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Old 01-02-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
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Join Date: Nov 2003
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2004 WRX

Default Why did Subaru subtract 1/2" from rims of WRX?

Why did Subaru decide to specify 6.5" wide rims for the WRX, when for years Imprezas were fitted with 16x7" wheels?

Why the decrease in width when this was the most powerful, sportiest car released in the States since the SVX?

Why go backwards(if this can be considered that) by fitting a smaller wheel? Is it because a 6.5" wide rim is the optimum size for the 205/55 R16 tire? Was it that much cheaper to specify a 6.5" wheel instead of a 7" wheel? Is there an endless supply of RE92s in 205/55 R16 that need to be used up?(It doesn't seem so with a price of $150.00 each at the Tirerack(r).) Doesn't the 16x7 oem wheel support the 205/55 R16 tire better than the 16x6.5 oem wheel?
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