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Old 12-31-2006, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default 17X7.5 wheels on a BK?

I just got a set of WRX wheels for my 1998 Legacy GT Wagon, they work really good. Going to put summer tires on them, come summer time.

I'm thinking about doing AutoX, and a set of 17 inch wheels with wide tires would be beneficial, no? Would a set of BBS 17X7.5 wheels fit my car, and more importantly, would they rub? The stock sized wheels don't, but just barely.

Anyone have a pic of a 1997/98/99 Legacy Wagon with 17X7.5 wheels?
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:48 PM   #2
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I imagine you'd want to go as small and wide as possible for tracking the car. Something like a 15" or a 16". The bigger the wheel, the less acceleration because of rotating mass. Wider is better for a bigger foot print.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:59 PM   #3
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I know you didn't ask if someone had a picture of 17's on a wagon
What kind of picture are you looking for? (side shot, down the side, etc)
I've got pics with:

Gramlights 57C's
Rota Attacks
Rota Actions
Rota SDR's

All are 17x7.5, ET48, and I never had rubbing problems except with fat 225's like 070's when I was on soft suspension.

I don't have the BBS's mounted yet, but will snap some pics when they're on as well, Those should fit even better with the higher offset.

However, being willing to roll your fenders is a good mindset
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:51 AM   #4
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Side shots and a shot that would show the clearance between the wheel and fender, or wheel and suspension, in the rear.

A 15" wheel with a 205 60R15 tire on it wouldn't be good for auto-x, anything that is that diameter would have a horribly large sidewall. I'd perfer a lower profile tire.

I don't want to get a smaller outer diamater tire because then my gears would be way too short. I'd have to use like second gear, it would bog coming out of turns and probably max going to the next turn, if it didn't bog.

I want a set of gramlights in 16", I'd use those for daily driver. I've got WRX wheels and a set of Legacy GT wheels coming soon, then I'll pay off my debts and start upgrading more (can you say "Cam upgrade"?)

I wouldn't mind rolling my fenders, but historically, I tend to mess that kind of thing up big time.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:18 AM   #5
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These are BBS RK's 17X7.5 (16lbs) with Kumho SPT 215 45ZR17's. The car is on KYB GR2's and iON lowering springs (1.18 drop) Wish I had better clearance pics for you, but it's winter now and they aren't going back on for months. She hasn't been to the autocross yet but maybe this summer. I have no clearance/rubbing issues and she sticks like glue.


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Old 01-03-2007, 03:19 PM   #6
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Are the wheels going to be just used for autocross? Anyway, if it's for pure autocross, a 16x7 rim with 215 wide victoracers or equivalent DOT R-compound will be better than 17" and street tires.
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:17 PM   #7
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Geeze, that does look good. Those tires don't look super low profile at all, even. The LSi looks awesome.

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Are the wheels going to be just used for autocross? Anyway, if it's for pure autocross, a 16x7 rim with 215 wide victoracers or equivalent DOT R-compound will be better than 17" and street tires.
I'm going to have 3 sets of wheels/tires. One set of WRX stockers with summer tires. one set of Legacy GT wheels with winter tires. One set of 17" wheels with slicks for autox. Maybe a set of 15" wheels for hauling around on logging roads...

LegacyLSi: What exhaust do you have? I'm looking to upgrade that as well. One nice thing about the BK, I can afford to upgrade it, unlike my BE. ^_^; I think you have one clean ride there, the drop looks awesome.
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:22 PM   #8
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i would put the slicks on the lighter of the GT or WRX wheels...

that wouldnt bump you up to STS just because of wheels (not knowing if your car is in stock now ne ways)

Other than that, R-comps are MUCH cheaper for 16's than 17... look into that first and you see if its worth it to you...

I would DEF get some 17's but leave um for the street
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:09 PM   #9
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I agree with electronblue, the lightest 16's you have for autoX and 17's for pimpin.

My exhaust system is kind of patched together right now.
TWE el header
2.25 " SS catdelete section
2.25" SS midpipe
WRX muffler.

I really need to add a highflow cat and resonator to this setup, it is verrry raspy sounding.

Thanks for the compliments Chi_San, I really like this car. It just keeps getting better with all the modifications. Plus it's super rare.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:01 AM   #10
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Geeze, that does look good. Those tires don't look super low profile at all, even. The LSi looks awesome.



I'm going to have 3 sets of wheels/tires. One set of WRX stockers with summer tires. one set of Legacy GT wheels with winter tires. One set of 17" wheels with slicks for autox. Maybe a set of 15" wheels for hauling around on logging roads...

LegacyLSi: What exhaust do you have? I'm looking to upgrade that as well. One nice thing about the BK, I can afford to upgrade it, unlike my BE. ^_^; I think you have one clean ride there, the drop looks awesome.
Save the 17"s for the street. Tire choice and unsprung weight are more important in autocross than the dimension of the wheel you're running. That's why you see Mini owners going down to 16", even 15" panasports with R-compounds over their OEM 17" wheels when they autocross.
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Old 01-04-2007, 01:30 AM   #11
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Considering that I just went up on some logging roads... I don't think 17" wheels would be good for street tires for me. I'm afraid I'll kill a wheel...

I have a set of aftermarket 16" wheels, I suppose I could just toss a set of competition tires on those wheels and just use them. Would save me the hassle of buying a set of wheels as I already have them.

Well, I'll have to see if the local AutoX setup is going to keep existing. They seemed to have run sparotically last summer. =\ I hope thye're still around, the track is freaking 30 years old.

Running catless and without a resonator... I'll bet you get pops from your exhaust when you let off the throttle?
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Old 01-04-2007, 01:49 AM   #12
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Considering that I just went up on some logging roads... I don't think 17" wheels would be good for street tires for me. I'm afraid I'll kill a wheel...

I have a set of aftermarket 16" wheels, I suppose I could just toss a set of competition tires on those wheels and just use them. Would save me the hassle of buying a set of wheels as I already have them.

Well, I'll have to see if the local AutoX setup is going to keep existing. They seemed to have run sparotically last summer. =\ I hope thye're still around, the track is freaking 30 years old.

Running catless and without a resonator... I'll bet you get pops from your exhaust when you let off the throttle?
Save the money and use your 16" rims right now.

Also...I run cats and a resonator and I still get pops when I back off the gas
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:41 AM   #13
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"Poppity pop pop pop....pop!"
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:04 PM   #14
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My BE was bone stock except a short RAM intake. When powershifting, it would backfire through the intake... Hmm, maybe that's why the car would get 35 mpg when I drove it on the freeway...

I'm going to stick with 16" wheels.

I think I'll spend money on other mods than wheels. I like how the WRX wheels look too much, anyway. Exhaust, comes to mind.

I'm probably going to get an OBX EL header, a high flow cat, keep the resonator, and get a super quiet muffler. Then, it'll be cams and valvetrain upgrades, and hopefully a new transmission.
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