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Hey everyone,

I recently found this forum and thought I would say hi and introduce myself and my 2001 Outback. I bought the car in 2009 with about 90,000 miles on it and now have about 124,000 miles on it. Other than normal wear and tear repairs, the Outback has been a great car.

It's actually my wife's daily driver and because of that, I've used a lot of willpower in resisting doing any mechanical mods to it (other than putting in a K&N panel air filter in it) the same way that I've done on my daily driver, a 2002 WRX. But I recently got a good deal on some barely used 18"x8" Drag DR34 wheels, so I've finally given in and decided to upgrade the wheels & tires on it. I wasn't trying for the "hellaflush" look (I haven't changed the camber nor lowered it), but one of the things that I don't like about this Outback is how the wheels are set too far inward on the car and there's too much horizontal space between the tires and the edge of the fender.

These new wheels have certainly cured that. I really like that the tires are now right at the fender's edge, along with the lower sidewall profile of the 225/50/18 tires, and that the gunmetal color goes well with the "titanium pearl" lower body cladding. Plus, it might just be me, but I think the look of the Drag wheels is a nice balance between being sporty and unique without being gaudy and screaming "aftermarket." Other than the wheels/tires, the only other mods I've made is to install a K&N panel filter and disabled the DRLs.
 

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Welcome. Before I even read your post I looked at your pics and said to myself, "Wow, nice wheels!" I agree with your observation about the tire and fender spacing and don't think the wheels look gaudy or too boy racer for that car. It looks like a clean straight car too.

BTW, is your WRX an STi? I've been drooling over one of those for a while now. I'll be handing the outback over to the teen in the future and need another Sube to play with.
 

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Thanks David. My WRX is not an STi, just a 'regular' WRX. Each car I've ever owned has been more powerful and faster than the last, but now that I have this WRX, I would say that it's about as much power and speed I really need at this stage of my life. I highly recommend it!
 
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