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Old 04-27-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

The stock rims have a 205 width tire on them. What is widest width tire the stock 16" rims are capable of accomidating safely and securely?

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Old 04-27-2004, 01:54 PM   #2
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225/50-16
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Old 04-27-2004, 02:11 PM   #3
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You can fit a 225... but honestly, it's not going to do you much good. You're going to have so much tire hanging off rim that your contact patch isn't going to be any better than if you just ran a 205.
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Old 04-27-2004, 02:19 PM   #4
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You only lose 0.2 of an inch while the 225 is 1.3-1.5 inches wider.

My comments on my new Toyo Proxies 4 225/50VR16


Noise. They are louder on the highway. Not as loud as a BF Goodrich or a Michelin, but it is louder than the Bridgestones. I can accept the noise, but it is noticable.

Ride. The ride is smoother, but there is better tactile feedback. You can feel when a wheel hits a bump or dip in the road.

Braking. I have finally been able to hammer the stock brakes to the point of needing to upgrade. I did 7 0-60-0 in a row. The brakes were smoking by the time I was done. I was NOT able to get the ABS to kick in ever.

Cornering. * NOTE - I am using a plus size for the 16 inch wheel. Stock rim is 16.525 while a 225 tires is supposed to go on a 7 inch wide wheel.* Now that we have gotten that out of the way, they are simply superb . I have gone through several clover leafs and managed to max out the stock suspension. My normal ability to toss the wheel and get the car to break into a drift is gone. Simply put the car is now stuck to the road and I can't make it drift anymore. This is a good thing.

Squirmyness (is that a word?). Since I plus sized, I run the risk of having the tire being slightly unstable under load. I have found this to be true, however it is barely noticable and only under very heavy cornering loads. For example, I felt it the first time on a cloverleaf marked 25 MPH. I was going through it about 70 MPH and I had to corner in a little harder to avoid a pot hole. The car responded well, but the wheel felt a little soft for a split second.

Conclusion. Considering I spent 420 bucks to get them mounted and balanced, these are a great deal. 225 footprint on the stock 16 inch wheel with little trade off in high speed cornering. These things are MASSIVE bang for the buck. The stock RE92s are wear rated at 160 A A while these tires are wear rated at 300 A A. Double the life, double the cornering, tripple the braking. .
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so how about a 215 width tire as a compromise.. between stability security and increased width on the stock rim?

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Old 04-27-2004, 06:31 PM   #6
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so would it be better to get 225/50./16 tires on the 2.5 stock wheels since they are 16 x 7 instead? (in comparision to the wrx stock wheels that is)
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so would it be better to get 225/50./16 tires on the 2.5 stock wheels since they are 16 x 7 instead? (in comparision to the wrx stock wheels that is)
That woudl work well. I think it bumps you out of the stock class for SCCA AutoX.
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Old 04-28-2004, 02:21 PM   #8
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One other consideration, I mounted 225/50/16 and they throw more junk up onto the paint.
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Old 04-28-2004, 03:04 PM   #9
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If wewanted a car to polish and pimp, we would be driving a used M3

The WRX is a car that is meant to be driven. Go with the bigger tires.

You can lso put in Rally mudflaps, but that is a whole different thread.
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Old 04-28-2004, 07:08 PM   #10
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so what would be better for cornering, noise, traction, ride quality between the 225/50/16 and use something smaller but closer to stock size 215/55/16 or just stay with 205/55/16.

im about to buy some new tires shortly.
im looking at the falken ZE512 or Kumho ASX.
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