Options for mounting wheels

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I'm considering mounting an extra set of wheels I have from one of my cars onto another, but I'm not sure if it's economically feasible to do so. Spare Wheels: 18x8.5 5x114.3 +38 - Flat seat lug holes. OEM Wheel size of destination car: 17x7.5 5x112 +45 As I understand it, the most popular options for this scenario include: - Wheel adapters (potentially expensive?). - Wobble bolts (Will not work with flat-seat lug holes). - Re-drilling holes (Affects wheel durability). Adapters and re-drilling seem to be my only options; are there any others that I have missed?
 
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The spare wheels are a set of OEM alloys from a 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X. They're (trying) to go on a 2003 Audi A4. Overall tire diameter difference is about 1.5% which doesn't seem too bad. I'm actually doing this more for the rubber than the wheels. There are some decently sticky tires on those wheels which have quite a bit of tread left, but aren't getting any younger (4 years old). Since I'll be needing new summers on the A4 in spring, I figure I'd try to kill two birds with one stone.
 
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Originally Posted By: Carbon
Interesting.
You have an interesting definition of 'interesting', friend. LOL An adapter is going to effectively subtract roughly 25 mm from the offset of the Mitsubishi wheels - and a 13 mm offset isn't going to work. Have you looked at doing a hub transplant? I know it isn't simple, but considering the size of the VW tuning community, I bet it's been done before...
 
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There have been discussion threads on other websites about trying to adapt a set of wheels to a particular vehicle - AND - the concensus was that unless you have wheels that were designed to fit, you may run into trouble - and some of the problems are very dangerous in nature. So the concensus was not to use anything except properly fitting wheels.
 
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Too many potential problems to be worth trying to make it fit, no matter what method. I would just sell the spare wheels if I were you, and search CL or other classifieds for wheels that fit.
 
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