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For your BP Outback, 215/70/16 or 215/75/15 is a good size tyre and fits with no rubbing. It’s by far the most popular size & has a big range of tyre choices. You can go bigger depending on how much you're willing to cut/hammer. They will rub when turning on ruts without a lift

225/70/16 or 225/75/15 will need 5mm wheel spacers or lower offset rims (+40 offset or less) plus some trimming/hammering esp on the pinch weld behind the front tyres. These will still rub a little on ruts even with a 2" lift

235/70/16 or 235/75/15 (29”) will need 1" wheel spacers or low offset rims (+15 offset or less) plus more trimming/hammering


You'll need either 16” OEM wheels (alloys are stronger & lighter than OEM steelies. SG XT, SF GT or Toyota 86 16” alloys are my favourites) or 15” aftermarket rally style wheels.

Popular 15” alloy wheels are KMC Bully KM708, Motegi MR139, Konig Control, OX Wheels OX817, Black Rhino Boxer, Method MR502 or 501, Sparco Terra, Team Dynamics Pro Rally, etc. The rule of thumb is the more sidewall the better, so go for the smallest wheel size you can, eg 15" is better than 16", 16" is better than 17"

http://www.kmcwheels.com/wheel/44023/km708-bully

http://www.motegiracing.com/wheel/44086/mr139

https://konigwheels.com/wheels/main-...heels/control/

http://www.blackrhinowheels.com/truc...rims-boxer.php

http://www.methodracewheels.com/coll...-rally-vt-spec

http://www.ozracing.com/wheels/sparco/terra?color=white

http://www.team-dynamics.com/content/pro-rally

http://www.oxwheel.com.au/car-wheels...15/model/OX817


For steelies try Dynamic D Holes (15") or Sunraysias (16"):

https://www.dynamicwheelco.com.au/wh...SunraysiaBlack

https://www.dynamicwheelco.com.au/wh.../DynamicDBlack
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The best mods comes down to the offroading you do. If there is a high chance of bottoming out, then stick a sump guard on and hit the tracks CAREFULLY to see where the weak points are. If you are just scraping and no shortage of traction get a lift. If you are low on traction across all 4 wheels upgrade tyres. If your only spinning 2 wheels upgrade diffs.



I noticed more of a decrease in handling from going a larger tyre then I did from lift spacers. Probably because the extra sidewall softens the overall ride as well as increases the height, where lift spacers just increase the height. In saying that, a lifted Subaru with large tyres is still a good handling car by most peoples standards.


If going to the expense of buying rims, I highly recommend 15" wheels over 16" wheels, if you can. If you are not afraid to shave down the brake callipers you can get some cheaper options for 15" rims. Also going too low an offset will actually increase rubbing on full lock.
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Hi I'm new here,
I'm about to pick up a 2007 outback (here in Australia if there's any difference in models).
I'm wanting to fit the biggest possible A/T ... I've heard about a 225/70/16 would be the limit?
I reckon the biggest tyre I could reasonably fit on my 2003 OB (earlier model) was 215/65 or maybe 235/60. Any bigger will rub in rear wheel arch or will rub the lower wishbone (I think that's what it's called) and/or the hat on top of the rear spring.

Have a poke around under the the car, measure the clearances here and there, do some sums and see what you get.

The tyre manufactures eg Bridgestone have charts of tyre dimensions for various tyres and sizes such as outside diameter, width etc, so you can work out how much bigger than the standard tyre you can go.
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Less wheel and more tire = greater comfort off pavement (and on). So that's quite helpful. Didn't notice someone mention that.

A III gen OB probably is all sagging if on original suspension so may not be able to do comfortably even easy tracks without a lift, especially with those bumpers.

If lifting and going to carry loads in the back, consider lift springs, but do your research because if they are 20-30% stiffer vs 10-20% stiffer, they will give you a beating when empty.

If I were you, I would do wheels and tires first along with a bash plate. Then see how it goes. A X-65-Z tire should be comfy offroad, X-70-Z tires should be great but may have a bit too much sidewall for on road, depending on your driving style. X-60-Z is about the minimum acceptable off pavement.
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hmmm i have pic of previous gen outback with 225/75R16 wheels with just slight mods it can drive and turn ok . if i would knew that before i bought my tires i would go for that and instead of 27" wheels i could be on 29.3"
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Less wheel and more tire = greater comfort off pavement (and on). So that's quite helpful. Didn't notice someone mention that.
Totally agree (PS I did lol )

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hmmm i have pic of previous gen outback with 225/75R16 wheels with just slight mods it can drive and turn ok
225/75/16 is pretty big. It takes more than slight mods to fit that size, I have a customer doing it right now. Takes a lot of cutting/hammering & you will lose some of your full lock steering

225/70/16 is a better size. Still needs some trimming but not so bad
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[QUOTE=NachaLuva;106368]Totally agree (PS I did lol )

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well guy said not much trimming he did, just bending some things . but i bend those too in full lock to clear path.
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