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Subaru B9 Tribeca Tire/Wheel Questions

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  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    I've had a slow leak in my tire for the past six months from a plug that wasn't sealing properly. So like someone here had mentioned before, with nearly 25K miles on it, figured it was time for four new ones. BTW the tires still had plenty of tread left on it- using Lincoln's head on a penny as a measuring tool. I wound up going with the Dunlop SP Sport 5000. I found them at Tirerack for 121 a piece, and Discount tire beat that price... So far the tires are far superior to the GY's for ride, handling, and quietness. There's less humm on the highway, and lane changes at higher speeds are much more composed. I still like the way the GY's looked compared with the Dunlops- but satisfied nonetheless.
  • Well, I check my tires because I haven't check them for awhile and I haven't driven the B9 for a month or 2. All 4 tires were down to like 26 PSI. But the darn TPMS light never came on even after driving for like 60 miles on 26 PSI..... Does anyone else has this problem?
    It came on once last year at the start of winter season and went away after I put some air in. So I know it works, or at least it worked..... :(
  • tupintupin Posts: 71
    It is a strange system...isn't 27 supposed to be the cutoff? I have winter tires on separate wheels on the car and it took a long time before the TPMS system figured out the sensors were gone and started blinking the warning light.
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    According to the Tech's Reference Book, the light will go on at 27.26 psi, and turn of when the PSI returns to at least 30.17 or higher. Have your dealer check the sensors...if you have changed tires/wheels, maybe there's a re-calibration that need to take place?

    -Karen in AZ-
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    My TPMs work great on my armada, anything below 30 PSi they go on.

    -mike
  • Anyone have a recommendation for a snow and ice tire for the B9? My original tires are bald at 25,000 miles. I need a superior all season tire or a true snow and ice application for New Hampshire driving conditions.

    Hawk
  • I have a set of Pirelli Scorpions Snow and Ice tires coming Tues from Tire Rack. Discount tire didnt carry them.

    For here in Pittsburgh we dont get snow then we get snow then none...ect... so I wanted the same size tire as the OEM because most of the time it would be wet or dry driving. Instead of going down one size in width.

    I had the Pirelli's on my Pacifica and they worked well in the snow and dry condition. they are H rated or you can get V rated. Probably better 100% snow only tires out there but for my 50/50 wet rain vs snow driving this works and gives me performance I like when driving most of the time.
  • Funny you should mention the Scorpions... I've been researching since my last post, and they look like the ones to go with for mixed driving. Thanks!

    Hawk
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I use the Sotto Zeros on my subarus, not sure if they are available in the size for the Tribeca, however the Pirellis overall are great tires.

    -mike
  • tupintupin Posts: 71
    Go to Tirerack.com I got Michelin Latitude X-ice from there on 17" alloy wheels. They look great and are very quiet tires. I had Arctic Alpins on my old Forester and they were great tires...hence the reason I got the X-ice. I think the $99 alloy's from Tirerack look better than the OEM wheels.
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    i got 20" black wheels and Toyo tires way back within first 6 mo of having my B9.

    now i wish i had nad might still do 22" wheels with possibly some Pirelli Zero Asymmetrico tires unless i just wait to do the 22 thing on my next car. hopefully a newer MDX but dont want to make same mistake i did with B9 and get first year it comes out though mdx is just redesign not brand new model like b9 was and i got screwed on the first year cargo cover etc but mostly just want the mdx price to go down once second year of redesign is released.
  • I have a B9 on order, with the special edition package. The dealer says the factory is out of the alloy wheels (18 x 8.0) so I get to buy some new wheels, which is great b/c I can dress up the car a bit. I've found some wheels that are really cool, but the closest size they come in to the OEM is 18 x 7.5. I am admittedly ignorant about offset sizes, etc., so can someone tell me if these will fit the Tribeca ok? The wheel supplier says no one has tried to fit these on a Tribeca yet, so they say I might need 'spacers'. What's that about? Also, is is possible to go bigger in wheel size? The same wheels that I like come in 20 x 8.5.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Always use the proper offset and wheel width as the stockers, spacers are dangerous and the inproper offset will cause pre-mature wheel bearing issues that won't be covered by the warranty.

    -mike
  • tupintupin Posts: 71
    The factory is out of alloy wheels?!??!!! Seems weird to me....Sure the SE edition is not that plentiful but how will they replace wheels damaged etc.

    For the best selection of wheels...check out tirerack.com.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Highly doubt that.

    -mike
  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78
    Would someone please recommend a good replacement tire for my 2006 B9? I live in New Hampshire, want something good for rain, snow, safety, quiet, longetivity.

    I have to replace them this month, cannot pass inspection with the current factory tires.
    Thanks for your help.
  • bgunit68bgunit68 Posts: 18
    I replaced my tires at 54k with a set of Michelin Synchrone 4X4 (Discount Tire). The rating is great for wet and good for snow. I live near Albany N. We got a lot of snow last year. They were great in the snow. I got better mileage on them too. And they are unreal on wet pavement. I, also, have a Ford Sport Trac. I can't wait to get a set for that. The Tribeca is a far better car. We already have 80k on it. We are looking at the new ones. It is my first Subaru but definitely not my last. I have an awesome dealer as well(Goldstein,Albany,NY).
  • nhstevenhsteve Posts: 78
    Thanks for the reply. I will check them out.
  • slance66slance66 Posts: 21
    I seem to be thinking the opposite of the others here. To me, the OEM tires are both lousy (especially in snow) and too wide. For snow and for better mileage, I would rather switch to a narrower tire. Has anyone thought about whether 235-60-18s would work on the standard wheels? Seems like the difference in circumference and sidewall height is minor.
  • efinch2efinch2 Posts: 3
    I just purchased 4 new Yokohama 255/55R tires. They are nice and quiet. The only problem is the tire pressure light stays on. How do i turn it off?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Who installed them?

    I wonder if they damaged the tire pressure sensors? Or maybe they mounted the tires on the wrong corner of the car?
  • efinch2efinch2 Posts: 3
    Should i take it back to Discount Tire or the subaru dealer.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd go to the tire store first. If damage was done they'll fix it free, while the dealer won't (correctly so).
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