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Old 01-20-2004, 09:19 AM   #1
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Ok, my RE92's have had it, the tread is worn down enough that I want to get some new tires. According to DiscountTire.com, the stock tire size is of course 205/55-16, and they give the "PlusZero" size as 225/50-16. Now, does anyone out there have 225 width tires on stock wheels, and if so does it look good? If not could I go with 215's? Right now I'm looking at the Yokohama AVS ES100 tires. Any help would be appreciated, I'm looking to buy new tires this week. Oh, I have an '02 WRX by the way.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:58 AM   #2
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225/50's are a very popular replacement tire size for WRX's on stock wheels.

You could do much better than the ES100's for the same or less $$$.
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Old 01-20-2004, 10:02 AM   #3
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Thanks Uncle Scotty, what is the width of the stock wheel? What other tires would you suggest besides the Yokohamas? Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2004, 12:36 PM   #4
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225/50-16's work perfectly on the OE wheels and in that size for comparing pricing there is not a better choice than the ES100's for $83.00 or less

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Old 01-20-2004, 01:43 PM   #5
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Thanks Luke! I have a question for you, I would like to buy the tires from TireRack but I was worried about mounting the tires, etc. How would that work? You guys have better prices than Discount Tire.
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Old 01-20-2004, 05:19 PM   #6
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what are the cons to running that wider than stock size?
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Old 01-20-2004, 06:42 PM   #7
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Luke, do you still recommend the Firehawks in PlusZero? Or, are the Es100's a better value?
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Old 01-20-2004, 08:05 PM   #8
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what are the cons to running that wider than stock size?
also would there be any rubbing issues on a wagon with that size tire?
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:18 AM   #9
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I was considering going with 215's just to be safe. I mean, going from stock 205 to a 225 seems like a big jump to me. Then again, I'm not a tire expert. Would there be more sidewall flex?
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225 Firehawk SZ50 EP would be a GREAT CHOICE !!!
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Old 01-21-2004, 06:12 PM   #11
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I was considering going with 215's just to be safe. I mean, going from stock 205 to a 225 seems like a big jump to me.
225/50 is very common on stock rims. people run them without problems. the reason why people run 225-50 instead of 215-50 or 215-55 is because 225-50 calculates out to be the same overall wheel diameter of stock 205-55. 215 either profile is going to be bigger/smaller. plus 225 is just wider
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Old 01-21-2004, 06:27 PM   #12
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also would there be any rubbing issues on a wagon with that size tire?
no rubbing on outside fenderliner with stock rims with 225-50, i'd be careful of the inside though (strut/upper fender) because the stock offset is +55. i have the sti wheels which are +53 and its pretty close to the strut, but i dont think its even close to 2 mm. there was a thread a few weeks back about the same topic and one guy said he only saw slight rubbing along the inner fender liner, but did not notice while driving.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=474278

here is that thread. read the first post by Coati about rubbing.

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Old 01-21-2004, 08:52 PM   #13
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what are the cons to running that wider than stock size?

The sidewalls will not be quite as straight up and down as the same tire with a stock size. They have to slant in a little to meet the narrower wheel.

So your turn in may be a little less precise than if you had the stock size. Just bump the tire pressure 2 pounds or so and you will not ever notice the difference.

I went from RE92 stock to Eagle F1 GSD3 225-50/16. There is no comparison between these


The second downside is that each tire might be $ 6 or $8 more expensive. No biggie. Guy at the shop had no problem mounting these on the 6.5 " wide stock rim.

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Old 01-22-2004, 09:31 AM   #14
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225/50 is very common on stock rims. people run them without problems. the reason why people run 225-50 instead of 215-50 or 215-55 is because 225-50 calculates out to be the same overall wheel diameter of stock 205-55. 215 either profile is going to be bigger/smaller. plus 225 is just wider
Ok, that makes sense. It will be nice to have wider tires, the stock RE92's look way too wimpy. Looks like I'm gonna get some 225/50's. Thanks for all your help everyone!
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are 225/50/16 the widest you can put on the stock rims? Because i wanna go wide as possible on stock rims.
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Old 01-23-2004, 11:15 PM   #16
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well the narrowest recommended for a 225 tire is 7" wide rim. thats just what ive read around here from vendors and other members. so i would think that the widest tire *recommended* for our stock 6.5" wide rim is 215 seems reasonable.

but a lot of people are running 225 without problems and even luke says you could do it
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well the narrowest recommended for a 225 tire is 7" wide rim. thats just what ive read around here from vendors and other members. so i would think that the widest tire *recommended* for our stock 6.5" wide rim is 215 seems reasonable.

but a lot of people are running 225 without problems and even luke says you could do it
Just did a quick check on TR's website. All the manufacturers except Dunlop (which didn't have any data) state that the recommended rim width range for a 225/50x16 is from 6" to 8".

I agree that a 16x7 wheel would likely give better results, but the data from the tire makers implies that it is not necessary, nor is 16x6.5 unsafe in any way.
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Old 01-24-2004, 12:06 AM   #18
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cool now we know. now maybe i could start telling people correct information.
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...would like to buy the tires from TireRack but I was worried about mounting the tires, etc. How would that work? ...
You have to go somewhere to get the tires mounted and balanced, so figure that into the price when comparing online to local retail (in many cases, the local shops can be competitive in price - their main disadvantage is they don't offer nearly the same selection as the Tire Rack or other similar online tire vendors - in my experience, online is the way to go if you can't find the tires you want locally, otherwise, once you factor in shipping plus the cost to mount and balance the tires, it's pretty much a wash cost-wise.)
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