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Old 08-28-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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I have an '05 WRX modified with over springs at each corner and 19" Enkie RS7 wheels. Using this wheel size forced me to a 35 series tire to keep eveything within the wheel well.

The good news is that the handling is great. The bad news is that the road noise is extremely harsh whenever I roll over a pot hole on uneven spot in the pavement. I attribute this noise and jarring to my 35 series tires...there just isn't enough rubber to take up the shock.

Has anybody had a similar experience?
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Old 08-28-2005, 06:06 PM   #2
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That is one of the things that happens when you have so little sidewall. Very little rubber is left to help take out the shock, which puts more shock into the wheels and gives you a harsher ride.
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Old 08-29-2005, 12:53 PM   #3
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Default ...things that happens when you have so little sidewall...

Thanks for the feedback. I suspected as much about the tire sidewall profile. I actually bought this car configured with these tires and wheels. My concern about the harsh ride is based purely on whether or not I'm damaging anything underneath. I love the way the car handles but after 5000 miles I've had a few things break that I think are shock related. At the end of the day I may have to revert back to smaller diameter wheels and more rubber.
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:14 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I suspected as much about the tire sidewall profile. I actually bought this car configured with these tires and wheels. My concern about the harsh ride is based purely on whether or not I'm damaging anything underneath. I love the way the car handles but after 5000 miles I've had a few things break that I think are shock related. At the end of the day I may have to revert back to smaller diameter wheels and more rubber.

....the sooner you do this the better off you will be.

19's have no business on a Subaru, IMO....pure bling---or just pure stupid....
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:24 AM   #5
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19's have no business on a Subaru, IMO....pure bling---or just pure stupid....
My respect for you grows Scotty. You speak absolute truth.
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Old 08-30-2005, 01:37 AM   #6
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Listen to Scotty, he knows what he's talking about. If your trying to quiet road/tire noise I would recommend the Falken ST115's. They may not be the grippiest tires but they work well for me on my daily driver...
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