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Old 02-18-2003, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Confirmed 225/45-17" tires that fit lowered WRX Wagon

Alright guys... this is long over due.

Many have lowered their wagons and some have had rubbing issues in the rear when lowered and with 225/45-17" tires on either the Rota +48 offset 17x7.5" wheels as well as others.

We need to start a thread where everyone can post the following information as to help all future WRX Wagon owners

Post the following

1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)

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Old 02-18-2003, 10:52 AM   #2
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the 2 wagons here use 225's and do not rub ....

SSR comp wheels 17x7.5 50mm offset
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Old 02-18-2003, 11:01 AM   #3
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Which brand/model tires?

IIRC the offset on those wells is 50 or higher which is best for the scoobies... it's when you go +48 or lower that some have had issues.

I know from talking with you that the 225/45-17 Bridgestone RE730's should fit without any problem... what other brands/models have you had work?

How much lower than stock are these wagons as well?

Thanks Luke,

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Old 02-18-2003, 11:08 AM   #4
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1) The suspension set-up you choose (actual drop if available)
MRT/Whiteline 30mm springs on stock suspension.

2) The wheels you choose (size & offset).
18x7.5 Prodrive P1 (+53)

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Currently: 225/40-18 Toyo FZ4

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
No.

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
Never--not even with a full car consisting of three other adults and the rear full of luggage.
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:32 PM   #5
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Here are some other testimonies that I've found while searching... Seems (as we all knew/suspected) that the lower offset wheels may be more of the culprit to the rubbing.

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Originally posted by GravelRash
Lots (!) of fit variables here...
- Not all "215" (or any nominal size) tires are the same actual width when mounted on a given wheel size. There can be a surprising difference between brands/models.
- Wheel offset has everything to do with clearance - or lack thereof.
- And of course lowering changes the available inner fender clearance everywhere.

My own example: '02 wagon, stock suspension except for sedan rear bar. I have Prodrive P1 17x7 - which are 53mm offset - and run Michelin Pilot Sport 225/45x17. I've never had a hint of rubbing - including multiple RallyX. Which should pretty much cover the wheel travel issue

And of course if you change anything then YMMV

Btw, thanks to those posting tire pressures - and the background on how they were selected!
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Awhile back a guy posted he was selling his Rota Battles with that size Azenis on them off of his wagon. He said there were no rubbing issues. For what it's worth, I ordered a set of P7s with 225/45 Yoko AVS ES100s for my wagon, and Tirerack guaranteed they wouldn't rub. Seems like you should be okay, and if it did rub Luke (at the Tirerack) said a fender roll that any body shop could do for $30 or so would definitely take care of it. Hope that helps.
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I had the Azenis on Subzeros and their was rubbing in the rear once I lowered the car. I think you should be fine at stock height though.
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You should be fine w/Azenis 225/45-17 & Rota wheels, as long as you're running stock height.

1. If you lower the car, you WILL need to roll the fenders (spoken from experience).

2. If you put a couple fat friends & some cargo in the back, you will likely rub, if you push hard around corners, even at stock height.

-Steve
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I had my fenders rolled when I had rubbing with 225/45/17 Falken Azenis on 17x7.5 +48mm Rotas. Now I don't have to worry about what tire I run, and I could probably even go up to a 235 series tire. You'll be glad you did it in the long run because it opens up more options for tires and wheels, without worry about rubbing.
Thanks - Jon
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Old 02-18-2003, 07:56 PM   #6
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Bump for an indeed long overdue thread! I'm the guy with P7s and Yoko ES100s on the way, whenever those ES100s decide to show up at the Tirerack. From the sound of things I'll have no trouble, but I'll post here after thorough testing.

Todd Stratton out of Colorado has had some informative posts on wagon suspensions and just got Prodrive springs recently, and I believe he'll be running 225/45s once winter is over. One more potential source anyway.

Luke, what exact tires are the Tirerack guys running on their SSR rims? And are their wagons lowered?
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Old 02-18-2003, 08:38 PM   #7
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Thumbs up I've been running...

....225/45-17's on my wagon for ever, the suspension is GC adjustables and I haven't had any rubbing even when I slam it ( 3" drop) with rota's 48 offset. I did have to roll the fenders with my 18's 225/40-18 but it wasn't even very nesasary<spelling>, and those are 45 offset.

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Old 02-19-2003, 08:05 AM   #8
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03 Wagon - stock except rear sway and exhaust.
Not lowered.
Prodrive P1 17X7 with Kumho Ecsta 712 in 225-45-17 size.
No apparent rubbing (how would you know?) with four passengers and a load of groceries in the rear. No autocross yet, but I drive quickly on the twisties.
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Old 02-19-2003, 08:48 AM   #9
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....225/45-17's on my wagon for ever, the suspension is GC adjustables and I haven't had any rubbing even when I slam it ( 3" drop) with rota's 48 offset. I did have to roll the fenders with my 18's 225/40-18 but it wasn't even very nesasary<spelling>, and those are 45 offset.

