My UK 2014 SJ XT (OEM 18" 7.5Jx18 ET48) has for the last 4 winters been running old 2002 5x twin spoke WRX 17" 7J 55ET Rims with Nokian WR SUV 3 Winter Tyres 225/60R17 103H XL.
Been very happy with the Nokians, but after 25k miles these now need replacing before the weather turns...
Ideally I'd like to go for a slightly deeper tyre for more clearance, ie 225/65R17
The questions I have are
1) will the 225/65R17 rub because of the higher tyre with different offset? (ET55 means tyre is closer to the inside of wheel arch)
2) is that too much of a step up for gearing, etc?
3) Should I consider 215/65R17 instead, but would those tyres be too skinny? (For reference the Wheels stock Tyre setup on a 2002 WRX were 215/45R17 so 225 is actually a little wider than stock for those old wheels but the car has run fine on them).
4) Should I just stick with what I know has worked fine for the last 4 years lol (225/60R17)
Grateful for your experience/opinions (excuse the rambling)
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No rubbing, even at full lock there's at least 5mm clearance at the front. I fitted 3mm spacers to reduce the effective offset from 55 to 52, making it closer to the OEM of 48. The WRX wheel itself is also slightly narrower (7" instead of 7.5" on the OEM 18s)
Here's the calcs against the 18" OEMs, this site allows you to enter a figure for a spacer..
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