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Old 05-01-2003, 12:52 AM   #1
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2002 wrx wagon

Default 18's with tein s-techs????

Any body running this combo on a Wagon, I'm about to order wheels and want to know if any body with a wagon has had any issues? Can't decide If want 17's or 18's.
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Old 05-01-2003, 12:25 PM   #2
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you may not get enough drop with the s-techs for 18's so
go 17's.

check out makufoto's ride
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Old 05-01-2003, 05:23 PM   #3
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Wheel diameter has nothing to do with any clearance issues IF you properly plus size the tire. A properly plus sized tire is one that has the same (or nearly the same) outer diameter as the tire you're replacing. The typical 17" plus sized tire for wagons is 215/45/17 (actually somewhat smaller than stock diameter). Sedans typically are using 225/45/17 which is actually closer to the stock 205/55/16 than the 215, but is wider and more likely to rub. The typical 18" plus sized tire is either a 215 or 225/40/18. Use the tire calculator here to see how this works. Width and offset are everything when it comes to rubbing.

If you're worried about ride quality, 18s are generally a rougher ride than 17s. This is primarily due to the shorter sidewall an 18 inch tire would have. Also, in general (but not always) an 18" wheel is heavier than a 17" wheel. This translates to more unsprung weight and a harsher ride. There is some argument as to what gives better cornering capability.

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