I have a 2001 Legacy Wagon L with GT snowflake wheels currently. Tires are stock size (for the GT) at 205/55R16.
Eventually, I want to fit a set of aftermarket wheels and tires to this vehicle. I have a couple questions about wheel and tire size. I have read and have heard that this model is picky when it comes to wheels and tires. Heck, you can't even run chains because of the lack of clearance.
What I am looking for ideally is a wider wheel that can accommodate a wider tire. I also want the wheels to be 17s or possibly 18s. (don't exactly know what they would look like or how it would affect ride quality) My ideal tire size would be about 235/45R17. The overall diameter of the aftermarket wheels with tires of this size would increase by 1.6%.
1. Will a wider rim fit on this model? I might consider spacers to mitigate the extra width but preferably not. The wheel width would go up from 6.5" to 7.5"
2. Will a 1.6% (0.4") increase in overall diameter cause the tires to scrub?
The reason I want to fit a wider tire in the first place is for more rubber to be on the road. This leads me to my last question. This is a street vehicle, driven daily. I most likely won't be doing anything beyond lowering springs and sway bars when it comes to handling modifications, will extra rubber really make a difference? Opinions and experience appreciated!