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didnt i see somewhere that 245/55r18 fits and is just a 1/2" or so wider than stock but matches stock specs in all other categories but width.

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Hi Chris - Got both the wheels and tires at Tire Rack already mounted with TPMS and had them sent directly to the Subaru dealer along with the 2"lift kit for installation .

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didnt i see somewhere that 245/55r18 fits and is just a 1/2" or so wider than stock but matches stock specs in all other categories but width.
That’s the size I’m running. And yes it is exact the same overall diameter. So same sidewalk profile, just a bit wider. They fit great.
Looking to sell my setup tho. The wife wants the all terrain 17” setup instead.
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Can't speak for others but - I'm not normally a wheel guy. I have never in the 25 years I owned cars before Subaru bought a wheel for any of them. But the 18" stock Limited wheels on my Outback were the worst things I have ever seen. The very idea of going to a lower-profile wheel on a car sold specifically as an adventure-capable ride defies any logic I can think of. For me it was one main thing: I wanted better rubber than stock to stand up to the hundreds of miles I put on gravel roads a year. Once people here started sharing experiences with the Yokohama Geolandar AT G015s I knew that's the tire I wanted. And back in 2015, there was no 18" version. I also didn't feel like mucking about with winter and summer wheels and the Geolandars have proven to be a true all-season tire as good in snow as any snow tire I've ever driven, so for me, it was a no-brainer to move to a 17" wheel for better tire selection. Part of the stock wheel problem (maybe even most of it) is the stock offset. The wheels sit way too far inboard of the wheel arches. It looks silly. The Methods I run and the ubiquitous Motegis are 42mm offset which moves the tires out about 1/4 or 3/8 of an inch. Add slightly wider rubber and suddenly the wheel arches are full which is a much preferable look to me.
I agree with you completely. However, I do understand Subaru's take on it--though I wish they gave you the option in the Limited model to have 18" or multiple 17" wheel options that are better than the ones on the premium. I would guess their take is that as Subaru's, and more specifically Outbacks, began to grow in the US SUV market they want to make it somewhat attractive to moms and others who primarily use it in the city/around town toting their kids and sports equipment to and from home. I would think with the growth they have seen in recent years this is beginning to make up a large portion of the more recent Outback owners. Also, they know the 17" aftermarket wheel options aren't toooo expensive if someone wanted to swap after buying. That being said, I still wish they had the option at the dealer to purchase other 17" wheels with the limited package, even if it were just the WRX 17" so that they didn't have to redesign wheels just for those who don't want 18" Limited stock. This allows the buyer to make the decision on whether or not they want it more adventure-capable or leave the 18" as a city/daily option to the drive who has no intention of modding, etc. I didn't like the 18" look at first, but it has grown on me.
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Need a bit of advice on sizes for a 2015 Limited. Going to get the Method 502's in a 17x8 rim. Wondering if I could run the 235/65R17 instead of the 225/65R17. Most likely going to mount the BF Goodrich ADVANTAGE T/A SPORT LT so that I can get a tire with the 3PMSF symbol on them. Is anyone running the 235's on the methods or similar 17x8?
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Need a bit of advice on sizes for a 2015 Limited. Going to get the Method 502's in a 17x8 rim. Wondering if I could run the 235/65R17 instead of the 225/65R17. Most likely going to mount the BF Goodrich ADVANTAGE T/A SPORT LT so that I can get a tire with the 3PMSF symbol on them. Is anyone running the 235's on the methods or similar 17x8?

While they may fit, the Methods will likely be a slightly different offset and the stock size would probably look more “beefy”.

With that in mind; both the BFG K02 and the “less aggressive but still all-terrain” Yokohama G015 will give you the 3PMSF symbol and (IMO) look more appropriate on the Outback. Certainly the stock 225/65-17 size on the Method wheels would be a great combo and look absolutely fantastic.

I have run the G015’s year-round since fall of 2017 so they’ve seen a couple winters (this is my third) and they are outstanding in all conditions, quiet, and comfortable. If your mind isn’t set on the T/A Sport LT, you might want to consider the Yokos. They are also available in both 225/65-17 and 235/65-17.
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I run the Yokohama’s on Method 501s in 235/65R17.
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I run the Yokohama’s on Method 501s in 235/65R17.


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17X8 (45mm off-set) Advanti DST Storm wheels
245/65R17 BFG KO2 AT tires
See post #1748
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17X8 (45mm off-set) Advanti DST Storm wheels
245/65R17 BFG KO2 AT tires
See post #1748


Looks great!

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