I have a 2014 Subaru Impreza sport hatchback. My car comes with 205/50r17. Can I put 215/55r17

20

Asked by Sep 01, 2015 at 03:29 PM about the 2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

6 Answers

20

My main purpose for this is that during the winter in nyc. The potholes are insane. So I'm trying to give extra cushion. And less flat tires. I know I know. Stop hitting the potholes. But it easier said the done. Especially when they are cover in snow. It's either this or get smaller rims. But 17' is the recommended size

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your 205/50-17 are a diameter of 25.07" Going to 215/55-17 is a diameter of 26.31" Your speedometer will show 60mph at a true speed of 63. Just remember you will be raising your final drive gear ratio slightly, your engine will run at a bit less rpm than before at same speed. Presented for what it is...can you do it? Sure

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I had to take that down I had it backwards. With a bigger overall Diameter you raise the final drive, for each turn of the tire you go a little farther. Yeah, stick with the 17's or you may get the wrong off-set. We are talking less than 5% diff. No worries. You are increasing the sidewall height more than 15%, and will indeed effect the cushion, to your benefit

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20

So it should fit in the wheel well without any rubbing correct?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

No promises, but should be fine. It's 10mm wider, 0.39" |-------| like that much, (depending on the size of your screen) And the diameter, well again I am not guaranteeing anything, but again, I don't think the tolerances are so close that 1ΒΌ inch is going to cause a problem

5,050

I'm sorry, but FordNut is off base here. The modern Imps come with both the sportier 205/50 17 setup and the comfier same-height 205/55 16 cheaper setup. The latter is clearly preferable for potholes and off-road. The added ingredient in this mix is WINTER use, wherein going wider (215) is NEVER recommended, as the 10mm wider tread will have less bite on ice, snow, and tend to tramline on non- smooth surfaces, making steering both heavier and "nervous". The owner suggests increasing size BOTH in width (205 to 215) and very much in height (50 to 55 aspect). I fear that this total height AND width experiment WILL result in rubbing, as the suspension and fender clearances may result in rubbing. However, increasing height SLIGHTLY is always better on rough roads, whereas decreasing width always helps traction on ice and snow. If I had the storage space the safest plan is to chase 16" spare wheels (cheap alloys or steel) and get 205/55 16" tires. They'll be identical in height and width, but offer far better comfort on rough roads. If one wanted to max for ice/snow one could also push the envelope farther with skinnier 195/60 16 tires that would be SLIGHTLY taller, yet bite even deeper. If you didn't want to spring for extra wheels then you could try increasing height by getting 205/55 17. You'd increase comfort too by having a 10% taller sidewall, but without compromising handling on ice/snow. I THINK the 205/55 should fit ok, clearing the strut tower and fender lip, but I'd mount ONE and bolt it on to check before buying a full set. Just don't go to 215 width...you'll be making your Imp into a sled on ice!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Impreza

Looking for a Used Impreza in your area?

CarGurus has 18,660 nationwide Impreza listings starting at $1,100.

ZIP:

Search Subaru Impreza Questions

Subaru Impreza Experts

#1 TheSubaruGuruBoston
TheSubaruGuruBoston
Reputation 910
#2 F_O_R
F_O_R
Reputation 490
#3 Nick Eidemiller
Nick Eidemiller
Reputation 480
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Subaru Impreza WRX
68 Great Deals out of 1,346 listings starting at $3,365
Used Subaru Outback
402 Great Deals out of 38,840 listings starting at $1,395
Used Subaru Legacy
232 Great Deals out of 12,268 listings starting at $1,399
Used Subaru Impreza WRX STi
33 Great Deals out of 639 listings starting at $8,500
Used Subaru Forester
399 Great Deals out of 32,975 listings starting at $500
Used Honda Civic
830 Great Deals out of 83,705 listings starting at $750
Used Subaru WRX
70 Great Deals out of 3,507 listings starting at $18,200
Used Mazda MAZDA3
392 Great Deals out of 28,780 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
1,049 Great Deals out of 66,932 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
1,002 Great Deals out of 68,557 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda CR-V
951 Great Deals out of 56,204 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
822 Great Deals out of 54,182 listings starting at $1,200
Used Subaru XV Crosstrek
106 Great Deals out of 2,624 listings starting at $10,995
Used Toyota Camry
1,225 Great Deals out of 82,694 listings starting at $750

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 63 listings starting at $18,999
2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 103 listings starting at $15,786
2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited Hatchback For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 79 listings starting at $13,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.