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Is the offset the same and if it is different does it make any difference? I'd like to put factory original styled 16'' steel wheels off a 2004 forester onto a 2002 legacy l wagon that has 15'' steel wheels. Going from tire size 205 60 15 to 215 60 15. Any input is appreciated. Worried about tire rubbing.
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Just get alloys they are lighter.

 

I live outside Chicago and the potholes are horrible. 6 to 8 inches deep everywhere , many times you can't even avoid them. I've seen many a bent aluminum wheel in my time where steel would have survived and if it did bend at the lip they were easily straightened.

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You can run the Forrester wheels just put on 205s 55 16 so your speed sensor isn't off unless that doesn't bother you you can fit the 215 60 16s

 

I got a set off a Forester with 215 60 16 nearly new good year tires but haven't put them on yet. They look a lot bigger and I was worried about rubbing issues up front. When it warms up here a little bit I will try them. I have 205 60 15s now with toyo tires and they wobble really bad when they are cold.As you drive for about 5-10 minutes it about goes away.Its a rubber issue with the tires.

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02 soobie - the wheel fits, but the wrong size tire. If you want to run the 215/60/16, get yourself some OEM Outback Struts/springs, shocks/springs to raise up the vehicle for additional clearance. WIth the 215/60/16 you will rub, as the OD is significantly larger (going from 24.7" OD on the 205/60/15's to 26.2" OD on the 215/60/16); 205/55/16 would only be 24.9" OD which would be within tolerance for your speedo (0.8% increase in diameter)
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Thanks much for the good info. I think what I'll do is get a set of 205 55 16 tires for the Forester rims instead of going the suspension route. The car only has 49k miles on it and rides well now for being a 2002. Without even putting them on the car that was the feeling I got that they were too tall.
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02 soobie - the wheel fits, but the wrong size tire. If you want to run the 215/60/16, get yourself some OEM Outback Struts/springs, shocks/springs to raise up the vehicle for additional clearance. WIth the 215/60/16 you will rub, as the OD is significantly larger (going from 24.7" OD on the 205/60/15's to 26.2" OD on the 215/60/16); 205/55/16 would only be 24.9" OD which would be within tolerance for your speedo (0.8% increase in diameter)

 

One more thing I was initially not sure would make a difference is the wheel offset. The 02 Legacy L wagon has a 55mm offset whereas the Forester has a 48mm offset. I looked at the offset for a 02 Outback 15'' or 16'':confused: and it is the same as the Forester 48mm. Will this make a difference with rubbing of the tires?

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02 soobie - no problem. Yes, the lower offset will push the tire closer to the fender; however, with the 205/55/16 size, you should be fine without worrying about fender contact.

 

That said, it's too bad you got a set of these already; the OEM Subaru 16" alloy wheels are pretty stout, especially if you're running a 205/55/16 there should be plenty of sidewall to soak up road conditions as you've described.

 

But if the roads are indeed that bad, upgrading to the Outback suspension isn't a bad idea to increase available suspension travel and comfort in those types of road conditions.

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Thanks for the reply and information. I got the styled steelies cheap and they look cool to me especially after I powder coat them black. I'm a utilitarian type. I really don't want to put any $ into it unless I need to. The suspension mod sounds like a good idea but if I can get by with what I have and it's still in good shape I'd rather leave it alone. The only reason I have a Subaru is because I found it by chance when I did an estate clean out. 45k miles at the time and the car looked like new inside and out except a few minor door dings and few small scratches.The lady never drove it in the winter! Zero rust on it top or bottom. I have to say the Subaru AWD is awesome in this climate. This thing goes thru thick snow on unplowed city streets like a billy goat where other cars get stuck. Car max offered the estate 2k for the car saying the trans was ready to explode which was a crock. I gave the estate lawyer 2k the next day. I've put about 5k miles on it and only had to replace the starter which was a breeze. Put oem plugs,wires and a ff on it for maint reasons.Still had the originals .Head gaskets were done at 20 k.so I'm good there.
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