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Old 01-03-2006, 01:45 PM   #17
GuyLR
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Join Date: Jul 2002
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Atlanta, GA
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2003 WRX Wag/01 OBS
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Because the 6.5" width works fine with a 205/55 section tire while the 215/45 or 225/45 tires used with the 17" wheels work better with a 7.0" rim. They spec the wheel for the tire they install not for one that people would like to install. It also saved 1/2 pound per wheel over the previous 16x7 wheel which may have been important to them as the GD Impreza porked up a lot.
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