Join Date: Mar 2014
Car Year: 2013
Car Model: OB 3.6R
Transmission: 5 EAT
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I just got those in 225-65-17 for my Outback which has 225-60-17 as OEM. I had been running 225-65-17 GeoL AT-S, now relegated to DD duty (and so I have not even taken the BFG anywhere yet...).
For those Subarus, like mine, that have the 12.4 brakes, wheels smaller than 17 are not an option. I spent months trying to figure out if Braid rally wheels in 16 could fit, but templates only show it would be borderline. I have heard about ZERO people with these brakes running anything under 17.
In turn, if you gotta have 17s, this BFG is the ONLY LT-tire one can fit. Everything else in 225-60 to 235-65 is P-metric AT tires. This is also why all those 4x4 tire reviews are of little use to us: they always test the far tougher LT versions of the tires.
While I have no intention of running the TA KO2 in town, these will be far better in challenging terrain. I have not had any AT-S punctures, but I trust the TA K02's far more rugged, three-ply sidewalls more.
Smaller wheel sizes open a great deal more choices at lower prices.
As for Central Arizona, although the AT-S are plenty enough on forest roads and the likes of Four Peaks, Senator Highway, Bloody Basin, or Schnebly hill , they reach their limits in the endless mixture of rocks and coarse sand that dominate all but the easy trails. The TA KO2 should be better. That said, I usually go unpaved north of Grand Canyon. And I can use the toughest and most dependable tire when the closest tire shop is hundreds of miles away!
2013 OB 3.6R, 2008 Tribeca
(2006 B9, 1995 Legacy)