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Subaru Forester Tire/Wheel Questions



  • Got 45k out of the Geo stock in rain, snow in Wisconsin, (no doubt it will pass the 50k mark), not bad at all. Used SubaruBucks to purchase a set of General Tires/Altimax HP in stock size, plus alignment and oil change.

    The Geo's got bad rep from a lot of users, it all depends on the way you drive, period.


    So far it seems quieter than Geo ( only had them for a day), was looking at Kumho's but came across this GT which got good reviews across the board.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Your dealer accepted Subaru Bucks for tires?

  • 204meca204meca Posts: 370
    I have my eye on those General Tires/Altimax HP also for my next tires to replace my Kuhmo Solus (been a good tire much better than Geolanders - a notch short of great tires). I would appreciate an update on how these Generals are working for you. Especially the noise & ride quotient.
  • Hi Juice,

    Their parts dept let me order any tire I want, and the price they quote is within $5 compared to a local tire store, plus they are a new dealership which offers 10% discount on all parts and I end up getting a better deal than going to a tire store.

    The review of this tire on tirerack is even better than the good year triple tread.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Cool. We have $400 saved up so I may look into that, see if my dealer will take 'em also.

    I kinda wanted a trailer hitch and a bike rack but it's her car and she used veto power.
  • fandcfandc MinnesotaPosts: 51
    Coincidence. I just put these on my son's Legacy to replace the SP5000s (no longer made). The reviews on Tire Rack were compelling. So far he says that the traction is better, not surprising since the SP5000s were around 30K miles.

    I had thought of RE960s, as he uses dedicated winter tyres, but these seemed to be a better all-around tyre.
  • My wife recently got a 2009 Forester and I ran across the issue of having to replace a flat tire. Basically I don't want her to have to change out two tires if she has a flat on the front. The car has seventeen inch aluminum wheels and the dealer recommended that we buy a steel rim (he said he would have to charge full price for a replacement 17 inch alloy wheel) and mount a new 17 inch Geolander.

    Any advice or recommendations?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We did this for a 2002 Legacy.

    What I recommend is shop around for used Subaru rims, you only need one. Find someone that had an XT and did a Plus One, maybe.

    I got alloys, so I had 4 spare steel wheels. Sold one to a friend who did the same thing I did - mounted a new tire and created a full sized spare. The other two I think I ended up recycling, noone wanted 15s.
  • I'm not sure I understand.

    In looking for used Subaru rims, do you mean check with salvage yards? I think it's going to be hard finding the 17" rims. The guy at Discount tire said a new steel rim to fit the Forester would run me ~$90.00.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I think that price is waaaay high.

    Tire Rack was selling WRX take-offs, alloy, for less than that.

    Should be $50 or so.
  • Thanks for the info. I'm assuming Tire Rack is online?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587

    It may be harder since the Forester is less common, but check with them.
  • Had over 300 miles on this set of General Altimax, both dry and rain, I have to say this tire is super quiet....all I hear now is the engine and wind noise, it will be awhile before it snows again. I put 34psi all round and it still look under inflated in the front. It seems to give me better mileage but that has to be further tested. If it behaves decent in snow, this will be, no doubt the best grand touring available out there.
  • street4street4 Posts: 2
    the Altimax are awesome.. very quiet, absorb small bumps perfectly and have amazing traction. 225/75x16 just fit and look right on black steel rims.
    Had an ice storm with 1" of ice on the road with rain following. The Forester(without studs) was the only vehicle that could move on our hilly terrain.
  • araymondaraymond Posts: 3
    Can anyone give me an idea of what's usually done at the 90K mile tune-up and also the cost of refurbished rims? That is all for a 2000 Forester. Thanks!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was watching an episode of Gearz on Speed and they had a rim refurbished for under $100 IIRC. Just one reference point.
  • TJ162TJ162 Posts: 7
    I'm thinking about putting some new geolandars ATs on my 05 forester and I was wondering if anyone knew how many ply the tires were. The size is 215 60R16 with a standard load range. I can't seem to find out how many ply they are. Does anyone know or have a way of finding out?
  • laredo13laredo13 Posts: 6
    Go to Buy the General Altimax R/T, they're great.
  • TJ162TJ162 Posts: 7
    Does anyone know if 215 65R16 tires will fit on a stock forester with mud guards without rubbing? Would I have to recalibrate my speedometer as well?
  • TJ162TJ162 Posts: 7
    By the way its an 05 forester
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Let's see...

    I used a 225/60R16 tire on my 1998 Forester, and it never once rubbed. Stock was 215/60R16.

    Mine was 10mm wider and 6mm taller.

    Yours is same width, but 10.75mm taller.

    The closest point for mine was the rear spring base. People told me I'd rub the fender liner at full lock but that never happened. That may be worse on yours, though, because it's almost 11mm taller, right where it could potentially rub.

    Do you have a spring compressor? If you can find a way to put one of the front springs at full compression, then turn the wheel and measure how much clearance you have now.
  • TJ162TJ162 Posts: 7
    I don't have a spring compressor, but I was considering a 1 or 2 inch lift kit to solve my problem. That way I could put a taller tire on and gain some clearance for light off-roading.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You'd still have to watch for clearance to the spring perch. Taller springs would move the tires away from the body, but not the base where the spring sits.

    Wheels with a wider offset could fix that, though.
  • noey8noey8 Posts: 16
    Tires are 215-65-16 OEM. I'm looking at a possibly fitting in some previous gen OEM or aftermerket steelies in 15" size for winter and I've calculated that a 215/70-15 tire will work. Question is, does anyone know if the 15" wheel can clear the calipers and anything else?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,858
    I am not sure that they can. I have heard mention that the "newer" generations of Subaru vehicles use larger calipers than the older, so 16" wheels are as small as can be mounted. However, if you find out otherwise, please share!
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Not sure either but I'm going to guess no since the brake rotors grew for 09.
  • mike714mike714 Posts: 1
    I totaled my 2001 legacy outback, but the P225/60 P16 97T tires with 16 inch rims. I bought a 2001 forester with 96T 205/70 R15 tires (15 inch rims, obviously.) can I change tires and rims from wreak to new car?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 10,858
    You sure can. The Outback wheels with that tire size have a diameter that is 98.8% of your stock Forester wheels. That means that when you travel 60 mph, your speedometer will register 59.26 mph, and after 36,000 miles your odometer would clock 35,553, neither of which are very significant.

    You might verify that the tires do not rub the wheel wells while turning when you first mount them (the Outback tires are 20 mm wider than the Forester tires), but I doubt that will be the case.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm not sure about the offsets and such, so do a test-fit, but you're well within the 3% industry standard for variance.
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 370
    I am considering either the Altimax R//T & Altimax HP. The HPs have significantly much better ratings snow & traction and modestly better ratings for wet conditions. Yet the R/Ts appear to have more sipping that than the HP which would suggest that the R/Ts would be better in water & snow.

    What has been your experience with the R/Ts in the wet & snow? Thanks!
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