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Hi guys, I recently purchased my first Evo, it's a 2011 GSR phantom black with the handling package (bilstein's and bbs rims). I'm getting it lowered in a couple of weeks with swift spec-r springs and I'm considering selling my stock 18x8 bbs/advan's and switching to a 18x9.5 rim with a 265/35-18 tire. The offset I figured might work is between +20 and +25 keeping in mind that the swift spec-r springs will drop me down 1.25" front and 1" rear. My question is does anyone have any experience using the swift spec-r springs with that size of tire? and if so will my offset guess of +20 to +25 work without any fender rubbing?? If not what offset should I be aiming for???

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Karl.
 

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-Your oem wheels are actually 8.5" wide, not 8".
-You will not get any rubbing at all with that setup. I had that same setup and it wasn't till i dropped -2.5" all around that i had minor rubbing in the rear.
 

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Hi guys, I recently purchased my first Evo, it's a 2011 GSR phantom black with the handling package (bilstein's and bbs rims). I'm getting it lowered in a couple of weeks with swift spec-r springs and I'm considering selling my stock 18x8 bbs/advan's and switching to a 18x9.5 rim with a 265/35-18 tire. The offset I figured might work is between +20 and +25 keeping in mind that the swift spec-r springs will drop me down 1.25" front and 1" rear. My question is does anyone have any experience using the swift spec-r springs with that size of tire? and if so will my offset guess of +20 to +25 work without any fender rubbing?? If not what offset should I be aiming for???

Thanks in advance!
Karl.
Friend runs Swifts on his MR with a set 18x9.5 works. I think the offset he said was like +20. With a V12 265/35. He tracked on that set up and said he rolled his fenders in the back.

Realize that your tire choice will make a difference, as not all 265's are 265mm. Does sound like your set up will be fine though, I know I plan on running the same setup next year.
 

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A local shop offered me a great deal yesterday on a set of Gram Lights 57 Ultimate rims, I just checked and it looks like the offset on those is +22. Sounds like the consensus is that I should be ok even if I went as low as +20 assuming I stick to a 35 series. I really don't want to have to roll the fenders if I can help it.

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You will be good for sure, Ive got the spec-r with the same wheel specs 9.5, 265 low offset (can't remember). No rub in the back. The front do rub on my mud flaps though :( and on full lock the wheel rub against the fender liner because of the stupid aluminum but its nothing a few zip ties can't fix.

Good choice on the wheels and spring btw!
 

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The tire diameter is not going to determine the rub/no-rub, so the 35 vs 40 aspect ratio is not what you should be worrying about.

+22 will be a close call, 18x9.5+15 with 265/35/18 tires rubbed like a sum'bish on mine before I had the rears rolled. That extra 7mm miiight do it, but as pointed out not all 265mm wide tires are created equal.

At any rate, with your +22 setup vs. my +15 setup, your rub will be a lot less severe than mine, and if you shy away from extraordinarily wide Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires (why the long name, I'll never know) then you will be in an even better place to avoid rub.
 

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if you're selling your stock rims. can you give me a pm please.
 

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I am running 275 Z1's, lowered ~1-1.5" from stock on coils with -3/-2 camber and I have no rubbing issues at all. I also has no issues with stock GSR wheels with 265 Nitto NT05's on stock height or with coils with regards to rubbing. Unless you are getting your wheels/tires mounted at Discount/Firestone/NTB/Goodyear/Etc listen to what your shop says.
 
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