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Tire size '02 Impreza TS?

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#1 Martinjmpr


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Posted 15 May 2006 - 06:10 PM

Wondering what kind of tire sizes people are running on their late model Impreza TS wagons. My brother's got an '02 that he bought new and now it's in need of new tires. I know one thing he doesn't like is that when he goes to mountain and forest service roads, his clearance is a little low.

So, the big question is this: He has the stock tires, which are 195/60-15's. He was wondering how much bigger his tires could get without causing problems. I know the OBS has bigger tires, but does it also get more suspension? Or is the difference in ground clearance between the Impreza TS and the OBS due only to the tire size? What bigger tire sizes are people using on their plain-jane Imprezas?

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 06:46 PM

I've ran quite a few tires on my OBS... have a large stack in the barn :rolleyes:
Littler: 195/60/R15 - Yokohama Avid Touring Tires
Stock: 205/60/R15 - Yokohama Avid Touring Tires
-Dunlop Graspic DS2's
Not So Stock: 215/60/R16 (Stock for a forester)
-Cooper Life Liner Classic II's
More: 225/60/R16 (a little rubbing, with lift.. took off the mud flaps)
-Cooper Life Liners

I really don't like the coopers, but i got them for free.. soo... take what you can get right?
I think austin is running 28" BFGoodrich AT's.. but he's also got a lift and did some bashing i believe...

I think Zapar has gone through a ton of tires, i believe he ran some 27" Kumko MT's.. but dont' quote me on that... ask him :rolleyes:

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 11:33 PM

From what I could figure out, the only differences in the OB Sport's "Heavy Duty Raised Suspension" from the TS's suspension are: the slightly larger wheels and tires, and taller springs. That's it. The struts are the same part number IIRC. And I think everything else is the same too.

He can run slightly larger tires, but I don't know if it'd gain too much clearance that way. We have WRX wheels / tires on our TS, and maybe could go up to 205/60/16, not sure. There doesn't seem to be a lot of extra room IMO... not sure how much he'd gain with tires alone :-\


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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:16 AM

Not So Stock: 215/60/R16 (Stock for a forester)

they will fit a stock OBS without clearance issues?

picking up a set and not sure if they'll fit my OBS or XT6 without rubbing.

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:37 AM

I just put some 215/45R17 yokohama es100s on mine.
but oe is 195/60R15 as Andy stated. I'm sure you could get away with 205s though.

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 06:00 PM

Gary, they rubbed the mudflap screw head a tiny bit when the car was heavily weighted down.. i took all but one of the flaps off and they seem to fit fine. There is a nice shiney spot in the front, back-inside fender well from the tires at full lock i believe.
I'm pretty sure they'd fit a stock OBS... but i never tried before i lifted it.
So yeah.. they'll fit if you want them to, those tires came off of an 03' forester (i believe it's what they ran stock). The only problems you might run into are the mudflaps, and MAYBE the inside fender.. but that's only if you go full lock and gas it, daily ;)

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:22 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong.. but they are asking about using taller tires, right? So does anyone know if they could use like a 195/70? 80? 90? How tall can it go before it starts rubbing? It will affect the speedo a little though.

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 05:03 AM

you can use any of the online tire size calculators to compare these tires to the ones you're speaking of.

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