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I looked at the spreadsheet and didn't see 17x9 +22 listed. Does anyone know if these will fit an 01 forester. If so maybe post some pictures please. I don't have a home computer and search is not working from my phone. Thanks
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I looked at the spreadsheet and didn't see 17x9 +22 listed. Does anyone know if these will fit an 01 forester. If so maybe post some pictures please. I don't have a home computer and search is not working from my phone. Thanks
On an SF, It may stick out and you rub the fenders unless you are just slightly lowered or you run a slightly stretched tire. In my opinion, the sweet spot will be 35-42 w/ a 17x9 if you want to run beefy tires and be low w/ no rubbing. This is with 42 offset before my alignment, with 1.8 degrees of camber in front and 0.8 of camber in the rear with a 245/40. I am not very low at all. It's on a slight grade, but hopefully this helps. 20 more offset would work, but if it were me I would have to run a thinner tire and add more camber.


This is a 17x7 -48 with 20mm spacers in the rear (28R), 25mm spacers in the front (23F) with 1.8 deg camber in front and 0.8 in rear... Tires are very thin 215/45 Michelin Primacy (runs .75 thinner than a 215 Nexen). So as you can see, unless you run a thin tire and some camber you will stick out a bit. Hopefully someone with an sf can post better pictures with a 22 offset.

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I can only think of one car that ran such a setup, and it was only for half of his wheels...

The rear wheels on the below car are 17x9 et22 while the fronts are et35 from what I can recall.

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et22 will wreak havoc on your wheel bearings... just a word of caution :)
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et22 will wreak havoc on your wheel bearings... just a word of caution :)
Bah, who cares about wheel bearings?

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What are you talking about!!!! 2 years on 25mm spacer (final math is +30ET with 55ET stock wheels). No damage what so ever. People and freaking spacers/bearing comments!!!! And this isnt my first car with spacers or low ET wheel setup.

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Ill add my subbie to the photo library here soon. I just ordered XXR 527 gold with +20 ET 18x8.75....Crazyness...I will need a slight fender roll service :)
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I thought they wouldnt fit without rolling fenders, but with some camber help, they fit perfectly!!!!

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What are you talking about!!!! 2 years on 25mm spacer (final math is +30ET with 55ET stock wheels). No damage what so ever. People and freaking spacers/bearing comments!!!! And this isnt my first car with spacers or low ET wheel setup.
Early generation forester do have weaker bearings. It also is no secret that a lower offset (especially down by the 20's) will cause accelerated wear on the bearings. The other factor is hard you drive the car too. Drive aggressively with a low offset on a Subaru is asking for the bearings to fail prematurely. They may not have failed yet, or be close to failure, but they will fail sooner than they would have with that offset.

It took just short of 200,000 miles for the bearings to fail on my 98, so even if low offset reduced life by 50%, that still is 100,000 miles on a pair of bearings.
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I think 100k on bearing is subtle. Ever had an MK3 VWs? lol.. every 50k you had to change rear bearings, on stock wheels lol
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