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#1 Old 09-18-2012, 05:22 PM
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Question Wheel and Tire combo help

I was wondering what would be best combo of wheels and tires to put on my 02 wrx. I would like 17" or 18" wheels and at least 225 tires on it. I've read quite a few posts about offset and wheel width but I just want to make a practical choice. My car isn't lowered but I do plan on installing coilovers sometime in the future. If anyone could give any suggestions they would be greatly appreciated.
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A set of stock 2006/2007 WRX wheels would be a pretty good budget-friendly choice. They're relatively inexpensive for a decent used set (and if they're slightly scuffed, you could lightly sand and paint them like I did with mine), 17x7 with a +55 offset, and weigh 23.5 lbs each. I had 225/45/17 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus tires on them at one point (see pic), but now I use them as winter wheels with 205/50/17 Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires. Both options fit on any 2002-2007 WRX Sedan without any fender modification.

A better choice, which will cost you significantly more money (even for a used set), is a set of 2004 STi wheels (17x7.5, +53 offset, 16.5 lbs each, and the only STi wheel with the 5x100 lug pattern that is compatible with the WRX).

If you want a relatively inexpensive set of brand new wheels, check out all the different styles and sizes of Rota wheels at WheelDude.com. You could throw a set of summer tires on those and use your current wheels as winter wheels with winter tires... there are just so many possibilities.

Good luck with your decision and keep us posted!
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Thank for all of your info!
Do you know if I would have any trouble with my tires rubbing if I were to go with an 8" wide wheel and 235 tires?
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Stick with the offset notes. I went out of spec knowing what could happen and wont do it again. I rub with 225's on 18x8's. Not much, but I do rub. And I'm not lowered.

Edit: I'm only speaking of rub in the back. I'm slightly lowered in the front, and do not rub up there

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^ Your wheels are too low of an offset.

17x8 or 18x8 +45 to +50. That is the optimal configuration for your Subaru.
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So if i went with 17"x7.5" and 225/45/17 tire and a +48 offset do you think I'd rub?
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^ Your wheels are too low of an offset.

17x8 or 18x8 +45 to +50. That is the optimal configuration for your Subaru.
Yes i did, knew I was as well. I only rub on huge bumps, that was me warning the OP. haha

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So if i went with 17"x7.5" and 225/45/17 tire and a +48 offset do you think I'd rub?
Not unless your frame is riding on the pavement (meaning your slammed).
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is it a sedan or a wagon? the rear fender clearance is totally different.

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17x7.5 +48 on 225s will clear even on a wagon.
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Thanks for the help guys. I'll keep all this in mind.
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17x7.5 +48 on 225s will clear even on a wagon.
I know that. I was asking if he had a sedan because he said he wanted 235's. Not a problem on a sedan but an issue on a wagon. Rather than get his hopes up though, I wanted to ask what he had so I didn't have to explain the rear fenders in detail.

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I have sedan.
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I have sedan.
Great. Then the answer to your earlier question of "Do you know if I would have any trouble with my tires rubbing if I were to go with an 8" wide wheel and 235 tires?" is yes, you can go 235/40R17. on 17x8" or 235/35R18 on 18x8". In fact, I highly recommend you do (note, the 17" 40 sidewall tires would be a lot cheaper and better selection than the 18"). Just make sure you stay around +48 offset and it'll work great. The 235/40R17 tire is a little shorter than stock which really helps with the 2.0L WRX's. It's also the stock JDM STi tire width. 235/40 also requires at least an 8" wide wheel so keep that in mind when you're looking as well. You shouldn't put them on a 17x7.5" wheel.

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