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#1 of 19 Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires?
Dec 17, 2007 (11:46 am)
My 2006 Forester has only 14,000 miles. My passenger rear tire has a nail on the inner edge and can probably not be patched. The dealer service that has my car now said I must replace all 4 tires because there is a difference of greater than 2/32. Mine are at 7/32 (new are at 10/32). So I just missed the cutoff to replace only the damaged tire--at least by Subaru Service.
The originals are Yokihama Geolanders, and I haven't been very happy with them because they tend to lose air fairly quickly (with minimum driving). My dilemma is I don't really want to replace all 4 tires and don't know if I need to. I can get just one replacement tire at a tire store. However, I might look into another brand that would work on my Forester. I'm looking for something cheap but quiet and able to handle snow.
#2 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [cmledmunds]
Dec 17, 2007 (12:01 pm)
They are using the wrong yardstick. It's not 2/32" of tread difference, it's 1/4" of difference in the diameter of the tires. Perhaps those are similar.
That mileage seems pretty low. I'd get a 2nd opinion, or measure the rolling diameter and compare to a new one (perhaps someone here has that info for you?).
#3 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [ateixeira]
Dec 17, 2007 (12:22 pm)
Thanks for the info. I'm just a dumb car chick who is very busy at work today but needs to resolve this dilemma. The 2006 Forester tire specs: 215/60-16. I think I can get away with one tire, but again, I'm not thrilled with the current Yokohamas. I've heard good things about the Goodyear Assurance Triple Treads on the Forester. Any suggestions on whom to consult or what to replace them with?
#4 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [cmledmunds]
Dec 17, 2007 (1:54 pm)
You might want to try tirerack.com. Their site has a LOT of tire info. You can search by vehicle, or you can give them a call. They have always been very helpful to me. However, don't be surprised if they tell you the same thing, that you should replace all four tires if they aren't all within 1/4" circumference or so. To do otherwise can lead to excessive wear on the AWD system, according to Subaru.
Regarding a good tire selection, I can tell you what has worked for me. I have a 2001 Forester and I have been very happy with Continental's ContiExtremeContac's. I'm on my second set, and will be putting on a third set when these ones are worn. However, I do use dedicated winter tires during the winter months (Bridgestone Blizzak WS-50).
I hope this helps.
#5 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [leo2633]
Dec 17, 2007 (1:56 pm)
Sorry, that's right, it is CIRCUMFERENCE.
I stand corrected. I've mixed that up more than once, it's 1/4" difference in circumference, not diameter.
CR named the Falken Ziex 512 a Best Buy and they're sold by VulcanTires.com and by Discount Tire Direct, but not at Tire Rack. They don't have that long of a tread life, but they're inexpensive, and if you slash another tire you're not losing a bigger investment.
#6 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [cmledmunds]
Dec 17, 2007 (2:17 pm)
I used some Goodyear TripleTreds on an Outback. I put about 25,000 miles on them before I lost the car, but they provided fabulous handling on dry, wet, snow, and ice. Exceptional tread wear as well. I expected them to go 70,000 miles before thinking about replacement, which, for that car, meant they were the last set of tires I planned to buy for it!
The only down side to them was fuel economy. They dropped my fuel economy about 5%, unless there was some other problem that started concurrently with installing the tires. At the 22 mpg I would get with that car before hand, the result was not huge (about 1 mpg), but it was consistently less - especially on dry roads.
#8 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [xwesx]
Dec 17, 2007 (2:56 pm)
14k miles is way way too much to change only 1 tire. You are about 1/2 way through the life of the tire. Change all 4 to be safe, unless you plan on trading in the car in the next 2 years.
#9 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [paisan]
Dec 18, 2007 (1:37 pm)
Thanks--it looks that way. I'm looking for a good deal. Have you heard anything about Bridgestone 50000? They have buyone, get one free at Mr. Tire for $120.00.
#10 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [paisan]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:18 pm)
Oops--I got the wrong info (have someone doing research for me). It's Bridgestone Potenza G009, buy 3 & get 1 free for $126.99. I think someone in a forum liked them.