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bigger tires

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Posted 26 September 1999 - 09:57 AM

okay, a month ago I posted a message about lifting a soob. I was told that I could lift it by turning the rear torsion bar and the bolts under the front struts. Would this give me enough clearence to put on tires around the size of 195/70??? Would the car turn without rubbing, and would I need a different shock? Has anyone else done this before? -Adam- <a href=http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Desert/2253/index.html>http://www.geocities...2253/index.html</a>

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Posted 26 September 1999 - 10:03 AM

Are you talking about 195/70 13" tires???? I have these on my wagon and it isn't lifted (yet) and I don't have any rubbing problems at all. No special shocks either, just the basic Monroe gas-charged that was the recommended shock from Parts America.

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Posted 26 September 1999 - 10:51 PM

205/60R13 fit on the front of my 88 subaru Wagon with no problems. No word on the back as they never went there. If you go a little too wide in the back and have weak springs you may need to roll that inner lip up some.

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 09:54 AM

If you have an '81 or newer then you will have no problems at all on the back. I run 205/55R16's without any lift and also old shocks. On my old '76 though the pivot for the rear wheel assembly is closer to the hub so i couldn't get them on though. 195's will fit though on all models.

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 04:51 PM

Okay, so if I did get the car up a few more inches I could probably go with 205/70 R13. -Adam-

#6 Guest_DaZeD69_*

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 04:59 PM

Jim, where did you get the 16inch rims for your tires? I haven't been able to find anything over 15... Thanks.

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 07:27 PM

where did you find those 195/70/13 at?? here in denver all i can find are the 185's and even the tirerack website has nothing at all in the 195's...please let me know as it will soon be time for new rubber... thanx! alan

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 08:12 PM

I got my rubber at NTB (the tires I got were the house brand - Vipers, which I believe are made by Cooper). But they were real hard to find, no places had that size. NTB had just this set left. I remember though someone on this board had wongleflute Cepek 195/70 13s......now those would be cool, but I haven't beeen able to find them at all. Good luck.

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Posted 27 September 1999 - 10:12 PM

Subaru X, if you still have the '78 model and it has the older style rear 'swingarm' assembly I don't think you will be able to fit 205's even with a lift. It all depends on what the wheel offset is. My '76 has a 2 inch lift and they still will not fit. On my '83 wagon though it has had 225/45R16's on though without a lift so there is plenty of room on the rear of the newer models. DaZeD69, my wheels are modified 6 stud Nissan Rims from a larger 4WD. They look good but are heavy, about twice what a standard rim weighs .

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Posted 28 September 1999 - 02:40 PM

Jim, Nah, I sold my 78 a few months ago. It went fast. I'm looking at doing this to an 80's sedan. -Adam-

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Posted 28 September 1999 - 06:28 PM

Are the tires commonly found and what modifications did you have to make, to allow them to fit? I'd really like a 16 inch rim, do you know if they are heavier/lighter than a peugeot 15in alloy rim? I'm running those right now, and the weighting is really awkward on them. Thanks man! I'll post some pics as soon as I get a chance.

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Posted 28 September 1999 - 11:31 PM

The tires are not as common as low profile 15" rims but they are still pretty easy to get. I had 3 or 4 brand options in Australia so that means you should have heaps more in the US. the wheels are probably heavier that pug 15" alloys as these are steel wheels, although they are not that much heavier than some 14" wheels that I have. They are twice as heavy as the standard subie 13" rims though so you maybe able to work it out that way. The wheels start out as a 6 stud patern. 2 of the holes line up with 2 subie studs so you then need to weld up the other 4 and drill 2 new ones making it a square pattern. It's probably not something most people could do at home unless you had a really good workshop.

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