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Low profile street tires on "offroad" wheels?
Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:16 PM
Is there any reason not to put low profile street tires on these heavy steel wheels? Specifically I'm looking at something equivalent to a 205/50/15 like Potenza G009 or any other tire that size, to keep overall diameter to match the higher profile stock tire/13" rim combo.
If the combo of low profile and heavy steel is gonna result in poor handling or premature tread wear, I'll just sell the wheels to someone who wants to offroad with em, cause i'm not interested in turning the sedan into an offroad rig right now. Curious what y'alls opinion is.
(The wheels are the ones mentioned in this thread http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=74607)
Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:31 PM
Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:56 PM
I'd say rock 'em.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:03 AM
Carfreak, I know about the unsprung weight issues affecting handling... I was actually hoping that lower profile tires would make up for that to bring me to a BETTER handling than with the 13s... but maybe not? It sounds like you're implying steelies would be more wear and tear on the suspension? If so maybe I would be better off not doing this. I'm fully open to suggestion...haven't made up my mind yet. Ride quality is not an issue for me, the roads are decent here (mostly) and the vehicle rides great over most of it currently.
Thanks for your feedback so far and hoping to hear from anyone who's tried a similar tire/wheel combo. I realize it's a rare circumstance.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 01:14 AM
Posted 08 March 2008 - 01:21 AM
And I agree the difference in handling with alloys is noticeable. That is my other option, keep the stock alloys and go for the cheap 13" OEM specd tires!
edit; If you check this picture of an Impreza it occurs to me that a LOT of subarus do have steel 15s though. So then if it is practical, it comes down to whether the handling with 50 profile is better than 13 alloys with the 185/70 stock tires.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 01:55 AM
Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:54 PM
Posted 09 March 2008 - 10:50 PM
but believe me i'm wishing there were more options too
Posted 09 March 2008 - 11:10 PM
Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:17 PM
This car has kind of a rough body so I'm not going to invest in the Pugs for a street setup...at the time I bought the steel wheels I was planning on doing more off-road - that hasn't happened.
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