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      07-07-2011, 04:41 PM   #155
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      07-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #156
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      07-07-2011, 05:34 PM   #157
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You seem to be Jonesing for larger rear tires. Is there a particular reason?

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I personally love the look a wide rear tire, as well as the traction it provides

I currently have 245 40 18 285 35 18 and I like it, but I want more in the front (happy with the rear, but wouldn't mind bigger)

When I said "265 35" for the Front I had meant to write "275 35" in the front with 295 35 (or 295 30?) in the rear.

My current set up (Continental ExtremeContact DWs) have about 4500 miles and 2 track days. They're fine.
By the end of August, there will be 5 (maybe 6?) more track days on them, and another 3k miles.
My desire is for them to last until the end of August, but realistically thinking early August. Thus I need to find a replacement set of tires and was thinking of going wider which would require new rims.
I'm using OEM 18s right now.

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      07-08-2011, 11:22 AM   #158
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I personally love the look a wide rear tire, as well as the traction it provides

I currently have 245 40 18 285 35 18 and I like it, but I want more in the front (happy with the rear, but wouldn't mind bigger)

When I said "265 35" for the Front I had meant to write "275 35" in the front with 295 35 (or 295 30?) in the rear.

My current set up (Continental ExtremeContact DWs) have about 4500 miles and 2 track days. They're fine.
By the end of August, there will be 5 (maybe 6?) more track days on them, and another 3k miles.
My desire is for them to last until the end of August, but realistically thinking early August. Thus I need to find a replacement set of tires and was thinking of going wider which would require new rims.
I'm using OEM 18s right now.

Thank you for your assistance
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You could do 275/35/18 DW's on 18x10" fronts and 295/35/18 DW's on 18x10.5" rears. That will fit. That size combo has been done
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any side views or anything else just curious how it looks
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any side views or anything else just curious how it looks
I can't seem to find the other car with 295/35/18 NT-05's on the rear, but there is this one

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...&postcount=120
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I can't seem to find the other car with 295/35/18 NT-05's on the rear, but there is this one

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...&postcount=120


OMG Why do these look sexier than ANY other Apex wheel picture I've seen??
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OMG Why do these look sexier than ANY other Apex wheel picture I've seen??
Lipgloss for rubber

APEX wheels are always awesome
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      07-11-2011, 03:23 PM   #163
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Lipgloss for rubber

APEX wheels are always awesome
Yes they are but these look sexier than the one on the SSII (not that that's not sexy, but these just look sexier)
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      07-12-2011, 04:56 AM   #164
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Satin Black on Melbourne Red. Running 18x10 square setup with no suspension mods.
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Do these wheels require hub rings? Or are they bored and beveled like stock wheels?
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Do these wheels require hub rings? Or are they bored and beveled like stock wheels?
They bolt right now beautifully. No rings or spacers needed. More reliability
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Do these wheels require hub rings? Or are they bored and beveled like stock wheels?
They are spec'ed just like the factory wheels. No rings, no spacers, uses OEM lugs, accepts OEM center caps.
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      07-13-2011, 10:35 AM   #168
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So running the 15mm spacer up front on the 18x10 ET25 with 275/35R18 tires worked? No rubbing? Didn't the wheel stick out quite a bit?

I have nearly the same suspension setup (GC conversion kit), running -2.5 up front with no more than a half inch of lowering. I've got the 18x10 with 275/35 NT01s up front and notice that the tire runs really close to the strut. Good to know you have the flexibility of running a spacer if needed.

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Just wanted to post an update on my setup for anyone who may be considering something similar. I have the following:
  • Wheels: 18x10 APEX ARC-8's, square (anthracite)
  • Tires: Grand Am Continental Challenge scrubs from Turner, 275/35-18
  • Spacers: 15mm TMS (front), 12.5mm TMS (rear)
  • Suspension: Ground Control conversion kit, lowered 1/2" all the way aroiund
  • Alignment: -2.6 Front, -1.97 Rear (0 toe at my shops recommendation)

First, there isn't any rubbing. Anywhere.

Second, GORGEOUS. (giant FAIL for the camera being left at home...) Edit: Picture in action from this past weekend:


Third, handling was spectacular. I'm fairly certain I took 3-4 seconds off my best time from last year. (secondary FAIL on my part for opting out of renting a transponder yesterday)

Fourth,

Edit: The photog that was out finally posted pics. Here's a link so you can see for yourselves... I don't have copyright to it, so it goes straight to his site & is watermarked.
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      07-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #169
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any side views or anything else just curious how it looks
Sorry, none right now, but I'll try to remember to snap a couple this weekend. Here you can see there's lots of room in front (it's close to the strut):




IMG_0267_DxO7D by dcstep, on Flickr
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      07-14-2011, 10:48 AM   #170
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So running the 15mm spacer up front on the 18x10 ET25 with 275/35R18 tires worked? No rubbing? Didn't the wheel stick out quite a bit?

I have nearly the same suspension setup (GC conversion kit), running -2.5 up front with no more than a half inch of lowering. I've got the 18x10 with 275/35 NT01s up front and notice that the tire runs really close to the strut. Good to know you have the flexibility of running a spacer if needed.
I can confirm there is no rubbing. I'll be putting this setup on tonight anyway & will snap some iPhone pics. What in particular are you looking for besides side shot showing how the wheel aligns with the fender?
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      07-14-2011, 03:13 PM   #171
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I can confirm there is no rubbing. I'll be putting this setup on tonight anyway & will snap some iPhone pics. What in particular are you looking for besides side shot showing how the wheel aligns with the fender?
Thanks, much appreciated! Alignment with the fender is the main thing. I guess my main concern is what happens under full compression, but if you haven't seen any rubbing, there must be enough room under the fender.
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Thanks, much appreciated! Alignment with the fender is the main thing. I guess my main concern is what happens under full compression, but if you haven't seen any rubbing, there must be enough room under the fender.
First, crappy iPhone pics. Sorry... Second, car is filthy after a week of afternoon thunderstorms here in Denver. Don't hold it against me

The front with a 15mm spacer sticks out a smidge. I've never had it rub with this setup though:


Here's a side shot to give you an idea of my ride height - I lowered it 1/2" from stock (no ZCP, obviously):


The rear is flush with 12mm spacers. Again, no rubbing:


Hope that helps!
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Absolutely does, thanks for posting!

One last question (I promise)... given that these wheels are supposed to be direct fitment, any particular reason you chose to run spacers?
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He may have had the early 9.5" like I have. You need a spacer if you have aftermarket coil over or for looks if you're on stock suspenstion. The new 9.5" will fit without spacers.

Edit: looks like he's running 10" square. It's optional for the spacers.
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The spacers just make it flush, which is not a requirement for a track fitment. Flush puts you at risk of fender damage with wider tires, and car with lower ride heights.
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First, crappy iPhone pics. Sorry... Second, car is filthy after a week of afternoon thunderstorms here in Denver. Don't hold it against me

The front with a 15mm spacer sticks out a smidge. I've never had it rub with this setup though:


Here's a side shot to give you an idea of my ride height - I lowered it 1/2" from stock (no ZCP, obviously):


The rear is flush with 12mm spacers. Again, no rubbing:


Hope that helps!
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You must be running ridiculous camber, yes? 10 et 10 is going to stick out like an inch on stock setup
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