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new tires for a 2005 subaru forester x

mr10mr10 Posts: 4
edited July 23 in Subaru
what type of tires do you recommend for our 2005 subaru forester x


  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    What do you want from the tires? :D
  • mr10mr10 Posts: 4
    We live north of Boston so we are looking for something all seasonal with good treadwear.It is used mostly around town with some highway driving...Thanks
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    I recommend the Nokian WR G2. It is a fabulous tire which is snow-rated but which you can leave on year-round. Do some research on it. You will be impressed.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    In addition, the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred can't be beat for treadwear and has very respectable snow and ice traction.
  • Second the recommendation for the Nokian WR-G2. I installed on my 03 Forester in Minnesota last fall, and we're having a mega-snow winter. The Forester/Nokian combo is unstoppable.

    My previous tires were the Nokian WR, great tire also but wore out in 30K miles. I left them on year-round.

  • Can I put larger tires on my 2006 Forester?
    I have 15" on it now.
    What size up is acceptable?
    I want mor eheight and hopefully lift.
    Also, please tell me where to get a fair priced body lift kit?
    any feedback is appreciated, thanks
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,508
    edited July 2010
    There is not a lot of clearance fore and aft in the wells, so you will not be able to up-size by much... maybe 1" of diameter. I think the stock size on that car is 215/60/R16, so another inch takes you to what, 215/65/R16. You might get away with 225/65/R16. It really all comes down to what the car will tolerate without rubbing. Stock on the 2009+ is 225/60/R16 (about 1/2" larger diameter than yours), and I am confident that could be interchanged with the older models.

    As far as a lift kit goes, I cannot help you...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I ran 225/60R16s on my 1998 and it never rubbed. Stock size was 215/60R16.

    That's not a big difference, though.

    Not sure about the 06s, but I doubt there is any less space in the wheel wells

    The Aussie Forester owners would swear by Lovell Springs, which gave you a 2" lift. They were never sold here because Americans rarely go beyond an orchard.

    Careful - some Ozzies lifted theirs 4" but they had issues with the driveshaft. There just isn't as much "slop" built in to these tight-tolerance Japanese cars.
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