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I gather that there is no fender rubbing issues with the stock-offset rim?Note: my car has no suspension upgrades and I'm not auto crossing.
Will going to a wider tire somewhat compromise the wet weather performance (i.e. hydroplaning)?
Will going to a wider tire really improve performance all that much?
I currently have 205/55/16 Pirelli Neros on stock 6.5in wide rims. The tires always seemed a little dodgy in the wet weather, and I'm seriously considering going with the new Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS.
*Is anyone running these tires (especially on a WRX wagon)? I did, but that was a LONG time ago.
*I'm seeing mixed reports on road noise. Any opinions? I put 40K on my old ones and never had any noise issues, but then again, they do change over the years
*How does the actual tread width compare to other similarly sized tires? Please explain
*According to the FAQ, it is possible to put 225/50/16s on the stock 6.5inch rims: I personally wouldn't stretch 225's on a 6.5 if you do any sort of auto-x/track time[INDENT]I gather that there is no fender rubbing issues with the stock-offset rim? You should not rub
Will going to a wider tire somewhat compromise the wet weather performance (i.e. hydroplaning)? Depends on tire, this goes with the saying of "wider doesn't always mean better", but you should be fine with 225's
Will going to a wider tire really improve performance all that much?I follow this rule to an extent.
Note: my car has no suspension upgrades.
^ Who mentioned a 215/50/16?
Honestly, we're talking about a stock suspension WRX only driven on the street. He doesn't need more lateral grip. I would just buy the tire you want in a size that's cheaper. If it's a 225 buy those, if it's a 215 then get those ones.
Bulge is also relative... Bulge for a Jeep is a tire that bulges an inch past the edge of the wheel, and it has a purpose. Bulge on a WRX is much different. I like when a car has a wheel/tire combo that looks "meaty", but there is a line when the bulge is just obviously somebody trying to stuff as big of a tire as they can on the wheels they have (remember, to most bigger is better). At least it's not a hellaflush stretch though.
225/50R16 is designed for your wheels. It can be mounted completely normally on an 16x6" wheel. It's not going to buldge and hydroplanning on a 225-wide tire with 3200lbs? That shouldn't be a major concern till you get substantially wider. The 225/50R16 is a better choice in every way, cept maybe price, than 205/55R16. Why doesn't your car come with wider tires? Subaru was cheap. They released the STi with 225 wide just two years later.
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