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I have my 2 inch ADF lift on my 04 xt. Happy I didn't go with just 1 inch for those waivering back and forth.


As you can see my 215 60r16 geolandar at/s look a bit small and more forgiveness to rocks and bumps is needed. I think that it could use spacers as it looks really close to the strut with the lift. I've read lots on here about 215 70r16 fitting just fine. But I also read they may rub and maybe a bit hard on fuel and put more strain on components especially coupled with a 20-25 mm wheel spacer.

So, I consider the Methods with the +15 offset for the clearance away from the strut and the slightly smaller 215 70r15 . But how is that for strain with that much poke?

Or, is my best bet the 215 65r16 and no spacers with this setup?

Experienced opinions needed. I have read and read the threads but still unsure.
 

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2001 Forester 5 MT, 2.5 Raptor SC, King 2.5 lift with Primitive under armour. BFG KO2's,Snorkeled.
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I'm running BFG KO2 in the 215/65/16's and they give plenty of sidewall for the rough rocky roads. My rear strut towers are what stopped my going any taller of a tire.
JL
 

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I ran 225/70/15 Geolanders on my old 01 Forester with 2" lift.
Biggest tire that would fit with the stock rims.
Worked well.
 

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I put 215/70r16 Yokohama Geolandar G015’s on my 04 XT today on the stock suspension. I’ll be going with the 1-1 3/8” ADF lift because the vast majority of my driving is on boring paved roads and I don’t NEED the extra forgiveness. They rub a bit on full lock as is, but it seems pretty minimal and can easily be fixed.
 
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