In Reply to: uk guys posted by Dino on June 25, 2002 at 14:10:00:
well, i'm not in the UK, but hopefully this will be useful to you.
i recently tried to fit ssr competitions in 17x9. these wheels only come in an et45 offset. with a 20mm spacer (making it an effective 25mm offset), they *just* barely fit in the back (about 2-3 mm clearance from rear shocks -- note that i have true coilovers in back, so you'd likely have more clearance with the stock setup), but some significant fender trimming/rolling would be required on the outside.
on the fronts, even with a 25mm spacer (yielding an effective et20), the bead of the tire (a 245/40x17 hoosier r3s03) would just rub the strut. no problem on the outside, but i'm running fiberglass gruppe A fenders, which have lots more room than stock. for the fronts, i'd want like an et15 in the 17x9, and an et10 would be better (but again, you get into rubbing issues if you have the fender liners, etc.).
an et15 in the back, though, would challenge your rear fender (wing) clearance.
i decided to go with 17x8's to avoid these fitment issues.