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#240 of 299 Re: 215 65R16 [TJ162]
Aug 06, 2009 (8:54 am)
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.
#241 of 299 RE: 15" winter wheels for '09 Forester
Aug 15, 2009 (8:10 am)
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?
#242 of 299 RE: 15" winter wheels for '09 Forester [noey8]
Aug 15, 2009 (8:50 am)
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!
#243 of 299 RE: 15" winter wheels for '09 Forester [noey8]
Aug 18, 2009 (8:03 am)
Not sure either but I'm going to guess no since the brake rotors grew for 09.
#244 of 299 legacy outback/forester wheel change
Aug 20, 2009 (1:32 pm)
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?
#245 of 299 Re: legacy outback/forester wheel change [mike714]
Aug 20, 2009 (1:56 pm)
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.
#246 of 299 Re: legacy outback/forester wheel change [xwesx]
Aug 21, 2009 (7:08 am)
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.
#247 of 299 Re: Geolandar tires [laredo13]
Aug 25, 2009 (9:40 pm)
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!
#248 of 299 Re: Geolandar tires [204meca]
Aug 27, 2009 (3:42 am)
My friend has the R/T 's but I went with the Altimax HP 's based on the tirerack ratings. I initially had the same concern about tread design but so far these tires have been great. I have yet to drive them in the snow myself so I can't personally tell you. They handle great and stick to the road when raining so I have no regrets as to my choice so far. I feel confident that I won't have any problems come winter time. I extensively researched tires for my Forester and I think General tires have finally got a great line at very good prices. I hope this helps, good luck.
#249 of 299 tire pressure monitor, 09 Forster
Nov 28, 2009 (8:41 am)
Ok, guys looking for feedback on this matter
Tuesday I stopped into Mastrial Subaru, after returning from a long trip for regular oil change (21,500 miles) When I left, within 1/2 mile the tire pressure monitor started to blink, then remain on steadily lit.
That evening went to a gas station & found out tire pressures were normal (32 psi I believe for front and 30 psi for rear) As I am leaving on another long trip tomorrow and didn't want to have to look at the irritating light I called the dealer & they said come on in, probably have to reset something.
Well, that's what I did this morning. Want to hear the explanation?? They claim that one of the tires was filled with 72 psi! They have no explanation how that much air got in the tire. Again, when I went there on Tuesday, everything seemed to be normal, right after I left the problem arose.
No explanation how that could have happened. But something happened while I was at the dealer. I certainly did not go to a gas station right after leaving there & put that much air in. I would be scared to to hell to stand next to a tire and put that much air in. Dealer claims no one at their place would have done such a dastardly deed (either on purpose or by accident) I know that outside temperature fluctiations can cause a small jump up or down, but nothing like increasing it by more than 50%.
The more and more I think about it, something had to have happened at the dealer, and unlikely an accident. Had I gone on my next long trip (from Providence, RI to Buffalo, NY tomorrow) and driven all those miles on a tire inflated so high, could anything have happened? This really perturbs me.
I have a great relationship with the service dept at this dealer, and don't want to make false accusations, but they insisted one tire was over 72 psi, and that caused the light to go off.