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Hello all! Long time lurker, first time poster, and all that jazz. I have a question and a couple comments that I wanted to throw out there. First off, let it be known that when I get into something--whether it be wheels for my car, my recipe for biscuits, or Hifi audio setup--I tend to go full on crazy and look at every possible detail, annoying my wife with boring conversations about electrical grounding, wheel offset, or flour protein content.

All that being said, after getting a nice used 2014 Outback Limited (2.5i engine) a few months ago, my first thought in the modification list was new tires. Which lead me to new wheels. Which lead me to learn that these 15" rally wheels will fit on my car. Awesome! But I have questions/concerns.

Question- I'm new to (posting on) this forum so I'm not sure how to tag individuals, but Mrpyb, Barrtrail, PWilson, Suby234, Kaan, and others who have been running these 15x7s with 15mm offset for a while now (some of you for a couple years). Have you seen any negative impacts to your suspension system, wear of bushings or pivot points associated with the extremely different offset from stock? What about handling quirks? This leads into my first comment.

Scrub radius. Link at the bottom to an article explaining it for those who aren't familiar (I was not until last night). And then another link at the bottom to the wheel size calculator that gives an approximation of your change in scrub radius running 225/70x15s on your new rims. I was briefly super pumped about the 15s, but after reading more on scrub radius and the negative impact that creating positive scrub radius (like you have with the 15mm offset rims) has on the handling of the car, I am now nervous about using these rims. Any feedback or advice would be appreciated!

A last note! There was some confusion about why your 15 inch wheels would rub, when your stock 17s did not. I tried to illustrate using the outline of a business card, photo attached. The drawing on the left is the high offset, pivoting from the very back of the card. The one on the right is the low/normal offset, pivoting from the middle. You can see that the high offset creates almost a cantilever effect that swings the same size wheel/tire much further away from the center axle. Another reason that I am now more hesitant to use these 15 inch wheels, because of the high offset. Hope this makes sense. And sorry about the massively long first post!

First post so i'm not allowed to post links. I had to take away the beginning of the URLs so you'll have to copy/paste them into your browser. Sorry!!!

here is the photo: i.imgur.com/2OqdclR.jpg
Scrub radium explained: carthrottle.com/post/what-is-scrub-radius-and-why-is-it-important/
Tire/wheel size example: wheel-size.com/calc/?wheel1=225-60-17X7ET48&wheel2=225-70-15X7ET15&fcl=50mm&wcl=30mm&scl=50mm&sr=0mm
 

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Hey there, I have a 2009 Outback 2.5 and would love to upgrade to the 15" VT-spec 502s. After getting up to speed by reading as many posts as I could on this thread and others in the forum, I haven't heard if anyone has had success with the following setup on a 2009 outback:

15" VT-spec 502s
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 (215/70R15 98H)

I'm very new to this space, but in general I'm trying to find an option that will give me more confidence on rough forest service roads and better performance in the snow during the winter. My main concern is whether or not this is a good option for my stock (not lifted) outback or if I am missing a better option for getting all-terrain capabilities out of my 2009 vehicle.

@Discount Tire, I would love if you could reach out with any guidance and/or a quote.
 

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Here is what the subaru looks like now. I have Yokohama Geolander G015 a/t's (p-metric) and 15x7 method MR502's. No lift. they run fine. Gas mileage did take a 2-3 MPG hit, but i'm okay with it. No rubbing except on the rear fender liner for the FR wheel well. I trimmed it down and its minimal. probably would have just left it if i could do it again. I did a lot of research and this is as big of tire as you can go without a lift (others may say differently, but it's friggin tight). The tires feel fine. Minimal noise and i don't really notice a difference in how driving feels. It looks sweet though. i have a couple thousand miles on them and they're really awesome. have gotten in some deeper snow this winter for a minute and they worked great. let me know if anyone has more questions.
Did you go with the 15mm or 48mm offset?
 

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Hey there, I have a 2009 Outback 2.5 and would love to upgrade to the 15" VT-spec 502s. After getting up to speed by reading as many posts as I could on this thread and others in the forum, I haven't heard if anyone has had success with the following setup on a 2009 outback:

15" VT-spec 502s
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 (215/70R15 98H)

I'm very new to this space, but in general I'm trying to find an option that will give me more confidence on rough forest service roads and better performance in the snow during the winter. My main concern is whether or not this is a good option for my stock (not lifted) outback or if I am missing a better option for getting all-terrain capabilities out of my 2009 vehicle.

@Discount Tire, I would love if you could reach out with any guidance and/or a quote.
Also new here! Same situation for me, but I have a ‘05 Outback XT Limited. There seems to have been some success with the Method MR502’s (15mm/48mm offset?) with 215/70r15 Geolander’s. PM me for a quote/recommendations? Also considering the MR501 in bronze.
 

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Also new here! Same situation for me, but I have a ‘05 Outback XT Limited. There seems to have been some success with the Method MR502’s (15mm/48mm offset?) with 215/70r15 Geolander’s. PM me for a quote/recommendations? Also considering the MR501 in bronze.
PM headed your way.
 

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New here, I have a 1997 OBW with 2” Fr 2.5”Rr Lift from SubieLiftOz and Standard King Springs on KYB struts. Right now I have stock tires and wheels. I am in the market for new Wheels and Tires and would like the biggest tire I can possibly squeeze in there without issues. Small rubbing like Fender liner or Mud flaps is not an issue for me to fix. I’m looking at the Method Race wheels in either offset +15/+48
Can you feasibly fit 215/75/15 tires in there? If not What’s the max size on a BG OBW in this given situation?
Id love to maybe get some BFG K02s or Coopers.
Any Advice would be much appreciated.
 
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