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Old 04-14-2003, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default 225-50-16 on stock WRX rims

I did my search. Went through 20 threads about the same subject, but conflicting results.

Time to take off the winter tires. I'm getting a great buy on Toyo Proxes FZ4. Thinking about the 225-50-16. Any disadvantage? I would like to hear from people who actually have them on their WRX's.

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Old 04-15-2003, 03:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: 225-50-16 on stock WRX rims

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I would like to hear from people who actually have them on their WRX's.

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I'm glad you said that last part. You will get responses from many people that have never even seen 225s on stock rims. I had 225/50 kumho 712s on stock rims last summer and i loved them. They did track ruts in the road much more than the stock tires, but many high performance tires will do that, and the 712s are notorious for it. Go for it.
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Old 04-15-2003, 03:32 AM   #3
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The only disadvantage that I can think of would be the asthetic side of things.. The tire may bulge out a bit and look ugly to you. But hey you've got a larger contact patch so who cares?
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Old 04-15-2003, 03:49 AM   #4
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I ran 225/50-16's on the stock rims for awhile. They looked and worked great. Got plenty of compliments. There are much better all-season sneakers out there than the FZ4's. I had FZ4's and SP5000's on a Contour and the FZ4's were weak in comparison. Pretty sure if you do a search on FZ4's on this board you will find quite a bit of negative reviews on them. Do the 225's on the stock rims. You won't be sorry.
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Old 04-15-2003, 07:40 AM   #5
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I just put a set of Yoko ES100 225/50/16 on my stockers, and they're great...

As for bulge... What bulge?

And they don't track the road ridges as bad as my 225/45/17s did...

$425 mounted and balanced at Discount Tire...

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Old 04-15-2003, 08:51 AM   #6
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I'm getting a mad deal on the FZ4. I would like to get the T1S, so I'll check if the deal is on all Toyo's, if not, they must be better than the RE92's. RE92's SUCK.
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Old 04-15-2003, 09:56 AM   #7
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I bought rex n effect's setup he was talking about off him. I agree, looks fine, performs well. I will probably go with 215's on my 7" RS rims next time around, but that is mainly for clearance issues since I have a RS. The "bulge" people always refer to is very minimal, much less than you would expect.
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:23 AM   #8
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no personal experience with the FZ4s, but my friend with a VR4 hated them from the first day he had them. I'm running 225/50s on my stock wheels, they'll only bulge out in the front because of the weight, the rear looks fine. certain tires won't look as bad as others depending on how stiff the sidewalls are and how much tire pressure you put.
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:36 AM   #9
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Here's a few pictures of my car when I still had my stock wheels with Bridgestone RE730s at 225/50/16. As you can see on the front, they bulge out a little bit, but not TOO much. The rear is pretty similar as well.







Performance-wise, it was night and day when compared to the stock RE92s.
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Old 04-15-2003, 12:20 PM   #10
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I run 225 50 16s on the street/ track-Sumo/Kumho I love both of them some people run 205 45 on the track for better gearing but I like the wider more traction of the 225s. As for the bulging I like it, it looks meaner with wider tires. Chicks dig a good bulge also.
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Old 04-15-2003, 12:32 PM   #11
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Default Re: 225-50-16 on stock WRX rims

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I did my search. Went through 20 threads about the same subject, but conflicting results.

Time to take off the winter tires. I'm getting a great buy on Toyo Proxes FZ4. Thinking about the 225-50-16. Any disadvantage? I would like to hear from people who actually have them on their WRX's.

Thanks
The 225/50-16 will fit perfectly. However, don't get the toyo proxes FZ4. IMHO, the RE-92 is a better tire.

They suck in the rain, squeal like pigs in modest cornering (never even close to the limits) and also the grip is a bit "nervous" in the dirt...

I ran them for 20,000 miles and was glad to get rid of them.
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Old 04-15-2003, 02:43 PM   #12
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Thumbs up 225's

I just went with 225's on my stock wheels, and i love it. I went with the Kumho MX. Great tire at a great price. ($104 ea from Tirerack)
Thumbs up from me.
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Old 04-16-2003, 08:40 AM   #13
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Yep I'll agree with most of the above, I put 225/50-16 Sumi HRTZ's on WRX rims on my '02 OBS. They fit fine, a bit snug in the back- between the inside of the tire and the chassis, but no problems at all. Just get an alignment soon after you install them, that really helped with wandering over uneven pavement.
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I have 225/50-16 Dunlop SP5000s on one of my wheelsets (stock-size Falken Azenis on the other) for my wagon.
No problems observed.
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Thanks for the replys!

I just bought the FZ4's in 225-50-16. Kinda want a tire that can give me decent milage as I'm taking a few long road trips this summer. That & the T1S were twice the price!
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Old 04-16-2003, 01:56 PM   #16
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I'm glad people with wagons have responded in here. I'm planning on getting some Firestone SZ50 EP's when my RE92's are worn out. I asked a couple months ago and didn't get this kind of feedback. Rock on guys!
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:02 PM   #17
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i have bridgestone potena so-3s 225-50-16

and

nitto nt 450's 225-50-16

my car has tanabe gf210 lowering springs with no rubbing issues
with the nittos on wrx rims, i have not put the so-3's on wrx rims on yet, but the width is similar.


i have to say that the look and feel of a wider tire, has made my car much more enjoyable.

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Old 04-16-2003, 08:34 PM   #18
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Iv been thinking about doing this, but just really scared. Has anyone experienced/heard of any ill effects? Such as the tire popping off?
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:33 PM   #19
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Iv been thinking about doing this, but just really scared. Has anyone experienced/heard of any ill effects? Such as the tire popping off?
Well, I suppose it's possible...but I run 225/50/16 Victoracers (on stock rims) in the dry at Road Atlanta. I guarantee you that the level of grip those provide would be WAY more than any street tire running on the street. If they haven't broken the bead under those circumstances, I highly doubt that it would happen with a street setup.

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If they haven't broken the bead under those circumstances, I highly doubt that it would happen with a street setup.
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I just got the same size tires as well. Hankook recommends to use a 7" width wheel but I guess I won't be that bad with the stock size.
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Old 04-18-2003, 09:43 AM   #22
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I had Dunlop SP5000 225/50/16 on stock tires but found them too "squirmy" and have gone back to the 205/55/16 size.

The increased contact patch provides additional grip but they proved less than inspirational at the limit or when they let go. I suspect that this is purely subjective on my part and that a tire with a stiffer side wall may have "felt" better in that size.


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Old 04-18-2003, 02:11 PM   #23
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Iv been thinking about doing this, but just really scared. Has anyone experienced/heard of any ill effects? Such as the tire popping off?
I was a bit concerned also, but Sumitomo lists 6.5" wide rim as OK for their 225-50.

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Old 04-18-2003, 10:27 PM   #24
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I'm running 225/50-16 Kumho MXes on my wagon on stock rims. A bit bulgy which might be increasing the sidewall flex a bit in auto-x. But so far so good. Look tough, too.

Check the specs for your tire choice on Tire Rack or on the mfr's site. The Kumhos are rated to fit on a 6" rim(!), and up to 8".
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Old 05-10-2003, 09:19 AM   #25
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Good info guys!!

I am running a set of gold 98' GC8 rims on my WRX and I'm thinking of switching to 225/50 16. Since the GC8 rims are 16x7" I should have no problems with 225/50 16, right? Also my car is dropped on Eibach pro kit!
BTW, Verdungo, in those pics is your car dropped at all??

I also need some suggestions on a good high performance all-season tire that I can have fun in the summer with, but still get me through the harsh New England winter??


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