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Old 11-30-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Will 15" wheels fit an 04 wrx wagon?

I have a set of 15" snow tires from my last car but they are mounted on 4x100 steel wheels. If I find the correct size 15" steel wheels with the 5x100 and 53(?) offset, will it fit on my 04 wagon without any clearance issues for the brake caliper and suspension? Tried searching but not many people downsize their wheels, this would just be very convenient for me.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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call Luke at tire rack and ask him
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:42 PM   #3
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No, the 16" steel wheels are like millimeters from the calipers, 15" would be on them. I have heard some people have gotten some Rota Slipstreams, or Traklites fit after a bit of caliper shaving in 15", but it's not a good idea.

Time to craigslist those.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:14 PM   #4
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You could always get rally rims(which I have), they really arnt that expensive especially used. Uncle scotty brought up a good point about the rota slipstreams I know some people running rotas in 15''. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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You could always get rally rims(which I have), they really arnt that expensive especially used. Uncle scotty brought up a good point about the rota slipstreams I know some people running rotas in 15''. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
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No, the 16" steel wheels are like millimeters from the calipers, 15" would be on them. I have heard some people have gotten some Rota Slipstreams, or Traklites fit after a bit of caliper shaving in 15", but it's not a good idea.

Time to craigslist those.
ok thanks! One more question then, I found a set of used 15" legacy wheels online, it says that they fit on 98-01 impreza's, so how different are the 01 imprezas suspension/brake system to the 02-04 impreza wrx. Would the stock subaru alloy wheels maybe have better geometry vs a set of steelies? Just checking as a last ditch effort before I give up and buy a new set of tires.
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ok thanks! One more question then, I found a set of used 15" legacy wheels online, it says that they fit on 98-01 impreza's, so how different are the 01 imprezas suspension/brake system to the 02-04 impreza wrx. Would the stock subaru alloy wheels maybe have better geometry vs a set of steelies? Just checking as a last ditch effort before I give up and buy a new set of tires.
It's not the geometry, it's really the simple matter of space between the calipers and the inside lip of the rim. The WRX has 11.57" front rotors, the RS has like 10.5" meaning the calipers are pushed futher out, WRX vs. RS, so 15" rims will fit the RS, the WRX calipers will touch the caliper and rub.

Rota Slipstreams in 15" will work with spacers, but they are highly sought after track wh0re rims, so they fetch at least $500.

Look for some stock WRX alloys and snow tires, they go for less then $300 from the right buyer.

Sorry man.
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Depends on what year the legacy wheels are. My buddy is running the 16" snowflakes and they clear his stock brakes. My best suggestion is just to take one wheel off and do a test fit (if they dont fit you could try spacers, but just realize your wheel berrings will burn out faster).
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It's not the geometry, it's really the simple matter of space between the calipers and the inside lip of the rim. The WRX has 11.57" front rotors, the RS has like 10.5" meaning the calipers are pushed futher out, WRX vs. RS, so 15" rims will fit the RS, the WRX calipers will touch the caliper and rub.

Rota Slipstreams in 15" will work with spacers, but they are highly sought after track wh0re rims, so they fetch at least $500.

Look for some stock WRX alloys and snow tires, they go for less then $300 from the right buyer.

Sorry man.
Alright thanks alot man, its all good. I just thought i would find out if there was any way to salvage my old tires. Thanks for the info
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you could run 15inch wheels if they are rally wheels

or grind the caliper down a little bit. I have no issue grinding the caliper since there isn't that much that needs to get taken down and theres a few stage rally guys that will do it to fit 15's

Honda guys, vw guys will grind calipers down to fit certain wheels and I haven't heard an issue yet of calipers breaking from grinding them down a little to fit wheels. the amount you need grinded isn't very much at all.
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i have ground calipers off by a couple mm to make things fit....as long as you can get something the thickness of a credit card between....that is enough
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Alright thanks alot man, its all good. I just thought i would find out if there was any way to salvage my old tires. Thanks for the info
Just leave them mounted on the 4X100's, they are probably the most common lug pattern, so you can sell them to to a number of Honda, Toyota and certain years of Nissans.

Quick $200 - $250 sale.
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