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Old 11-20-2012, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default 15 inch steel wheels for a wrx

Been looking around the forum but couldn't find anything on the 15 inch steelies, the smallest ive found was someone mounted 16 inch. Anyone tried 15 inch steel wheels on a 2011+ wrx?
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:46 AM   #2
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15" steelies have never and will never clear wrx brakes unless subaru decides to go down to a smaller caliper and rotor.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:58 AM   #3
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you can get 'rally spec' alloy wheels that fit because they have a larger hoop for brake clearance. These are not cheap however.

get 16" and call it a day.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:01 AM   #4
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Not to steal this thread, but where the heck can I find those magical 15" rims Zefy is talking about? Also do 16" rally tires even exist, everywhere I have looked only sells 13,14,15,17,18!!!! I'm gonna lose my **** here, google is not helping me tonight!
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:31 AM   #5
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these fit:

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...ted&tab=wheels

the pro rally 1 wheels:

http://www.teamilluminata.com/Shop/T...amDynamics.htm

a bunch of braid wheels:

http://www.teamilluminata.com/Shop/Braid/Braid.htm

Fondmetal gravel rim 15x7:

http://www.deltaforcerally.com/store.htm

speedline 2118

http://vtcar.com/store/wheels/speedline-2118/

and a slew of other options... Lots out there just need to find them.

As far as 'rally' tires are concerned, what kind of rally tire? Gravel? Most are designed for 15" and under wheels. This is because it allows for lots of sidewall for impacts and it is easier to have a bunch of 15" wheels than a range of wheel sizes. There are 16" gravel tires but they are VERY uncommon. 17"+ is going to be tarmac use or a mixture.

Ice tires typically come in 15" or 16" but very narrow. like 16x5 kind of thing. But a large portion of snow and ice tires used in rally are just normal street tires like the yokohama ig20.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:33 AM   #6
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if you think those are expensive........


my set of braids were $900 shipped straight from spain.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:34 AM   #7
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**** I had a set of no name 15x6.5 alloys that would clear 4 pots by a couple of mm.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:41 AM   #8
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i've heard that there are some cheap wheels that fit. I think sport edition is one of them but I'm not sure.

something like these...?

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...ted&tab=wheels
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:49 AM   #9
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i have 15" compomotive rims and use GC front 4 pots and 2 pot rears, with 15" rally tires. bullet proof.

use in rallycross. 16" rally tires are not available. used 15" rally built rims are very hard to come by, new is about yer only option.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:04 PM   #10
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I really like this thread... Thanks for all the input! I'm sure the OP appreciates it... I had a question however about the tires themselves. I now have a great idea of the wheels I want, but im having a tough time finding where to buy rally tires... I was looking at the pirelli scorpions for gravel/loose surface terrain they say its a softer tire meant for gravel and loose roads surfaces and good impact resistance... Some were claiming decent wet road driving as well... any input on a good tire and where to buy it would be great.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #11
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I really like this thread... Thanks for all the input! I'm sure the OP appreciates it... I had a question however about the tires themselves. I now have a great idea of the wheels I want, but im having a tough time finding where to buy rally tires... I was looking at the pirelli scorpions for gravel/loose surface terrain they say its a softer tire meant for gravel and loose roads surfaces and good impact resistance... Some were claiming decent wet road driving as well... any input on a good tire and where to buy it would be great.
It sounds like you just want to have gravel tires for normal driving use. You do not want to drive these as a dd tire. You will wear them out quickly and you will be sorely disappointed if you drive them on anything other than gravel. They suck on tarmac, rainy tarmac, snow, ice... a proper rain or summer, or snow tire will outperform the gravels in every way possible on their respective surfaces.

If you are looking into doing this to actually compete in rallyx, stage rally, or tsd rally, then find out what other locals to you are using by going to the events. Every region seems to have a different opinion on what is best for their terrain. I think yokohama is the choice for most of Canada, but whether or not that is just because they support all the events I dunno...

If you're just looking to boot around on the street, get some chunky winter tires or some very small all terrain tires. Do not get gravel tires. Noisy as hell and will be done within a couple months. They are a race compound, not meant for normal driving.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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It sounds like you just want to have gravel tires for normal driving use. You do not want to drive these as a dd tire. You will wear them out quickly and you will be sorely disappointed if you drive them on anything other than gravel. They suck on tarmac, rainy tarmac, snow, ice... a proper rain or summer, or snow tire will outperform the gravels in every way possible on their respective surfaces.

If you are looking into doing this to actually compete in rallyx, stage rally, or tsd rally, then find out what other locals to you are using by going to the events. Every region seems to have a different opinion on what is best for their terrain. I think yokohama is the choice for most of Canada, but whether or not that is just because they support all the events I dunno...

If you're just looking to boot around on the street, get some chunky winter tires or some very small all terrain tires. Do not get gravel tires. Noisy as hell and will be done within a couple months. They are a race compound, not meant for normal driving.
Thanks Zefy, I understand that they are not meant for DDing, I am just trying to learn the differences between the tires. If anyone could shed any light on the scorpion tires from Pirelli they look pretty promising for a "chunky winter tire". As I am looking for something to drive with to the mountains and possibly over some rougher surfaces and snow, I am by no means racing on these tires.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:06 PM   #13
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No gravel tire is meant for snow use. In fact they are terrible in the snow. Same if not worse than an all season tire.

They are meant to have heat in them just like a racing slick. In the snow they are rock hard and unusable.

Gravel tires, pirelli or any other, is not the right choice for you. A chunky snow tire is best for you.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #14
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No gravel tire is meant for snow use. In fact they are terrible in the snow. Same if not worse than an all season tire.

They are meant to have heat in them just like a racing slick. In the snow they are rock hard and unusable.

Gravel tires, pirelli or any other, is not the right choice for you. A chunky snow tire is best for you.
But I use my snow tires for rallyx LOL.
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