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Old 02-04-2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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Question 16" vs. 17" on 2004 WRX Wagon and propensity to bottom-out and recommendations?

I just recently picked-up my 2004 WRX Wagon and looking to get new shoes. I was initally thinking of getting the 17" OZ Chrono Revloutions mated with Sumitomo HTR's.

But because of road conditions in the NYC area (potholes) as well as the fact that I will carry mountain bikes using a hich mounted rack, I am a bit worried about bottoming-out with the softer suspension (compared to the Sti and I think even the WRX sedan). The slimmer sidewalls won't help me any with the 17" shoes.

Will it be problematic (i.e. bottoming-out) with 17" shoes?

If I stick with 16" I guess I can save some $ by using the stock tires... since its only a week old. Any reccomendations on 16" wheels that will mate well with the stock tire? I'll probably order through Tire Rack unless I see something nice in the NASIOC Classifieds.

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Old 02-04-2004, 05:38 PM   #2
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i have heard that the stock tires are aweful. You might want to unload and look for something different.

Also, Falken apparently makes some good tires for a reasonable price. I am close to getting some Falken ST-115s (for 17" wheel), and I would imagine the same tire is available for your wheels as well.

good luck!
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:03 PM   #3
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You are only going to bottom out the suspension on a WRX wagon on a dirt road if you're really trying.

I don't know if someone told you the sedan was gifted with any difference in travel, but if so I wouldn't trust anything else they said about the WRX. The difference in springs is that the wagon has stiffer springs in the back to compensate for the 80 extra pounds in the trunk area. The WRX sedan (and STi) have a slightly wider track, but that's nothing to do with bottoming out).

The STi, if anything, is MORE likely to bottom out its suspension (or its undercarriage) in nasty terrain than a WRX.

As for the tires, if you're going to be in nasty conditions, I'd recommend sticking with 16" and spending the extra money on getting better tires. Your unsprung/rotational weight will be less, and the cost of replacing a tire or rim due to impact/road hazards will be considerably lower.

For dirt, I use BFG KDWS. You might be dealing with more snow, and I've heard that the Dunlop SP5000 might be better in snow -- the KDWS might have the edge on dirt and also regular roads. For asphalt, I use the Falken Azenis (cheap and sticky, but noisy).

People sell their stock rims all the time, so you can get a set of each (plus some dedicated snows) for less than some fancy 17" wheelset and one set of matching tires.
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:41 AM   #4
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Default 16" vs. 17" on 2004 WRX Wagon and propensity to bottom-out and recommendations?

If I were in an urban area with truly gnarly roads I'd opt for a set of Speedline 2118's (15" !!) and a set of rally tires with the hardest compound I could get. Pot holes, yeah right, not a chance. Plus they look WRC sexy. They're cheap too, less than $200 a wheel. Work with the stock brakes and the last gen subaru 4 pots.

I had heard rumors that these wheels (and speedline) were going out of business. That would be a shame because these are the toughest wheels I've ever used.

And as was mentioned earlier, dont worry about bottoming out. If you insist on worrying pick up a skid plate set from Primitive racing or similar vendor. for $300 something you can bash away.
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