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Old 08-21-2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default 225/50 on stock wheels?

I recently picked up some blizzaks for the winter and I was going to put them on my stock wheels. How will they fit? Are they going to be too wide? I don't want to go through the trouble of getting them put on if they won't work well.
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Old 08-22-2005, 10:38 AM   #2
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Yes you can use a 225/50 on the stock wheel. normally snows should be narrower though.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:14 AM   #3
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I'd try to find a narrower set.
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Old 08-22-2005, 04:05 PM   #4
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I understand that a narrower tire has more ground pressure per square inch of tire surface and a 165 wide tire would kick ass in the snow but I got such a good deal on these tires (when it was all done I paid $28 out of my pocket) that I couldn't pass them up. Plus, they're virtually new so the great deal was the real driving factor.
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:44 PM   #5
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A narrower tire and a wider tire with the same psi inflation have exactly the same ground pressure. The thing that is different is the SHAPE of the tire contact patch.

The narrower tire has less snow/slush to move away from the tire and thereby does a better job of pushing down to the surface of the roadway. A wider tire has a greater swath of snow to move out of the way and can tend to float. This is why wider tires also tend toward aquaplanning.

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply MCH but I know what I'm talking about. I see your point about the "less snow to move" but it's not just about pushing snow out of the way of the tire, it's about having more weight of the car in a given square inch of the tire contact patch.

I understand that these are not the ideal tire size for winter but like I said, the deal was too good to pass up. All I was looking for was if they will work with my stock WRX wheels or not. Now I know.
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