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Old 07-06-2001, 06:07 PM   #1
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Question Legacy GT Wagon Wheel Offset

What is the wheel offset for the '97 GT wagon? Can the offset be varied by a few mm's either direction? Have the opportunity for some 55 mm offset wheels (WRX) and am wondering if there will be any issues. The car has had suspension work done - sits 1" lower - and works well with the stock wheels (ie. no rubbing) and I don't want to have to roll up the insides of the wheelwells to make it all work or worry about rubbing on the strut/springs.
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Old 07-06-2001, 06:35 PM   #2
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Please somebody correct me if I am on crack here but...
If you drop you offset to less than 48mm then you run into possible rubbing on the FENDERS. If you were to crank the offset to 58 then you might rub the struts. Correct, or is this ass-backward?
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So. the less the offset the closer to the fender, right?
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Old 07-06-2001, 08:39 PM   #3
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The distance from the mounting face to the centerline of the wheel is the offset. This is positive for mounting faces outboard of the centerline and negative for inboard. Only positive offsets are relevant to scoobies. The higher the offset, the further the mounting face is from the centerline of the wheel. If the wheel width is the same but the offset is higher, the whole of the wheel is moved closer toward the body of the car. Oh yes... be sure to take into account the width of the wheel.

General ideal offsets as I've seen on this board...

6.5in wide 55mm (16x6.5 02 WRX oem)
7in wide 53mm (16x7 98-01 RS)

The lowest acceptable offset for a 7 or 7.5 inch wide wheel is observed to be 48mm. Keep in mind rubbing depends on your tire size choice as well. I hope this helps.

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Old 07-06-2001, 09:10 PM   #4
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To answer the original question, the WRX rims will fit just fine. They are exactly the same size as the 2.5GT rims - 16x6.5" with a +55mm offset. I'd like to see how they would look on a 2.5GT. I personally think they're way too boring for the WRX, but the 5 spoke design on a 2.5GT should look pretty cool.

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Old 07-06-2001, 11:02 PM   #5
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would the WRX wheels fit onto a 94 (previous gen than the 95-97s) as well? and how much do the WRX wheels cost? I'm stuck with the funky 14" webbed wheels, they look ok, but they come across as hubcaps a lot, and they are too small i think.
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Old 07-06-2001, 11:05 PM   #6
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Yup, they'll fit on the older cars just fine. I auto-x'd with a guy who had an older Legacy Turbo with 2.5RS rims on it. If those will fit without any problems, the narrower 2.5GT rims will also fit.

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Old 07-06-2001, 11:18 PM   #7
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this was done kind of quickly, but should give an idea of what wrx wheels look like on a gt:

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Old 07-07-2001, 01:39 AM   #8
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That's what I am talking about. I am in the process of trying to track down some WRX schlepp that bought new wheels and is trying to sell his. Hopefully within the next week I will have a new/used set of wheels for the 'ol Leg.
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