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post #1 of 481 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Subaru OEM wheels that fit the Forester

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The Subaru Forester come from the Factory with a 5x100 bolt pattern. So do several other Subaru models. This means several styles of OEM wheels will fit the Forester. This thread will only cover the wheels that FIT the Forester.

Subaru also used the 5x114 bolt pattern, but these are currently only used on the 05+ STi and all models of the B9 Tribeca. This thread will not cover those wheels since they do not fit the Forester.

Subaru mainly used 3 different offsets depending on the vehicle. +48mm (Forester, Baja, Outback) +55mm (Legacy, Impreza) and +53mm (STi and 98-2001 Impreza RS). No other offsets were offered from the factory in the Forester's lifespan (98-current).

Since the Forester uses a +48mm offset, the larger offset wheels will bring the tires closer to the struts. With a +55mm WRX/Legacy wheel, you man have rubbing issues (on the struts) if using a tire wider than stock.

For Reference the OEM Forester sizes are:

15x6 +48mm offset with 205/70/15 tires
16x6.5 + 48mm offset with 215/60/16 tires
17x7 + 48mm offset with 215/55/17 tires
18x7.5 + 48mm offset with 225/45/18 tires (Not offered in the US)

If you know of any OEM Subaru Wheels I'm missing, please let me know so I can add them to the list. If you have pix for ones missing let me know. I've borrowed a few pix from members post too, but I will remove them if you don't want them up.

I've tried listed weights when available. They may be off a bit since it comes from several sources but I'll try to be as accurate as possible.

A lot of the wheel info comes from this site:
Understanding Tires and Wheels: FAQ, Subaru sizes, codes

16" OEM wheels

98-2001 Forester S
16x6.5 +48 offset
17 lbs


2002 Forester S
16x6.5 +48 offset
17 lbs


04-06 Forester XT, 08 X, Sports X
16x6.5 +48 offset (Clears some 4 pots)
19 lbs


03-07 Forester X (steel wheel)
16x6.5 +48 offset
23 lbs


03/04 Forester XS
16x6.5 +48 offset
20 lbs


05/06 Forester XS/X P.P.
16x6.5 +48 offset
20 lbs


02-04 WRX
16x6.5 +55 offset
16.5 lbs


05 WRX
16x6.5 +55 offset
17 lbs


2002-2004 Impreza
16x6.5 +55 offset


05/06 Impreza (multiple models including OBS)
16x6.5 +55 offset


2007 Impreza
16x6.5 +55 offset


2008 Impreza
16x6.5 +55 offset


03-06 Baja (silver or gunmetal)
16x6.5 offset +48


1998 Impreza RS (Gold Only, Clears 4 pots)
16x7 offset +53
16.5 lbs


1999 Impreza RS (silver only, clears 4 pots)
16x7 offset +53
16.5 lbs


2000-2001 Impreza RS (clears 4 pots)
16x7 offset +53
16 lbs


97-2004 Legacy GT (mesh)
16x6.5 +55 offset
18.5 lbs


98-2003 Outback (Various models/colors) 03-08 Forester L.L. Bean
16x6.5 +48 offset


05 Outback 2.5i
16x6.5 offset +48

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17" OEM wheels

2007/08 Forester XT, 2009 Forester
17x7 +48 offset
24.5 lbs


2008 Forester XT Sports Edition
17x7 +48 offset (Thank you SirWilliam)


2009 Forester XT
17x7 +48 offset


WRX STi V7 (JDM) (JDM gold, EDM Gunmetal)
17x7.5 +53 offset (clears 4 pots)
17.5 lbs


2004 WRX (JDM/EDM) (Gold, Silver, Gunmetal)
17x7 +55 offset
19 lbs


2002-2004 WRX "optional" wheels.
17x7 +55 offset (clears 4 pots) (BBS Forged wheels)
15 lbs


2004 WRX STi (gold or silver)
17x7.5 +53 offset (clears 4 pots, clears Bembos) (BBS Forged wheels)
16 lbs


06/07 WRX
17x7 +55 offset (clears 4 pots)


2008 WRX
17x7 +55 offset


Legacy B4 (JDM)
17x7 +55 offset
18 lbs


05-07 Legacy, 08 Legacy 2.5i
17x7 +55 offset


07/08 Legacy GT- 2008 Outback Sport
17x7 +55 offset


06/07 Outback
17x7 +48 offset
20 lbs


06/07 Outback XT (silver) Outback L.L. Bean (Gunmetal)
17x7 +48 offset
21 lbs


2008 Outback XT/LL Bean
17x7 + 48 offset


Saab 9-2x BBS RK
17x7 +48 offset
16.5 lbs

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18" OEM wheels

Forester STi (JDM) (Thanks MikeyMike)
18x7.5 +48 offset
25 lbs


Forester STi (JDM) (Silver & Gold)
18x8 +48 offset
20 lbs


06/07 Legacy Spec B.
18x7 +55 offset
21 lbs


2008 Legacy Spec B
18x7 +55


2008 Legacy 3.0R
18x7 +55


2014 Forester XT
18" X 7" +48
Approx Weight +/- 25.3
Part Number 28111SG020
MSRP $359.95
P.C.D. 5X100

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sticky! sticky! sticky!

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Definitely sticky.. Interesting stuff.

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Great thread sea-scooby!

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Thats a nice pic of the JDM Sti forester wheels

Nice thread!
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15" OEM wheels

1998 Forester "Steelies"
15x6 +48 offset

1998-2000 Forester "optional" wheel, 08-2003 OUtback
15x6 +48 offset

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PM me if you want me to snap a shot of the 16" steelies tonight...be happy to.

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Let's not forget the red-headed step-cousin Saab 9-2X family of OEM wheels...this is one:

BBS RK, 17X7, ET 48, ~17#, perfect fitment (crappy pic, though).
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Don't forget these uggies. Stock for 98-02 Forester L models. As in "LOWEST" trim model.

Any thoughts about pictures of the wheels actually mounted on a Forester to give people an idea of how they look mounted ?
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Who could forget the optional 15 alloy wheel.


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I left the 15" off the list since they do not clear the brakes on a lot of the Foresters and there are dozens of different styles that came on the Legacys and Imprezas. I can always add them if people want.

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2008 XT 17" x 7" wheels

Nice thread sea-scooby.
Attached is a photo of the 17x7 wheel from a 2008 XT Limited (Canadian)
Just took delivery yesterday, so there's a bit of dust on the wheels - sorry about that.
Use the photo as you see fit.

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