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I think I can help: buy a fresh set of 225/45/17 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Pluses. That's exactly what I had on the stock wheels of my 07 WRX for a while and they're some of the best ultra high performance all season tires currently available. The tread pattern is really cool and they perform great in the snow (or about as great as an all-season tire can) and you really don't want to go too much wider than that on the stock 17x7 wheel. I don't know much about spacers, but I think they're generally not a good idea because they alter your suspension geometry in a negative way. Although I don't have any personal experience with them, I've read that Bridgestone Pole Positions are also pretty good tires, but their tread pattern isn't as cool as the Michelins
You won't rub on anything but I would not recommend you go with 225/45R17 on 17x7 for a WRX. Your gearing will suffer and the tire, especially if it's an all season, will have poor turning response. In other words you may have more tire width but your car will feel more sluggish to respond both to your right foot and to the steering wheel. I would stick with 215/45R17 until you get wider wheels. With some 17x8" wheels or similar and a stock-ish offset you can swing 235/40R17 tires with no rubbing. That's 20mm more tire and actually a slightly shorter sidewall. It's also perfect for the 8" wheel so you won't loose on steering response either.
In summary, 225/45R17 is not a very useful tire size for you but will fit fine on your wheels and within your fenders.
Some reading for you: Wheel / Tire FAQ
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