Can I put 05' Legacy Rims on 94 Legacy?

Discussion in 'Subaru Legacy' started by volleybiggs, Feb 3, 2010.

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    volleybiggs Guest

    I have a 94 legacy with Tires that are 185/70R14. I saw a good deal on
    some 05' Legacy Rims that are 215/45R17. Would I be able to just put
    them on my 94 legacy? Or is the size to different?
    volleybiggs, Feb 3, 2010
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    S Guest

    Hi Volleybiggs!

    No reason at all why you couldn't run 17 inch wheels on the older
    Legacy. It'll look sharp. AFAIK, the newer Subaru wheels are the same
    5X100 bolt pattern, and pretty much the same 35mm offset. Anyone out
    there confirm this?

    When you go to put rubber on the wheels, tho, you will want to pay
    close attention to the tire size. The 215/45/17 tire is about 1/2 inch
    taller, and an inch wider than the stock 185/70/14. A 205/45/17 would
    be a better match.

    This will make a _just_ noticeable difference as far as driving, and
    probably won't present any clearance issues, About the only caution
    would be in the vicinity of the lower spring perch of the rear strut.
    This is the bottleneck as far as running larger/wider than stock tires
    on most Soobies. Also, you may want a different spare tire to match

    If you are buying the wheels with the tires on them, do try them on
    first. If this isn't possible, try to estimate what effect the
    additional 1/4 inch of height, and 1/2 inch of width will have. If
    this gets the rubber uncomfortably close to the strut (say, closer
    than 1/4 inch or so), proceed with caution. You can get wheel spacers
    that will move the rim out the thickness of the spacer. They're not
    expensive, but 1/4 inch is about as much as you can do before needing
    longer studs. Also, Subaru wheels are hub-centric, so you will want
    spacers that replicate the hub shoulder for best results.

    And then you _do_ realize that low profile 17 inch tires are twice (or
    more) the cost of the 70 series 14's . . .

    Hope this is helpful.

    ByeBye! S.

    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
    S, Feb 3, 2010
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  3. What Steve said, but...

    Try mounting a wheel on the front, then turn the wheel to full lock and
    see if it hits anything. Also, look where the sttrut is to make sure it's
    not rubbing. Blow a tire pretty fast that way...

    If it clears the strut, you can use it. I did this on a Tercel I had, put
    195's on it. Just remember...DON'T GO FULL LOCK!!!!
    Hachiroku ハチロク, Feb 3, 2010
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    Squat n'Dive Guest

    may -> do

    On the plus side the summer rubber selection is so much wider (if you
    on 17 inchers. I doubt you can get semi-slicks 185/70/14 even in this
    and age. I think 55 ratio is the watershed for decent summer tires
    and starting from 60 you mostly get high mileage garbage.
    I guess people who care drive WRXes of various ilk though there
    is a pervert such as a myself every once in a while.

    Just a while guess though to defend my seeming perversion:
    with 17" and short sidewalls you are most likely limiting yourself to
    Winter Performance tire category which (disclaimer: pure speculation
    based on the test results I saw) is only a tad better than all
    With 14" 70 aspect ratio winters you do get a decent ice&snow
    (studdable too) tire selection and studed tires is what I run
    on my rear wheel driver now. It's hardly a snow plow with them
    but I do get around without needing a yank out of a snow trap this


    My uneducated guess (correct me if I'm wrong) is that spacers
    in the wheels would put extra strain on wheel bearings.

    Other than the lack of highlight on the tire selection aspect
    excellent post Steve, very thorough. Thanks.
    Squat n'Dive, Feb 3, 2010
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    According to this tire size calculator, the new wheels will be 1.7% too
    large compared to the old wheels, so at when you're going 60mph on the
    speedo, you might actually be going 61mph.

    Tire size calculator

    A second issue would be if the width of those tires will actually fit
    within those wheel wells. Typically, it's best to find out what the
    largest width wheels that were available for your model and year, and
    you may be able to exceed that size by upto 10% as a general thumbrule.
    So if the largest tires available on your car were 205's, then 10% would
    mean 225's. Anything bigger might rub on the inner wheel wells when
    turning sharply.

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Feb 6, 2010
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    volleybiggs Guest

    Does anyone where I could find the max size of tire I can put on a 94
    Legacy without the tire rubbing on the struts etc? I looked at the
    books that came with it and they does not say.
    volleybiggs, Feb 7, 2010
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    johninky Guest

    johninky, Feb 7, 2010
  8. you could try the tire/brake (w'ever) forum at
    1 Lucky Texan, Feb 7, 2010
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    Squat n'Dive Guest

    In the day and age when 10k+ results in response to a google search
    are not atypical it's so much better to include the specific links
    rather than leaving a rather vogue "lots of websites" up in the air
    Squat n'Dive, Feb 9, 2010
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