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Old 09-25-2006, 10:02 AM   #1
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Okay I didnt learn anything about rims in schooling, so im a retard when it comes to this. Simple question, will any 4 lug rim work on a saab? Im thinking about getting some 17" Racing Hart's deep dish rims or something similar.

Im willing to get 18's as long as the tires aren't freaking rubber bands. Will 18's work on a saab or will 17's work better?
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1. No, not any 4-lug wheel will work on a 9k. You need something with a 4x108 bolt pattern, 65.x center bore and correct offset depending upon wheel width. I don't think you'll be able to fit anything wider then 7.5" in there without rubbing issues. I've got 17x7.5" Ronal RTs which are 35 offset and 73mm (?) bore, 4x108 bolt pattern. The center bore and offset are fixed by using hubcentric rings/spacers. I use 8mm thick ones on my car and have no vibration from the wheels, nor do I have any rubbing.

2. 17" will be better, especially if you plan on installing springs on your car. With 17" wheels you can still run a decent sized tire with enough sidewall. I'm on my second set of 225/45/17's. 18" is just too big in my opinion (as well as many others).
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:43 AM   #3
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where is the best place to shop for rims and tires that has a good selection for 9ks?
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1. Question very well replied by mcrowley ( as allways... )
2. x2... just adding something here.... if you want to keep upgrading your car, the 17" are better BUT that doesnt mean that 18" can´t be fitted with no problems....
I have 18" in my car ( 7.5" wide ) and run some 225/40 R18 tires with an 9mm spacers... no rubbing at all, no vibrations and no problems.
If you wish some pics, they are here on the forum.... but if you want some i´ll post them for you ( or the link ... )
The only IF in this question, is your roads...
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Alright well where can I find rims like these with the right sizes?
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http://www.saabactive.net/classifieds/parts_class.htm

Here´s one of the options....
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I'm also looking for rims, even thought I'm not ready $$$-wise.
Go to the above link and also look for offers on eBay!
The 9000 has a very rare wheels pattern but fortunately Ford focus (among others) has a similar 4x108...regarding the offset it seems that the sweet spot is around ET25...let us know if you find anything!
I'm also a fun of the deep dish wheels, I just got for my Miata a special delivery ROTA CUP-PDC (after 6 months)...with 5" lip
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OK, it's not deep dish but check this out!!!
check this out!!!

AWESOME

BTW Does anyone happen to know why the Kahn wheels are so ridiculously expensive?
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OK, it's not deep dish but check this out!!!
check this out!!!
That is a beautiful 9k. The wheels are decent. Very late 80s/early 90s.
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Old 09-27-2006, 01:02 AM   #10
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Cool

Hey, I found one more guy with saab and miata

The Azev wheels are classic but I think they look good on the 9K
Deep dish wheels are also "old school" but I love them
Hey do you think I'm an old timer

Anyway guys, please post in this thread links or pics of 9Ks with nice 17" rims
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My 9k w/17x7.5" Ronal RTs


Terry's 9-4 w/17" double-3 spoke Saab wheels


Matt D's red 9k w/2005 9-5 Aero wheels (RIP )

I've got more pics on my home computer I'll post later this afternoon.
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I saw that he is parting out his car did Matt had an accident?
(Why RIP?)
Btw Is there any place that we can get 4 to 5 lug spacers?
Btw You car ROCKS!
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I saw that he is parting out his car did Matt had an accident?
(Why RIP?)
Btw Is there any place that we can get 4 to 5 lug spacers?
Btw You car ROCKS!
-Yes, Matt had an accident...hydroplaned and the car is no more

-As far as I know there is no place to get the 4-5 lug adapters (in the US at least).

-and Thanks!

More pics as promised:


Mike Poore's 94 Aero (unsure of wheel type)


My former 95 CSE w/17x7.5" Ronal RTs


93 Aero w/17x7" ROH ZS


9k w/17" Fondmetal 9a's


...and the car everyone loves...black 9k w/18" BBS CH's
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Old 09-27-2006, 03:01 PM   #14
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9k w/17" Fondmetal 9a's


...and the car everyone loves...black 9k w/18" BBS CH's
BAH!!!! I hate those two photos....because those are the wheels that I want more than any other.

Damn you Mike Crowley!

btw: I still don't have all of my fondmetal 9a's yet from ebay...stupid seller is an asshat!
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BAH!!!! I hate those two photos....because those are the wheels that I want more than any other.

Damn you Mike Crowley!

btw: I still don't have all of my fondmetal 9a's yet from ebay...stupid seller is an asshat!
LOL...sorry! I think that pic of the green 9k with the Fondmetals is from an old tsn classified. I do have to say the CH's look great on pretty much anything, but the real problem is that they're 5 bolt and also something like $440 apiece...ouch!

I can't believe you still haven't gotten those. I'd be awfully pissed at that guy for taking my money and failing to deliver the parts.
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Lots of the cars on here have nice wheels on them. Too bad they're all overseas!

http://www.maptun.com/cars_list.php?car=Saab%209000
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Guys you are unbelievable, thanks for the pics and keep them coming if you have more!
It was really sad to hear that about Matt, even though I don't know him his car was awesome and I visited his page many times...was it front end collision? any pics?

Regarding the 4->5 lug conversion I found a place that they are doing it and they ask $500, but I think it's not worth it...

Does anyone happens to know about how much the AZEV wheels cost?

The bad think I guess is that most of the cars that use the 4x108 pattern are European...that's why many of the wheels are coming from there

Last question...
Do you know exactly what's the limit (before starting to rub the fenders) of the offset for 17x7 225/45/17 ?

I want to be on the edge regarding that - to be just one tick before rubbing.
I saw that I can get the Azev with custom offset so if that's the case I don't want to use spacers.
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To use 225/45R17, you could use an 7.5 wide rim...
About the offset, it depends on the rim you use, and it´s wideness(?)...
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To use 225/45R17, you could use an 7.5 wide rim...
About the offset, it depends on the rim you use, and its wideness(?)...
So what about 17" rim (Azev) 7.5" wide
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