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Aggressive wheel fitment thread/stance

EpicTech

Autocross Champion
Location
Houston
Car(s)
MK7 GTI 6sp w/PP
Hello everyone, I have enkei rs05rr in 18x8.5 et45 running a 6mm spacer up front to clear my macan brake calipers. I'm lowered about an inch all around on kw coilovers and 225/40/18 indy 500's. What size michelin ps4s would fit and have a meaty look 245/40/18 or 255/35/18? ThanksView attachment 267814
Be careful going to a 35 sidewall tire, unless the roads there are smooth as glass. Im on 40's and crappy roads are brutal on that thin of a sidewall. 35's would be even worse.
 

bugzy

Ready to race!
Location
San Diego, CA
Is there a way to determine how much I will need after installing the tires? A formula or maybe an online calculator. I’m familiar with the options I have to adjust camber, just trying to figure out how to measure and determine how much I need? Thanks
18x8.5 ET45 isn't flush. It might look flush at stock height, but when it's lowered, isn't flush.

I've recommended many people with 18x8.5 ET35 with 235 Michelin tires, that are perfectly flush fitment. I'm currently running 245/35/19 on 19x9 ET45. I'm planning on putting 3mm front and 5mm rear spacers to push them out. I don't rub fender with my setup. I'm rubbing fender liner when doing 95mph plus hitting a big freeway dip. My favorite wheel fitment is 19x9 ET42 with 245 or 255's.

18x9 ET38-42 with 245/255 tires should be solid. From the photos of your car, you aren't that low. I'd assume given that same height, you shouldn't have any issues with 245 or 255's.

Remember 255/35/18 has same sidewall as a 225/40/18. 245/40/18 is quite a bit more sidewall than 255/35/18.

You can check out my fitment guide on my page - https://www.big-euro.com/mk8-gti
 

carmenjeff

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
los angeles. ca
18x8.5 ET45 isn't flush. It might look flush at stock height, but when it's lowered, isn't flush.

I've recommended many people with 18x8.5 ET35 with 235 Michelin tires, that are perfectly flush fitment. I'm currently running 245/35/19 on 19x9 ET45. I'm planning on putting 3mm front and 5mm rear spacers to push them out. I don't rub fender with my setup. I'm rubbing fender liner when doing 95mph plus hitting a big freeway dip. My favorite wheel fitment is 19x9 ET42 with 245 or 255's.

18x9 ET38-42 with 245/255 tires should be solid. From the photos of your car, you aren't that low. I'd assume given that same height, you shouldn't have any issues with 245 or 255's.

Remember 255/35/18 has same sidewall as a 225/40/18. 245/40/18 is quite a bit more sidewall than 255/35/18.

You can check out my fitment guide on my page - https://www.big-euro.com/mk8-gti
Thanks for the detailed response, in my case my enkei’s and 6mm spacers equals et39 I’m going to install 245/40/18 Michelin mp4s tomorrow at my current height will I have to install roll correction ball joints? I’m currently running kw v1’s or should I just roll my fenders? Thanks
 

EpicTech

Autocross Champion
Location
Houston
Car(s)
MK7 GTI 6sp w/PP
Be careful with that 18x8.5 ET35 fitment. I tried that initially and couldnt get the front tires to tuck under the fender. Went to a 18x8 ET35 and just barely got them to tuck. Did it rub? It sure did, and bad. 225 tire BTW.
 

bugzy

Ready to race!
Location
San Diego, CA
Be careful with that 18x8.5 ET35 fitment. I tried that initially and couldnt get the front tires to tuck under the fender. Went to a 18x8 ET35 and just barely got them to tuck. Did it rub? It sure did, and bad. 225 tire BTW.
well crap, this is MK7 forum, I was thinking he had a MK8. I apparently didn't look at the photo very well.
Yeah, I'm not sure. Would fit fine on MK8.
 

Maiden69

Autocross Champion
Location
Texas
Car(s)
2020 GTI
Will I be able to have that stance without camber plates
This would be a no, as stated above. I am running stock height right now with MPS4S 244/40/18 on 18x8.5 et 42 and it rubs slightly on hard bumps. I'm lowering it soon with H&R OE Springs and adding Euro-Sport pucks.
 

carmenjeff

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
los angeles. ca

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El_bigote_AJ

Autocross Champion
Location
Las Vegas
Car(s)
2019 GTI bunny
Current agro fitment…

Fronts : 265/35/18 -10.5” 35et with a 5mm spacer to clear the struts - final offset at et30

Rears: 235/40/18 - 9.5” et22

What did It take to fit them…
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Down:
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265vs225 for giggles
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bugzy

Ready to race!
Location
San Diego, CA
Current agro fitment…

Fronts : 265/35/18 -10.5” 35et with a 5mm spacer to clear the struts - final offset at et30

Rears: 235/40/18 - 9.5” et22

What did It take to fit them…
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Up:
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265vs225 for giggles
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Respect that fitment! woulda have thought was a track fitment, but you are on air!

Great to see meaty tire setup on air.
 

mattjewell

New member
Location
US
Car(s)
MK7.5
Picked up some RPF1's (18x9 +35mm). Considering pairing them with Firestone Indy's. Would I be more prone to rub with 235, as opposed to 225? Or does it matter since it's a 9" wheel?
 
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