Forester Wheels

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by PAUL KETTERER, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. I have a '98 Forester L with the stock 15" steel wheels with 205/70R15
    tires, and an '05 Forester 2.5X on which I installed the optional 16"
    alloys. Will the stock 16" steel wheels off my '05 fit my '98? If I mount
    them with 215/60R16 tires will the ride height and speedometer be affected?
    Is there any downside to doing this?
     
    PAUL KETTERER, Sep 30, 2005
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  2. check here for size differences.
    http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

    downside is ride will be slightly harder.
    upside is car should be more predictable in cornering.
     
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 30, 2005
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  3. Dave, thanks for the tire size calculator, very nice. Does anyone know if
    the '05 wheels will mount on the '98?
     
    PAUL KETTERER, Sep 30, 2005
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  4. I'm pretty sure they will, Subaru have kept to 5x100mm for the last forever
    go to your local mag outfit and they will be able to tell you.
    ring the dealer and ask for the size?

    Here in NZ they seem to be the same(5x100), but well, no idea where you
    are, it may be different(although probably not).
     
    Dave - Dave.net.nz, Sep 30, 2005
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  5. PAUL KETTERER

    S Guest

    Hi Paul!

    I'm sure they will work just fine, but you _have_ both vehicles
    available, don't you? Why not just try it?
    Check for clearance between the tire and the strut, front and back,
    and also to see that the outside of the tire isn't gonna contact the
    fender lip or liner. This is kind of a guesstimate; if it looks real
    close you can either pull the strut and work the suspension thru its
    travel using a floor jack or the like (best), or rub some chalk on the
    inside of the wheel well and drive over a good-sized speed bump to
    compress the suspension, and look for chalk on the tire.

    ByeBye! S.

    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
     
    S, Oct 4, 2005
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