Thanks for the responses.
Bueras: How much time and/or money to get the spacers in?
Jerry: Did you end up going with the 18s or 19s? Any rubbing? What type and size tires did you get?
How hard or expensive is the fender flare?
PS. haven't checked in here in a while due to a little mishap taking a turn too fast. I believe the stock microchip cuts power to the engine when in situations such as taking fast/abrupt turns (especially at high rpms). If this is the case, and I think it is, then it gets real dangerous when your car starts acting funny in a 'thread the needle' situation. Long story short... geico rocks and now I have a '02 black on black 325 with 26K miles.