Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday July 12, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Click here to visit TireRack
Tire & Wheel Forum sponsored by The Tire Rack

Losing traction? Need new tires?
Click here to visit the NASIOC Upgrade Garage...
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Tire & Wheel

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-12-2008, 01:14 AM   #1
gopsu
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 96448
Join Date: Sep 2005
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NY
Vehicle:
02 WRX VF34

Default RE92 215/45/17 on 04 BBS wheel?

I am thinking about putting 215/45/17 sized tires on my 04 BBS wheels since they are easy to get cheap. Would there be any implication of having narrower tire? Thanks.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
gopsu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 01:27 AM   #2
whtlegacy
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 38400
Join Date: Jun 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Cleveland
Vehicle:
2004 WRX Wagon
DRZ400SM

Default

Stop! Don't go narrow. If you're working with aftermarket wheels, why not take advantage of their width and use the widest tire possible?

A 215 will have less grip and will be (and look) "stretched" over the wheel. This is not only pad because you get less contact patch, but it also exposes your rims to curb damage if performance won't convince you.
whtlegacy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 01:45 AM   #3
05-rsx
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 101188
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Vehicle:
MY07 WRX Wagon
Black

Default

Have a read through the "Fat or thin? The question of contact patches and grip."
section of:
http://www.carbibles.com/tyre_bible_pg2.html
05-rsx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 01:53 AM   #4
txl146
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 32459
Join Date: Feb 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NY
Vehicle:
02 WRX VF34
Junior Tuned 301whp

Default

Awesome link
txl146 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 03:57 AM   #5
howfast?
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 102027
Join Date: Dec 2005
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: oc
Vehicle:
BugI Tsx retro lamps
for sale not listed pm me

Subaru Stars

Quote:
Originally Posted by gopsu View Post
I am thinking about putting 215/45/17 sized tires on my 04 BBS wheels since they are easy to get cheap. Would there be any implication of having narrower tire? Thanks.
NOOOOOOO dont do it! that is a complete disservice to the bbs's and to your car. I had bald kumho ecsta 711 on my car and switched to the re92 (upgraded to 06 17's) and they single-handedly and completely ruined my handling.

Implication of narrower tire: increased turn in performance (except with re92). Decreased overall grip (especially with re92).

If you want some cheap tires look at these : http://citytireonline.com/Federal595.htm $65 a tire for 235/40/17

or for around the price of falken rt-615 you could get a DOT-R (s-t-i-c-k-y) : http://citytireonline.com/Federal595RS.htm $116 a tire for 235/40/17

whatever you do, do not do the re92's. think of this as an opportunity to upgrade your handling. tires are (hopefully) the only contact your car has with the road and the single most important upgrade you can do for your cars handling/ride quality...

Last edited by howfast?; 06-12-2008 at 04:04 AM.
howfast? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 01:56 PM   #6
Boxologist
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 21118
Join Date: Jul 2002
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: LI, NY
Default

i've had 215/45 on a 17x 7.5 wheel its fine. i do question why u would spend money on wheels and not on a decent tyre and decide to use teh re92!?!?!?
Boxologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fitting 215/45/17 on sti bbs rims? AtlxPat Tire & Wheel 19 10-03-2009 09:42 PM
FS: 04 STI TRUNK black , RE92 215/45/17, Husky Air comp. 30gal. Pics inside 06wrxlbart Tri-State Area Private Classifieds 9 02-15-2008 08:38 AM
215/45/17 on 04 STi BBS oem wheels chimchimm5 Tire & Wheel 1 01-26-2007 08:53 PM
245/45/17 on 04 BBS and pinks-- are you rubbing your rear struts? andysf Tire & Wheel 3 09-26-2006 11:20 PM
215/45-17 on 7.5" wheels? Takashi Brakes, Steering & Suspension 9 09-20-2002 11:10 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.