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Old 03-22-2006, 11:57 PM   #201
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18" x 7.5 subzeros
Maybe our paths will cross someday! I am in Medford and plan on running the same rims and drop as you just soon as Mt. Ashland closes (my wagon is the 'snowboard kid shuttle' right now).

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Old 04-11-2006, 05:37 PM   #202
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F: JDM pinks on 02 wagon takeoffs + koni insert + RCE plate. 1.5" drop
R: Same except GrN mounts. ~1.5" drop

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
SSR comp 17x7.5 50mm offset

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
225/45-17 S-03

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
Planning to roll rear fenders

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
Did not rub until i reset post-lowering camber from -2 to -1. Now I am rubbing. Will report back after fenders are rolled.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:58 PM   #203
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
Stock Springs and struts

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
Rota Torques 17x8 48mm offset

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Falken Azenas ST115 235/40ZR-17

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
Nope

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
Nope
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:13 PM   #204
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
STi wagon spec's

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
UK Stock 17's (17x7)

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Toyo Proxes 4 224/45/17

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
None

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
No
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:21 AM   #205
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
Swift wagon spec

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
Rota Action 17X7.5 48mm

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Michelin Pilot Sport 225/45-17

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
None

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
No
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:30 PM   #206
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I too am having difficulty deciding on a size. I cant decide between 17 or 18's. Tirerack helps you choose the correct tire that matches the diameter of your stock wheels. Therefore, If I go 17, they recommend 45's and with 18 they recommend 40's. My car will have the tokico performance spring and strut kit which will drop the front and back 1.25" each. I am worried about rough roads. Will 18's be ok, or should I be safe and go with 17's??? I really like the look of the 18's but worry about railroad track damage, potholes etc with just a 40 size tire. Anyone got 2 to throw in?

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Old 04-16-2006, 11:07 AM   #207
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I do not have an experience with 40s. However, the 225/45-17s are a major improvement in performance vs. 205/55-16. They are harsh enough on the street. 18s will result in a greater rotational mass, thus may adversely affect performance.

My 0.02
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Old 06-14-2006, 06:06 PM   #208
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My wagon has:

lowered on SPT springs with stock struts (its real low in back)

Michelin Pilot Sports 225/45/17's

rota GForce 48 offset 17x8's

Looks like it rubbed a couple of times on the rubber insert in the wheel well on the drivers side - but not bad enough for me to be concerned...

EDIT>>>
OK when i get sidways it rubs. It didnt really rub till i went 17x8 (instead of 17x7.5) I'm gonna get the fenders rolled next week and will post about here when i'm done...

EDIT>>>
Rolled the fenders (just a little) and now i have no rubbing at all, even with people in the back!!

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Old 06-15-2006, 02:31 AM   #209
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Okay, so I've been waiting for the SSR Type-C. However, now that it's available, I'm reconsidering.

Looking through this thread, I saw that 7 people ran SSR's with 225's, and 3 of them had rubbing. I don't want to roll my fenders. Also, since the entire reason for my wanting to get new wheels is so that I can run 225's, as much as I love the Type-C, I'm not willing to go down to a 215 just to run them.

So I was wondering if running a 17x7 +50 rim like the Kosei K1 TS would make the difference between possible rubbing and very, very probably not rubbing.

Because the Kosei is 7" wide, a 225 tire will be .2 inches narrower than on a 7.5" rim like the SSR. I'm hoping that .1" on each side is enough to clear the fender. (.1" = 2.54mm, and we since know that a 225 tire will fit w/o rubbing on a +53 offset rim, this .1" might make the difference on a +50 rim like the Kosei and SSR.)

Anyone have any first hand experience with a 225 tire on a 17x7 +50 rim behind unrolled fenders?
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Old 06-15-2006, 04:25 AM   #210
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so far, im runnning 235/40/18 on 18x8.

i cut the fenders in the rear, the front fenders are stock, they rub a little under hard cornering, ill probably get those rolled too.
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Old 06-15-2006, 09:50 AM   #211
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Why are you really low in the back?

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My wagon has:

lowered on SPT springs with stock struts (its real low in back)

Michelin Pilot Sports 225/45/17's

rota GForce 48 offset 17x8's

Looks like it rubbed a couple of times on the rubber insert in the wheel well on the drivers side - but not bad enough for me to be concerned...
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:16 PM   #212
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Why are you really low in the back?
Classic sagging butt look... The wagon is 80-100 lbs heavier then a sedan. If you want your car level use a spring like SWIFT that has wagon specific models.

Hint: If you have a sedan with a ton of stereo equipment in the trunk, you may use wagon specific springs to lift the butt back to being level with the front.
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:56 PM   #213
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Because the Kosei is 7" wide, a 225 tire will be .2 inches narrower than on a 7.5" rim like the SSR.
Uh...it'll be narrower at the WHEEL, but it'll be the SAME WIDTH at the tread. The tread width never changes no matter what wheel you run. And your fenders aren't going to run into the tire at the point where it meets the wheel -- they're going to run into the tire shoulder, next to the tread.

