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Old 09-05-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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Someone in my local classified is selling forester xt struts and springs for a very reasonable price and I was interested in picking them up for a winter suspension set up on my 04 2.5rs.
I'm currently dropped a bit less than 1.5"/1" front/rear on tein h-tech springs and am worried about the beating my bumper will take when the snow on the roads here melts a bit then freezes into a bunch of chunks with trenches all over the road.
I was on stock suspension last winter and the crunching and scraping noises were a bit unnerving to say the least.
On to the actual wheel and tire part of this:
If I do purchase the lift, will I be ok to run the stock diameter set up of snow tires I have right now? Should I get something bigger? Should I still run a snow tire or something like a general grabber?

Thank you in advance for all of the help. I know it's nowhere near winter but the opportunity to get a lift for cheap has presented itself now and don't want to get it If I will have to spend a bunch more money to get proper tires for it.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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You won't maximize the effectiveness of your lift if you don't add appropriately sized tires.

You can run stock sized tires, but it's going to look wunky.

215/60/16 is the standard forester tire size.
Those should go nicely with forester struts.

General tire makes their grabber at tire in that size.

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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If you aren't running larger tires why are you lifting your car?
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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If you aren't running larger tires why are you lifting your car?
Because I want to not be plowing the icy snow around here and I already have stock diameter snow tires that I used last season at stock ride height.

Evil, Thank you, that's basically what I needed to know. Is the general at preferred over a studless snow tire? I'd run the lift only in the winter.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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Because I want to not be plowing the icy snow around here and I already have stock diameter snow tires that I used last season at stock ride height.

Evil, Thank you, that's basically what I needed to know. Is the general at preferred over a studless snow tire? I'd run the lift only in the winter.
The grabber is deep snow rated. You'll be fine. I'm using those in a 225/70/15.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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The grabber is deep snow rated. You'll be fine. I'm using those in a 225/70/15.
Ok cool. Any experience when it gets a little icy?
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Ok cool. Any experience when it gets a little icy?
There is nothing that can save you in ice except a true studded snow tire.

For dd in snow, they've worked just fine for me.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #8
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You will be fine using your stock sized tires with the lift, it will just look funny. And if your looking to go bigger I think the biggest you can go with a 16 is 215/65/16 with the grabbers should be about a 27in tire.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:25 AM   #9
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There is nothing that can save you in ice except a true studded snow tire.

For dd in snow, they've worked just fine for me.
True that.
Thank you all for the info.
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There is nothing that can save you in ice except a true studded snow tire.

For dd in snow, they've worked just fine for me.
I would rather a studded ice tire.

Both an Ice or Snow tire will be miles better than a dry or wet summer tire in the winter weather.
But make sure that you are buying the appropriate winter tire for your area. Not all areas below 32F have alot of snow on the ground. But if it is below 32F you can bet there will be ice around.

Most people in cities would benefit more from ice tires.
Where as regional or hilly areas where it may snow more and snow plows may not get to immediately may benefit more from snow tires.

An ice tire can differ from a snow tire significantly.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:22 AM   #11
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lifted subie! Didnt know it existed
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