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Subaru ZD8/Gen 2 BRZ Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 07/06/2022
Updated | 09/19/2023

Vehicle Covered in this Guide 2022 - Current Subaru BRZ, Toyota GR86

*Click Here to review our Gen 1 86/BRZ Guide

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter.

All 17" & 18" APEX BRZ wheels were designed to clear the factory Performance Package Brembo Brakes from the first generation models, which can be adapted to this chassis.

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x100mm

Center Bore

56.1mm

Lug Seat

60º Conical

Thread Pitch

M12x1.25mm

OEM+ Wheel Fitment

Easy upgrades for street-driven cars

These bolt-on wheel fitments are ideal for enthusiasts enjoying their car day-to-day on the street, and they are typically paired with all-season or performance oriented summer tires. These wheel and tire configurations will improve the appearance and performance of the car without requiring modifications to the factory suspension or alignment. Just bolt-on and enjoy!

While these wheel fitments can be used for track days and AutoX, performance will be left on the table. Drivers that prioritize performance should review our Performance Street & Track and/or Hardcore Track & Race sections below.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x8" ET40
    • Available in: VS-5RS, SM-10RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 225/45-17
    • Direct fit
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama AD08R (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 235/40-17
    • Direct fit
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama AD08R (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x8.5" ET44
    • Available in: VS-5RS
    • Popular Fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 235/40-17
    • Direct fit
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama AD08R (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Toyo RR (40 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 245/40-17
    • Typically a direct fit, but an increase in negative camber is encouraged for wider compounds or lowered vehicles
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer - Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), GT Radial SX2 (260 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Eagle SuperCar 3R (100 TW)

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Blue Subaru BRZ - VS-5RS in Satin Bronze
  • Blue Subaru BRZ - SM-10RS in Anthracite
  • Red Subaru BRZ - VS-5RS in Anthracite
  • Blue Subaru BRZ - VS-5RS in Anthracite
  • Silver Subaru BRZ - EC-7R in Race Silver
  • Silver Subaru BRZ - EC-7R in Satin Black

Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you are a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for enthusiasts looking for a more dramatic improvement in performance and they are typically paired with performance oriented Summer tires or track oriented R-compounds.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x9" ET48
    • Available in: VS-5RS, SM-10RS
    • Popular Fitment
    • These wheels require 5mm front spacers and extended wheel studs for strut clearance on OEM Gen 2 suspension. If additional negative camber has been dialed in at the knuckle, a larger spacer may be required.
    • With aftermarket coilovers a 10mm-15mm front spacer and extended wheel studs are recommended to bring wheels flush to fender.
    • Depending on tire size/model and how negative camber is achieved, shaving the inner lip on the rear quarter panel may be needed

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 245/40-17
    • Increased negative camber may be required for wider compounds or lowered vehicles
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer - Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), GT Radial SX2 (260 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Eagle SuperCar 3R (100 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 255/40-17
    • Increased negative camber is typically required
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
  • Narrower Alternative: Front & Rear: 235/40-17
    • Typically a direct fit, but an increase in negative camber is encouraged for wider compounds or lowered vehicles
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama AD08R (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x9" ET42
    • Available in: ARC-8
    • These wheels typically do not require any spacer. However, if additional negative camber has been dialed in at the knuckle, a 5mm front spacer may be needed.
    • Depending on tire size/model and how negative camber is achieved, shaving the inner lip on the rear quarter panel may be required

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 245/40-17
    • Increased negative camber may be required for wider compounds or lowered vehicles
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer - Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), GT Radial SX2 (260 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Eagle SuperCar 3R (100 TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 255/40-17
    • Increased negative camber is typically required
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: Michelin Pilot Sport AS4 (540 TW)
    • Max Performance Summer: Continental ExtremeContact Sport (340 TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
  • Narrower Alternative: Front & Rear: 235/40-17
    • Typically a direct fit, but an increase in negative camber is encouraged for wider compounds or lowered vehicles
    • Ultra High Performance All-Season: No options currently available
    • Max Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama AD08R (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang NS-2R (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 18x9" ET42
    • Available in VS-5RS, SM-10RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/35-18
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook Ventus R-S4 (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Yokohama A052 (200TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (240TW), Yokohama AD08R (200TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier R7 (40TW), Hoosier A7 (40TW), Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 265/35-18
    • A minimum of approximately -2º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660, Nankang CR-1 (200 TW) 
    • R-Compound: Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Supercar 3R (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: BFGoodrich R1S (40 TW)
  • Narrower Alternative: Front & Rear: 245/35-18
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 (180 TW)
    • Semi-Slicks: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Hankook Z214 C51

