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Subaru Forester, Tires, Wagon
#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.
#11 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [paisan]
Dec 18, 2007 (2:52 pm)
I agree, Mike. 14,000 is quite a few miles, especially if the tire does not have exceptional treadwear. I had a sidewall failure about 20,000 miles into a set of Goodyear Allegra tires (80,000 mile treadwear), and only replaced the problem tire. It seemed fine on dry roads, but on gravel or ice, I would notice the back end of the car shift a little about once every 2-3 seconds, depending on speed. The car never had that problem before I replaced the tire or after I replaced the set. Overall, the car did not seem any worse for the wear, but I am certain it put quite a bit of strain on the AWD system.
#12 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [cmledmunds]
Dec 18, 2007 (8:47 pm)
I just put those 009s on my dad's 95 Impreza L. He liked em in our last snow/ice we had. So so far so good with them.
#13 of 19 Re: Forester 2006 Replacement Tire or Tires? [cmledmunds]
Dec 18, 2007 (8:54 pm)
I put the G009s on my kids cars: a Hyundai and 2 Nissans. They seem to do very well in all road conditions and have worn well also.