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Old 11-15-2007, 10:59 PM   #1
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hey i have a 07 wrx. would 215/50/17 work good as a tire size for rain and snow? im in oregon, why i ask
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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a 215-50 will work better in snow than a 215-45 becuase of the taller sidewall. even better would be a 205-50 with a taller sidewall AND a narrower tread.

In rain and snow, narrower is always better.
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:40 PM   #3
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215/50R17's wouldn't be that great of a choice for you. The new tire will have a 0.9 inch larger diameter than your stock (215/45R17) tire, which will result in your speedo/odometer reading 3.4% low (ie: the speedo will say 60mph when you are actually travelling 62.1mph). If you aren't concerned with this, the higher sidewall will help a bit on uneven/rough roads. I am in Canada, and have an 07, and my winters are 215/45R17, since I couldn't find a 16" Rim to fit over our 4-pots. Is there any reason you wanted to change from the stock size?
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:15 PM   #4
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yes i want a thicker tire to give me a little lift and more ground clearance i know its not much but almost half an inch, i was going to lift my car with outback springs but am just gonig to get bigger tires, and the roads around here arnt the best
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I wouldn't think that 0.4" of additional ground clearance would help you significantly, but if that's what you want then go for it. You may want to check with local regulations about having proper odometer readings though. If you drove 10000 miles this winter on those tires, your odometer would only read 9660.

And if you are worried about the rough roads, remember that deticated snows are much softer than A/S or Summer tires, so the ride will be smoother no matter what.

Either way, don't let these minor issues stop you from doing what you want. Best of luck!
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will do, thanks for the info. i was thinking about going with these http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...r=50&tc=YOKHVT , yokahoma yk520 a/s
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Sounds good man. I have no idea how your winters are there, but you did mention snow. Therefore you need to hear the usual speil: A/S do a good job in the wet and can deal with a bit of snow, but if you are doing serious winter driving (more than 2" of snow consistently or many icy patches, for example) for most of your trips you should really consider a set of dedicated snows.

But I am sure you already know that.

Not to make this a totally useless post, I have heard good things about these A/S: Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position.
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