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Definitely NOT Zr6's as mentioned, I own a set so I should know.

Someone mentioned Azev 18" wheels in the original thread I saw this video posted in, and it definitely looks like they could be. They only seem to come in a 5x114 bolt pattern though, and i'm not even sure if that could be re drilled for a 5x127 or if i'd need adapters.

I love the look of my stretched stockers with the 28" tall 345/40/17 filling the wheel well for my 'drag pack' , but when I put the street setup on with my stretched ROH's its just lacking. the 335/35/17's look too short, wheel face looks too small without the stepped lip to accent the edges and the offset just not right. Would probably look great if I put a 315 on it and stuck a 9c1 rear in the car lol. I love the idea of 18's for fitting larger brakes up front, lower RPM's on the highway with a 27" tire, better ground clearance with the stance I want and the overall look

For what I'm seeing the 18" Azevs for sale for, I can have them stretched, CNC refinished and buy adapters for less than half the cost of Colorado Custom 18's and i'm not a fan of the other 2 piece reps out there. I know these aren't exactly reps but I love the sharper spokes/flat face with the deep lip.
 
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'Follow'-ing. My widened stock rears (10", Weldcraft) hold the 315/35 Vredesteins nicely. But they are VERY old and that exact size is NLA - plus becoming extinct with other brands as well. 40es would be much preferred in the right tread and brand. I had been started with 285es all around, but the next two sets of fronts had to settle for 275 so the sidewalls matched closer to those 315s.

If you're referring to the 'flatter' spokes v. oem, they do look clean and give a more flush deep dish look.
 
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Think I figured it out for anyone interested. Definitely look like Azev "Type A" wheels. They're discontinue but can find them for sale pretty easily on e bay (usually being sold out of Europe).

Issue I'm having is I have only been able to find them in 18" sizes with a 5x112 bolt pattern so I'd require lug adapters. I found a set with an 8.5" front and 10" rear with a 118mm and 122mm offset respectively. using a 25mm thick wheel adapter, the front wheel would be 13mm further out from the hub and the rear would be 9mm if I did my math right. 13mm seems like too much when trying to use a wider front tire like a 275? But i could be wrong. If I really want to do this, I could always have them filled/drilled though then run whatever size spacer I need.

Looking into tire sizes though, seems like going 18's may leave me in the same predicament as 17's as far as finding my ideal tire width/height combo.

Here's what I've found (and obviously the rear wheel would have to be further stretched to accommodate some of these)

Nitto NT05 p295/40/18- 27.2
Nitto NT05 275/40/18 26.5
-Guess that combo could work, but 295 is eh. All that work for the chassis notch to stuff a 200 series tire LOL

Nitto 555 G2 315/40/18 - 27.9"
Nitto 555 G2 275/50/18- 26.2
-Getting warmer, not sure I want over a 1.5" difference in height front to rear, although I know it would look really cool.


NT01 305/35/18-26.4
NT01 265/40/17-26.3
-Probably not tall enough to be worth the swap. 305 is a little lack luster compared to my current 335/17's as well but these are nice tires

Conti Extreme Contact Force
345/35/18- 27.5"
-Now that's a nice rear size, but they make nothing even close to that height for a front. Could mix and match with an NT01 275/40/18 with a 26.6" OD and deal with the 1" height difference front to rear and have mis matched tires.

Looking a lot like it's not worth making the change to 18". Seems like the height/width combo I want would only be available in 19" which is bigger than I want to go. If I want to keep a short OD, I could just stick with 17's and keep my pilot sport PS2 335/35/17+275/40/17 combo or go to a 315/35/17 rear and use just about any summer performance tire I want.
 
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'Follow'-ing. My widened stock rears (10", Weldcraft) hold the 315/35 Vredesteins nicely. But they are VERY old and that exact size is NLA - plus becoming extinct with other brands as well.
Still some good choices out there for 315 if you're looking for a summer performance tire anyway. I believe most of the big ultra high performance summer tires makes are still being offered in 315/35/17 (NT05, R88R, 555G2). Michelin still makes them in a PS4 which is a really capable all season tire, probably one of the best on dry pavement out there for an all season. Also many drag radials still out there in that size.

I'm probably going to end up with a 315 rear at some point. I really like my current 335/35/17 Pilot Sport PS2's but probably only a matter of time till they stop making that size and I like the idea of something like an R888R better. Car never sees rain, I could use the more aggressive tread/compound and they are way cheaper to offset the increased wear from the softer compound.

Just hate that short tire height. I like driving the car much more with my 27.5" 'drag pack' on it. Looks better, better ground clearance for our crappy roads, puts highway RPM's in a better place with my 4l80e. The Toyo TQ drag radials actually feel great on the highway but only real downside is the car obviously isn't going to corner as well with a DR out back.
 
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Conti Extreme Contact Force
345/35/18- 27.5"
-Now that's a nice rear size, but they make nothing even close to that height for a front. Could mix and match with an NT01 275/40/18 with a 26.6" OD and deal with the 1" height difference front to rear and have mis matched tires.
Conti had/has a 275/45/18 - 27.8 was thinking of those myself. Though not many choices in that size.
Similarly, there's a 265/45/18 - 27.4 (same as OE 225/70/15) but would be mismatched tires
 

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Think I figured it out for anyone interested. Definitely look like Azev "Type A" wheels. They're discontinue but can find them for sale pretty easily on e bay (usually being sold out of Europe).

Issue I'm having is I have only been able to find them in 18" sizes with a 5x112 bolt pattern so I'd require lug adapters. I found a set with an 8.5" front and 10" rear with a 118mm and 122mm offset respectively. using a 25mm thick wheel adapter, the front wheel would be 13mm further out from the hub and the rear would be 9mm if I did my math right. 13mm seems like too much when trying to use a wider front tire like a 275? But i could be wrong. If I really want to do this, I could always have them filled/drilled though then run whatever size spacer I need.

Looking into tire sizes though, seems like going 18's may leave me in the same predicament as 17's as far as finding my ideal tire width/height combo.

Here's what I've found (and obviously the rear wheel would have to be further stretched to accommodate some of these)

Nitto NT05 p295/40/18- 27.2
Nitto NT05 275/40/18 26.5
-Guess that combo could work, but 295 is eh. All that work for the chassis notch to stuff a 200 series tire LOL

Nitto 555 G2 315/40/18 - 27.9"
Nitto 555 G2 275/50/18- 26.2
-Getting warmer, not sure I want over a 1.5" difference in height front to rear, although I know it would look really cool.


NT01 305/35/18-26.4
NT01 265/40/17-26.3
-Probably not tall enough to be worth the swap. 305 is a little lack luster compared to my current 335/17's as well but these are nice tires

Conti Extreme Contact Force
345/35/18- 27.5"
-Now that's a nice rear size, but they make nothing even close to that height for a front. Could mix and match with an NT01 275/40/18 with a 26.6" OD and deal with the 1" height difference front to rear and have mis matched tires.

Looking a lot like it's not worth making the change to 18". Seems like the height/width combo I want would only be available in 19" which is bigger than I want to go. If I want to keep a short OD, I could just stick with 17's and keep my pilot sport PS2 335/35/17+275/40/17 combo or go to a 315/35/17 rear and use just about any summer performance tire I want.
Thank You for sharing the valuable research. Definitely some things I didn’t know. I did a similar exercise with 18’s and 19’s as I really wanted bigger (than 13”) brakes. Ultimately I ended up widening the stockers 🤔
 
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