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Old 02-11-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars 205/50 R17 --> 215/50 R17 on 2012 Impreza

Just went to a slightly (0.4") taller and (0.39") wider tiers on the stock 17" wheels, and I am happy to report no rubbing or apparent issues of any kind. 215/50 R17 is a more common size.

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Old 02-20-2015, 11:01 PM   #2
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Default 215/50R17 vs. 205/50R17

I did the same switch with my new tires, very happy with the change as it added a hint of extra compliance in the impact harshness and daily ride isolation. Mind you, it is subtle, but there. A good choice. Tires are Hankook Ventus S1 noble2.

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Old 02-21-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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Default 205/50 R17 --> 215/50 R17 on 2012 Impreza

I mounted 215/55/17 P7's for slightly taller look that fills in the wheel arch and I have no rubbing either. Great bump absorption for pot holes too. I think they are .6" taller.


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Old 02-21-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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So I assume there isn't any issue getting 215/50R17 with the 17" Sport Premium rims then either? I'm in need of getting new all seasons soon, may spring for the 215 then vs the 205.
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:34 AM   #5
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So I assume there isn't any issue getting 215/50R17 with the 17" Sport Premium rims then either? I'm in need of getting new all seasons soon, may spring for the 215 then vs the 205.

215 is only 5mm wider, but the profile (55) is taller. It also looks nicer filling out the wheel well and gives better bump absorption.


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Old 03-03-2015, 10:33 PM   #6
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any change in MPG?
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:10 AM   #7
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Just ordered a set of Continental PureContact tires from Discount Tire on ebay, went with 215/50 R17. They have a code for $100 off $400 or more for anyone looking for new tires.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:15 PM   #8
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I really hope I can convince the wife, her car needs tires desperately. But not sure if taller tires will burn more gas.
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Old 03-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #9
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Default 205/50 R17 --> 215/50 R17 on 2012 Impreza

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Just ordered a set of Continental PureContact tires from Discount Tire on ebay, went with 215/50 R17. They have a code for $100 off $400 or more for anyone looking for new tires.

Congrats on the new tires. Great idea with the slightly taller tire. I bought those same tires last April 205/50 Id like to hear your thoughts on them once you get some miles on them as well as what pressure you run them at. I purposely bought them as touring tires for better highway cruising. On a side note I think you'll like how the tires wrap the rim and if you do any city parallel parking the design protects the rim from curb rash. They look nice and the tread is aggressive looking

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Old 03-04-2015, 02:22 PM   #10
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^Thanks, they've gotten really good reviews online, and have a really long treadlife, so seems like a good deal to me. My stock Yokos only lasted about 27k or so. I'll be taking these tires on a nice long road trip at the end of April, so I'll let you know what my thoughts are.
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:51 AM   #11
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Are yall sure the added cushion feeling isn't just created from switching out the worn-down, crappy, factory tires to new, better quality, tires? Like yall stated, the overall dimension changes are negligible. I could understand feeling a difference switching wheel sizes, but not a sub-5% change in width and sidewall height.

I can't stand the stock tires, especially in rainy puddles. I can't wait for them to wear down. I want to get new tires and wheels at the same time.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:21 PM   #12
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any change in MPG?
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:12 PM   #13
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I just had the dealer put on 215 50 r 17 sumitomo HTR a/s P02 tires on the stock 17x7 alloys from our Impreza 13 premium. First impressions are good in dry & wet. A little more tire helps absorb some of the road bumps and fills the wheel gap slightly. More of a touring passenger car feel though. Couldn't beat the 65$/ on tire rack! Tread pattern looks similar to the conti dws .
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:23 PM   #14
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I got myself a set of 215/50/17 as well.

Any idea how to let the speed meter, ODM to reflect the 1.6% increase in circumference?

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