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Just got back from Discount Tires and was disappointed. Ordered some Ameriacn Racing Torq Thrust M Anthracite (silver but wanted Black no ETA) in 17" 5x114.3 and 45mm offset and they hit the caliper... Bummer! The salesman said they have the same in a 30mm offset but have to order them, so I told him to wait. I sent an email to American Racing to see when their black ones would be in stock as they had no idea on those. Even had one of the Michelin CrossClimatet2 tires (245x65R17) that I ordered mounted and I liked the looks. Gotta be great in the snow. BIG difference those 17" make in size compared to the 20's. The 17" diameter was fine and cleared just the offset wasn’t enough.

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factory offset is +49.5mm, my 18" +48mm cleared the caliper ok, so maybe it's the specific wheels spoke design that has the issue?
I'm sure it is. I'd need a really small spacer to clear the caliper but don't really want to run spacers. Suppose I could just JB weld them to the wheel itself as I install them, then I wouldn't have to think about them... ever!
 

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I ordered these today - Arai - Gloss Black (18", part #082224) from my local Fountain Tire. They're a 45 offset, so hopefully there are no issues, but if there are, at least we'll find out before I drop $$ on them. They said we can make sure they clear. Pairing them with the Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra winter tires in the stock 245/60R18 size. Fingers crossed that I like the combo! Should have them in a couple of weeks.
 

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Pairing them with the Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra winter tires in the stock 245/60R18 size.
Out of curiosity, in a year, do you spend the majority of time on Winter tires? I would want those to be setup such that they spent the majority of time mounted and in use!
 

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A little over 50% I'd say. I normally switch over in mid-October, unless the long-term forecasts suggest going earlier. IE: last year our first snows were just ahead of Thanksgiving (Columbus Day for you lot down south!) and pretty much stuck around after that. Some years we don't see much until around/after Halloween. Some years we've almost made December without snow to speak of. I liked those years. Taking them off ... again, depends. But normally I will NEVER take them off before Easter. We always get one last blizzard on Easter weekend, or within a week of it. So, normally mid-October to late April, unless we have a warm/early spring.

I'm curious to see how these fit/look when they arrive! If I really like 'em, I just might go and order another set of 18s when I wear the tread off the factory 20s. 18 inch rubber not only looks better (to me) but they're significantly less expensive to replace a set too!
 

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7.5" as I wanted to stay with stock width... but I'd bet 8" should work fine too.
Yea!!! Discount Tire called and found me a set of 17x8" 5x114.3mm 30mm offset in BLACK! Just what I wanted! They should be here this week. They still have the Michelin CrossClimate2 tires in stock so we'll soon see how this all works out.
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Yea!!! Discount Tire called and found me a set of 17x8" 5x114.3mm 30mm offset in BLACK! Just what I wanted! They should be here this week. They still have the Michelin CrossClimate2 tires in stock so we'll soon see how this all works out.
Looking forward to seeing what those classic 5-spokes look like on the Cruz.
 

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Just an update. I went with the Firestone Destination ATs on the stock 18" size 245 60 18. I was driving in heavy rain for 5 hours tge other night and performance wise they were great. I wish I'd have up sized a bit. Here's the pics.
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Yea!!! Discount Tire called and found me a set of 17x8" 5x114.3mm 30mm offset in BLACK! Just what I wanted! They should be here this week. They still have the Michelin CrossClimate2 tires in stock so we'll soon see how this all works out.
Did you end up going with the 17x8 +30? If so, do you have pictures of how far they stick out on the sides?
 

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I love the look of these rims, how did they work out
LOVE them!!! Get a lot of old timers commenting on how they love the look of old style mags and that they just don't see them any longer. Basically, I wanted something to improve ride over the 20's, help fight chuckholes, get me around better in the snow and that should be easy to clean rather than all the spyder style rims you see lately.
 

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I really wish I had seen this thread before I ordered my wheels.
Guess I didn’t dig deep enough on the search bar before I clicked “pay now”.

Here is a pic from my 17x8, +45 Enkei touching the rear banjo fitting. Everything else had enough clearance for me to comfortably run these wheels. Now I’m waiting on some 20mm spacers to be delivered.

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LOVE them!!! Get a lot of old timers commenting on how they love the look of old style mags and that they just don't see them any longer. Basically, I wanted something to improve ride over the 20's, help fight chuckholes, get me around better in the snow and that should be easy to clean rather than all the spyder style rims you see lately.
Whats this old farts talk, im feeling age discriminated. And us old foggies love the look of those rims.
 
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