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Old 08-19-2001, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default 2001 L Largest tire size

What is the largest tire I can run without problems(rubbing/strut etc)..? 2001 L 15in Rim
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Old 08-19-2001, 02:04 PM   #2
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Well, stock is 205-70-15 and if you want to stay plus zero you could use 215-65-15 or 225-60-15. After that I think you run into problems.

The next move would be to larger wheels and go plus 1 or plus 2. This involves more $ and I assume you just want to upgrade from the stockers.

Hope this helps..keep us posted. I too will upgrade once the tires need to be replaced.
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Old 08-19-2001, 05:25 PM   #3
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Someone posted a while back that he was running 215/75/15 Cooper AT's. Not sure if it was posted here or the Yahoo Forester forum. Seems that the choices are 205/70/15, 215/65/15, 205/75/15 or 215/75/15. The last two sizes are avalible in a AT tread design for dirt road use. When my Bridgestone Dueller HT's die I'm buying Bridgestone AT's 205/75/15.

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Old 08-20-2001, 01:46 AM   #4
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I don't have a forester, but when I tried 205/75/15 ATX tires they rubbed around turns.

Forester may have larger wheel wells than Legacy, but it could have been the tires. I know at least one outback person is running 205/75/15 without problems.

(stock outback pre MY2000 was 205/70/15)
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Old 08-27-2001, 03:47 PM   #5
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Forester does have slightly bigger wheel wells.

205/70R15 is stock
215/70R15 should fit
205/75R15 should fit
215/75R15 is pushing it

I know of at least one person that ran that last, and biggest size. Any of the others is more conservative and should fit OK.

Keep in mind you're making the gearing taller, so you'll lose torque, and you don't have a low range to make that up. You don't want to get too much bigger.

I got 16" rims, but with a different offset. I got 225/60R16 instead of 215/60R16 and I like them. They are 10mm wider and 6mm taller, and the wheel offset made just barely enough room. My guess is 235/60s would rub. 225/65 would also rub, so I'm at about the size limit.

Hope that helps.

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