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Old 09-07-2005, 02:04 AM   #1
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Default Tires for 04 sti BBS wheels , any advantages of 215 over 225 ?

215 or 225 ?
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Old 09-07-2005, 03:01 AM   #2
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Do they make all season for BBS? I would get those. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:50 AM   #3
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You'll get a wider (not bigger) contact patch with the 225's. That will give you more lateral grip. Depending on how you drive your car, you may or may or may not notice.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:37 AM   #4
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There are only two advantages I can think of if both tires fit and don't rub.
1. Cost
2. Better winter traction.

I would go wider, especially on the BBS wheel.
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Old 09-07-2005, 01:29 PM   #5
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Wider. Heck I run 235/45 17's on my 04 STi for all season tires.

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:17 PM   #6
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225 also gives you slightly larger diameter that is actually very close to stock. But they are more expensive, heavier, and may rub on the wagon. I went with 215's on 04 STi BBS rims on my wagon and I'm very happy with them. Plus the fact that they are about 2% smaller means you get 2% faster acceleration.
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:18 AM   #7
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Wider. Heck I run 235/45 17's on my 04 STi for all season tires.

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I agree, I just got the same size after driving my friend's wrx with 235's definitely more contact patch and less squeal. Now if I can just get 4 tires out of my room ...the rubber smell is getting to me
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Old 09-08-2005, 01:23 AM   #8
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Wider. Heck I run 235/45 17's on my 04 STi for all season tires.

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but how about acceleration response ?
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:06 PM   #9
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I chose 215 over 225 mostly due to reduced weight. My 215s were 3lbs/corner lighter. Having a very slightly lower gear was not a bad thing either.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:13 PM   #10
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but how about acceleration response ?


.....d00ds ! ! ! ! !! ! !


....do NOT try to compare gearing between an STi and a WRX ! ! ! ! ! !! !

the STi is better off with a bit taller tire....the WRX NOT.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:28 PM   #11
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Scotty brings up a good point. Maybe we should clarify things here. I assume from your post and your info that we are discussing a WRX with STI 17" wheels.

Perhaps you should confirm that.
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Old 09-08-2005, 02:44 PM   #12
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as you can see from my profile --03WRX and it's a 4eat

so probably i should go with 215s for better low end response ?

mmm.. more likely to get curb damage with 215..?
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Old 09-08-2005, 03:08 PM   #13
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....turn in concepts seems to not have read the thread.....and intrejected confusing information, here.

for an AT WRX.....I would MOST definitly use a 215/45....and .....forget curb damage...and just don't hit them....jesus.........

...and I would NOT use STi wheels for winter wheels, anyway...get some cheap junk wheels for winter duty and don't kill the nice bbs wheels with all the winter crap.
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Old 09-08-2005, 03:22 PM   #14
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The stock 070 225 tires with the STi wheels on my 04 wagon doesn't rub at all because the offset is correct. People who has rubbing problems are those who use the Rota wheels which doesn't have the correct offset with 225 wheels and need to roll their fenders.

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225 also gives you slightly larger diameter that is actually very close to stock. But they are more expensive, heavier, and may rub on the wagon. I went with 215's on 04 STi BBS rims on my wagon and I'm very happy with them. Plus the fact that they are about 2% smaller means you get 2% faster acceleration.
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:12 PM   #15
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The stock 070 225 tires with the STi wheels on my 04 wagon doesn't rub at all because the offset is correct. People who has rubbing problems are those who use the Rota wheels which doesn't have the correct offset with 225 wheels and need to roll their fenders.
I would like to think so, but some tires are just wider than the others. I did quite a bit of searching when I was in the market, and while what you said was generally true, there were a few exceptions and I couldn't convince myself that 225's most definetely won't rub.
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...the wheel offset REALLY makes a difference....a +48 might rub where a +53 won't(5mm difference)....same tire.....wheel choice is FAR more important than tire choice.
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Scotty has it right (again)
The wagon owners have issues with 225 on +48 wheels. Some rub, many others don't. It makes things confusing as they argue and hand out advice.

Once you move to the correct offset (+53), the discussion stops - all 225 fit.
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for an AT WRX.....I would MOST definitly use a 215/45....and .....forget curb damage...and just don't hit them....jesus.........
I've read a lot of threads, done a lot of searching... inevitably, I'm missed the answer to my question somewhere. I'll ask anyways. What are the pros/cons for 215/45R17 vs. 225/45R17 for the 5MT WRX sedan?

I'm deciding between 17" Gram Light 57S, 57C (7.5" wide) or Prodrive P-WRC1 wheels for next spring, going to run my stock RE92s through winter and then put winter tires on the stock rims probably next winter season. If could pick up a set of STI BBS wheels for cheap, I'd consider it, but the basic debate remains the same regardless of wheel choice (AFAIK). Any advice you guys can offer is appreciated.
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Too bad +53 aesthetics wise doesn't look as nice as a slightly lower offset wheel. I just dislike that stock sunken-in appearance.
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Too bad +53 aesthetics wise doesn't look as nice as a slightly lower offset wheel. I just dislike that stock sunken-in appearance.

....and maybe you shouldn't be so worried about what it looks like....that is a way to common affliction of the kiddie generation, here.....

....caring too much about what others think is a bad mindset to get stuck in, too.
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....caring too much about what others think is a bad mindset to get stuck in, too.
Very true.
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....and maybe you shouldn't be so worried about what it looks like....that is a way to common affliction of the kiddie generation, here.....

....caring too much about what others think is a bad mindset to get stuck in, too.
Sure is, but there is nothing wrong iwth having some pride in your appearance. Just don't let it go to your head.
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thank you all !!
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