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Old 06-27-2013, 09:26 AM   #11
Patrick Olsen
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1997 Legacy 2.5GT
1996 Impreza coupe


Originally Posted by kuneefay View Post
Both front and rears hit bottom of the spring perch on the strut.
and this...
Originally Posted by kuneefay View Post
... got some stock 02-04 wrx wheels 16x7 [16x6.5"] with 205/55's stock gc8 with the "hell yeah this couldnt go wrong" mentality. Well it did, they clear the front spring and strut when the car is jacked up ...
... don't match.

Looking at, they don't differentiate between FWD and AWD when it comes to front struts, so it seems like the wheels should fit up front. There are different part numbers for the rear struts for FWD and AWD, so whatever is different about the struts must be causing the interference in the rear. I don't know if it's possible to put AWD rear struts on the FWD car. Maybe you would need to have the AWD rear knuckles to use the AWD rear struts?

How much interference are you getting? Use some washers on the wheel studs to figure out how far out you need to push the wheel in order for the tire to clear the strut / spring perch.
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