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Hi everybody,

When got my JDM forester has 225/55 16 W tyres on it they are road tyres as well :-( , but looking through the manual it says 215/60 16 V.

In 225 size you cant seem to get AT tyres. Is it okay to change to 215 tyres and put on AT ones. If so what would you recommend, I am finding the forester sliding..

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Loz
 

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225/55 is a common upgrade as you can get more sporting tyres in that size than in 215/60 and they are the same rolling radius within 3mm.

What brand tyres have you got? If your on ice then most UK all seasons will slide!

Simon
 

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The make currently fitted is Nokian, but I think they are road tyres not all rounders.
 

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I have Quantrac 3 tyres fitted which have been excellent in snow. Grip galore. £80 each in 215/60.
 

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Hi everybody,

When got my JDM forester has 225/55 16 W tyres on it they are road tyres as well :-( , but looking through the manual it says 215/60 16 V.

In 225 size you cant seem to get AT tyres. Is it okay to change to 215 tyres and put on AT ones. If so what would you recommend, I am finding the forester sliding..

Cheers

Loz
My 2007 XT has 17" wheels with 215/55/17 tyres but some of the tyres I am considering are only available in 215/60/17 would it be ok to fit the 60 aspect ones? I realize the speedo will be slightly out but can anyone see any snags

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That size (215/60/17) "should" fit as its between the size of a 215/65/16 and 215/70/16, so it should clear the suspension. The 65 definitely fits on 03-08 foresters, 70 will usually fit. If you're lowered at all they'll likely rub. The 215/60/17 should clear everything (some might not though, especially if they have an offroad or beefier tread)
 

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Can I also ask a tyre question (Hope you don't mind Loz !).
T/tb has 225/50/17 's on at the moment, not exactly a wide market choice of supplier.
What would be an alternative 17" size that would give more market choice ? Nothing fatter as these are quite hefty ones !
Does this make sense ?

Brian
 

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That size (215/60/17) "should" fit as its between the size of a 215/65/16 and 215/70/16, so it should clear the suspension.
Speedo will be a long way out due to the extra 1/2" of wheel, may also foul as its a larger radius, very bad idea I think!

Simon
 
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Can I also ask a tyre question (Hope you don't mind Loz !).
T/tb has 225/50/17 's on at the moment, not exactly a wide market choice of supplier.
What would be an alternative 17" size that would give more market choice ? Nothing fatter as these are quite hefty ones !
Does this make sense ?

Brian
215/55/17 is a good choice and a perfect fit too!
You can also get Vredestein sportracs in this size :icon_biggrin:
 

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Speedo will be a long way out due to the extra 1/2" of wheel, may also foul as its a larger radius, very bad idea I think!

Simon
The speedo actually over-reads by quite a bit stock (at least on 03+). On mine the speedo is perfectly dead on with 215/65/16, its almost like they thought they were going to use that size stock on the SG and then changed their minds. Anything taller than 215/60/16 however will not fit all that well if lowered.

Agree with AP, 215/55/17 is a good bet, I'm running 225/50/17 for summers, but only because the 235/50/17 was out of stock and actually like the 225/50 size, seems to be a good match to a moderately lowered/modded forester (running ze912, which isn't my favorite, but is a decent dry/wet tire).
 
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