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Old 06-29-2004, 03:28 PM   #1
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2004 Forester XT
Cayenne Red Pearl

Default Wheels/tires for a Forester XT

Been trying to finalize what to get for the XT for a few days. I think I'm going with 16" wheels due to the much greater assortment of all-season tires versus a 17".

ADA LW5 16"x7" 16.3lbs (anyone know the weight of the stock wheels?)

225/60-16 BF Goodrich Traction T/A H (high performance all season)


Michelin Pilot XGT V4 (ultra high performance all season). I'm a little worried about the low snow rating on these though.

Am I on the right track?
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Old 06-30-2004, 02:08 PM   #2
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Since you're going for a wider tire, you need to make certain that you won't have any rubbing issues since the wheel has a +43 offset. Do you know of anyone else running that offset/tire size combo?

Regarding the tires, the XGT doesn't look too appealing judging by the TR's numbers. I've read some very good reviews here on the BFG Traction though.

You would probably get better performance from some other tires in the UHP Category in that size. The ContiExtremeContact, the SP5000 or the PS A/S. Compare the survey on those tires (and search here) to the XGT.

I'm shopping for FXT tires/wheels as well. If you go 17 and keep your stockers for winter, there's a new UHP (Avon Tech M500) in 225/50/17. I'm also thinking of going with a Sport Truck summer tire since there are a few in 225/55/17 (Yok AVS S/T, CrossContact UHP and the Mich Diamaris). I want to keep some soft-roadability.
Hope I didn't you with all of the different suggestions.

Good luck!

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Old 06-30-2004, 03:54 PM   #3
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it sure sounds like you are "on the right track" until you start considering the XGT ...... that tire is awful the rest sounds pretty good though
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:30 PM   #4
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Will I have any issues with that ASA wheel only being a 43 offset? I understand the stock is 48.

Also - does anyone know the weight of the stock XT wheel? Is 16lbs light for an everyday use wheel?
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Old 07-01-2004, 04:18 PM   #5
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I was researching new tires for my WRX and have 90% made up my mind. They are these Pirelli P Zero Nero M+S.

Luke, any opinons about those?

I am running Dunlop 5000 Asym now. how do they compare.

XGT sucks. never again.
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Old 07-06-2004, 11:41 PM   #6
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You'll be OK with +43 offset as long as you stick with the stock ride height. After an exhaustive amount of research (right, Dennis? ), I settled on:

16x7 SSR Comps +50mm (used, got a great deal, would rather have had +48 but for $700 a set I didn't quibble)

225/60/16 Firestone Firehawk SZ50EP UHP tires courtesy of the ultra-patient Luke@Tirerack.
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