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Old 08-17-2005, 07:55 PM   #1
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Default 16x7, 48mm offset okay for wagon?

Okay, I looked at the offset information thread and have a question.

I wanted to pick up a set of 16x7 Rota Slipstreams with a 48mm offset and 225/50/16 tires for my 2002 wrx wagon.

Is this offset okay? The thread noted says 50-53 is good. I dont want to wear down my wheel bearings. Also note that I will be driving on these rims and tires VERY hard as they will be my dedicated auto-x set.

Will this setup rub at all on a stock suspension? How much can I lower the car before I experience rubbing issues? I am concerned since there is less clearance on the wagon.
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Old 08-17-2005, 08:01 PM   #2
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Truthfully, it will depend on the tire.
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:43 PM   #3
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i cant imagine it would rub on stock suspension with any tire
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Old 08-17-2005, 09:49 PM   #4
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I've heard lots of folks running 17x7, 48et wheels with 225/45R17 on a wagon with no problems, so I would expect that the same wheel width and offset with the same tire width and just changing wheel diameter should offer the same clearance. BTW, Tirerack says it will work.
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Old 08-18-2005, 08:54 AM   #5
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Not true, there are plenty of wagons running 17X7.5 rota with +48 offset and 225/45R17 tires that DO rub. I've ridden in two myself. With the 225, it gets very close. Not all 225 tires are the same width some will rub and other won't - but both marked the same size.
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Old 08-18-2005, 02:46 PM   #6
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i had the 16x7 +48 offset on my car with the 225-55-16s and they were fine when i lowred it. no problem!
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:27 PM   #7
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i had the 16x7 +48 offset on my car with the 225-55-16s and they were fine when i lowred it. no problem!

cool! The tires I am going to use are Yokohama ES100s. are these comprable to the tires you used? I know there is a lot of variation from tire to tire, even if they are the "same" size.

Were you close to rubbing when you were stock or lowered? How far did you lower it? also, did you corner pretty hard to give it a good test?

The rims/tires are used (buying them from a local owner) so I don't have a choice in the size. Its a good deal so I dont wanna pass it up as it is a good way to have an auto-x set, so I can still race. But I dont wanna go for it if it wont work well. I imagine I will stay at stock height for now as I will do sways and strut bars before I lower, i think, as I want more than just springs (and that type of modification is beyond what I have money-wise for the car right now). Will sway bars decrease the potential to rub?

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Old 08-19-2005, 09:18 PM   #8
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Will sway bars decrease the potential to rub?
Nope, just have less body roll.
If you do rub, there is the option of rolling your rear fenders for more clearance.
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Old 08-22-2005, 02:38 PM   #9
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I have this setup and only started having a slight problem with the rear rubbing, after putting on a big front swaybar. I have a large rear bar set on 26mm, and Tein H-Techs springs with a 1" drop. Much will depend on tire though. My Kumhos and Yoks are pretty narrow when compared to a BFG G-Force KD or Hoosier Autocross tire with the same listed ratio 225/50
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