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 Post subject: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:32 pm 
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Hey Guys,

Need some advice about some new rubber. The person i bought the car from decided that AT tires just weren't for them and wacked on some highway treads instead... i need some more GRIP!!

I'm currently running 225/55/17 but trying to find a AT tire in this size is like finding the ol' needle in a haystack.

Soooo i have two options:
- Stay with my current rim size and try and fit a 225/65 on the rim (running standard springs/struts)
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- ditch the 17's for and pick up a set of 16's and grab a set of tires (plenty of choices)

would the 225/65 fit, or am i dreaming and should just get over it and drop a size and be done with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:44 pm 
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go the 16s
people sell the 16" steelies cheap all the time


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:51 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:01 am 
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What are you wanting the tyres for? Sand/mud od doing some offroad tracks?

The higher the profile you go the more the tyres will bag out so you get more grip. Anything 60 profile or less is pretty useless offroad. You really need 65 minimum or 70-75 so I agree, go 16".

But dont get steelies, too many stories of people bending them plus they are sooo heavy! Bad for economy, power, braking, steering & they look sucky! Heaps of nice OEM 16" alloys. Stronger, lighter & they look good :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:31 pm 
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Bridgestone RE002s on the 17s, and a set of 16 or 15s with off road tyres. Best of both worlds.

The first Foresters had 15" wheels, a set of those would give you even more options on tyres. From memory they had 70 tyres as well. Plus early Golf 15" alloys would work too, as they were the same 5x100 PCD.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:59 pm 
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the early Forester 15" wheels may not clear the front brake calipers of the later Fozzes so do a test fit


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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:03 pm 
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^Yeah I heard that too, only a few of the rally 15" wheels fit. Method Rally had a group buy on their 15" ones though discount tire a bit ago.

If you want to stay around stock size you can get the Yokohama geolandar A/T-S in 225/60R17.

I was going to do that until I picked up a good deal on some 16" outback alloys with 215/70r16 BFG A/T's wrapped around them.

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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:01 pm 
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Nachaluva wrote:
What are you wanting the tyres for? Sand/mud od doing some offroad tracks?

The higher the profile you go the more the tyres will bag out so you get more grip. Anything 60 profile or less is pretty useless offroad. You really need 65 minimum or 70-75 so I agree, go 16".

But dont get steelies, too many stories of people bending them plus they are sooo heavy! Bad for economy, power, braking, steering & they look sucky! Heaps of nice OEM 16" alloys. Stronger, lighter & they look good :thumbs:


Ahhh beach and some off track work, something to give me a bit more grip when things get a little rough.

hmmm looks like picking up some 16's and a decent set of AT tires will be the way to go.

Any tire recommendations? anyone running a tire they just love - Must be able to deal with offroad kinda stuff


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:51 pm 
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road tires do fine on sand, in fact many claim they are better than AT tires


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 Post subject: Re: Tire choice - Need a bit of advice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Yeah the more tread the more it digs in. But the big thing on sand is tire pressure, buy a portable compressor and quick deflator.

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