alloy wheel offset??

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i got some alloys last night, went to look at them their a bit rough but i liked them so thought it was worth refurbishing them. When i looked inside one of the wheels they are et45, however when i got home i looked again and it said et38...... it turns out 2 are 45 and 2 are 38. the wheels are 17x7 which way around can these be fitted? will the 38's even clear the arches? if so would they be best on the front or rear???? so in future i will look at the offset on every wheel!
 

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normaly evry one has et45 so id put them on the back
 
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you mighht find they will be close to the arch so either get them rolled or grind a bit off them to allow decent clearence from the arches
 
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fit them and see mate, id guess at the 38's on th e back thiough
 
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which arches??? has anyone ever fitted et38 alloys to their astra before? i know alloyguide.com say that et35-45 fit mk3 astras but ive read on here about ppl having probs with 15inch et35's. so 17inch et38's and lowered 40mm, if ive got to mess with the arches i only want to be messing with 1 end of the car .
 
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well try them first mate!
 
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tyre size will be important, I used to run 205/40/17's on et40's lowered around 50mm without any problems although one rear arch was close, the shocks were fairly stiff too which probably helped..
 
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thanks for your replies, i think im going try the 38's on the front as everything i read so far seems to point to their being less room in the rear arches.
 

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