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Old 09-20-2019, 06:26 AM   #1
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I usually donít post mod stuff but since Iíve had such a hard time finding clear info on this is figured Iíd post my progress👍

2013 GR WRX Hatch currently slammed on BC Racing BR Coilovers and 17x9 +19 XXR wheels with 12mm spacers and 235/45/17 tires. Iíve run 18x9.5 +22 with 255/35/18 tires with this setup as well. Most rubbing has been sorted.
My fenders are already way pulled and rolled. Not sure how much this will matter with a lift.
Iíve sourced a stock set of WRX shocks/springs.
Planning a 2Ē spacer lift and 15x7 +15 wheels with 215/70/15 or 215/75/15...
This is my biggest question. Can I fit 215/75/15??? Tire selection is easier/cheaper in this size but theyíre 27.7Ē tall.

The reason?? because Iím sick of fixing my broken bumper every year!
The spacer kits available are ridiculously expensive for what they are. Specifically the rear multilink spacer kits.

So Iím using Streetrays 2Ē aluminum strut spacers ($130) and Iíve fabbed my own set of 2Ē aluminum rear subframe spacers (I work in a metal shop so FREE) Iíll be installing Whiteline adjustable rear lower control arms.

Iíll add pics and more info as I go. Any thoughts on my plans???
Is anyone running 15x7 wheels with tall tires on their GR Wrx??
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:05 PM   #2
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the 02-07 boys could swap their wrx suspension for forester suspension. both would bolt in, giving the wrx a decent lift. I'm not sure if that followed through after 08 though. might be worth looking at as a cheap alternative to lift it?
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Old 09-21-2019, 03:39 PM   #3
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Did you read my post?! Lol
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:04 AM   #4
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Did you read my post?! Lol
Apparently not very well. At first glance it looked like you were looking at suggestions/ways to lift your hatch. FWIW I still think looking into forester suspension is worth your time, if it bolts up and provides the lift I don't know why you'd fab a bunch of stuff other than to be unique. Especially if it's not going offroad and you're just tired of scraping your bumper.

As for the tires. 215 isn't super wide, but the thick side walls may be where you see a problem. As I was told on this forum, you may just have to find a friend with a tire like that and try it on to see if you rub at a full lock in either direction. I would think it would fit with the extra clearance from the lift. A 30 second google search brought up this guys thread on Reddit claiming he's fine going straight but rubs on full lock and bumps, you may not have that problem because you're lifting, or you may need to run spacers. YMWV. Good luck!

Reddit Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/subaru/comm...ew_shooooooes/
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:30 AM   #5
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Those are pretty big tires for what you are trying to do. I just did a lift on my 13 Wrx hatch. I did the rallitek 1.5 inch lift kit with subframe spacers, kyb struts with king springs. Went with method rally 16inch wheels and yokohama geolander a/t 215/60r16 tires which have a 26.1 inch diameter. Feels great but the tires do rub in the front at extreme turns and I will probably need to get some caster/camber adjusters installed to bring the wheels back a little bit.

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Old 10-02-2019, 01:01 PM   #6
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Word...noted.

I installed everything last weekend.

16Ē are not an option.
Iím sold on 15Ē

Geolanders come in 215/70/15 which would be ideal. However, I really prefer the look of General Grabbers.
But they come in either 215/75/15(too tall) or 225/70/15 (shorter but still too tall).

205/75/15 is too skinny for what Iím doing.

The spacers worked fine, I also installed Whiteline rear adjustable control arms.

My biggest clearance problem seems to be front passenger side.

My car was smashed up at some point and they pulled the frame.
The lift pushed the front wheels forward. I have plenty of room on the drivers side.
My wheelbase is 9/16Ē longer on the passenger side.
Meaning that front wheel is 9/16Ē closer to the front of the wheel well. Iím already rubbing at full lock with 225/45/17 with a +19 wheel.

So at this point, something needs to be done with my front bumper no matter what tires I choose.

Iím thinking remove it and build a steel bumper with lights. Something that ties into the skid plate Iím also planning to make.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:06 PM   #7
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Apparently not very well. At first glance it looked like you were looking at suggestions/ways to lift your hatch. FWIW I still think looking into forester suspension is worth your time, if it bolts up and provides the lift I don't know why you'd fab a bunch of stuff other than to be unique. Especially if it's not going offroad and you're just tired of scraping your bumper.

As for the tires. 215 isn't super wide, but the thick side walls may be where you see a problem. As I was told on this forum, you may just have to find a friend with a tire like that and try it on to see if you rub at a full lock in either direction. I would think it would fit with the extra clearance from the lift. A 30 second google search brought up this guys thread on Reddit claiming he's fine going straight but rubs on full lock and bumps, you may not have that problem because you're lifting, or you may need to run spacers. YMWV. Good luck!

Reddit Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/subaru/comm...ew_shooooooes/
Iíve searched and searched. Plenty of pics of WRXs with lifts and big tires.

That car on reddit undoubtably rubs.
He doesnít mention any other issue but Iím not buying it. lol.

There are a few on IG with 225/70/15 but one has no bumpers and the other lists no issues.

I built my own spacers because I can for $0 and I wanted to use stock WRX suspension. Not Forester suspension.

They lift partís done. I gained 2Ē over stock.
Rear wheels are perfectly centered.

Now itís a front caster issue👎🏾

Thatís where it may have paid to buy the ANderson front spacers with the offset.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:18 AM   #8
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Iím wondering why itís recommended to use rear multilink spacers to drop the rear subframe instead of using adjustable trailing arms??

I lifted my car 2Ē but gained nothing under the rear diff because I dropped the rear end 2Ē with spacers🤷🏻*♂️

Whatís the point? If I snag some trailing arms, I can recenter my rear wheel and get rid of the subframe spacers, correct??
And gain the clearance I was looking for in the first place.
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