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Check the Impreza bolt circle. Is it 5x114.3 or 5x100?
Actually the wheel vendor identifies them as a Subaru Legacy wheel but the bolt circle is correct 5 on 114.3. My biggest concern initially was clearing the calipers but I see lots of people running 17" wheels and I spotted an Outback at the Maverick with steel wheels so I chatted up the owner and he sent me the same website i was shopping, There seem to be a lot of Outbacks here in NW Nevada, it says a lot about the brand and model.
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Been running the 245/65/17 Wildpeaks for about five days now. My initial thoughts:

• I absolutely love the look of the Wildpeaks. They really fill up the wheel well and look every bit as rigged as the KO2’s
• The ride is just as quiet as my Michelin’s were on the freeway or city streets
• Cornering and handling is fantastic
• I am now noticing tire-rubbing in the wheel well when either 1.) reversing while turning at a severe angle, or 2.) turning a corner moderate speeds when turning the wheel to a severe angle (i.e. making a quick U-turn)

As it pertains to the tire-rubbing, my 2” ADF lift kit won’t be installed until next Saturday, so I imagine that will alleviate most if not all rubbing issues.
I was dithering between the GT Ice Pro and the Falken Eurowinter and finally decided to go with the Falken. They'll all show up about the same time thus ending any chance of snow in the immediate area.
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Been running the 245/65/17 Wildpeaks for about five days now. My initial thoughts:

• I absolutely love the look of the Wildpeaks. They really fill up the wheel well and look every bit as rigged as the KO2’s
• The ride is just as quiet as my Michelin’s were on the freeway or city streets
• Cornering and handling is fantastic
• I am now noticing tire-rubbing in the wheel well when either 1.) reversing while turning at a severe angle, or 2.) turning a corner moderate speeds when turning the wheel to a severe angle (i.e. making a quick U-turn)

As it pertains to the tire-rubbing, my 2” ADF lift kit won’t be installed until next Saturday, so I imagine that will alleviate most if not all rubbing issues.
This tire/wheel combo looks great!

It is useful to know that the 245/65/17 Wildpeaks do rub a bit. Looks like in general going to a 245/65/17 on the 5th Gen Outback is getting into dicey territory. I just ordered a set of Wildpeak A/T Trails at 235/65/17 on Method MR503s and will report back with my findings. I have considered a lift down the road but am concerned about the cost, ride quality, and installation issues. Gonna try this setup and see what happens later on down the road. Hope to hear more about your lift adventures with this tire/wheel setup.
 

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First upgrade was the tires. Stock wasn't sticky enough and I didn't like the tread design. These are the same height as stock and wider. They fit the stock wheel nicely and no rubbing.
Toyo Tires EXTENSA HP II All-Season Radial Tire - 245/55/18
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Well I thought I had everything lined up and then the tire vendor called and informed me that they were out of the tire I ordered and would I like to buy a set that was twice as expensive and less aggressive.
I opted out and canceled the order. I contacted the guy with the Obie that I met in Yerington and he put me on to his friend in Wellington who works for a tire warehouse. He suggested using the Firestones he runs in 235/70r17 .
They're a bit more but not exorbitant. I'll report back once they're mounted on the car.
 

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You should be A-OK with the arch moldings, even running on up to 245/65/17 tires.

Now mud flaps, however...that may be a different story.
Mud flaps can take up space the tire uses to steer. I made my own, since I saw the factory splash guards as inadequate and the rally boyz stuff as excessive, so I split the difference. Stock front wheels/tires rub a little at almost full lock, but I can live with that.
 

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... I saw the factory splash guards as inadequate ...
"Inadequate" depends highly on the driving environment. In my personal experience, the Subaru accessory splash guards are remarkably effective in normal street and highway use, without incurring a significant cost in aerodynamic drag and related noise.
 

