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Has anyone managed to fit 18+ STI 6 piston brakes on a GC?

If so, what wheel setup was required.. Seems like there are plenty of 18x8.5 wheels that clear them but that may be a little large for a GC, especially with an offset that will allow clearance between caliper and wheel spokes.
 

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All you have to do is look for 18+ STi wheels. Any wheel that is for the 18+ STi will clear the brakes. So, find the correct wheel size and then find out what the offset is and then match that and you * should * be good to go.


But, the question is, " Why do you want those particular brakes? ". They are not cheap and if this is for a DD, even the earlier large Brembo STi brakes would be an excellent option with the right street pads.


Also remember that you have to match the wheel bolt pattern that you have
 

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Has anyone managed to fit 18+ STI 6 piston brakes on a GC?

If so, what wheel setup was required.. Seems like there are plenty of 18x8.5 wheels that clear them but that may be a little large for a GC, especially with an offset that will allow clearance between caliper and wheel spokes.

First and most important question is if you're currently running on a 5x114.3 hub. The 6-pot rotor will only be found in that PCD pattern (it also happens to be almost an inch larger than the earlier brembo rotors). Flatirons Tuning suggests either the 19x8 OEM wheel or something in the 18x9 range (measuring will be required).


So, your options are either re-drill the rotor or custom rotor if you plan on staying 5x100. Otherwise, you'll need the 05+ STi hubs and suspension to fit those Brembos on.
 

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All you have to do is look for 18+ STi wheels. Any wheel that is for the 18+ STi will clear the brakes. So, find the correct wheel size and then find out what the offset is and then match that and you * should * be good to go.
While this sounds easy, most everyone running these brakes is doing so on later model platforms, so they are mostly in the 18x9+ range which is too wide for my stock body GC. There is a thread on NASIOC covering this.
 

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First and most important question is if you're currently running on a 5x114.3 hub. The 6-pot rotor will only be found in that PCD pattern (it also happens to be almost an inch larger than the earlier brembo rotors). Flatirons Tuning suggests either the 19x8 OEM wheel or something in the 18x9 range (measuring will be required).


So, your options are either re-drill the rotor or custom rotor if you plan on staying 5x100. Otherwise, you'll need the 05+ STi hubs and suspension to fit those Brembos on.
Yes I'm aware of the different bolt patterns, and recommended wheel sizes, my question though was about GC specific wheel fitment as the obvious candidates that clear these brakes are too big for a GC.
 

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Just paint an older set that you know works for your car lime green.
The lime green is the only bit I dont like about them. I'll likely have them powder coated red.

I currently have 3 different brake options for my GC, old school 4/2pots, STI Brownbos and the 18+ STI Brembos. I'll run the 18+ STI Brembos for cool factor, so long as I can find a decent 18" wheel to clear them.

Right now I'm thinking an 18x8.5 +48 wouldnt be too unreasonable on a GC, but I'm hoping I can find an 18x8 that will clear (but also not look like ass).
 

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Yes I'm aware of the different bolt patterns, and recommended wheel sizes, my question though was about GC specific wheel fitment as the obvious candidates that clear these brakes are too big for a GC.
Emphasis mine.

Nothing less than 18x8.5 is going to a candidate to clear these brakes. You might be able to play some games with the offset numbers. But this is the smallest wheel fitment you're going to get for the 6-pot. 18x8 has not been shown to be able to clear the caliper. 17 inch wheels that "fit" will have almost no clearance and the wheel weights will make contact with the brake calipers.

Not saying it's not possible - just that everyone who has been testing fitment over the 6-pots thus far has failed on 18x8 and smaller.

Good luck.
 

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Emphasis mine.

Nothing less than 18x8.5 is going to a candidate to clear these brakes. You might be able to play some games with the offset numbers. But this is the smallest wheel fitment you're going to get for the 6-pot. 18x8 has not been shown to be able to clear the caliper. 17 inch wheels that "fit" will have almost no clearance and the wheel weights will make contact with the brake calipers.

Not saying it's not possible - just that everyone who has been testing fitment over the 6-pots thus far has failed on 18x8 and smaller.

Good luck.
While I was hoping for someone to readily display an 18x8 that fits, I fear that you have the correct answer. These brakes may end up on my BRZ yet :)
 

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While this sounds easy, most everyone running these brakes is doing so on later model platforms, so they are mostly in the 18x9+ range which is too wide for my stock body GC. There is a thread on NASIOC covering this.
All true, but the point was to use that as a guide to figure out what type on internal clearances ( wheel size / offset ) you need to be looking for. Rarely does anything that is not off-the-shelf come easy.


Ricco said:
Right now I'm thinking an 18x8.5 +48 wouldnt be too unreasonable on a GC, but I'm hoping I can find an 18x8 that will clear (but also not look like ass).
IF the 18+ STi wheels are +48mm offset, then that gives you something to work with. You are going to have to figure out how wide a wheel you can get away with without causing interference problems. And remember, you have to account for any rubbing in the front as well when turning lock-to-lock.


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17 inch wheels that "fit" will have almost no clearance and the wheel weights will make contact with the brake calipers.
That problem is easily fixed by positioning the wheel weights at a different location inside the wheel to eliminate the interference.


Ricco said:
I currently have 3 different brake options for my GC, old school 4/2pots, STI Brownbos and the 18+ STI Brembos
If you really MUST have the cool factor, then go for it but it is obviously more work to find which wheels you need.

As I mentioned earlier, the Old School 4-pots or the STi Brembos will also work. Better braking achieved depending on which brake pads you use, as opposed to the OEM-level pads.

I can tell you right now that the 2004 STi 17x8 +48mm 5x100 wheels will clear the STi Brembos.




... and, if you decide you want to go the Old School 4-pot route, I have a set of Racing Brake 4-pots that need rebuilding + 2 sets of EBC Red Ceramic pads to sell.
 

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I can tell you right now that the 2004 STi 17x8 +48mm 5x100 wheels will clear the STi Brembos.
Of course the STi wheels clear the STi brakes, but your specs are all wrong there.

The 2004 STi wheels are 17x7.5 +53

The 2005 STi wheels are 17x8 +53

I'm hub-swapping and moving to the 08-14 18x8.5+55 wheels so that I can tuck 245s with room to spare soon.

And as far as fitting the yellow 6-pots, the non-bbs factory wheel that clears those is 19x8.5 +55, but it does not clear the older brembo 4-pots.

-- Dave
 
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