Hardcore Track Wheel Fitment

Track focused fitments that require significant modifications

  • Grey Subaru BRZ - EC-7R in Brushed Clear

These wheel and tire configurations are best suited for hardcore track junkies and club racers competing for a spot on the podium.  Everything from Extreme Summer tires to full Racing Slicks are commonly used depending on your experience behind the wheel, class rules, etc.

These flush wheel fitments will maximize inner strut clearance, though they will require negative camber and shaving the rear quarter panels to clear the fenders.

Aftermarket rear upper and lower control arms may change fitment requirements, and we encourage anyone with a significantly modified vehicle to contact our product experts.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x9.5" ET40
    • Available in VS-5RS
    • This is a very aggressive track-oriented fitment that will not work for cars on factory suspension. Aggressive alignment settings, suspension modifications, and body trimming are required.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/40-17
    • A minimum of approximately -2.5º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Toyo RR (40 TW)
  • Narrow Alternative: Front & Rear: 245/40-17
    • A minimum of approximately -2.5º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer - Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), GT Radial SX2 (260 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Eagle SuperCar 3R (100 TW)
    • Semi Slick: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), BFG R1 (40 TW), BFG R1S (40 TW), Toyo RR (40 TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x10" ET45
    • Available in SM-10RS
    • This is a very aggressive track-oriented fitment that will not work for cars on factory suspension. Aggressive alignment settings, suspension modifications, body trimming, and at least a 12.5mm spacer is required.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/40-17
    • A minimum of approximately -2.5º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), BFG Rival S 1.5 (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200 TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nitto NT01 (100 TW), Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW), Toyo RA1 (100 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Toyo RR (40 TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET40
    • Available in VS-5RS, SM-10RS
    • This is a very aggressive track-oriented fitment that will not work for cars on factory suspension. Aggressive alignment settings, suspension modifications, and body trimming are required.

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/35-18
    • A minimum of approximately -2.5º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook Ventus R-S4 (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Yokohama A052 (200TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (240TW), Yokohama AD08R (200TW), Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier R7 (40TW), Hoosier A7 (40TW), Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)
  • Wider Alternative: Front & Rear: 265/35-18
    • A minimum of approximately -3º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook RS-4 (220 TW), Yokohama A052 (200 TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200 TW), Falken Azenis RT660, Nankang CR-1 (200 TW)
    • R-Compound: Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100 TW), Goodyear Supercar 3R (100 TW), Pirelli Trofeo R (60 TW)
    • Semi-Slick: BFGoodrich R1S (40 TW)
  • Narrower Alternative: Front & Rear: 245/35-18
    • A minimum of approximately -2.5º of camber is required both front and rear, depending on vehicle ride height and tire model. Rear quarter panel shaving required. Amount will depend on camber settings and ride height.
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Continental Extremecontact Force (200 TW)
    • R-Compounds: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 (180 TW)
    • Semi-Slicks: Hoosier R7 (40 TW), Hoosier A7 (40 TW), Hankook Z214 C51

Additional Resources

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter. The following brakes have been tested and confirmed to clear our wheels.

*Coming Soon

Should I Dial in Negative Camber, and How Much is Right for me?

Whether you are a casual weekend track warrior that still enjoys your car on the street, or a hardcore racer competing for a spot on the podium, negative camber is a vital part of chassis setup that has many benefits. Not only will adding negative camber create more room for wider wheel and tire configurations, it more importantly improves handling, turn-in and tire longevity. Learn more in our blog article The Positives of Negative Camber.