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Regarding OEM part # 28111AL04A
steel rims for a 2015-2019 Legacy 5 lug -114.3 mm 17"x7" Offset 55 mm CenterBore 56.1 mm
Will that part number fit my 2017 3.6R Touring for winter snow tires?
I found some for less than $80 each / free shipping.
If not, does anyone have the correct part number for steel rims that will fit?
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"Inadequate" depends highly on the driving environment. In my personal experience, the Subaru accessory splash guards are remarkably effective in normal street and highway use, without incurring a significant cost in aerodynamic drag and related noise.
What I made kept a great splat of what might be white road paint off the body, just a little on the black plastic rocker trim. (found after a road trip)
 

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Will that part number fit my 2017 3.6R Touring for winter snow tires?
For Gen 5 Outbacks, steel wheels were original equipment in Base trim only. The Gen 5 Limited/Touring 3.6R was never offered with the steel wheels, just the 18-inch alloys.

Those steel wheels should fit, but there may be insifficient clearance at the front brake calipers.
 

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For Gen 5 Outbacks, steel wheels were original equipment in Base trim only. The Gen 5 Limited/Touring 3.6R was never offered with the steel wheels, just the 18-inch alloys.

Those steel wheels should fit, but there may be insifficient clearance at the front brake calipers.
The wheels WILL fit. Brakes and calipers are the same across the board between Outbacks and Legacys.
 

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Appreciate that information.
I went down a size on our 2012 Limited Outback and was hoping to do the same in our 2017
For dedicated Winter Tires
 

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This is my first question here on the forum so thanks in advance and apologies if some of my queries are overlapping with previous posts on this long thread.

Anyone have any thoughts on fitment and performance comparing Method MR502 vs the newer Method MR 503 with likely Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 likely 235/65R17 on a 2018 Limited 2.6?

My original Duelers are on their last legs with two slow leaks approaching less than 30k miles. Figure this is as good as time as any to swap out my factory 18s for 17s and get some newer and thicker rubber. Probably will use Discount Tire but not sure. I do mostly highway driving on but will be taking a dozen or more trips up to snowy Tahoe this winter--3PMSF is a must. Also will be hitting some light fire trails and excursions out to BLM land in the spring and summer. I am willing to add some unsprung weight to the existing setup but don't need KO2 / Grabbers. I have also considered the Falken Wildpeak A/T. Some specs I gathered are below but here are a few specific questions:

1. MR502 vs MR503? I like the clean looks of both with the less open appearance of the 502s being more attractive to me on the Outback. Wheels will be pushed out a bit more with the 502s but not much. The 503s are 9 pounds lighter which is very attractive to me considering that my Outback is usually full of kids and gear and it's not known for its powerful passing ability in the mountains. 503s are a little more expensive but it's not a deal breaker.

2. Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 235/65R17 or what else? Falken Wildpeak A/T are also on my radar. Have to be decent in snow and have light off-road ability. Any thoughts on going to a 225 vs 235?

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  • MR502 = 25 lbs, 38mm offset, 1850 lb load rating
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  • MR503 = 16 lbs, 42mm offset, 1650 lb. load rating
THANKS for any thoughts or feedback you can provide!
The winner is: MR503 +235/65R17 Falken Wildpeak A/T Trial on unlifted 2018 Limited.

No rub and much smoother, compliant ride vs. OEM Duelers. Going up to Tahoe this week and will report back on snow and ice performance.
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Just joined, so hello. And, here's my wife's 2019 Touring 3.6R with 2019 Forester Sport 18x7 et48 and 255/55R18 KO2's with NO lift. Surprised her with these this morning and... she likes it. Whew! View attachment 475721 View attachment 475723
Do you happen to have any side shots of the wheel and tire combo. I found a set of these wheels local for $500 and am considering it. Thanks
 

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I managed to get the tires ,mounted and then waited for a storm. First decent snowfall and I took a little run up to Bridgeport, Ca via NV338/CA182. The drive was great and the tires performed flawlessly. Plenty of snow on the road since I was between plow runs. My wife has never driven in snow and I had her take the wheel while I coached her. Her confidence level is up and I will feel better if she has to head for Carson City or Reno on her own.
Thanks for all the good suggestions, I ended up with the Firestone Winterforce 2 in 235/65R17 on steel wheels. I've had no clearance issues and the ride has improved a bit with the taller sidewall.
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