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Old 04-02-2008, 04:18 AM   #1
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So I want the above stated wheels for an 00 legacy gt limited in either an 18x7.5 with +47 offset or a 17x8 also +47. So they work, I know that from the chart floating around, but what size tire is good for the setups?
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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225/40-18 is the best size for the 18" and 225/45-17 for the 17"
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:41 AM   #3
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225/50/17 is good. won't throw speedo off too much. i may be getting roms soon and i think that is what i am doing.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:42 PM   #4
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225/50/17 sounds like rub juice to me.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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Ya, every car I have ever had has had rub issues, this one will have to be different, I'm trying to go legit on my legacy, it just isn't the same as some old impreza
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:33 PM   #6
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225/50/17 is good. won't throw speedo off too much. i may be getting roms soon and i think that is what i am doing.
That is fine for an outback, but not other cars, especially lowered cars. The 225/50/17s would be 1 full inch larger in diameter than the stock 205/55/16 size. Also, the speedometer would read 3.9% too slow.

Not to mention handling wouldn't be as good with the 50 series.

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Also, for future reference, if you look at the specs for the tire you are considering, on sites like TireRack, it lists the "ideal" wheel size as well as the acceptable range.

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Old 04-03-2008, 05:43 PM   #7
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That is fine for an outback, but not other cars, especially lowered cars. The 225/50/17s would be 1 full inch larger in diameter than the stock 205/55/16 size. Also, the speedometer would read 3.9% too slow.

Not to mention handling wouldn't be as good with the 50 series.

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Also, for future reference, if you look at the specs for the tire you are considering, on sites like TireRack, it lists the "ideal" wheel size as well as the acceptable range.

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On a regular BE/BH, 225/50/17 won't fit. I believe silentracer tried on his car awhile back. On the outbacks with the extra 1-2" of lift, it probably can (I think the stock tire size for the outbacks are taller to begin with, no?)
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so if I went with 225/40/18's then would I be able to lower it? I want the h&r wagon springs (on a sedan, haha) which lower it quite a bit. Perhaps smaller tires? Although my options would run thin at that point, right. So I may be better going with a 17x7 wheel, and some slightly smaller tires. But I really want to go all out, I've never had a good wheel and tire setup, just a Frankenstein mixture of stuff on sale that never really worked, but just looked good.
Oh, and I don't really trust tire rack, they are the ones who calculated my last setup to fit, and it didn't do so well. Besides, nothing makes up for good ol' experience, right?
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my tires are 225/60/16. i talked to a few people. they did the numbers and thoiught 225/50/17 would be the best fit. i will ask more people. gtwagon941, does this change ur opinion? thanx for the info.
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my tires are 225/60/16. i talked to a few people. they did the numbers and thoiught 225/50/17 would be the best fit. i will ask more people. gtwagon941, does this change ur opinion? thanx for the info.
Nope. Math is math. They are too big to fit the OP's car. They will fit on your outback, but again, those are now .7" smaller than your original tires. That means your speedo will be off 3%, which doesn't really hurt anything, but I like to try and keep it close to stock diameter. 225/55/17 would be the size for you to achieve that.

GREAT tool for this topic: http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Of course that tool doesn't really tell if the tire/wheel will fit without rubbing, but is a start.

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205 55 16 and a 215 45 17 are the closest you can get to each other in size...
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i checked again and my guy said that they(225/50/17) would work on a stock Legacy GT from 2000-2004. speedo would be around 2mph faster than the car is going.
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you guys are cool. Thanks for the help.
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Nope. Math is math. They are too big to fit the OP's car. They will fit on your outback, but again, those are now .7" smaller than your original tires. That means your speedo will be off 3%, which doesn't really hurt anything, but I like to try and keep it close to stock diameter. 225/55/17 would be the size for you to achieve that.

GREAT tool for this topic: http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Of course that tool doesn't really tell if the tire/wheel will fit without rubbing, but is a start.

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i checked again and my guy said that they(225/50/17) would work on a stock Legacy GT from 2000-2004. speedo would be around 2mph faster than the car is going.
Your mechanic is wrong:
http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic....&highlight=225

Math maybe math, but all those tire calculators DO NOT take into account fender and suspension clearance, along with wheel offset.

If you're using stock offset (+55) it WONT fit because the tire will rub the front suspension of a regular Legacy.

On the Outback, the increased ride height WILL allow those tires to fit.
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Umm, you just compared the posts from two different peeps...I've said they wouldn't fit the whole time...and I already said that the tire calcs are just a start, as they don't tell you whether they will rub or not.

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