wrx tire size

Discussion in 'Subaru Impreza' started by -rick-, Dec 17, 2005.

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    -rick- Guest

    Any reason not to go to 225/50 R16 instead of 205/55 R16 on an '02 wrx wagon
    with stock rims?

    I'm leaning towards Pirelli PZero Nero M&S for winter rains. Any comments?

    -rick-, Dec 17, 2005
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    CompUser Guest

    If you get *too* wide, you end up with "excess"
    sidewall, and that gets squirmy...I don't recall
    if guys were complaining about the results with
    225 or 245, tho.
    CompUser, Dec 17, 2005
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    Ragnar Guest

    Yeah, I'd be wondering why you'd go up two tire widths (205 to 225) but
    only go down one profile size (55 to 50). I think you'd be better off
    going with the 225/45. It'll keep your speedo closer to stock. Even
    better would be going to a 225/45/R17 for the better handling.
    Ragnar, Dec 17, 2005
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    WrxWagon06 Guest

    Hi for winter driving it's better 205-55-16 or you could fit 195-65-15 and
    those are a great deal if you like fast drive in winter
    WrxWagon06, Dec 17, 2005
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    mulder Guest

    Actually 225/50-16 is the proper "plus zero" size and has a nearly
    identical diameter and rolling circumference to the stock 205/55 size.
    225/45 would not be the same and would affect gearing and speedo.
    mulder, Dec 17, 2005
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    mulder Guest

    This is a fairly common upgrade on the sedan, which has no clearance
    problems. I think you'd be ok on the wagon with 225's on stock wheels.
    As for the Pirellis I'm on my second winter with mine which are
    225/50-16 (on 7" wide Rotas) and I've been very happy with them.
    mulder, Dec 17, 2005
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    S Guest

    Hi Rick!

    I've run that size on mine with OEM wheels; Kumho Ecsta V700s for
    autocross duties. These are so different from a "regular" tire that I
    can't really comment on effects on handling; the type R tire sticks
    like glue, but is miserable for general driving. But they do fit just

    ByeBye! S.

    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
    S, Dec 17, 2005
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    -rick- Guest

    Sorry I wasn't clear. These will be year round tires for the Portland OR. area
    where snow is rare but rain is not in the winter and summers are nice and sunny.

    -rick-, Dec 17, 2005
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    k. ote Guest

    I have PZero Nero M+S for my STi. *Great* tires for the rain, although my
    comparison is the stock WRX Potenzas and the stock STi RE070's which
    hydroplane like mad when driving at speed through puddles.

    The PZeros take the rain and wet like you wouldn't *believe.* I've driven
    through big puddles, inches deep, at speed and I didn't get more than a
    nudge on the steering wheel. They keep traction very well in even a new
    rain, and have predictable give at their limits. I.e. it's not all at once,
    and there's definite squealing to let you know what's going on (and to ease
    up a little.)

    In terms of gravel, they're equally impressive, and I've driven them up over
    mountain passes with lots of snow and nasty cold weather. Ice everywhere.
    They did admirably, and cut through the snow very easily.

    The only thing I have a problem with is they feel mushy at high speeds, and
    especially cornering at high speeds. Approaching 130mph gives me an
    unsettling floating feeling that I didn't have with the RE070's, but I
    suppose that's normal considering one has stiff sidewalls and is a
    performance summer tire, and the other is an all-season good for mud, snow,
    and rain. It's not supposed to have stiff sidewalls.

    Anyway, for your climate, it's a superior tire, and well worth the money.
    k. ote, Dec 23, 2005
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    -rick- Guest

    Thanks for the reply. Sounds good to me as I rarely and barely exceed 80mph. I
    have an appointment to get them installed tomorrow.

    -rick-, Dec 24, 2005
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    It looks like it is the best match for your current size.

    Ejelta.com: Tire Size Calculator

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 24, 2005
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    -rick- Guest

    I had them installed today and so far so good. I pushed it a bit on the way home
    and they felt really good. We'll see what happens when the rains hit.

    -rick-, Dec 25, 2005
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    They typically say it's better to have narrower tires in wet conditions,
    because it can cut through the water better. But I don't really believe
    it, I think it has more to do with tread patterns and tread depths.

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Dec 25, 2005
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