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2005 wrx wheels on 96 outback?

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#1 starkiller


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Posted 27 July 2005 - 11:55 PM

have a line on some 2005 wrx wheels w/205/55/16's on them, everything so far points to no problem but would like to ask the experts here :)

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 11:57 PM

do it!

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 03:05 AM

the offset should still be 53mm for WRX wheels, outbacks have a 48mm offset .
I put '03 WRX wheels on my '03 outback no problem.....although the stance will be narrower than wider.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:01 AM

I put some WRX wheels on my 97 OBS and it looks a million times better than the stock steels and discount auto parts store hubcaps

do it

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 11:23 AM

I think the WRX wheels look nice on the Legacy models. I've considered putting some on my OB as well, we have them on our TS and it does look much better than the steelies / plastic wheelcovers that SOA put on the bugeye TS's. Post up pictures, I haven't seen the new WRX wheel on anything else.

You do realize that your speedo, odo and gearing will be 5% off though, right? These tires are smaller than the OB ones, at least on the '97 OB they're 205/70/15. Just an FYI if you didn't know already.


EDIT: found a few threads w/ pics:
http://forums.nasioc...ight=wrx wheels
http://forums.nasioc...ight=wrx wheels
http://forums.nasioc...ight=wrx wheels

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 01:52 PM

got them on and i must say they do look pretty sweet! now for a bigger rearsway bar :)

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:56 AM

the WRX rim is one inch bigger, but the wheel is 15mm smaller than the stock tire. 1/2'' = 12.7mm, so he only losing like 1/4''-5/16'' of overall tire diameter, not enough to throw a speedo or odo off that much, but since your wheesl are closer to the hub, you should be okay as far as wheel bearings go, as long as you dont rub on your struts.


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Posted 11 August 2005 - 11:27 AM

Per the tirecalculator at http://www.miata.net...irecalcold.html

205/70/15 / 205/55/16
Original / WRX
Sidewall 5.6" / 4.4" = difference of 1.2"
Radius 13.1 / 12.4 = difference of .7"
Diameter 26.3 / 24.9 = difference of 1.4"
Circumference 82.6 / 78.2 = difference of 4.4"

The tire diameter difference is quite a bit more than .25", just wanted to clear that up.

Post up some pics please, we'd love to see the new setup!


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