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Old 09-12-2018, 09:11 AM   #1
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I’m looking to put some bigger tires on my forester. I’m going for the off-road look. And I’m thinking of taking it on the beach If I can. Can any one help me find what tire and wheel size I need and if I may have to lift the car. Thank
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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So online says you’re running 225/55/17 size. I’d say try and find some non LT A/T’s that are that size of possible. That way, you are guaranteed to not have rubbing, and you aren’t throwing off the odometer and speedometer. If you can’t, I’d bet my bottom dollar you can find some 225/60R17 in A/T flavor, and the tire diameter is only .89” bigger, so shouldn’t be an issue.
As for the tire itself, I’d say go with BFGoodrich’s A/T KO2 or Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. I can speak for the Yokohama’s, as I am running those currently. They are good tires, maybe not the best grip off road, but a good mix for on road/off road and **** road conditions. They definitely help with the ‘off road look’ as you so put it.
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So online says you’re running 225/55/17 size. I’d say try and find some non LT A/T’s that are that size of possible. That way, you are guaranteed to not have rubbing, and you aren’t throwing off the odometer and speedometer. If you can’t, I’d bet my bottom dollar you can find some 225/60R17 in A/T flavor, and the tire diameter is only .89” bigger, so shouldn’t be an issue.
As for the tire itself, I’d say go with BFGoodrich’s A/T KO2 or Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. I can speak for the Yokohama’s, as I am running those currently. They are good tires, maybe not the best grip off road, but a good mix for on road/off road and **** road conditions. They definitely help with the ‘off road look’ as you so put it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:52 AM   #4
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I can speak for the Yokohama’s, as I am running those currently. They are good tires, maybe not the best grip off road, but a good mix for on road/off road and **** road conditions.
how are they in snow and ice, compared to an all season? better or similar? are they noisy on the highway?
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Only gotten to run them a very limited amount on snow/icy when they were first put on, but as I recall, they are better than all seasons, as they should be. They are noisy on highway, but not as much as a more aggressive A/T tire or mud tire would be. From my reading up on them since/before I got them, seems like they are made to be good at everything, so good on all on/off road conditions. Here in the next couple months as we get into winter, will see how they do on bad on road conditions.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:09 PM   #6
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Only gotten to run them a very limited amount on snow/icy when they were first put on, but as I recall, they are better than all seasons, as they should be. They are noisy on highway, but not as much as a more aggressive A/T tire or mud tire would be. From my reading up on them since/before I got them, seems like they are made to be good at everything, so good on all on/off road conditions. Here in the next couple months as we get into winter, will see how they do on bad on road conditions.
awesome, thanks for the feedback. this will my my first winter with the FXT. i don't have a dedicated winter setup for it yet, but typically run winter tires here in CO. i might try out the Geolander or a similar Conti as a year-round tire on some 17x7.5+45 konig's i have from my old wrx. going with a 225/60-17, which is the same diameter as my stock 225/55-18's.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:25 AM   #7
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We’ll see how mine do up here in Western Wyoming winters. Have 2 sets of Blizzaks for my car, one mounted on 16” rims, but apparently my mother told my brother he could use those on his 2010 Outback. Didn’t bother to ask me if he could use my winter tires and rims. And the blizzaks run cheaper than my Geolandars due, so I’d rather use them. Oh well, that’s life.
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