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One other question, if you out 02 WRX wheels, the 5 spoke ones, that are 16 inch, what size would be the right size to go to on tires, for the Outback?

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I have those exact wheels for my snow tires, and I run a 225/60R16. You could also run a 215/65R16 safely, which is what I run in the summer. There are more options, but those are the most common. You can always run smaller, but you don't want to go with more than about a 27.5" tall tire, that is the key.


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Any thoughts on the 17inch Legacy GT wheels? There is a local set with tires for sale for a decent price.

IN the gallery right now there is an outback with the 16 inch Impreza wheels...which look like the same design.
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I don't know about this... to me they personally look the same. The only thing that I think made a difference were the tires being bigger.

I wish he had taken some pictures with the stock wheels on and with a tape measure to show for it.

The King Springs show a noticeable difference in height where as these it's hard to tell if anything was really changed.

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any other lift solutions out there for the 97 outback?
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Will a Forrester 2007 model XT spring/strut (oem combo) provide a bit of lift and be a direct replacement?

I can pick up the whole setup for $100.
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I would imagine so. You should look at part numbers and compare, if it looks like the 2005 and 2007 are the same then you should be good to go.

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Will a Forrester 2007 model XT spring/strut (oem combo) provide a bit of lift and be a direct replacement?

I can pick up the whole setup for $100.
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Will a Forrester 2007 model XT spring/strut (oem combo) provide a bit of lift and be a direct replacement?

I can pick up the whole setup for $100.
After looking up the parts, it looks like 2007 MAY not work. In listing the struts for the Forester they imply that the rears were the sane from 2003-2005, and the fronts were the same in 2004-5. This doesn't mean the 2007 won't work, it just means they aren't the same as the 2005 models, but for 100 bucks it is hard to go wrong.

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After looking up the parts, it looks like 2007 MAY not work. In listing the struts for the Forester they imply that the rears were the sane from 2003-2005, and the fronts were the same in 2004-5. This doesn't mean the 2007 won't work, it just means they aren't the same as the 2005 models, but for 100 bucks it is hard to go wrong.
I have the same forester stuff and a 97 outback ltd as well (not installed yet though). the fronts are the same and the rear strut tower mounts are the same. I just don't know how much lift it will give or if the camber bolts will be necessary or how much caster in the rear will be affected. If I recall, the FXT is about .5 inches lower than the non turbo (cars101). so I'm thinking it should be a good replacement and maybe an inch or so lift.

tomorrow I am picking up a set of struts/springs off of a 99 forester with King springs and tower spacers. the forester also had the body lift and steering extension. I may remove the spacers though-or maybe keep the spacers in the rear for that raked look ?

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