Using a narrower wheel will make the sidewalls of the tire pinch in. Using a wider one will make them spread out. But your most likely point of interference with the fender is the tire shoulder, and that's going to change only the slightest bit with wheel width changes.

\____/ vs. /_____\

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Old 06-15-2006, 02:24 PM   #214
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
I'm on KYB AGX and Ground Control sleeves. I'm not sure how low. I can
fit 2 fingers between the tire and fender.

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
Rota slipstream 17 x 8. I forget the offset.

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
Hankook RS2. yup, 225/45-17

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
Quite a bit of negative camber on the rear, but no rubbing

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
No rubbing after negative camber in rear.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:28 PM   #215
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Good point Dan. Wheel width affects section width , but probably won't make a difference as to whether or not the tire will rub.

In your opinion, do you think a 225 tire on a 7" wide wheel is less likely to rub than on a 7.5"?
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Old 06-16-2006, 12:57 AM   #216
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Cause i'm lowered on sedan specific SPT springs (and i have a wagon). It looks awsome but its lower in the back than it should be...
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Why are you really low in the back?
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:00 AM   #217
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plus i'm using sedan springs...all of my Subie friends like the way it looks
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Classic sagging butt look... The wagon is 80-100 lbs heavier then a sedan. If you want your car level use a spring like SWIFT that has wagon specific models.

Hint: If you have a sedan with a ton of stereo equipment in the trunk, you may use wagon specific springs to lift the butt back to being level with the front.
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Old 06-16-2006, 02:03 AM   #218
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plus i'm using sedan springs...all of my Subie friends like the way it looks
Whatever. Sagging butts don't look good on Suby's OR women! Butt if your friends like the look, who am I to argue! Just need a firm rear end to peak my interest!
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Old 06-16-2006, 05:59 PM   #219
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Actually they do look good on wagons but your rigth about women Wish i could figure out how to post pics on this damn site...
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Whatever. Sagging butts don't look good on Suby's OR women! Butt if your friends like the look, who am I to argue! Just need a firm rear end to peak my interest!
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:35 AM   #220
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lowered on prodrives
rota 17x7.5 48et
hankook r-s2 225/45/17
no mods to body to prevent rubbing yet (rear camber is -1.5)

just got the tires today....went for quick test drive...no rubbing. I had one person sit on pass rear seat, one on the pass side of trunk area. and i stood on the doorsill with the door open and jumped up and down while keeping a hand in the fender area....Doesn't look like I'd have rubbing issues. I'm going to the auto-x sun and will find out then if it rubs

check this post of pics comparing 225 712's, 225 rs-2, and 215/45 lm-22
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=743928
What's the drop on Prodrives?

I just bought a set of Rota SDRs 17x7.5 48 offset and am considering buying Hankook r-s2 225/45r17 tires. Will be on stock springs and struts until next summer at least (when I hopefully wil have money for coilovers), and haven't decided on what spring/strut or coilovers.
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Old 07-06-2006, 04:15 PM   #221
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
STi wagon struts and Prodrive P1 springs

2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
V7 STi golds (sedan 7.5")

3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport

4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
none.

5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
Not none nary a bit
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Old 08-29-2006, 06:07 PM   #222
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1) suspension: Prodrive springs, KYB AGX struts
2) Wheels: Rota Actions, 7.5" wide, +48mm offset
3) Tires: Falken Azenis RT-615, 225/45/17
4) Mods to prevent rubbing: none yet
5) Are you rubbing? Yes.
Daily driving, on ramps, etc. no problems. But auto-x with quick transitions or bumps in mid-corner induces rubbing. Pretty much as expected. Time to roll the fenders.
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Old 08-30-2006, 01:41 AM   #223
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available): Prodrive Springs, Koni Inserts (stock wagon strut housings), Noltec Camber/Caster Plates, 02/03Sedan Rear Sway
2) The wheels you chose (size & offset): 17x7" Subaru OEM (JDM V7 Legacy B4) wheels.
3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17): 225/45/17 Advan Neova AD07.
4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?: Nope
5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no): Nope ^_^

Track and street no rubbing ever
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:47 AM   #224
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1) The lowered suspension set-up you chose (actual drop if available)
S-tech 04 WRX spec
2) The wheels you chose (size & offset).
17x8 +45
3) Your Tire brand and model (confirm that they are 225/45-17).
RE070, only come in 225/45R17
4) Any modifications made to prevent rubbing?
Roll fender and neg camber
5) Are you rubbing??? (yes or no)
Yes stock, a little with a roll, no with neg camber



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Old 09-10-2006, 05:42 PM   #225
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Damn, it looks like i'm going to have to look into rolling my fenders. I didn't think the wagons could do that because of how the rear fender and door meet but i'm wrong which is good. I'm pretty sure the Cobb STG II i will be installing will rub from what i've read on this thread, but maybe not with the stock wheels and tires.
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