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Old 12-20-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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im looking for some info on what tire i can use on my car safely. I dont want 205/55/16, i want something wider (215 or 225 if they work).

i was thinking these:

215/55/16

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225/55/16 if they work with no rubbing issues.

Anyone have any input would be greatly appreciated

anyone have 225 on the stock 5 spoke rs wheels?

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Old 12-20-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Either of those will work fine. For DD use a 225 is a good width. For motorsport use I've seen much wider tires stuck on those wheels, but it tends to make the handling sloppy and slow down steering response.

Instead of 225/55, look at 225/50's. They are closer to the stock diameter.
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:38 PM   #3
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so 225/50/16 would be a good size
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:41 PM   #4
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and the 225 wont have sloppy handling or response will it? and wont rub at all? just making sure cause if these wheels im looking at dont follow through then im rockin new tires on stocks.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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225/50/16 will feel heavier in terms of response. They will also rub in the rear if you are even slightly lowered unless you roll the fenders. I'd stick with 205/55/16.

I had Bridgestone Potenza RE01R in 225/50/16 on RS 5-spokes on my 2001 2.5RS.
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:26 PM   #6
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this is my height of my car:




I would probably rub i dont want to roll my fenders either

unless my ride height is ok and wont rub?..im not too low but im not stock either.

will the 225 work with this ride height ?
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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That will probably rub but only when the rear suspension compresses on dips and bumps. It will also rub when theres a lot of weight in the car. I was just as low as you were. Nice car btw..
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:09 PM   #9
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I never had any rubbing problems running 225's in my '96 Impreza without any fender rolling. I think a good alignment helps with rubbing. I have a co-worker that runs 225's on his 2001 and does not have rubbing problems either.
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:11 AM   #10
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My re01rs run wide. I forgot about that.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:56 PM   #11
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so yeah 225-50 -16 is my preffered size on those stock wheels. THIS IS WITH COILovers. only. I'm pretty dang sure 225 will hit regular spring strut combos. anything over 225 requires some thought. rolling fenders, raised height, lower profile tire, or coils. I would not go lower than a 50 series personally, if your roads are anything less than perfect you'll hate it. NVH increases as the tire gets smaller. if you can find it 215-50-16 would be a solid compramise. I LOVE THE 16's, easier on the transmission!
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:53 PM   #12
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FWIW, I have had 225/50/16 on RS six spokes for a while now. They look a little fat, but they are RE-01rs so they are stiff regardless. This is on my 06 wagon with stock-sized struts. I know these cars are not the same, but they are similar.
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I had 225/55-16 RE-01Rs on stick '02 WRX wheels, lowered with RCE wagon springs and Koni inserts. No rubbing.
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