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Hi, I am looking at getting some used 16 inch rims for my 2017 Forester for off-roading. What is the largest tire size I can get? I’ve been looking at the other threads and see a lot of people putting 215/70 on 16’s. Will 215/75 fit?

Plus the used rims are from an older Forester should this be an issue. They are OEM rims size 16x6.5 +48 mm.

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The biggest tire people are able to run on the SJ is 235/65-17 with minor rubbing. That is right around 29'' tall. A 215/75-16 will be 28.7'' tall, so it should fit with minor rubbing.


I am running 215/70-16 on my 2018

Stock: 225/60-17 27.6
215/65-16 27.0
215/70-16 27.9
215/75-16 28.7
225/65-16 27.5
225/70-16 28.4
225/75-16 29.3


The biggest thing is interfering with the strut tower and the spring bottom plate
 

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Excellent, thank you for responding this is exactly what I needed to know. I’m supposed to pick up the new wheels tonight.

I’ll probably use a 215/70/16, So excited for all the new mods on the Fozy!
 

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There are some good choises in that size, I'd take a look at the following:

These Wildpeak AT Trails are real popular lately:

https://www.discounttiredirect.com/buy-tires/cooper-discoverer-at3-4s/p/36830 -- these have been around nearly 10 years now, well reviewed

https://www.discounttiredirect.com/buy-tires/nokian-tire-rotiiva-at/p/25172 I am a huge fan of Nokian

These are kind of a defacto: https://www.discounttiredirect.com/buy-tires/general-grabber-at2/p/32397


I'm not a huge fan of the BFG AT KO2s that are ubiquitous
 

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Thanks for the links I’ll check them out later. What tires do you run?
 

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I am using that size for my snow tires. I am running the wort snow tire ever, the Hankook I-Pike RW-11. Surprisingly enough, they are actually a pretty good directional all terrain. I've put a fair amount of miles on them in the summer and never had extra wear. I like the way they ride on dirt roads and stuff over the factory 17'' wheels
 

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@JimHen You are headed down the right track, as @SyrForester stated 28.7 is going to be tight but should fit with minor rubbing. Also Thank you Syrforester for the links :)

Also regarding the options, tires are a product of compromise, no tire scores 5 out of 5 in every performance attribute, there will always be a give and take. Taking into consideration what your needs and intended purpose is for the tire, the Falken's may be a great choice.
 

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SyrForester, BFG KO2 ATs were great on my Toyota pickup 4X4, they're quite good at most everything except deep mud, but they are All Terrains, not mud tires. Why aren't you a fan?
 

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SyrForester, BFG KO2 ATs were great on my Toyota pickup 4X4, they're quite good at most everything except deep mud, but they are All Terrains, not mud tires. Why aren't you a fan?
They just aren't worth the price. Back when they were the only good all terrain tire on the market, that's what you had and what everyone used. But now there's all terrain tires available that perform better in mud, snow, sand and on the highway ... at 1/2 the price.
 
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