Hi, could you please clarify something for me. I am trying to find 16" rims for my 09 Forester.
When I enter my car information I get:
Wheel Products By Vehicle - Discount Tire
Unless I have a blind spot your site lists rims with every offset BUT the Subaru 48mm offset.
Why are you listing wheels for a Forester that have something other than the Subaru 48mm offset? I have to now go to the manufacturers site to find out that there is no 16" rims with a 48mm offset.
Would it not be helpful to list the offset on your website like tirerack does? Do you make customers aware of this offset issue when they are ordering? Deviating from 48mm offsets lead to bearing issues.
I do not mean to come across as being difficult. However, I am a member of this forum and I am looking for some new rims. Therefore, I thought I would start with a supporting vendor. However, your website it not useful and more importantly is inaccurate.
Thank you for your post. Maybe we can help straighten some of this out for you.
First about wheel bearings:
Do a search here. You will find plenty of people having issues with their wheel bearings on their foresters. In reading these I haven't seen a common issue between "offset" and wheel bearing failure for your vehicle. We don't doubt that someone, somewhere had a warranty claim for a wheel bearing that was denied due to a said " incorrect offset" but it sure makes me wonder how this was determined. Especially after reading so many claims for bearing issues here.
When doing a search by vehicle on our website you will find a wide range of offsets. We choose to show these wheel options because there are Subaru owners that are looking for a wider stance. We realize that there are some people that want to keep their vehicles as close to stock as possible but there are also people that would like a more aggressive stance as well. Showing all the wheels that will bolt up without requiring modification to the fenders, brakes, frame and suspension components helps provides a product option for both types of enthusiasts. Our website shows a wider range of offsets than some of our competitors because we physically measure vehicles for our fitment guide. This helps us provide information to those that want to push the extreme where the limits are.
Here is a link that describes offsets and how they are measured Wheel offsets
Typically the wider the wheel you decide to run the lower the offset needs to be. This pushes the wheel out to help avoid contact with the vehicles suspension, brakes or frame.
Note: Offsets are listed for every wheel on our website. Example: Using your link, the first wheel listed is a Unique Steel wheel in the size:
16X6.5 5-100/115 41B
"41" is the offset of this particular wheel.
That is weird. If you put in an earlier year Forester you get wheels in the +45 to +50 range.
Different model foresters have different fitment clearances and requirements. Offset ranges will be different.
I doubt it Outlaw, I wouldn’t expect to get an answer unless you have a set of wheels picked out, and even then I’d be surprised if they came back with the offset. DT doesn't make the wheels so they are only passing along what they can get info-wise.. I'd rather find out from the manufacture anyways.
Here is the problem; joe wheel/tire buyer drops his car off at the tire shop for new wheels. He picks from what they have sitting there ready to go and drives off with a big grin.
Now, anyone who can draw a picture, hold a ruler, and do some basic math can figure out if the offset is right or not, but a lot of wheels with wrong offsets will bolt onto your car. Too high and you are going to have clearance issues, to low and you may have wheel bearing issues. Either way it will still roll down the road for 85% of joe Q. but once you know, you know?
Those yoks come in 215/60/R17, are you sure you need to go to new wheels? for the extra 10mm of width I would go that way. think of how many trips to Kananaskis you could have done by the time you've sorted the wheels issue out?
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I'd be happy to read more on the subject if you have seen it. I searched for "wheel bearing". I couldn't find much that related to wheels "offset" The fact is, there are many, many things that can cause a wheel bearing to go out and its almost impossible to narrow it down to one thing; road conditions, driving habits, geographic location of vehicle, the original bearing itself could be weak, wheel and tire weight could be a contributing factor as well as the vehicles brakes pad type, rotors and even the tires rubber compound. Shoot it could be all of the above really. I don't doubt that someone, somewhere had a bearing go out and tried to claim it under warranty only to be denied by Subaru due to a said incorrect "offset". If its something common on this vehicle I would gladly pass the information onto our corporate office. By all means send me the info.