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Subaru Impreza Tire/Wheel Questions



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    1000 mile break-in, but that trip should be fine. Just don't use cruise control so you vary engine speeds, and try not to put TOO much of a load on the engine. If possible keep it under 4000rpm.
  • sweet thanks. that all matches up with what i have read and heard. thanks again :)
  • lilbluewgn02lilbluewgn02 PAPosts: 1,085
    I've had Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS tires on my Subaru for years now. They are incredible in the heavy rains (more like deluges) we get here in South Florida.
  • My 2010 impreza i premium has tires with a V rating. Guess I don't understand why these are rated at 149 mph. So i can't get tires with a lower rating, correct?


  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yes, the best bet is to look on and see what tires are recommended. They will show the proper weight carrying and speed rating for your car.

    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • Can you put 215/65R1596S tires from a 98 suburu outback on my 2006 Impreza that has P205/55R16 tires on it. If I took the wheels and everything. Would it hurt?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    edited July 2011
    Very doubtful.... those tires aren't even close in overall diameter..

    2.1" taller... 8.5% difference.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Also, I'm not sure that 15" wheels will fit on the '06 Impreza, as I think Subaru up-sized the brakes on their cars beginning with the 2000 Outback/Legacy; I'm not sure when the change occurred for the Impreza line, but I imagine it was 2002.

    You can certainly try it if you have the Impreza and the set of wheels in question, but the 15" tires are quite a bit larger. You'll need over 1/2" of clearance around the tire to fit them and, if I recall correctly, those wheel wells are pretty tight.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    Good catch... I mis-read it... thought they were both 16".. :blush:

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Oh, hahaha; you confused me initially with the "good catch." I thought, "catch? What did I catch? I was just adding to what was already said!" :P
  • Thanks for the help. I think I'll just get new tires. The 98 Suburu my son in law put new tires on it and then it keeps overheating. We think it's the head gasket. It has 285,000 miles on it. Do you think it's worth trying to sell or we were going to donate it to Purple Heart? The car looks good, paint and body.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited July 2011
    There's nearly a 100% chance that it is the head gaskets. If either of you have the time or inclination, the repair (while time consuming) is not overly complex. If you do it yourself, it is only about a $5-600 job. I did this work on my 1996 Outback at ~193,000 miles.

    If you don't do it yourself, it is a spendy bugger. Whether or not it is worth it depends entirely on the car and your attitude toward it. If you keep it for another couple years after the repair, it'll pay for itself.
  • I'm looking for studded snow tires for my 2008 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. This is the ski car so the snow tires have to be good. Prices for the stock tire size (P205/50R17) run well over $200 per tire, I suspect because they're low profile and sexy. Holy suffering catfish!!

    I'm wondering if second set of wheels to use as winter wheels with normal-profile utilitarian non-sexy and much less expensive snow tires might be a good option.

    Is this a reasonable idea?
    Will different sized wheels screw up performance or safety of the Sube?
    Where can I get the best deal on the stuff?

    I am female, generally clueless about cars, and don't want to get ripped off, so I'm hesitant to go to the tire store and get taken for a ride.

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    You can go with 16" wheels on the Impreza, and yes, the tires will be less expensive. I have seen some tires for my Forester as much as a $40 difference between the 16" and 17" size equivalents for a given brand/model of tire!

    Personally, I would not recommend studded tires. You will likely be better served with studless snow tires, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak, Goodyear UltraGrip Ice, or Michelin X-Ice.

    That said, TireRack is a good place to go to compare tires, see the best compatible "alternate" tire (rim) sizes, etc. If you live in America (e.g., the contiguous 48 states), you can even buy tires/wheel sets with the tires already installed online for reasonable rates.

    As a jump-start, the 205/55/R16 is a pretty close match for your stock size. It is 0.8% larger, meaning that when you're driving 60mph, your speedometer will read 60.465 mph. ;)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,671
    Actually, 205/55-16 is the stock size for the base Impreza, so it should be perfect for the Outback Sport..

    I'd definitely skip the studs, as well... Driving on dry roads is terrible (and, illegal where I live.. ;) )

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  • Trying to find out the life of these tires, in terms of mileage, with average driving,. I can't find any info on the internet. Thanks for your help! Chris
  • kanjiikanjii Posts: 99
    Just bought a sport premium model and the car has Yokohama avid s35d, I think. :blush:
    Anyways, they look great and so far the drive and handling is good n the dry. Haven't taken it in the wet yet. Tire rack rated these tires poor, but the consumer reviews were all from Mazda 3 series cars. Any opinions on these tires from Subie owners?
  • I would say you will need new tires by about the 25k mark or in about a year and a half. OEM tires are terrible. They feather quickly and are poorly made. That goes for OEM tires on most cars from my experience.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That's probably not far off what most owners will experience. The RE92A is a poor tire. I would expect life to be between 25,000 and 40,000 miles. Some owners have claimed considerably longer life. My personal experience is that whenever you decide to get rid of them (whether worn out or not), you'll be doing yourself a favor! :blush:
  • If you want really excellent snow tires, try Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires, studded or not, is up to you. We sell these at my work in Canada, where we have winter 6 months out of the year and they are really good; we also sell Michelin X-Ice and Bridgestone Blizzaks', but the Nokians are better as they are the people who invented winter tires.
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