I'm very happy with my size and offset. There is nothing different I would do. Wheels and tyres clear the stock suspension easily.Below is a very common offset the guys that get 16" wats use;
16x8.5 offset -6 (or 16x9, -13) at the front, and 16x9.5 with -19 at the back
Looking at the above rear choice is simple enough to make if you want to go 17, and that is 17x9.5 -19 which fits fine and looks nice.
The front choice however taking into account the above watanabe proven combos is, do you go for 17x8.5 offset -6 or 17x9, -13?
I chose the first which is the 8.5 wide wheel with -6 offset. I reckon the 2nd choice 9" would have given me some major head aches to find suitable tyres with reasonable tyre height/rolling dia to mach rear choice and not look like a drag car. Just remeber at 17" you can't stretch the tyres as much as 16" so there are more limitations in certain respects however the tyre availability is huge compared to 16's.
My fronts 17x8.5 -6 and rear are 17x9.5 -19. I figured the fronts can always be pumped out by a thin 10mm spacer if I want to but they sit fine and clear everything.
My final combo below.
17x8.5 offset -6 at the front, and 16x9.5 with -19 at the back.
I would hate to think I had ordered offsets that did'nt fit once I brought them home! :shock: Man that would suck. Any how just stick to the proven. If you go for wheels that are any skinnier than these the flares look half assed I reckon, like the pick below on the orange car!
and in green Evan...