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Name
Enrique
Year
2019
Make
Subaru
Model
Forester
Color
Pearl white
Packages
None
Overnight camping in the Joshua Tree National Park BLM. Slept on the ground in a normal tent. Still havent been convinced to invest in a roof tent.
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The rest are from the following week in the JT National Park.
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Modifications

Drivetrain
Stock
Interior
All-weather mats
Exterior
OEM Aero Crossbar, Tow hitch
Audio
Stock
Lighting
Stock
Exhaust
Stock
Wheel and Tire
Stock (225/65R18)

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Absolutely beautiful. Your camping trip is exactly why we are a Subie Family. We just bought a 2020 Forester Sport. This is exactly the kind of camping trips we want to do.

Can I ask, do you have all terrain tires? If so, what brand?

I am looking to get all terrains, but I am NOT lifting the Subie and want to stay as close to OEM specs as much as possible.

Any insight you could offer?

Thank you.
 

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Absolutely beautiful. Your camping trip is exactly why we are a Subie Family. We just bought a 2020 Forester Sport. This is exactly the kind of camping trips we want to do.

Can I ask, do you have all terrain tires? If so, what brand?

I am looking to get all terrains, but I am NOT lifting the Subie and want to stay as close to OEM specs as much as possible.

Any insight you could offer?

Thank you.
At the time of theses photos I had stock tires. I've gone off road a few times on stock tires and was surprised how well they held up. I think that airing down played a big part in that (normally right around 25-28psi in these conditions). I stayed on mostly unimproved roads and dirt trails, patches of soft sand but nothing real technical at all. I plan on continuing like that since this is my daily driver as well so I can't afford to take big risks and go rock crawling or anything crazy like that. I've since got a 1.5" lift and some Toyo Open Country A/T III (235/65R17) but I went down in rim size to allow me a larger overall tire size.

As for the all terrain tires that stay within the OEM specs, there are a few popular brands. Assuming that the '20 Forester Sport still has 225/55R18, I know that the Falken Wildpeaks and Toyo Open Country A/T III both have those sizes. You can simply google "[your tire size] all-terrain tires" and you should get a list of options, you will easily save between $700-$1000 since you won't need new rims.

I knew very little about off-roading and all-terrain tires, so I spent some time researching and teaching myself while keeping in mind that I won't be treating my Subie like a weekend toy, again it is my daily driver. My decision to get the lift and A/T tires were to ensure the safety of the under-carriage and not get stuck if I went venturing off and came across something sketchy.
 

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Thank you for the reply. And thank you for the insight as well. It's very helpful. And yes, the 2020 has 225/55 R18 stocks. And Falken Wildpeaks and Toyo AT3's are 2bof the top 3 AT's I'm considering. The other is Pirelli Scorpions. My Forester is also a daily driver. And I don't want to deviate too far from OEM specs. I just want proper AT's for "off-pavement" camping, lol! I'm not interested in lifting mine. I am however going to drop a rim size so I can get a larger sidewall AT. I'm also considering skid plates to protect from any chunky rocks or earth that might kick up into the undercarriage. I'm getting 17" Forester rims. Nothing fancy. And getting 225/65R17's. And I also plan on swapping the tires out for each camping trip. It's a pain, but I don't mind swapping. The stocks will stay on there for daily driving. The AT's will be stored. I can't wait to get started! Again, thank you for the advice and insight. I appreciate it. Enjoy the Subie Life!! Aloha!
 
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