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Old 10-30-2003, 08:10 PM   #1
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what does everyone think about wider wheels and tires in the back on a wrx? i was thinking about it but not too sure, does anyone have any pics? i was going to put 17x7.5 in the front and 17x9 in rear. the other thing i thought about too is that i wouldnt be able to rotate my tires.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:29 PM   #2
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You don't have a RWD car
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:35 PM   #3
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What about the Porsche 911 Turbo? It runs a staggered setup on AWD. I think as long as you kept the diameters the same you'd be okay.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:51 PM   #4
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its almost impossible to get the tires to match up in side wall height. and running different side wall types is bad.

sidewall is affected on tire width. crazy huh.

i even think in the owners manual it warns about this.
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:16 PM   #5
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What about the Porsche 911 Turbo? It runs a staggered setup on AWD.
I suspect that it's because the engine (most of the weight) is at the rear of the car.

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Old 10-31-2003, 09:28 AM   #6
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If anything, you would probably want the wider tires in the front. Our cars handle more like FWD cars with all the weight in the front, and some FWD guys have good success with a staggered setup where the wider tires are in the front.

I don't have the manual with me, it has specs on how close the diameter needs to be. It might be interesting to do the math, something like a 245/40-17 and 225/45-17 are actually very close in diameter.
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Old 10-31-2003, 01:05 PM   #7
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I know there are guys that run larger front than rear for autocross, in the setup listed above, 245 front and 225 rear. This was on a GC8 where it's hard to fit much in the rear without modifcation and only for autocross. I don't think you'd want to run like that for street use. You would never want to run larger tires in the rear on our cars.
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Old 10-31-2003, 02:07 PM   #8
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... i was thinking about it but not too sure, does anyone have any pics? ...

I'm guessing that he is primarily concerned with appearance here.

I personally don't think you'll get much appearance-wise with wider rears - it's not like we have a 911 that has huge rear fender flares. You'll probably just end up with rear wheels that stick out more than the fronts. Our cars were styled/designed with equally sized wheels in mind, so it probably won't look right with un-equal wheels.

Also, I don't know who makes a 17x7.5 and a 17x9 in the same design and the correct fitment for a WRX. You may have to try 17x7 and 18x8, which could look dorky.
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Old 10-31-2003, 03:07 PM   #9
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i am aware my car is not RWD, i was asking opinions i do know of a wrx with a set up somehwhat like that but its pushing like 500 hp. the wheels i was looking at came in those sizes so it crossed my mind, but im not going through with it. ive got some upgrades, just the basics...up-pipe, downpipe and catback exhaust....the wheels i was looking at are 5Zigen FN-01R.
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Old 10-31-2003, 03:15 PM   #10
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i'll be honest too, i am a female and i dont have much knowledge when it comes to tires and wheels, i know what look i want and what size then some low profile tires and thats about it!
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Old 10-31-2003, 08:50 PM   #11
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911 turbo is predominantly a rear wheel drive 5/95 torque split by default. I'm not sure what kind of tire setup a skyline have.
and yes it is also due to the weight being in the rear as mentioned by another poster.

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Old 11-01-2003, 07:54 AM   #12
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i'll be honest too, i am a female
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Old 11-01-2003, 11:37 AM   #13
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I wouldn't recommend having different sized rims front to rear, but chicks driving a rex, now there's a winning combination!
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Old 11-03-2003, 06:37 PM   #14
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would anyone happen to know if the hks downpipe will match the cobb exhaust? i called a scooby shop and they couldnt give me a straight answer.
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:49 PM   #15
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with the understeer you got already with the awd, i would opt to have less traction on the rear so that you car can actually turn.
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