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    MAX Wheel Size for MK4 GTI

    Hey Guys,

    Can someone tell me what the maximum wheel width/offset that can be accomodated on the rear end of an mk4 gti?

    I want to get these! The rears are 9.5" width with 40et, and I'm hoping that ECS isn't failing to mention the need for fender rolling in their ad.

    http://http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-337_20AE--1.8T/News/Miro5x100_BIS/ES2167438/

    I currently have 9" wide, 35et in the rear and they fit with a 35 profile tire but rub slightly with a 40.

    Anyone know if the 9.5wide, 40et will work???

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    I am unsure if they will fit without rubbing, But seen them on a Jetta at Owasco Whitby thought it looked really good
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    I have these wheels coming in at Foreign so give me a shout for pricing! I also run these on my GLI with a 15mm spacer in the rear...225/40/18 tires.
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    225 on a 9.5 .... ooooooh stretchy!!

    I didn't have a spacer on my 9" et35 w/ 225's last year and they lines up really nice with the fender. I'm trying to wrap my head around where the lip will line up with the extra .5" width and 40et rather than 35et?

    Can you comment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dub_0_7 View Post
    225 on a 9.5 .... ooooooh stretchy!!

    I didn't have a spacer on my 9" et35 w/ 225's last year and they lines up really nice with the fender. I'm trying to wrap my head around where the lip will line up with the extra .5" width and 40et rather than 35et?

    Can you comment?
    Wont even be flush with fender I dont think. I also dont think you can mount the 9.5s without some type of spacer...it doesn't clear the calliper.
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    They will sit ~1.5mm further out than the 9" wheel. Like Dejan says, you may not clear the calipers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ipop07 View Post
    They will sit ~1.5mm further out than the 9" wheel. Like Dejan says, you may not clear the calipers.
    Thanks for the specific info! Two questions for you guys:

    1 - I cleared my calipers fine (12.3" and 10.1" 20AE/337 setup) with the 8" 30et fronts and 9" 35et rears - but that was with 225/40/18's stretched. Are you able to say if I'll be rubbin by putting 245/35/18's on the same rear rim, at the same suspension height?

    2 - If I changed my rims from:

    FRONT: 8" et30 - - -> 8.5" et35

    REAR: 9" et35 - - - > 9.5" et40

    ..what am I looking at in terms of spacer width to ensure I'm clearing my calipers? I'm asking this question for both front and rear.


    Thanks a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dejan33 View Post
    Wont even be flush with fender I dont think. I also dont think you can mount the 9.5s without some type of spacer...it doesn't clear the calliper.
    Why would rim width make it hit the caliper...? The stock wheels would totally overlap the caliper already?

    I can see a wider one hitting suspension parts further inboard or the body, but not the caliper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dub_0_7 View Post
    Thanks for the specific info! Two questions for you guys:

    1 - I cleared my calipers fine (12.3" and 10.1" 20AE/337 setup) with the 8" 30et fronts and 9" 35et rears - but that was with 225/40/18's stretched. Are you able to say if I'll be rubbin by putting 245/35/18's on the same rear rim, at the same suspension height?

    2 - If I changed my rims from:

    FRONT: 8" et30 - - -> 8.5" et35

    REAR: 9" et35 - - - > 9.5" et40

    ..what am I looking at in terms of spacer width to ensure I'm clearing my calipers? I'm asking this question for both front and rear.


    Thanks a lot.
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