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Old 05-11-2004, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default New Rota Slipstream - 16x8

Just checked over in the wheel and tire area and saw that Rota is making its Slipstream in 16x8 w/ a 48 offset. (They are also making a Volk TE37 knockoff in 17x7.5 for those interested)

I've been partial to the design and lightweight of the Slipstream, but coulden't justify the 7 in. width. Now that they have the 8 in. it would be nice to keep some sidewall height and gain the extra rubber. My calcs lead me to think that 245/55/16 is the ideal tire for the rim, but I'm pretty sure this won't pack in the stock wheel wells.

Maybe some others could give me some thoughts on the subject?

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Old 05-11-2004, 04:57 PM   #2
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Volks are nice wheels, and 17's are a good size. Rota's are cheap wheels, but a 245/55/16 should fit fine imo.
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Old 05-11-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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Volks are nice wheels, and 17's are a good size. Rota's are cheap wheels, but a 245/55/16 should fit fine imo.
Volks are nice wheels, but a pit pricy for my income. For light abuse I would think the Rotas would be strong enough. Thanks on the fitment info! The real prob comes from finding tires in that size. Tire rack stocks only one.

Any additional comments are welcome!

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Old 05-11-2004, 07:38 PM   #4
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Don't limit you're tire selection by trying to fit an odd size on a 16" rim. I would definitely recommend going with a 17" wheel. A +1 fitment will offer you a much better range of tires that are performance oriented. Don't hesitate to call either TireRack or DiscountTireDirect just for info - both companies have sales reps who know quite a bit, and they are armed with specs and info on applications, and will most likely have some good recommendations.

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Old 05-12-2004, 12:50 PM   #5
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The closest sizes to stock would be 225/55/16 and 225/50/17. If your're going with a summer tire, don't plan on finding much selection in the latter size. I've read where a few people ran 225/55/17.

You'll likely get rubbing going wider than 225.

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Old 05-13-2004, 08:53 AM   #6
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Will the 225/55/16 fit on the stock rims without rubbing?
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Old 06-01-2004, 01:38 PM   #7
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225/45-16 is what most people use. The overall diameter is very close to the stock 205/55-16 and no rubbing issues either. I have this size tire of 16" tires right now.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:19 PM   #8
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225/45-16 is what most people use. The overall diameter is very close to the stock 205/55-16 and no rubbing issues either. I have this size tire of 16" tires right now.
On a Forester??

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Old 06-01-2004, 04:13 PM   #9
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"225/45-16 is what most people use. The overall diameter is very close to the stock 205/55-16 and no rubbing issues either. I have this size tire of 16" tires right now."

For a Forester that's just wrong. I'm running a 225/45-18... and my XT is lowered. No rubbing at all. You just need the magical offset: +48
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Old 06-01-2004, 05:46 PM   #10
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can you post pic of how much it is lowered?
I want to go 225/40/18 but afraid of rubbing
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Old 06-01-2004, 05:50 PM   #11
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225/45-16 is what most people use. The overall diameter is very close to the stock 205/55-16 and no rubbing issues either. I have this size tire of 16" tires right now.




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Old 06-01-2004, 05:53 PM   #12
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Don't limit you're tire selection by trying to fit an odd size on a 16" rim. I would definitely recommend going with a 17" wheel. A +1 fitment will offer you a much better range of tires that are performance oriented.
Marco

I wish. 225/50/17 is the orthodox +1. In that size you have 4 performance choices from tire rack: a $207 run-flat, a $200 OEM porsche tire with a wear rating of 180 , the old-school RE040, and and the $197 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. On a lowered XT 225/45 would look good, but it looks very yo-boy on a stock suspension.

I ended up going with a set of 16" SSR Comps and a set of Firehawk SZ50EPs. 225/60 this time around, but a +0 of 225/55/16 yields tons of affordable performance choices.
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Any pics of the new Rotas?

now that I'm slammed, I need som wheels and tyres to close the gap
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Old 06-01-2004, 07:13 PM   #14
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opps, they are on a WRX sedan not a Forester. Still the actual rolling diameter of the 225/50-16 is very close to a 205/55-16. Dam, now I see I originally typed 225/45-16

That will teach me to type this stuff while looking over my shoulder at work


I should have said:

225/50-16 on my WRX sedan works fine

225/45-17 on my WRX wagon works fine too

both have Rotas with 48mm offset. Not sure what works on a Forrester.


QUOTE]Originally posted by bluesubie
On a Forester??

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Old 06-03-2004, 12:39 AM   #15
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I just put a set of 225/55/16 Bridgestone RE750 on my stock wheels. No prob with rubbing. I was worried about rubbing on the rear shocks before I installed them but there is plenty of room (about a finger width). I would say 235's are the widest you can go with the stock setup.
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Old 06-03-2004, 10:26 AM   #16
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I just put a set of 225/55/16 Bridgestone RE750 on my stock wheels. No prob with rubbing. I was worried about rubbing on the rear shocks before I installed them but there is plenty of room (about a finger width). I would say 235's are the widest you can go with the stock setup.
you got pics? I'd like to see what that wheel gap looks like.
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yea...i'll get some pics up this weekend
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Pics...hope this works

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cool, thanks. Looks good. I think it would look even better with those STi lowering springs, but it doesn't look funny to me stock, either.
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yea I agree the sti springs would be awesome...but there's no way my wife would let me lower it

And as all you married guys know...we have to run it by the comittee first
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yea I agree the sti springs would be awesome...but there's no way my wife would let me lower it

And as all you married guys know...we have to run it by the comittee first
My wife didn't notice the 3 inch drop. Just tell her the suspension is adjustable from the factory.



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