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Old 04-29-2001, 08:15 AM   #1
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Post Tires on the dear 17" wheels?

Greets.

I'm looking at getting 17" wheels after I get my car. (The dealer 17s are to much $$$) From my dealer I see:

Available as a dealer option will be 17x7-inch wheels and 215/45R17 tires.

Are the 215/45R17 tires on the dealer 17s considered 'low profile' tires? I would prefer not since I tend to drive a car hard and don't care to replace the tires every 6-10mo.


The reason I ask is that if I put my own 17" wheels on I want to be sure a standard sized tire will fit as well.

(Arhg! I hate when I typo in the topic and cannot change it after I post!!!!)


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Old 04-29-2001, 08:36 AM   #2
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I consider any profile less than 55 to be low-profile. Anything less than 45, I consider extra-low-profile. Most people seem to be doing alright with 45 series tires. Just make sure you keep it inflated properly and don't go charging through pot-holes.

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Old 04-29-2001, 09:31 AM   #3
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well.. you can put any profile tyre you want there.. but you have to know that your overall wheel and tyre diameter may change, and as a result gearing may be altered as well, etc. etc. etc.
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Old 04-29-2001, 10:03 AM   #4
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Okay... my main concerns are:

1) The tire scrapes the wheel wells while cornering hard.

2) Having the WRX handle like a truck would.

Both would be bad. Maybe to help me out people can post what size tire / brand they're using on their 17 inch wheels and what they think of the handling?

Thanks much!
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Old 04-29-2001, 10:31 AM   #5
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You can do a search in the Suspension, Brakes, Rims & Tires forum. Lots of information there.

But to answer your questions briefly:
1. The wheel wells of the WRX are huge. You won't rub if you choose the correct wheel/tire sizes.

2. Larger wheel/lower profile tires will give you sharper turn in and usually better road holding. Ride will be a bit harsher. I am running 215/40R18 on 18" OZ Prodrive, and the ride is quite acceptable on most roads. 215/45R17 aren't that radical nowadays.

Anyways, when looking for aftermarket wheels, make sure they have offset of +50 or more. They are limited, and this is a price to pay for getting Subarus.

As for tires, go to Tirerack.com and look around. Lots of information. Many ultra-high performace tires now have treadwear ratings of 300 or more, which should give you a few years of driving.
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Old 04-29-2001, 11:15 AM   #6
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Duh!. Good point about the Suspension, Brakes, Rims & Tires forum. That's where I should have looked first and posted this!

Thanks for the advice. I'll go RTFM (RTFF?) now.
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