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Compromise snow tire size OBW & Legacy


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#1 hankosolder2

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:41 PM

I've got a '98 Legacy 4EAT and a '98 OBW 5MT. Is there a snow / tire rim combo which can fit both cars? The OBW has the larger brakes, so I don't think a standard Legacy rim/tire will clear. My concern is that both cars are high mileage and if one dies, I'd still like to be able to use the tires/rims on the other car for this winter.

 

 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:49 PM

Do both vehicles have 15" wheels??  I have a 98 OBW, so I know it has 15 inchers. Wondering if the Legacy may have 14" wheels??



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:36 PM

Unless the brakes have been swapped from something way newer, 15" rims will clear anything from the 90's.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:51 PM

I've read that a 205/60/15 will clear the spring perches on a Legacy L or GT, but it may depend on tread design.

A 195/60/15 is the stock size for an L or GT equipped with 15" wheels. That size is quite a bit smaller than the stock outback tire, so running that size on the outback will cause the speedometer to read fast by about 5-7 mph at 60.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:40 AM

The Legacy L has 14" wheels, with the stock 185/70/14.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:17 AM

i had 195/60 15's which are about the same diameter as a 185-70 14.

 

These wheels cover a 2 pot caliper.

 

i have 205/60 15 with xt6 struts, real close to the spring perch, but a 205/70 is too large.

 

I vote on 195/60 15's in place of the 185/70 14



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:28 AM

The Legacy L has 14" wheels, with the stock 185/70/14.

So you have 14" wheels on the Legacy L, and 15" wheels on the Outback.

 

I too vote for 195/60/15 size tires, but that means buying 15" wheels for the Legacy L



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:52 AM

The Legacy L has 14" wheels, with the stock 185/70/14.

Right, but they had an option for 15" wheels.
If an L has 15" optional wheels it will have 195/60/15 tires.

No new wheels needed. Mount the tires on the 15" outback wheels and you can put those on either the L or the Outback.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 05:35 PM

Well, as luck would have it, I have a set of four like new snow tires size 195/60/15 from my Accord (it burned a valve and is going to be donated.) So, I will need a set of 15" rims which will fit the Subies (the Honda rims are 4-lug)  and I'll be golden. (I don't like seasonally swapping tires on to rims... too much hassle.) Thanks to all who helped.






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