Ben is well known throughout the Subaru community for many reasons. The first is probably the fact that he had an Awesome GD Subaru Impreza WRX STi that he was not afraid to take to the track. He sold that wonderful track ready STi and took a detour from Subaru, but like every smart person he came back.
This time around he’s not aiming for a track monster but a Daily Driven 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI with a few choice improvements. The improvements to Ben’s 2008 Subaru include some 18×9 +50mm SSR Type-F wheels in Silver paired up with some ultra grippy 245/40/18 Dunlop Z1 Star Specs. This combination alone transforms the look and performance of the 2008 Chassis simply from lightening up the rotational un-sprung weight and tossing out those crappy stock tires. Ben didn’t hestitate to go stage 2 with his AP and Turbo Back. He chose to go with the new MXP full 3″ turbo back (Video here).
Without further delay here are some more pics of Ben’s Killer Setup.
Ben’s setup was chosen for a few reasons. He wasn’t looking for the ultra flush look, or searching for the widest tire fitment on the block. Ben wanted a setup that he wouldn’t need to modify the fenders and could run a higher quality stock sized tire. The setup he chose is perfect for his needs. An 18×9 +50mm SSR Type-F is a great sized wheel for a 100% stock body GR chassis STI. There are no mods needed to run this wheel with the stock sized tire. This size is the same as a GD running an 18×8.5 +52mm in terms of ease of fitment, although I have to admit this 18×9 +50mm looks a lot better! Rumor has it there maybe some Coilovers on their way to Ben…but you didn’t hear it from me.
There is only one Person who knows where this car’s mod path leads and it sure isn’t me. Ben’s mod selection has always been top notch and I look forward to seeing more of this Red 08 circulating itself around the Forums.
Here is a step by step.
1.) Buy some 18×9 +50mm wheels that clear the Brembo brakes (be sure to get some quality lugs too).
2.) Buy some sticky stock sized tires (245/40/18)
3.) Get them mounted and balanced at a trusted tire shop
The Sticky (Wheels & Tires):
18×9 +50mm SSR Type-F in Silver.
245/40/18 Dunlop Z1 Star Spec.
The Skinny (Weight Reduction):
Braille Light weight battery w/ Limited Edition STi brackets.
The Speed (Performance):
Stage 2 Tune.
MXP Full 3″ Turbo Back.
The Future (The Obvious):BC Coilovers with nice stiff rates.
^^ Always a classic glamor shot for wheels, the SSR Type-Fs in 18×9 +50mm with the FF Disk.
^^The hot new MXP full 3″ Turbo Back exits the car with two pairs of these.
^^Here is a great picture showing the front wheel placement of the 18×9 +50mm SSR Type-F’s on a 2008 GR Chassis Subaru Impreza WRX STi on the stock suspension.