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Old 07-23-2002, 07:46 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed these tires on the Legacy GT? I am looking specifically at 225/50/16... Please let me know what you think, or if they are even too wide..

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Old 07-23-2002, 10:36 PM   #2
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i have them on our wrx. 215/45/17. not as sticky as the sp5000s on our legacy, but still good. braking distances a little long. haven't seen snow yet.

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Old 07-23-2002, 11:05 PM   #3
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I would think 225 would be to wide. I have them as daily drives and I can easily break the rear loose. But they are good in the rain and comfortable. I good daily driver.
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Old 07-24-2002, 09:16 AM   #4
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Do the Legacy's have the same wheel clearance as the Impreza's, or is it just a bit smaller?

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Old 07-24-2002, 09:29 AM   #5
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Do the Legacy's have the same wheel clearance as the Impreza's, or is it just a bit smaller?

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Old 07-24-2002, 10:24 AM   #6
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I think it is a close call the wheel clearance btw the Legacy's and the Impreza. It seems that both New Age platforms can run 225/45/17 with no rubbing, but the old schools cannot. I believe it is the same with 225/50/16. So I would stay constant with advise for a GC will probably be the same on a BD/BG and GD = BH/BE.
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Old 07-24-2002, 10:53 AM   #7
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Red98GT - Yes the 225/50/16's are do-able, however you may experience rub under full compression/load. if you want to run 225, then get the 45 series and this will give you extra clearance. However, one thing is that the OE GT wheel is only 6.5" wide, so it's not really recommended to run a 225 on there.

If you had the OE RS wheels that are 7" wide you could get away with doing that fairly safely.

I've run a set of Yoko AVS Intermediates in 225/45/16 on the L and it didn't rub (using RS wheels) at an auto-x. This was w/ the H&R's w/ V6 STi struts.
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Old 07-26-2002, 11:13 AM   #8
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Bill,

Yes .... as long as your gt is not lowered ... very doable ... and you will notice quite a difference ...

as gtbguy noted ... 7" rims more appropriate ... although most tires spec's show you can run a 225.50.16 on a 6.5 inch rim ...

I ran 225.50.16 Firestone SZ 50 EP's on 16.7 team dynamics before installing the DMS golds ... which dropped the gt about one inch .... back to stock now ...

however ... you will get rubbing if you ... ... "autocross" with 4 people in the car ... proven by Glen at last year's evolution school ..

last comment ... If you havent already upgraded your rear sway bar ... you should ... the 18 mm Outback fits and works gr8 ... and you will be pleasently pleased with the combination!

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Old 07-27-2002, 01:28 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the great suggestions.. From what I have read here, I think I will most likely go with the 215's and i will end up going with a set of 17's from Wheels Direct in Toronto, and keep the GT 16's for a winter/beater set with the stock size.. Right now, I am just cooking the Blizzaks that came with the car..

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Old 07-27-2002, 10:29 AM   #10
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fyi i bought my re950's from http://www.tiretrends.com... they are a canadian mail order tire shop. see if their prices are competive with your shop of choice?
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