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I'm trying to decide between a couple tire options. The car is used for my daily commute roughly 4-5 days a week as well as errands from time to time. My commute is about 19 miles each way. The car is also used on the trails and I would like to do a bit more with it. These are the tires I've been looking at. They're going to go on Method 15" wheels. The car is mostly stock.

215/75R15

General Grabber AT2
Kuhmo Road Venture A/T 51
Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
BFG All Terrain T/A KO2


I'm leaning towards the Geolandars but I've heard great things about the KO2. I would probably go with the KO2 but I'm a little worried they're too aggressive for how much highway driving they will do.

EDIT: We also drive on the beach during the summers.
 

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the ko2 are much heavier than the grabber and geolanders. i think the k02 are 38lbs each, where the grabber is 31. thats of course with the tire size i was looking at and i think geolanders were even lighter at 28.

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215 65 16.
k02 34
grabbers 29
geolanders 25lb
 

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--- I missed your slight Ninja edit while typing this up.... :Banane37:


What tires are you rocking now?

What is the extent of the trails you'll be frequenting and how often? Typical fire roads or stuff that makes you do this... And need a spotter?





I rock Michelin Defender LTX M/S on mine. Great for commute and no issues with the three seasons I get here. Nor the fire roads I've traveled.

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The car came with some inexpensive Falken All-Season tires. So far mostly dirt roads and fields (ranches, campgrounds, parks, etc.) but I'd like to do a little more. Thinking about going to some of the bigger parks in Texas next year (Big Bend, Sam Houston, etc).
 

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I'm running the KO2s. I love them, they are fantastic on the trail...

...BUT the heaviness is really noticeable...the car is less zippy and my mileage has taken a hit. Granted, I don't have a turbo so maybe that wouldn't be as much of an issue for an XT.

They're not exactly silent either, the noise isn't terrible, but it's there, most prominently at highway speeds.

And I find myself driving it slow and easy on (paved) curvy mountain roads, more like a truck than a sporty car, though honestly I don't know how much of that is due to the tire itself and how much is due to the change from a 16" to 15" wheel and having more sidewall.

For me, these are not issues because I work from a home office and have no commute...the bulk of the miles I accumulate is actually play time, either getting to trails or being on trails, so those sacrifices are worth it to me for the stellar offroad performance.

If I had to commute a number of miles every day, I might think twice, mostly for the fuel consumption and sluggish driving response. But again, they are an absolute pleasure on the trail.
 

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Noted. My commute is mostly boring straight line highway. I have a STI for the fun roads.

I'd say milage and noise are my biggest concerns with some of the more aggressive options as well as wear. I'm thinking the Geolandars are probably a good compromise in that regard.
 

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Over here the Bridgestone Dueler D697 is a good compromise and has established a good reputation: https://www.bridgestonetyres.com.au/dueler-at-d697

Some local Subie club members use them with great effect. I'm not sure what the equivalent product is over there - maybe AT Revo?

I'm thinking of giving them a try next - I've been running BFG AT ko for many years but at about 50% wear they get a bit slippery in the wet. Maybe this has been fixed for the KO2.

I won't go anywhere near Yoko Geolanders again having gone through 5, maybe 6, that were sidewalled many years ago. But recent users seem to give them good reports.

Maxxis and Grabbers are also gaining a good reputation over here.
 

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I've had yoko at/s on my 14 for about 50k miles now and still have about 6-7 /32 on them. Been overall happy with them.
I do a high speed commute daily and I have taken it on a trails many times without any issues.. Even when balancing on two wheels.
Snow performance I think has been pretty good but am probably soon going to upgrade to the yoko g015 if there is good deal in November sincr it's supposed to be improved version of at/s with even better snow performance.


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G015's have been stellar on mine! quiet, cush and capable, no big hit to mileage, what's not to love? Gimme some snow, c'mon it'll be 29 this week, snow snow snow snow!
 

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Firestone destination are a very good all terrain tire that can take care of daily duties. I have used mine for 2 years and have loved them. They are rugged enough mud and dirt but quiet and comfortable on the highway. No humming or obnoxious roaring.

I also happen to be a auto tech and have seen these tires come an go with no troubles on a variety of vehicles or sizes.

They have a decently aggressive look to them too. I shopped around wanting a tire that was great on road as I knew that would be where my Forester would be most of the time but a off road capabilities when they came up. I haven't been let down by them.

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I'll just chime in on the ko2's, I have them on my Cherokee Trailhawk great tire, good snow traction but if you need to do City driving, the weight will kill your mpg. The stop and go is not so good. Highway is still pretty decent and trail is great. For my NA Forester, I'll be sticking with a lighter option since the 225/65/17 ko2 is about 39 pounds. I'm looking at the Cooper At3 4s, Toyota at2 and g015 as options.
 

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After driving on the trailhawk rental with the ko2, i ordered my ko2 for my fozie.

Pros:
1. Strong sturdy look
2. Proven on tough road with its treading
3. Strong sidewall and ability to grasp road, obstacle when airdown.
4. Give me about .5" lift when i go for its larger size and smaller wheel.

Cons: (maybe not so much)
1. Some road noise at city street, but i wont hear it if i talked or have music on.
2. Heavy yet not seeing much impact when i accelerate on the trailhawk.
3. Yup fuel hit maybe about 1mpg on my fozie.

Depends on what you value more, but i dont want to get stranded out of nowhere or cant tackle rough terrain when i want to have fun. If i really am concerned on my gas mileage i would put back my oem tires.

YMMV.
 

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Hey Long,

Running stock 225/55/17's :thumbsup:


And off topic... Are you down to the Forester only? Or still have the GC/WRX's....

@HeyChris

Chris, nice tires I was browsing at Costco today and was recommended them especially with deal going on. What size your tires? Thanks. Long
 

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Not sure if you have but check out the Cooper AT3 4S. That’s what I’m getting. They’re phenomenal apparently.


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Chris thanks. Yeah besides the new FXT, I still have my other Subies 05 LGT and 00 WRS.

Hey Long,

Running stock 225/55/17's <img src="https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/images/SubaruForester_2014/icons/post_thumbsup.png" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbs Up" class="inlineimg" />


And off topic... Are you down to the Forester only? Or still have the GC/WRX's....

@HeyChris

Chris, nice tires I was browsing at Costco today and was recommended them especially with deal going on. What size your tires? Thanks. Long
 

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Not sure if you have but check out the Cooper AT3 4S. That’s what I’m getting. They’re phenomenal apparently.


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What size would you get those in that would fit the foz?

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