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Old 08-24-2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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I am aware that the OEM 16" subaru wheels will not clear the 4 pot brake kit, however I read that older RS 16's will work. I have 17s for my summer tires and 16s for my all season/winter wheels. Id like to just use my existing 16" tires on some 16" rims during the winter and get this brake upgrade.

Are there any 16x7 wheels that are known to clear these brakes that dont cost a fortune? I havent heard a good answer to this question yet.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:15 PM   #2
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You can try to find some used RS wheels in the classified section.

Also, if you use wheel spacers, you can use the 4pots under your stockers.


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Old 08-24-2005, 03:24 PM   #3
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Specifically what RS wheels would work?

I was always under the impression spacers are terrible on wheel bearings.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:33 PM   #4
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Specifically what RS wheels would work?

I was always under the impression spacers are terrible on wheel bearings.
The 16x7 ones.

Wheel spacers are bad if you over do it, like increase the track more than 60mm. If you get like 10mm spacers, you'll be fine.


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Old 08-24-2005, 03:55 PM   #5
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98-01 rs wheels clear 4 pots.
They sell for reasonable prices, 3-500 based on condition, tires, and time of year.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:07 PM   #6
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98-01 rs wheels clear 4 pots.
They sell for reasonable prices, 3-500 based on condition, tires, and time of year.
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Yep this is the absolute easiest solution and of course the offset is ideal. I have the 01 RS wheels over my 4pots year round.

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Old 08-24-2005, 07:43 PM   #7
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I am aware that the OEM 16" subaru wheels will not clear the 4 pot brake kit, however I read that older RS 16's will work. I have 17s for my summer tires and 16s for my all season/winter wheels. Id like to just use my existing 16" tires on some 16" rims during the winter and get this brake upgrade.

Are there any 16x7 wheels that are known to clear these brakes that dont cost a fortune? I havent heard a good answer to this question yet.
Better yet. If you want inexpensive winter wheels, 16x6.5" Forester OEM steel wheels. ~$50 each from Tire Rack, plus shipping. They absolutely will clear the Subaru 4-pots. Works for me.

Wheel covers are ~$30, plus shipping. You can choose really ugly, or not so bad.

If this is what you want, don't let them talk you into anything else. Sometimes the "tech" on the phone doesn't listen too well.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:00 PM   #8
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Better yet. If you want inexpensive winter wheels, 16x6.5" Forester OEM steel wheels. ~$50 each from Tire Rack, plus shipping. They absolutely will clear the Subaru 4-pots. Works for me.
Thats the first I've heard of this. You positive? If so, great info.

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Old 08-25-2005, 12:23 AM   #9
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http://www.subaruwrxparts.com/gc8-wheels.html

Either rim from the old RS will work. This is the first I've heard of a 6.5" steelies working but it's good to know. Good think I still have my set of rims off my old RS.
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:29 AM   #10
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Is there any way to tell if any paticular 16x7 wheel will work? Or do we have to find someone who has test fitted it.

Hopefully tirerack will update its databases on what fits the 06s, because then we could just use those listed wheels (provided they give some 16" options)

Update: what about something like this (<-- clicky)


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Old 08-25-2005, 12:45 AM   #11
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The '06 WRX Limited is coming w/ 17" wheels so the rims on the tirerack will probably list 17" and larger wheels. You're going to have to test fit. Is that a Fox Sport wheel in the pic? They usually come in the correct offset 50+mm. Might work if they come in 16x7's. I would look for used GC-8 wheels for sale.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:26 AM   #12
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Yeah, the link goes to tirerack's specs and it lists it as 16x7 with a 50mm offset.
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:32 PM   #13
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If I were a betting man, I would wager that Fox Sport wheel would work over the 4pots.

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Old 08-25-2005, 01:20 PM   #14
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Thats the first I've heard of this. You positive? If so, great info.

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Absolutely. If you doubt me, check it out for yourself. Call Luke at Tire Rack and, if you can get ahold of him, he can verify it.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:26 PM   #15
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Absolutely. If you doubt me, check it out for yourself. Call Luke at Tire Rack and, if you can get ahold of him, he can verify it.
If youre positive, I believe you. Its just a rare 6.5" wheel that fits over that fat 4pot caliper, let alone a steelie but it is possible obviously. I dont live in an area that snows so I dont need them but for the OP and others, that might be a good solution.

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Old 08-25-2005, 01:49 PM   #16
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The OEM '04 Forester XT alloys clear the 4-pots (though not by much). I believe they're 16x6.5".
They're used as street wheels for my rally car.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:19 AM   #17
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so the 16x6.5" steelies that Tirerack lists for the 04 2.5XT when you build a winter package will clear the FHI 4 pots?
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:48 AM   #18
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Wow, steelies that work, which you don't have to get from a JDM takeoff. Sweet.

I say go with RS wheels. Follow the SubaruWRXParts link from above. Brian will help you out.
Though, honestly, I'd just find a used set. Much cheaper. $300 isn't so uncommon, but bet on $400.

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If someone can definately confirm that these steelies will clear the FHI 4-pots, I'm probably going to get a set for some winter wheels. I wouldn't mind a set of RS wheels either though.
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I emailed tirerack, but I doubt they will be able to confirm if these fit before they get ahold of an 06 WRX. How much do they want for the steelies? Some of those 16x7 +50mm alloy fox sport wheels are only $80-90
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I emailed tirerack, but I doubt they will be able to confirm if these fit before they get ahold of an 06 WRX. How much do they want for the steelies? Some of those 16x7 +50mm alloy fox sport wheels are only $80-90
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Better yet. If you want inexpensive winter wheels, 16x6.5" Forester OEM steel wheels. ~$50 each from Tire Rack, plus shipping. They absolutely will clear the Subaru 4-pots.

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Absolutely. If you doubt me, check it out for yourself. Call Luke at Tire Rack and, if you can get ahold of him, he can verify it.
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I was referring to the Sport alloys I had posted about, not the steel wheels. Though they make a suitable alternative.
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so we're sure that 16" steelies fit over 4 pots? are all 16" steelies created equal? mine are in storage right now so i cant get the details on them but i'm pretty sure they were from tirerack, and they are black... haha, not positive on their origin though. i'm really crossing my fingers that they fit, that would rock bigtime... dont watn to have to spend MORE money just to have these brakes, even though they are awfully pretty.
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When I go to tire rack, winter wheels for the 04 Forester it shows no steel wheels available?????????
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When I go to tire rack, winter wheels for the 04 Forester it shows no steel wheels available?????????
No, it doesn't. When I got mine a couple of years ago, I had to ask specific questions about wheel options for the Subaru 4-pots. After some talking with Luke, it finally came out.

You need to specifically ask for the OEM Forester 16"x6.5" steel wheels. Some of the Techs don't get it and try to steer you to something else.

Try getting ahold of Luke. I see he has been spending some time on the boards lately so maybe he will see this thread and confirm.
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