~B
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03 Wagon - stock except rear sway and exhaust.
Not lowered.
Prodrive P1 17X7 with Kumho Ecsta 712 in 225-45-17 size.
No apparent rubbing (how would you know?) with four passengers and a load of groceries in the rear. No autocross yet, but I drive quickly on the twisties.
Let's keep this on topic, it is for those with lowered cars. 4 passengers although will lower the car, won't be a good enough test as most with lowered wagons will have had experiences with the same amount of people/groceries.

Thanks - Jon
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Old 02-24-2003, 10:42 AM   #10
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That's it? No other responses?

Come on guys.
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:31 PM   #11
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I have an 02 wagon full STI setup (struts, springs, control arms, ect.), Rota SubZero's 17x7.5 and Toyo Proxes T1-S 225-45R17 tires. They rub very slightly on the front fender liners at full streering lock.
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Old 02-24-2003, 11:37 PM   #12
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2002 WRX wagon, 17x7 OZ SLs, +48 offset, 225/45/17 SO3s, full SPT suspension (struts, springs, rear trailing/lateral control arms, bushings). No rubbing front or back hard driving with 2 persons. No rubbing 4 persons moderate driving. Whoo, Hoo, first post.

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Old 02-25-2003, 08:02 AM   #13
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1) The suspension set-up you choose (actual drop if available)
DMS 40 (Recommended drop... not much)

2) The wheels you choose (size & offset).
1st Set: Rota Sub Zero 17" x 7.5" +48
2nd Set: Rota Attack 17 x 7.5" +48

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Falken Azenis 225/45/17 on both

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
None

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
a) Under full lock on hard cornering, very little rubbing on the front struts.
b) Full car, 3 passengers and a driver. Hit a hard bump will have the rubber hit the rear strut with a 'squeak'. Again, nothing to be concerned about. (IMHO)
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Old 02-25-2003, 09:33 AM   #14
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Keep the info coming guys....
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Old 02-27-2003, 09:40 AM   #15
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anyone else?

I will be testing some Rota Tarmacs with 225/45-17 Falken Azenis on a Prodrive spring equipped WRX wagon next month. I plan to thrash it in some tight and high speed turns... hopefully I'll find out some good news. I'd be willing to guess they are the widest 225/45-17 tire out there right now.

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Old 03-04-2003, 01:23 PM   #16
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I'm surprised at the lack of response in this thread... is this information not of use to others?
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Old 03-04-2003, 01:53 PM   #17
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Stock suspension - 225/45/17 Pilot Sport A/S on P7's no rubbing - great tire! - Zman
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Old 03-04-2003, 10:23 PM   #18
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My new setup: 225/45 17's on 17x7.5" wheels lowered .5" with GC's- no rubbage so far. Next week is a track event, so I'll post a followup if you guys want one. -Bolster
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Old 03-04-2003, 11:20 PM   #19
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I'm surprised at the lack of response in this thread... is this information not of use to others?
its very useful actually! Great thread! Its just most are probably running 215/45-17's. I will be getting T1-S's in a couple of weeks. 225/45-17 on my STI Genome suspension (about 3/4" drop) and Rota Tarmacs (17 x 7.5, ET48). I'll post then if there is any rubbage.
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I had the Tarmacs w/225/45/17 Kuhmo 712s, no rubbing...

I also had the Battles w/225/45/17 Azenis, light rubbing...

Both were +48 offset, and the wagon is stock except rear sway and endlinks...
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I appreciate the info from the guys on stock suspension.. but as the subject says this is more focused towards lowered wagons... Rubbing is more prone to the lowered cars (obviously).. If possible to keep this post fuller of useful testimonys... lets keep it to lowered '02-> wrx/ts wagons.

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I chickened out and got 215/45-17's.
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What brand/model? What suspension are you planning on running?
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Old 03-21-2003, 04:36 PM   #25
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Well, since Omaha chickened out and made his skinny little 215-width tire purchase , let's DO keep this thread going for both stock and lowered wagons. It seems that certain wheel and 225-width tire combos DO rub even on stock wagons, and that info is useful to me and no dobut a few others out there. I'm STILL waiting for my 225/45 ES100s to come in (since late January) and be mounted on my P7s and shipped. I may not wait much longer though, and try something else. I'll be helping a friend with a wagon install P7s with Eagle F1 GS-D3s on his car this weekend that are 225/45, so I'll report back on that even though I assume they won't be rubbing.

So basically, I'm hijacking this thread and would like to continue hearing about rubbing issues (or no rubbing issues) from folks that have 225/45 tires on their wagons with ALL types of suspension including stock. Thus far, from what I have read, the following are true statements regarding stock-height wagons:

- With an offset of 50 or greater and a 7" wide wheel, there appear to be NO rubbing issues on a stock wagon regardless of tire, although I haven't seen a post of anyone running Falken Azenis on a 7" wide wheel with an offset of 50 or more.

- Falkens seem to be the 'widest' 225 tire

- Falkens will rub with a 48 offset, 7.5" wheel, though the rubbing is minor

- Lots of guys with wagons run Falkens.

Please feel free to confirm or deny any of the above and add your own experiences. . . .

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