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Old 08-23-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Hi, I just got a 2012 WRX and am looking at winter tires (I will be getting 16x6.5 steelies). I looked at many threads but non tailored specifically to those sizes. I've seen some people run 205/60 for winter tires and some 215/55. Is there any huge difference in performance? The 205/60's are about 75 dollars cheaper than the 215/55 setup. Any insight would be appreciated!
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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I thought 205/55 was the most popular for 16x6.5, very popular so probably cheaper!
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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I run 205/60 and have not seen a downside. Cheaper and better ground clearance.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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Hi, i am new to the forum. I just bought a 2012 Impreza limited which came with 205/50 17 tires. I was wondering if my almost new winter tires from my previous car(civic) will fit. They are 205/55 16.

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Old 08-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #5
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Hi, i am new to the forum. I just bought a 2012 Impreza limited which came with 205/50 17 tires. I was wondering if my almost new winter tires from my previous car(civic) will fit. They are 205/55 16.

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Im not genius to tires but i would have to say no because the rim on your car now is a 17" and your tires from your civic fit a 16" rim. They are two different sizes.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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Hi, I just got a 2012 WRX and am looking at winter tires (I will be getting 16x6.5 steelies). I looked at many threads but non tailored specifically to those sizes. I've seen some people run 205/60 for winter tires and some 215/55. Is there any huge difference in performance? The 205/60's are about 75 dollars cheaper than the 215/55 setup. Any insight would be appreciated!
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I thought 205/55 was the most popular for 16x6.5, very popular so probably cheaper!
205/55R16's for your steelies.

The narrower tire is preferred for the winter.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:13 PM   #7
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They are but since the 17" are low profile when i put the 16" beside they are very similar.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
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Hi, i am new to the forum. I just bought a 2012 Impreza limited which came with 205/50 17 tires. I was wondering if my almost new winter tires from my previous car(civic) will fit. They are 205/55 16.

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Im not genius to tires but i would have to say no because the rim on your car now is a 17" and your tires from your civic fit a 16" rim. They are two different sizes.
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They are but since the 17" are low profile when i put the 16" beside they are very similar.
Yes, they will be similar outer diameter.

No, 16" tires will not fit onto 17" wheels.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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I guess i wasn't very clear in my post, i already have winter rims on the 16".
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