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Old 09-08-19, 06:53 AM   #1
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Heya!

I am looking to upgrade my wheels on my new to me 2018 STi. I plan to go 18" eventually, but the car has brand new PSS4S tires, ad it seems a waste to ditch some nice new tires.

So I am thinking about getting some 19's, but I am having a hard time finding affordable light weight wheels. I love the Work Emotion, and they have the size I want, 19x9.5 +38. But I cannot find any weight specs for those wheels. What I want to avoid is getting a wheels that is the same weight as stock (or not enough of a delta to matter), as my understanding is the stock 19's are heavy (28lbs is what I read here, but I am not sure that has been confirmed).

Any other decent manufacturers that make "affordable" (say $1500) wheels? Thanks for any help!

josh
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Old 09-08-19, 06:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Light weight 19" wheels

There are plenty of options available. I would recommend looking into wheels that are rotory forged/flow formed as they tend to be 1) Stronger and 2) Lighter.

Two sites I usually use when shopping for wheels, Tire Rack (www.tirerack.com) and Fitment Industries (Fitment Industries | Largest Selection of Custom Car Wheels and Suspension Kits).
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Old 09-09-19, 03:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Light weight 19" wheels

Strong, light wheels cost money especially at 19". If you plan to go to 18s eventually, just do that now. You'll both cut weight and cost and those previously unaffordable wheels might get into your budget. You can try and sell those new stock tires locally too to recoup some cost -- I did that and put the money towards my volks.

That being said, I'm in Canada so costs are different. Of the more "affordable", reputable, strong, and relatively light wheels, I'm a fan of SSR, GramLights, Work. They're still up there in price here... not sure how much they go for in the US (which is where i assume you are)...

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Old 09-09-19, 07:34 AM   #4
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Default Re: Light weight 19" wheels

Thanks for the replies!

As you suggested, I decided to go for 18's now, and try to sell the tires locally. I loath the whole CL ordeal of listing tires for sale, the low ball routine. But I am not a fan of 19" wheels. The stock 2018 wheels do not look bad. But they are heavy, hard to clean, etc.

Thanks also for the suggestions on brands. I am a big fan of Enkei, Work, SSR and of course Advan. Being a budget minded kinda guy I tend to go for the Enkei. If I roach one, replacement cost is less to swallow, and I have had great luck so far. I had a set of NT03+m 18x9.5 +27 on my 2005 STi (shaved and pulled fenders), and the same on my 2016 WRX (had to do nothing on stock susp.). I am currently leaning toward 18x9.5 or 10 +38 with 255/40 series.

The Bay Area Meet (BAM) is coming up, so I am thinking I may see some wheels for sale there if I don't pull the trigger sooner. Rallisport 10% pff sale ends today, so I need to poop or get off the pot...

Thanks again!

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Old 09-09-19, 11:09 AM   #5
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Default Re: Light weight 19" wheels

The Rota KB-F or KB-R may be a good option. They're a lighter replica of the '15-17 BBS wheels. It's probably what I'll go with once I pull the trigger on upgrading my wheels. They're light, decently priced, and look OEM-ish. Just have to figure out how to adapt the STI center cap

They come in 18x8.5" (KB-F), 18x9.5" (KB-R), or 19x9.5" (KB-R). They weigh ~19-22 lbs each depending on the size.

Rota KB-F 18x8.5 +44 5x114.3
Rota KB-R 18x9.5 +38 5x114.3
Rota KB-R 19x9.5 +40 5x114.3

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Default Re: Light weight 19" wheels

Thanks Nick!

I dig the Rota wheel line up. I know those guys over there from way back. I will need to check those out. I did not know they were so light!

Thanks again!

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Personally I would stay away from Rotas unless price is an absolute limiting factor. Enkei, Work, SSR or Gram Lights are good manufacturers but can be pricey.
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Personally I would stay away from Rotas unless price is an absolute limiting factor. Enkei, Work, SSR or Gram Lights are good manufacturers but can be pricey.
Because of the integrity of the company (knockoff wheels) or the integrity of the wheel itself (strength)?
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Heya!

I am looking to upgrade my wheels on my new to me 2018 STi. I plan to go 18" eventually, but the car has brand new PSS4S tires, ad it seems a waste to ditch some nice new tires.

So I am thinking about getting some 19's, but I am having a hard time finding affordable light weight wheels. I love the Work Emotion, and they have the size I want, 19x9.5 +38. But I cannot find any weight specs for those wheels. What I want to avoid is getting a wheels that is the same weight as stock (or not enough of a delta to matter), as my understanding is the stock 19's are heavy (28lbs is what I read here, but I am not sure that has been confirmed).

Any other decent manufacturers that make "affordable" (say $1500) wheels? Thanks for any help!

josh

I have a 19x8.5 +38 offset Work Emotion M8R approx. 22.8 lbs, 9.5 width should be 23+ lbs. and weighs less the the stock STi 19's











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Because of the integrity of the company (knockoff wheels) or the integrity of the wheel itself (strength)?
Yes. There's so many photos of the rims just falling apart after medium sizes potholes.
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