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Old 07-06-2004, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default So I got my new BBS wheels on

Well, yesterday I got my new STi BBS Gold wheels on my 04 WRX Wagon. I am so amazed how much better the car handles from the stock wheels/tires.

So far, I am not noticing any rubbing. Is there a distinct noise I should be on the lookout for to know that some rubbing may be taking place? I'm going to listen to them carefully for the next few days to make sure everything is ok.

One other point to mention is all wheels are the same circumference except for one in the right front - it is about .375 an inch larger (this is the tire tread) than the others. Should this make a difference or should it wear down into line with the other tires? We put it on the front since there is no LSD up front to worry about. I got the tires for free so I figured I'd use them for a bit til I can afford some RE 950's for the wheels. I took some pictures yesterday, but haven't uploaded them yet to the web
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:36 AM   #2
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bump for some sort of response:

Still wondering about how to check for rubbing and tire circumference. There's a lot of ppl out here in tire and wheel, someone has to have something to say
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:40 AM   #3
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.375, I think, will not matter.

As far as rubbing goes, you'll know it when you hear it, but rubbing may not even occurr if you aren't driving hard and pitching the car heavily.....like autocross.
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Old 07-07-2004, 01:13 PM   #4
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Don't sweat the rubbing issue. If you're at stock height that is. The wagons fit 225s fine at stock height. Heck, mine don't rub even when the car is loaded down with a bunch of people and gear.

If you hear rubbing from the rear, just pull off the rubber trim piece along the top of the wheel well. You should do this anyway if you live in a salt belt like the northeast. That rubber strip will only promote rust in the rear quater panel.
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Old 07-07-2004, 02:35 PM   #5
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I've taken some pretty hard turns already - there's this one I take into the office and on the RE92's it'd drift all the way through it and howl like mad. With my new wheels I don't really hear anything except maybe a low pitched squeal on occasion - they handle sooooo much better than the stock wheels/tires. I'm running the Bridgestone 070's on the car now. Much grippier but man are they noisy.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:35 PM   #6
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You'll also know your rubbing if you can smell burnt rubber.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:42 PM   #7
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One other point to mention is all wheels are the same circumference except for one in the right front - it is about .375 an inch larger (this is the tire tread) than the others. Should this make a difference or should it wear down into line with the other tires?
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Old 07-07-2004, 04:32 PM   #8
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Just a thought.... You can always use masking tape in the areas you think may be rubbing. Load up the car, take it for a drive and then check the tape. It should be pretty evident at that point if there was any contact.
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