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Old 03-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default 15" winter tires on 2013 Impreza sport package?

Hi all, I just got my very first Subie and am super thrilled.

I am from Canada and I got the Impreza sport package with stock 17" 205/55/R17 tires on 17"x7" rims.

I'm hoping to get some winter tires so I am on Costco.ca wanting to get the 195/65/R15 Blizzak. However, when I use their guide to pick steelies it doesn't seem like they recommend 15" rims for Imprezas newer than '04.

So my question is would the 15" tires and rims fit my '13 Impreza? no interference with the brake discs etc?

Thanks!

I must add that I don't know much about vehicles so please excuse my ignorance.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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You have 205/50/R17, not 55. 195/65/15 will work,it's the standard 15" wheel/tire combo for Imprezas. Whoever told you it won't fit isn't very knowledgeable - as per Subaru's website, 15" is the OEM tire size for base 2013 imprezas. Running the same thing during winter on my 08..
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:49 PM   #3
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I guess why not get 17 in steels and run the same size winter tire as summer? I have an 11 wrx and run the same size blizzaks as the summer tires 235/45/17 and have never had any issues.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
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down sizing is more beneficial in the winter than staying at the same tire size. it gives you more sidewall between the wheel and the road which can reduce hazard damage and provides more dampening, a narrower tire track also provides more grip. downsized tires also cost less.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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down sizing is more beneficial in the winter than staying at the same tire size. it gives you more sidewall between the wheel and the road which can reduce hazard damage and provides more dampening, a narrower tire track also provides more grip. downsized tires also cost less.
Sidewall stays roughly the same, as your replacements should still be close to the same rolling diameter.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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Sidewall stays roughly the same, as your replacements should still be close to the same rolling diameter.
???

Going from 17 to 15 inch wheels will mean a higher profile tire, hence more sidewall. Same overall diameter, but more sidewall and more cushion against potholes, etc. That's his point.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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???

Going from 17 to 15 inch wheels will mean a higher profile tire, hence more sidewall. Same overall diameter, but more sidewall and more cushion against potholes, etc. That's his point.
Yes. For some reason I was thinking across the same size wheel.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:54 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. So I went ahead and ordered the 195/65/15 Blizzaks from Costco.
When I went to pick them up I was told by the tire lady that going down 2 sizes might cause the brake coils to rub against the rims and she asked me to call Subaru to confirm. When I phoned my dealdership, the Service person said I could go down 1 size but not 2.

So I am not sure if I should get 16" rims/tires instead or the 15". Ideally I'd like the 15" if they fit.
I'm thinking the 15" should fit as Bluefoton said the base model has 15" rims. Unless they specifically change the brakes for the Sport model my Impreza Sport should run 15" right?
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:32 PM   #9
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Yes, base impreza's should be able to clear 15's just fine unless they have WRX brakes.

And even still....some 15's clear the floating wrx brakes and 4 pots.

15x7 +42 225/70/15 Grabber's. This size tire requires foz struts though.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:17 PM   #10
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What a fun car that must be! A Jeep ain't got nothin' on that bad boy!
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:46 PM   #11
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Did you buy the 15"?, if so how did they work out? do you have to recalibrate the TPS each time you change rims?
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:10 PM   #12
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For what it's worth. Ran 15" winter tires all winter on my '12 sport premium with absolutely no issues. Fit perfectly.
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