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Old 11-14-1999, 09:16 PM   #1
Patrick Olsen
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1997 Legacy 2.5GT
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Post Winter wheels questions

I'm looking into wheels and winter tires right now for my '99 2.5GT. I'm debating whether to get another set of 16" OEM rims or to save some money and go with 15" rims. Does the 2.5GT have larger brakes than the lower model Legacies, and if so, will those larger brakes preclude putting OEM Subaru 15x6" rims on my car?
The Tire Rack has a 16" takeoff rim for $109 (not sure if it's the 2.5RS or 2.5GT rim) and a 15" OEM rim for $80 - over $100 cheaper for the 4 rims, plus the 15" tires are cheaper.
With all the Subarus here in New England, I'm sure I could find some rims even cheaper off a wrecked Legacy or Outback. I just want to know for sure the 15" will fit.

Patrick Olsen
'99 Legacy 2.5GT (WNTR-GT): removed intake silencer, K&N filter, 18mm SPD rear bar, 80/100W bulbs with heavy duty wiring
Supercharged '89 Mustang GT convertible (SUMR-GT): 9# intercooled ATI supercharger, etc, etc...
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Old 11-15-1999, 12:24 AM   #2
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98 not a Leg 2.5GT
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The 15" steel and alloy that Tire Rack has should fit fine-I don't beleive there was any size change in the calipers from 98 to 99 - also - trust Tire Rack - they have done the research - dealers should corroborate too - I've seen the steels on a GT.
We've put 15" alloys from Outback with snows on both a 93 turbo & 98 GT - they permit shopping for a taller, narrower profile snow tire which is effective in NE (should be a bit cheaper, too)- we've run Cooper Wintermaster 195/65-15 with studs from NTB - I may get something from Nokian this year.
Just don't go for 14" Legacy steels - as you say, NE junkyards should be able to provide cheaper alternatives, too, tho' they might try to overprice alloys .
Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:20 PM   #3
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almost 7 years on the same forum, how's it feel patrick?
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:48 PM   #4
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:16 PM   #5
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*edit* nevermind, i looked at when this post was made!
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:58 PM   #6
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yeah, it's when sigs were still allowed!

you're 15 posts from specialist aross! you're SUCH a post whore!
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