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Old 06-17-2005, 03:28 AM   #1
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Default How "big" can i go on my L?

Vehicle = 95 Impreza L Wagon

Will, say, WRX or RS wheels fit on this tank? If so, how big of a tire can I fit under this huge wheel gap?
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:32 AM   #2
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haha take it from me. the wheel gap is not your enemy. its the strut. if you are using rs / wrx wheels (+55) offset then your enemy is the strut. i have 225s on my L w/ 6 spoke rs wheels and it rubs against the strut mount. so either get a higher offset wheel or get 215 or 205.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:16 AM   #3
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Higher offset wheels will wear your wheel bearings more. 215/45/17 with a 17x7 53 offset wheel will keep your car happy. You could go 225/50/16 on RS 16x7 wheels too, but you may need to roll the rear fenders a little.
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:20 PM   #4
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Higher offset wheels will wear your wheel bearings more. 215/45/17 with a 17x7 53 offset wheel will keep your car happy. You could go 225/50/16 on RS 16x7 wheels too, but you may need to roll the rear fenders a little.
i have 225/50/16 and im telling you the problem isnt with the fenders. there is tons of room there/
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:33 PM   #5
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i just put 225/50/16's on my car

rs 6 spokes

it rubbed against the strut so i used a 3mm spacer (yea i know spacer = unhappy wheel bearing)

but now it just barely rubs against the fender lining. so i am seeking a way to get my fenders rolled. i dont want to remove the plastic strip as i'm not going to risk metal contacting the tire.


but for all intensive purposes, the 3mm spacer helped with my rubbing issues on the strut.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:16 PM   #6
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using a 17x8 +44 offset and used 225/45/17s eagle f1 gs-d3's, pirelli corsas, and now sti re-070's and only get rubbing on the track. front has -3 and rear had -2.5. front is tucked under the fender(need to raise it) and the rears stick out a little since the adjustment is through the lateral links. at close to 0 camber, the tire sits very flush with the fender. oh yeah, my old 17x7.5 in 50 offset with 225 eagles rubbed the strut body
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:00 PM   #7
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hmmm...found a set of wrx wheels real cheap, so i will probably go that route

and people seem to have issues with 225/60R16 rubbing, so perhaps we'll just roll with a solid 205/55R16
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:02 AM   #8
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hmmm...found a set of wrx wheels real cheap, so i will probably go that route

and people seem to have issues with 225/60R16 rubbing, so perhaps we'll just roll with a solid 205/55R16
wrx wheels are the same thing as rs wheels, as far as offset and size. and btw 225/60 is absurdly huge. thats like legacy tires. 225/50 is taller than stock.
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:50 AM   #9
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What difference in strut size exist between the L and RS? I would assume the struts would be same size and mounting location so I wouldn't expect rubbing using RS wheels.
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:03 AM   #10
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wrx wheels are the same thing as rs wheels, as far as offset and size. and btw 225/60 is absurdly huge. thats like legacy tires. 225/50 is taller than stock.
wrx wheels are 16x6.5

rs wheels are 16x7
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:34 AM   #11
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wrx wheels are 16x6.5

rs wheels are 16x7
ok fine...
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Old 06-18-2005, 01:58 AM   #12
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well, it does make a difference when talking about wider tires
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Old 06-18-2005, 02:18 AM   #13
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Bust out a saw and you can fit any sized tire you want, as long as it doesnt hit the strut.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:08 AM   #14
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hmmm...found a set of wrx wheels real cheap, so i will probably go that route

and people seem to have issues with 225/60R16 rubbing, so perhaps we'll just roll with a solid 205/55R16
You can also go with a 215/50-16 that is a bit wider but just 5mm shorter in the sidewall. That's also a little closer to your L tire diameter than the 205/55. I've got Avon M500s on my 2000 OBS and like them a lot.

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Old 06-18-2005, 08:29 PM   #15
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you can always go with a lower profile tire. a shorter sidewall is usually stiffer as well so that may be an extra benefit for you. i've got a 98L and i've no rubbing issuses whatsoever on 225/45/16 mounted onto OEM RS wheels, and i autocross a lot too. no clearance problems.
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Old 09-01-2005, 03:03 PM   #16
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you can always go with a lower profile tire. a shorter sidewall is usually stiffer as well so that may be an extra benefit for you. i've got a 98L and i've no rubbing issuses whatsoever on 225/45/16 mounted onto OEM RS wheels, and i autocross a lot too. no clearance problems.
what tires are u running?
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