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Old 12-05-2002, 10:06 PM   #1
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Question largest tire that will fit WRX 16inch wheel?

what is the width of an OEM WRX wheel & what is the largest tire that can be fitted?


16x?

2??x??x16


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Old 12-05-2002, 10:39 PM   #2
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The stock USDM OEM wheel is 16x6.5".

The largest tire commonly used on this rim is 225/50/16, as far as I know. I run that size Victoracers on mine at track events and they work fine. Some people have claimed to use 235, but I don't know about that. Shoot an e-mail or PM to luke@tirerack and he'll definitely answer it for you.

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Old 12-05-2002, 10:51 PM   #3
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The opinions you will find are very different from one another.

Just look around online for the optimum tire width for a 6.5 inch rim. Personally I think 215 is pushing it.
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Old 12-06-2002, 02:30 AM   #4
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The opinions you will find are very different from one another.

Just look around online for the optimum tire width for a 6.5 inch rim. Personally I think 215 is pushing it.
I agree with "ciper". The appropriate size for the stock rim is a 205. I heard 225's begin to "buldge" on the rim. I personally wouldn't go over 215 (compairing 50 series).
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Old 12-06-2002, 02:33 AM   #5
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It really depends a lot on the tire as well. Some tires will bulge others will be fine. I think a 215 is about as wide as I'd want to go ideally. But for auto-x purposes would probably put a 225, as an R-comp has a stiffer sidewall.
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Old 12-06-2002, 07:26 AM   #6
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I ran 225/50-16 SP5000's for 24k without any problems.
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Old 12-06-2002, 09:47 AM   #7
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When you've narrowed your brand choice, take a look at the companies' web site... Most (if not all) will list in their tech section recommended, and acceptable rim widths for a particular size.

For example, Toyo (at www.toyo.com) specs a rim width of 6-8 inches (7 as optimal) for a 225-50-16 RA-1. I run these, as do many others, on stock rims w/o any problems.
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Old 12-06-2002, 11:36 AM   #8
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225's have done pretty well at the track (R compound) but I'd most likely just keep the 205's if your doing around town stuff. 215 just seems to be an odd size for the manufacturers and not much out there in that width.
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:46 PM   #9
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When you've narrowed your brand choice, take a look at the companies' web site... Most (if not all) will list in their tech section recommended, and acceptable rim widths for a particular size.

For example, Toyo (at www.toyo.com) specs a rim width of 6-8 inches (7 as optimal) for a 225-50-16 RA-1. I run these, as do many others, on stock rims w/o any problems.
I'll have to give it a try. How about looks. Does it add much to the "width-look" (for lack of a better term). The stock 205's are anemic looking to me and don't really compliment the overall image of the car from the front or back. Obviously my only concern is not cosmetic but also the performance benefit of using a larger tire.

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:09 PM   #10
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Browsing Bridgestone's website, I realize you can fit their 245/75R16 or 255/70R16 on 16x6.5 wheels. Or if you want more sidewall, 235/85R16 will fit on even 6.0" wheels. Are these large enough?

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How about looks. Does it add much to the "width-look" (for lack of a better term).
"Look" is pretty subjective, but one thing to note is that the actual profile for a particular size will vary by manufacturer.

It usually doesn't vary by much, but for example, a Hoosier 225/50/16 has squarer shoulders and a slightly wider tread surface than a 225/50/16 Toyo RA-1... So even though they are the same nominal size they actually "look" different mounted on the same wheel. (From a performance perspective, this only makes a difference with regard to clearance and stuffing the largest size tire possible into the wheelwell.)

Short of actually going to a tire shop and mounting each tire you are considering on a wheel (there are a few rare places that will do this for you... and do it for free) you need to again refer to the spec sheet and compare things like overall width to tread width to get some rough mental image of the tire profile...

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Old 12-06-2002, 06:24 PM   #12
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"Look" is pretty subjective
....as compaired to the OEM 205's. Does it make much of a difference in your opinion? Just curious....that's all.
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....as compaired to the OEM 205's. Does it make much of a difference in your opinion? Just curious....that's all.
Yeah, they're quite a bit fatter... probably an inch or so more tread width.
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Yeah, they're quite a bit fatter... probably an inch or so more tread width.
Thanks IXLR8. I think I can visualize that.
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FWIW, I stuffed 245/45/16 V700s on the stock wheels
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FWIW, I stuffed 245/45/16 V700s on the stock wheels
No wonder you had so much body roll in the tight turns Tom.

Let me get to work on that titanium sway bar for you.

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Old 12-09-2002, 12:54 AM   #17
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all the pictures were of the car on 215/<b>40</b>/16 Hoosiers. Never took any pics of the car on the 245s because I decided not to run Kumhos.

And why am I the man?

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