FR-S and BRZ Now Available for Wheel Upgrades

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

After what seems to be decades of waiting, the first Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are beginning to arrive.

 

Initial vehicle availability will be tight. Here at Tire Rack, we're still waiting to get them in our studio to be photographed. Thanks to the help from our suppliers, we've been able to post a preliminary list of compatible wheels for the FR-S and BRZ (fitment is obviously the same for both). The Original Equipment wheel is 17x7, 5-100 48mm offset. Many drivers will prefer a wider, lightweight wheel with the same offset.

If you prefer a wheel that weighs less than 18 lbs., the list is narrowed down to: the 17x8 45ET Enkei Racing Series RPF1 in black or bright silver, 17x8 48ET O.Z. Racing Alleggerita HLT available in matte graphite silver, white, blackorange, blue, gold and red, the Enkei RP03 in bright silver (the black painted version is estimated to arrive in June) and the Ultraleggera HLT in black, bright silver, matte graphite silver and gold.

 

17x8 5-100 45ET Bright Silver Enkei RPF1 $225**
Bright Silver Enkei Racing Series
RPF1

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Anthracite Painted OZ Allegerita $329*
Anthracite Painted O.Z. Racing
Alleggerita HLT

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Bright Silver Painted Enkei RP03 $275*
Bright Silver Painted
Enkei Racing Series
RP03

 
17x8 5-100 48ET Matte Graphite Silver OZ Ultraleggera $285*
Matte Graphite Silver
O.Z. Racing Ultraleggera HLT

As for tires, I'd go with 225/45-17 sizing to complement the wider wheels. Personally, I prefer the 25" overall diameter better than the slightly larger 25.3" 235/45-17 tires. When making your tire choice, consider the best value Extreme Performance Summer tires discussed in a previous blog post, as well as the Toyo Proxes R1R and Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08.

Comments on FR-S and BRZ Now Available for Wheel Upgrades

Friday, June 1, 2012 by Joe D:
As a stock class autocrosser its hard to find a 5x100 +48-42 17x7 wheel. Are Motegi Traklites available?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by Cy:
Unfortunately, the compatible Traklites are discontinued and no longer available. There's a newer 2 piece Traklight available as a custom build at American Racing/Motegi. Delivery time would be 6-8 weeks and custom build pricing means the wheel is significantly more than the old Traklite - price would be $597 per wheel.

Best Stock Class 7" wide wheel choice with respect to availability, weight, value and a history of strength & durability is the 14.0 lb 17x7ET50 Kosei K4R at $199. We're going 2mm higher in offset but this is a negligible difference.

Other relatively lightweight (sub-20 lb) 7" wide 42-50 mm offset options are the ET48 16.6 lb Gunmetal Enkei RPF1 TII at $249*, ET48 17.1 lb Motegi MR121 in either Light Grey or Black at $152, ET45 18.2 lb Machined w/Black Accent Enkei G5 at $141*, ET45 18.2 lb 5-100/114 Machined W/Anthracite Accent Enkei Tfork at $141*, ET45 19 lb Black w/Red Stripe Motegi MR117 at $125*, ET45 19 lb Enkei EV5 in Bronze w/Machined Lip $148* or Hyper Black w/Machined Lip $164* and the ET50 19 lb Bright Silver Sport Edition D5 at $109.

If you can wait, Enkei is working on a ET42 RFPF1 (Estimated weight 14.6 lbs) due in October at $239** for Black and $216** for Bright Silver.

We may more options once we have the car(s) here for formal measuring.

Cy

*Prices subject to change, excluding shipping
**Prices subject to change, excluding shipping, center caps optional at $25 ea
Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Alex:
Wow! This is the EXACT article I was looking for. Great! However, the wheel links do not work for me (10/17/12 on Google Chrome). I searched for wheels by vehicle, and get an Enkei RPF1 17x7 +42. Is there another wheel with the correct +48 offset?
Thursday, November 8, 2012 by jjkarns:
What is the stock weight of the BRZ wheel?
Friday, November 9, 2012 by cy:
I've haven't personally weighed and unfortunately my car is in the body shop (beware of large trucks randomly backing up) but other FT-86er's have weighed their wheels and found them to be 20.4 lbs.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by mike barahona:
i was wondering what is the widest tires tht can be run on a stock dimension wheel for the fr-s ive been scouring the internet to no avail
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by cy:
225/45-17 is the widest size that will fit on your 7" wide factory FR-S/BRZ wheel. Obviously there's enough room in the wheel wells to run wider tires but the OE rim is too narrow to go wider. The tire manufacturers' recommend 225/45-17 as the maximum width on a 7" wide rim.

Since part of the reason I bought a BRZ is to get more seat time with the tires as we test them, I run 225/45-17 because of the wide variety for tires made in this size. I'm running 225/45-17's on factory spec (same width, offset and weight) Sport Edition T8's. I have 225/45-17 Pilot Super Sports as my Summer Tire, 225/45-17 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical All-Season as my Fall/Spring tire and 225/45-17 Continental ExtremeWinterContact as my winter tire.

Please keep in mind that I went 225/45-17 for winter just to run 225/45-17. If I didn't have other vehicles I could drive in the winter, I would go 205/55-16 as the optimal winter size as that narrower size would help in deeper snow.
Monday, August 12, 2013 by Alan:
Do you have experience on how offset affects handling on the frs/brz's? I'm looking at a few wheel options in 17x7.5's. I'm afraid changing the offset too much will have a negative effect on handling / steering feel.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by cy:
Alan, I stayed with same width and offset when I changed wheels so I don’t have direct experience with a lower offset wheel on the FT-86. I suspect a 5-10 mm difference wouldn't have a significant feel on steering feel and overall handling. I would be concerned a larger negative offset difference because of the increased scrub radius (the difference between steering axis line and the center of the tire's contact patch). The increased scrub radius gives your tires an abnormal amount of "leverage." So in daily driving I would expect the larger negative offset change would make the FT-86 more apt to tramline (follow ruts and other road imperfections). Thanks. Cy.

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