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      12-20-2010 04:08 PM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post

      So we can blame all the MkIV guys on you

      Seriously, though - that looked good

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      12-20-2010 04:37 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit5GTI View Post
      So we can blame all the MkIV guys on you

      Seriously, though - that looked good
      Hahaha! yeah, I was doing it way before they were. Best part was that since teh rabbit I got the fenders and core support from was silver, I didn't have to paint it after welding and re-assembly, so it really was a weekend project. Wouldn't mind another one of those, but they are harder to find over here.
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      12-20-2010 04:39 PM #78
      Harder to find is an understatement. I can't remember the last time I saw a MkI Jetta in decent condition.

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      12-20-2010 04:42 PM #79
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      That is sweet!! What kit is it?
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      12-20-2010 04:53 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by Noisyninja View Post
      I guess as long as you made sure you had the same rolling diameter on the front and rear tires? Isn't it possible to damage your diffs otherwise? I can't really recall seeing any staggered Subarus that hadn't been converted to RWD.

      I know most manufacturers say to always use the same size wheels and tires on all 4 corners.
      Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
      I meant like wider out back than in front, not different diameters.
      Quote Originally Posted by Noisyninja View Post
      No, I know. But a wider tire with same aspect ratio as a thinner tire will have a larger rolling diameter and circumference.

      Using this calculator: http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

      Size: Diameter/Circumference
      235/40-18: 25.4/79.8
      245/40-18: 25.7/80.8

      Now, if you went instead with a 245/35-18 in the rear you have 24.8/77.8.

      I don't know what the acceptable threshold is, but the difference may put unnecessary strain on the diffs especially with a Subaru that has a 50/50 front/rear power split.

      Also, add in the fact that the fronts and rears won't wear evenly which could exacerbate the problem and you wouldn't be able to rotate the tires regularly which you would normally do with an AWD car to address uneven wear.
      You could go much simpler then that and just run different offset wheels with the same size wheel barrels and tires. Gives the same appearance as a true staggered setup without the fear of blowing up drive train components. no lip for the front wheels and lots for the rears
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      12-20-2010 05:00 PM #81


      RS4 front end swap.

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      12-20-2010 05:13 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by Cort View Post


      RS4 front end swap.
      sexy.

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      12-20-2010 05:56 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by Cort View Post


      RS4 front end swap.
      and a good example of staggered offset wheels with the same width on an awd car
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      12-21-2010 03:39 AM #84
      MK4 JTIs loo the best with votex kit:


      and this really makes me think mk6 jetta:
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      12-21-2010 03:43 AM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Cort View Post


      RS4 front end swap.
      Exhibit A: Hubris

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      12-21-2010 04:35 AM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by Der Roboter View Post
      You could go much simpler then that and just run different offset wheels with the same size wheel barrels and tires. Gives the same appearance as a true staggered setup without the fear of blowing up drive train components. no lip for the front wheels and lots for the rears
      That is much simpler. Now I feel stupid. Thanks.

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      12-21-2010 08:41 AM #88
      I dont think that counts.

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      12-21-2010 08:48 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by LA7VJetta View Post
      I dont think that counts.
      If that doesn't count, then neither do all the MkIV conversions posted.

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      12-21-2010 08:57 AM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit5GTI View Post
      If that doesn't count, then neither do all the MkIV conversions posted.
      it is just a Jeep pickup, no? other than the grill being chrome on the one, I see nothing different.

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      12-21-2010 08:58 AM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by LA7VJetta View Post
      it is just a Jeep pickup, no? other than the grill being chrome on the one, I see nothing different.
      It's the facelifted grille from the late 90's Cherokee on a mid-80's Comanche. I think it counts.

      The first one even converted the side mirrors and it looks like there was some interior conversion done from what I can tell in that picture.

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      12-21-2010 09:24 AM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by Cort View Post


      RS4 front end swap.
      This thing looks so mean in person

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      12-21-2010 10:12 AM #93
      Theres a much nicer example i seen on vortex before but i cant find it edit: it was white im pretty sure, someone has to have it

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      12-21-2010 10:14 AM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by yellow20th1804 View Post

      What has been seen, cannot be unseen.

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      12-21-2010 10:17 AM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnitwithfire View Post
      That is sweet!! What kit is it?
      Pitcrew. I believe it's way out of production.
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      12-21-2010 10:30 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by NeezDuts View Post
      Exhibit A: Hubris
      Some say I'm cocky, and I say what? It ain't braggin' if you do it and you back it up.

      Quote Originally Posted by CSFiend View Post
      sexy.
      Thank you. She's not mine anymore.

      Quote Originally Posted by WiseDubbinVR View Post
      This thing looks so mean in person
      Thanks.

      Quote Originally Posted by Der Roboter View Post
      and a good example of staggered offset wheels with the same width on an awd car
      Thank you, it's all about your overall diameter. As long as you drop down in side profile when you go wider you're fine.

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      12-21-2010 10:47 AM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      I know that. But it's based on the Toyota iQ which makes it a swap.


      Facepalm

      It's not a swap it's called rebadging. A Mercury Mountaineer is a Ford Explorer, it's not a different platform with swapped cosmetics

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      12-21-2010 10:52 AM #98
      I loved my RS4 Bumper on my Passat....unfortunately Figerglass and paint quality blew. What a nightmare.


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      12-21-2010 12:34 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by VdubChaos View Post
      I loved my RS4 Bumper on my Passat....unfortunately Figerglass and paint quality blew. What a nightmare.

      i hardly think a body kit counts as a front end swap.
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      12-21-2010 12:43 PM #100


      Acura El.

      Not a huge fan of that car, per se, but the swap is nice.

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