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Old 12-23-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
Iansstud
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Unhappy 2002 WRX vs Blizzak WS70's

Ive got a 2002 WRX with KYB 4 way nitro struts, Stock 04 STI springs, and a OLD set of Blizzak ws60's 205/55-16 with 3/32 tread left.

After changing the brakes last week I noticed that the belts were showing on the back 2 tires on the inside... I thought it was a strange place for wear, and thought nothing about the wear location. I ordered 4 new WS70's in 205/65-16 thinking it would only be 1" taller. to make things worse I got them from the tire rack... so its not like I can take them back and exchange the. I went to throw them on, and they are TOUCHING the strut (where the lowere part of the spring sits in the strut)!!!!! They look like they wont rub on the wheel well (even when turning) but the off set is just too close to the strut.

I think I need some cheapo steeles with a offset for the winter tires. (this will save my bead vs switching to summers 2x a year)

I need at least 1/2" to 1" clearance to make these work... What would be a good offset?

Do I take the stock offset and minus +/-20mm? so do I get some 30mm or 20mm positive offset rims?

Any Help would be great!!! I dont trust my local tire people with this! they would F' it up worse then I just did...

Thanks!!!!
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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Srry to say these will not work with any offset wheel.i would try to return tires.wish i had better news
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:01 PM   #3
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GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Took them to lesshwabbies just to try them on stock rims.... They FIT LIKE A CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO rubbing of any kind even with 4 people in the car, even on turns!!!!! I have yet to try on the highway, but over speedbumps, and even up to 50 mph there is no rubbage of any kind!!! I clear the stock struts by about 3/4 of an Inch!!!

After looking closer at the issue, it was never touching the strut at all, just a funny wear pattern from under inflated tires...

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Old 12-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #4
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GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Took them to lesshwabbies just to try them on stock rims.... They FIT LIKE A CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO rubbing of any kind even with 4 people in the car, even on turns!!!!! I have yet to try on the highway, but over speedbumps, and even up to 50 mph there is no rubbage of any kind!!! I clear the stock struts by about 3/4 of an Inch!!!

After looking closer at the issue, it was never touching the strut at all, just a funny wear pattern from under inflated tires...

Thanks
are you sure they are 2056516
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:59 AM   #5
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Yes, 205/65r16 blizzaks

They fit like a champ!!! Almost 1500mi with no rubbing or contact!

They also make the ride quality way better!!! More air between the road!
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