbed a little on the inside under full-lock of the steering wheel.
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Interesting because I ran that same offset in a 9" wheel for a while with a skinnier tire and it rubbed a little on the inside under full-lock of the steering wheel.
It's because your car and his car have different spring rates, ride heights, and most likely camber specifications.
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I should have been more specific. It wasn't a rubbing that was from a tire. I believe it was the inner lip of the wheel on the coil spring of my KW coilovers.

I really could only replicate it in a parking lot at low speeds where I could turn the wheel to full-lock. Day to day it was not a problem. In fact I drove it like that for a month and just remembered not to fully turn the wheel. The current 19x9 ET28 I'm running doesn't rub at all.
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Oh no my bad, I misread your statement.
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