Finding the right wheels for this car has been kind of a bear. Mainly due to the fact that the sizes and offsets I am looking for are so tame now, and the car is also 5x114. Essentially I needed to find 05 STi OE size and offset wheels in order to clear the brakes and clear the narrow body as well.
I also wanted a decent, non-knockoff, quality wheel. The Konig Hypergram was the bottom of the basement, cheap-as-I-wanted-to-go wheel. I've had Konigs before and they worked just fine, however to me, they still had an element of "cheap".
My optimum wheel would have been the TE37 in 17x8.5 +50 offset. Very expensive new, but I used to be able to find them for a reasonable price on the used market. Another issue I have is that I wanted two sets of wheels that I could rotate between heats. So essentially I knew my cost was going to be doubled, so for the moment TE37s were off the table.
With fewer manufacturers selling "stock" fitment wheels, it got tough. But I was finally able to find a wheel that ticked almost all the boxes, the Enkei PF01 in 17x8 +50ET. The only box it doesn't tick, is that its not a 5 or 6 spoke wheel. Beggars can't be choosers I guess...especially when you are also bargain hunting.
Came up on an ad on good ol' Craigslist yesterday afternoon, for these wheels and they already had Michelin Pilot Super Sports on em. For what I paid, this was an insane deal I couldn't pass up, since they were the right size, width, offset, price, and they came with good tires ready to go.
Out with the old:
In with the new: