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This is a discussion on Please provide Wagon Specific Wheel Info within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I thought we should get some wagon specific info together - particularly what wheel and tyre combinations people are successfully ...

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    Please provide Wagon Specific Info

    I thought we should get some wagon specific info together - particularly what wheel and tyre combinations people are successfully (ie no rubbing) using on wagons.

    Wheel offset becomes more inportant for us wagon crowd with the narrower wheel arches.

    So what wheels and tyres are you guys running, particularly what wheel offsets?

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    And also please note if there are any suspension modifications, and if you have driven aggressively, such as autocross without rubbing.

    I want to get some summer tires for a second set of stock wheels from Tire Rack. I wanted the Yokohama AVS ES100 but they don't come in 215 width. I would go to 225, but I don't think they will fit the stock wheels and might rub? So I'll probably end up going with the stock 205 width. Any experience with these on stock wheels?

    Thanks, and good idea, Andrew
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    OK.....

    smorris: 225's on the stock rims are a bit too wide. Go with 205's.

    I'm running 17" Tarmacs with 215/45R17 Kumho 712s. No rubbing as of yet. I haven't Axed them, but I've taken equivalent turns on mtn roads. They don't rub, even with the 1.5" drop on my H&Rs. I'll post more when I can stay seated in my chair.

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    With Rota attacks and the same Kumhos, my rear tires rub under spirited driving or when the back seat is loaded. I believe it's because of the Whiteline springs which lower about 2". Had I researched the issue properly, I would have bought a wheel with a different different offset. Once i get my engine issues sorted out, I think I'll address those springs. Maybe just a 1" drop would be better.

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    This is like the perfect thread and perfect timing. I just got 17" BAttles and have been confused thus far on the best tire selection.

    Whatever I decide, I'll be sure to post my review as well.

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    Somebody here has to have different springs and the same wheel / tire combination. I'd love to hear how the Eibachs perform on the wagon.

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    Originally posted by MisterX
    With Rota attacks and the same Kumhos, my rear tires rub under spirited driving or when the back seat is loaded. I believe it's because of the Whiteline springs which lower about 2". Had I researched the issue properly, I would have bought a wheel with a different different offset. Once i get my engine issues sorted out, I think I'll address those springs. Maybe just a 1" drop would be better.

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    He said specifics! j/k

    So you've got 7 or 7.5" rim? 215 Kumhos? 48mm offset, right? What offset would you have gotten?

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    I have the Eibachs and the Limix Linea's (18x7.5 +52 offset) wrapped in 225/40 rubber - Nitto 555 (no -choice - came with the wheels). One track day, many spirited canyon type runs, some with rear passengers, no rubbing issues.
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    OK, I run Kumho 712s but I had the size wrong. Mine are 215 45 17.

    With a 2" drop, they rub very slightly as I said above. Offset on the Rotas is (please correct me if I'm wrong - I'm old and forget these details) 48mm.

    After having done a bit of research, offset for a lowered wagon is best at + 50 mm. I wish I had checked before.

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    I run 225/50R16 sumitomo htr+ tires on my stock 16" wheels. no rubbing, even when my wagon is heavily loaded.
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    I run the Eibach pro kit, and will be using +48 Attacks with Kumho 712's in the spring.

    Anyone considering the Eibach pro kit should remember that these springs are for the sedan, not the wagon. I (and several other people) have noticed the back of the wagon drops more than advertised, since the rear springs are progressive - the extra 50+ lbs in the back compress the progressive part of the spring. I don't mind it, myself, as it doesn't throw off the aesthetics of the car, but I'm curious how well the Attacks with Kumho's will work.

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    I've got 17", +45 rims with 712s in 215/17/45, with STi suspension, and no rubbing.

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    I never rubbed with stock wheels. But if you lower a wagon, +50 offset is recommended because of the lack of fender flares.

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    Sorry,

    Been outa the loop for a while.

    I'm not one who can contribute to this discussion intelligently as all I've done since I've had the car is to put BFG KDW's sized 225/50/16 on my stock rims and though I can gush on and on about my setup, I have nothing to compare them to except the dreaded RE92s.

    Incidentally, I have installed an adjustable rear-sway bar and anti-lift kit so those probably have added much greater handling capability and varied ride quality, but my gut reaction is that the single best handling mod I've put on is the tires.

    Also, I'm fixing to install the Tein Flex coilovers pretty soon. Should be exciting.

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    I have a set of older('99?) 5 spoke Subaru wheels from a 2.5 RS. The are 1/2 inch wider than the current stock rims. I am going to put 215/50/16 Kumhos on this spring. From what I have been able to figure out, as long as you stay with the 16 inch stock size you can easily put 225's on. As long as you are on the stock springs.

    Eibach says they have springs under development for the wagon. Prodrive sells springs for the wagon. Doesn't Ebach make Prodrive's springs...what's up with that?! Basil....How is the performance with the Eibachs?
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