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Old 09-02-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default 06-07 wrx wheels on 02-05 wrx

I was wondering if anybody that has changed out their 02-05 stockers to 06-07 stockers and can give me any input. I think these wheels would look pretty nice on my 04WRB. I've even seen people paint them and they look even nicer. When looking in the private for sale threads it almost seems like this is the cheapest route to go to upgrade to 17" wheels. For anybody that has done this did you notice any performance gains? Did the ride quality get worse? My stock tires are just about done and I'm thinking this might be a good route to go. Any help is appreciated

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Old 09-02-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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02-05 wheels are lighter than 06/07 wheels..
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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The only gains you would get would be based on the ability to run slightly wider tires on the 7" wide wheel.
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:32 AM   #4
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I put a set of 06 wheels on my car - they definitely look much better! I was running Pirelli P-zero nero m+s (205/55-16) on the old rims, and have the stock bridgestones on the new ones still (215/45-17) - keeping in mind that I don't autocross or anything like that, I didn't notice much difference in performance - grip went down a little bit, but not much (which was surprising) this is in "spirited" driving around town - ride quality was about the same (shorter sidewall vs. stiffer sidewall on the pirellis - the main difference was the bridgestones are louder) - I am really happy with them (I'll be even happier when I replace the bridgestones, I am sure) - I picked them up with tires with 80% or so of the original tread for about what a set of four tires would have run me on the old rims (I was due) - I think the wheels are 3 or 4 pounds heavier than the 16" ones. I am sure I'll notice a huge increase in peformance when I put decent tires on there (I'll be doing 225/45-17 - maybe the Pirellis again)
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:00 AM   #5
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I've seen the 06-07 wheels on 02-05 and IMO, they look nicer on the 02-05 than the 06-07
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:54 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

DRD why would there be a risk of losing grip when switching to the 17's? I thought the wider tire might help out some. Also, can you send some pics with these wheels on your car?
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:25 PM   #7
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Because he switched from the Pirelli's to the crap stock tires.
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:12 PM   #8
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what all is involved with trying to put 07 sti rims on my 03 wrx... isnt the lug pattern different
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:17 PM   #9
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what all is involved with trying to put 07 sti rims on my 03 wrx... isnt the lug pattern different
More than is worth attempting to do. Hubs, brake rotors, axels, etc.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:59 PM   #10
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DRD why would there be a risk of losing grip when switching to the 17's? I thought the wider tire might help out some. Also, can you send some pics with these wheels on your car?
For the grip thing, as waktasz said - going from the P-zero neros back to re92s - Can't snap any pics right now, but here's one from the members forum - it's an 04/05 body style, though (there are others if you look around)
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:28 AM   #11
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Default 2007 wrx lug nut size???

I can't seem to find a definitive answer to my question. Did the lug nut size change after '05? Is the 2007 size 12mm x 1.25? The more I search the less sure I am. Thanks. Sorry, meant to post new thread here...
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Lug nut size/thread pitch has not changed.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:33 AM   #13
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so 12 x 1.25 is correct then? Thanks
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