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Old 12-06-2019, 09:33 PM
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Im looking at a set of Steel wheeled snows for my 07 E90 RWD.

The wheels are off a 2017 Subaru WRX, and the tire size is correct for my car. However, I am concerned with the steels that these are on. The bolt pattern is correct, however, I'm worried about the offset. The seller doesn't seem to know much about these.

Am I worrying too much? Or is this as big of a deal as I think it is?

Apologize for the ignorance. I'm a DIY'er with zero experience in tires/wheel buying. Im a OEM kinda guy.
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:02 PM
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The offset is stamped on the back of the wheels.
http://www.wheel-size.com
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:14 PM
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If it is different than my OEM, how big of a deal is it? For instance if the offset is 40mm vs 48mm will I see drastic differences in handling?
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:31 AM
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Basically, the lower the number the more the wheel sticks out. The higher the number the more the wheel sits inside the wheel well. Rims with too low an offset can cause troubles with the outside edge of the tire rubbing on the fender or wheel well. Rims with too high an offset can cause troubles with the inside edge of the tire rubbing on the suspension or wheel well.

Wheels with too high an offset can be fixed with spacers. Wheels with too low an offset are SOL -- you have to roll the fenders to keep them from rubbing. In the example you cited, that only about a third of an inch. I think you'll be okay.
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:39 AM
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Going to a wheel with a smaller offset pushes it out towards the fender, 8mm is less than 3/8" so probably not an issue unless also wider or the car is lowered.
In the opposite direction, going to a wheel with a larger offset pulls the wheel into the car. If necessary this can be compensated for by using spacers (and longers wheel bolts generally if the spacers are more than 5mm).

There is 1 more important question, what is the center bore of those steelies?

As for handling, if the tires are the identical size you will notice the weight more than the 8mm offset difference.

Edit: ok so Jay posted while I was still typing so...+1!

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Old 12-07-2019, 06:53 AM
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Thanks for the responses. Not sure on the CB. It's on Craigslist and the guy is going to check for me today. After more research, I'm not sure the bolt spacing is correct.

Mine are 5x120 and I think the WRX is 5x114.5.

I'm guessing that will be a deal breaker.

The deal is killer. 4 General Altima's Arctic with 1,000 miles on steels for $400. It's a deal out of this world.

I could always get the set and mount them on my stock wheel, but a dedicated set is what I have always wanted.
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Old 12-07-2019, 08:16 AM
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If you're surfing Craigslist, that's the best place to find used OEM wheels. I'd go that route. Your car will surely look a whole lot better during the winter months.
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WRXs are great. You could pick one up to go with the wheels.
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