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Old 06-03-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
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Note the 17" OZ Superleggeras on the Scooby
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Old 06-03-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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Note the 17" OZ Superleggeras on the Scooby
993's give me a boner. Forester XT's are the most fun yet still practical.

You have good tastes.

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:22 PM   #3
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i like the forester way better,man.
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Old 06-03-2005, 08:36 PM   #4
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Note the 17" OZ Superleggeras on the Scooby
Been there, done that - twice!





What tires are you running on that XT, MOCIAS?
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:08 PM   #5
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I remember when I was shopping that you (lark) had the same combo I wanted (though I don't know how you get MOCIAS from Michelin Pilot Sport All Season).

For everybody else out there in FXT-land. The combination of wheel and tire absolutely transforms the driving experience. The stock tires are rather scarily bad...and the +1 size is just right for letting you feel the road without ruining the ride.
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Old 06-04-2005, 03:15 AM   #6
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(though I don't know how you get MOCIAS from Michelin Pilot Sport All Season).
I think he's referring to your username MyOtherCarIsASubaru = MOCIAS

I need to get a new set of wheels/tires for my FXT... But I just purchased a set of JDM V7 STi wheels for the other car.

-Mike-
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Old 06-04-2005, 10:18 AM   #7
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I think he's referring to your username MyOtherCarIsASubaru = MOCIAS
You are correct sir!

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I remember when I was shopping that you (lark) had the same combo I wanted (though I don't know how you get MOCIAS from Michelin Pilot Sport All Season).

For everybody else out there in FXT-land. The combination of wheel and tire absolutely transforms the driving experience. The stock tires are rather scarily bad...and the +1 size is just right for letting you feel the road without ruining the ride.
Doesn't it though? It took a little trial and error on my part but I think this is about the best all-round combo I could find. Certainly the Falken Ziex 512 has its adherents, and there may now be some better summer rubber out there (RE040 and RE050 from Bridgestone, plus I've heard Avon has something good in the US now) but the PS A/S is right up there among the best dry tires and has the best wet traction I've yet to find in a tire.

I haven't put mine on for the summer yet, hopefully this week I'll get the opportunity.

Where in Seattle are you? From the pic it looks like Wallingford, maybe Ballard? I have friends and family in the city and around, usually get out there once a year or so.

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Old 06-04-2005, 10:55 AM   #8
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Lark, you have an amazing ability to recognize a neighborhood from one picture. I'm in Fremont 2 blocks from the zoo...right in between your guesses of Ballard and Wallingford.

And DOH! on the MOCIAS. It starts with M, ends with AS, just like Michelin something something All Season, which is what I knew you had on your car.

Speaking of, the 993 is my daily driver, so for winter I'm going to get a pair of the MPSAS for her too. I also need to dump the Kumho summers the dealer put on...they are terrible in the rain.
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Old 06-04-2005, 01:46 PM   #9
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Lark, you have an amazing ability to recognize a neighborhood from one picture. I'm in Fremont 2 blocks from the zoo...right in between your guesses of Ballard and Wallingford.
now that is some skill!
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:48 PM   #10
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Thanks. We had a nice visit at the zoo last year - enjoyed the butterfly room exhibit - and followed it up with a tasty lunch at Red Mill Burgers. Always try to get to the 74th Street Ale House when I'm in town as well.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:16 AM   #11
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Hi everyone,

I'm an Impreza owner, currently looking at FXTs.......

May I ask you what tires are you all using?? I've seen that most people move to 225/50/17, but I'm thinking in putting some 235/50/17 - can I???

My Impreza is "wearing" 17" Subaru wheels, and I'm thinking to take them to the Forester... not a problem, right??

I'd appreciate your comments.


Thanks,

MO
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:31 AM   #12
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Nice combo. You have the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:41 AM   #13
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Hi everyone,

I'm an Impreza owner, currently looking at FXTs.......

May I ask you what tires are you all using?? I've seen that most people move to 225/50/17, but I'm thinking in putting some 235/50/17 - can I???

My Impreza is "wearing" 17" Subaru wheels, and I'm thinking to take them to the Forester... not a problem, right??

I'd appreciate your comments.


Thanks,

MO
The tires you see on my two Foresters above are Michelin Pilot Sport A/S in 225/50-17. I originally attempted to fit 225/55-17s on the black '00 but had rubbing issues all 'round. After trading the '00 for the '05 XT I kept the same tires as I'd only put about 8K miles on them.

Other folks have successfully used 225/55-17s on their second-generation Foresters, and IIRC some have even gone wider with 235 and 245s, though that may have been on 18" wheels. I'd recommend you search here or better still the wheels/tires forum within subaruforester.com.

Bear in mind the impact of wheel offsets. OEM wheel offset for both generations of Forester is 48mm, whereas Imprezas and Legacies run 53mm. Running a higher than OEM offset on a Forester can lead to the tires rubbing; lower than OEM offsets can lead to premature wheel bearing failure. Wheel bearings failed a lot more often on first-gen Foresters than second-gen models, so that was a consideration from the get-go.

Good luck,
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:43 AM   #14
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Nice combo. You have the best of both worlds.
I assume you mean the 993. I could also use the screen acronym MOCIAS, but my other car is neither Subaru nor Porsche.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:55 AM   #15
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The tires you see on my two Foresters above are Michelin Pilot Sport A/S in 225/50-17. I originally attempted to fit 225/55-17s on the black '00 but had rubbing issues all 'round. After trading the '00 for the '05 XT I kept the same tires as I'd only put about 8K miles on them.
Other folks have successfully used 225/55-17s on their second-generation Foresters, and IIRC some have even gone wider with 235 and 245s, though that may have been on 18" wheels. I'd recommend you search here or better still the wheels/tires forum within subaruforester.com.
Bear in mind the impact of wheel offsets. OEM wheel offset for both generations of Forester is 48mm, whereas Imprezas and Legacies run 53mm. Running a higher than OEM offset on a Forester can lead to the tires rubbing; lower than OEM offsets can lead to premature wheel bearing failure. Wheel bearings failed a lot more often on first-gen Foresters than second-gen models, so that was a consideration from the get-go.
Good luck,
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Thanks man!

The Subaru wheels I have I believe they are 48mm, but I'm not sure... they are the WRX 17" option. I wouldn't want to play around with the offset (again ).


Cheers,

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Old 06-07-2005, 11:04 AM   #16
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I also have the 225/50-17 size. The Forester seems to be a little fussy...when I researched this I found that every other size seemed to have issues. TireRack strongly recommended this size, and I knew they worked for lark.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:09 PM   #17
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I also have the 225/50-17 size. The Forester seems to be a little fussy...when I researched this I found that every other size seemed to have issues. TireRack strongly recommended this size, and I knew they worked for lark.
Anyone run something equivalent to the 18s that come on the JDM F-STi?

I saw that you can actually get the STi rims at:
http://www.jdmpartstx.com/



Though for the $1200, you can probably get better, lighter weight 18s if you go aftermarket.

I was mainly curious about the size, and if anyone's run them...
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