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Old 07-09-2008, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default Winter Tires for 08 Wagon - 16"...???

So tire rack is telling me that 16" winter tires will fit my 08 wrx wagon. I want to get a new set of wheels + tires so there is no remounting every year. If 16' will fit, I will go for it, but I am not sure. I know the 2.5 NA's have 16" but are there brake components the same size as the WRX? If so I guess the 16's will fit...

Anyone have any experience here?

Edit - Anyone tried running steelies?
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #2
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16" wheels and tires will absolutely fit a 2008 WRX
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:20 AM   #3
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Sweet. My biggest dilema now is trying to figure out what the hell is the difference between the WS-50 LM 25 LM 22 etc etc etc...I will be using these in Fairbanks, so I want to get the best winter tire I can for the cash.

Can I get ahold of you at the number shown?
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:25 AM   #4
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I have a 2008 WRX hatch and got my winter tires/wheels from the Tire Rack last fall (I live in Maine and need snow tires). I got 16 * 7 1/2 Sport Edition A7 wheels with Dunlop SP WinterSport 3D tires in 205/55/16. They fit perfectly, no clearance problems on a 2008 WRX, are hub-centric, and they were an amazing improvement over the stock wheels and tires. The stock wheels weigh 23.2 pounds, the A7s weigh 19.

I found that 16 inch wheels worked extremely well for me: lighter in weight, wheels cost much less than 17s or 18s (about $95 each), tires cost much less also, and the taller sidewall makes driving on Maine's not so well-kept rural roads much less jarring - admittedly at the cost of some reduced steering response. Finally: the slightly reduced diameter of 205/55/16 tires (about 3/10 ths of an inch less than 205/50/17s) improves the final gearing. Together with the reduced weight I felt very noticeable improved acceleration.

I recently got a second set from the Tire Rack: Sport Edition F7s (16 * 7, 18 pounds) with Bridgestone RE-01Rs for the summer. They have been just fantastic.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:45 PM   #5
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WS60 offers the best snow and ice traction
LM22 or LM25 offer less snow and ice traction but, better dry and wet performance
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