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Looking to put a set of BF Goodrich KO2 tires on my 2019 Sport. Planned on buying 17" Black Rhino Boxer rims and running 225/65R17 tires.

However, I just saw a picture of a 2019 Sport (see below) with the stock black 18" rims rolling on BFG KO2 size 255/55R18. Looks pretty good and would save me a bunch of money by not having to buy another set of rims.

I was informed by the lift kit company that the stock rim & 255/55R18 tire combo will fit with no issues on a 2" lifted 2019.

Has anyone run this combination?
Do you think there would be advantages with a 17" rim set up vs the 18" rim set up?
Go with the 17" or go with the 18"?

Thank you for your thoughts.
 

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Having driven a couple sets of ATK0s and now ATK02s I can say that they are crap on rain slick streets, requiring adding sliding time to all hard stops. BUT, they are tough as nails on bad trails and nails and screws merely bring on very slow leaks. They do look good too.

The 4.6% increase in rolling diameter will offer greater warranty.

The added 15 pounds of ATK02 weight will require a lot more HP to get moving.

They do look good though.

The TerrainContact A/T doesn't look as good but the steel belts will offer durability, and a mileage warranty, with only a 3 pound penalty.

ATK02 Project site: https://lpaventure.com/blogs/projects-forester/2019-subaru-forester-sport-ricardo-g
 

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Ordered the G015 for delivery today, but putting the above study together made me change to the 255/55/18 ATK02s. Dang they look good, and are tough. They will protect the wheels from damage off-roading too. So, I'll accelerate even slower because of the much higher unsprung tire weight, but they do look good.

Installation after the 2" lift next week.
 

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I'm a few months late to this thread, but I have a Primitive Racing 1.5" lift and the KO2''s fit great on the stock 18" rims. There is not rub and they look sick and give the rig that aggresive look I wanted.
 

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I have a Primitive Racing 1.5" lift and the KO2''s fit great on the stock 18" rims. There is not rub ....
Anyone else running 255/55R18 BFG K02 on the stock +48 wheel?

RawLand has shown that he has some minor rub with a 2" lift at full turn in his prior posts.

The 255's look so nasty! In a good way.
I really want to go with this set up ,but my wife will go bananas if she hears noises while driving. Will think there is a problem and panic.

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I'm in the same boat as you. I would prefer to run the KO2's on the stock wheels because I think the stock wheels look better than aftermarket wheels but after reading the thread by RawLand, im holding off for a bit. I really dont want any parts rubbing, even if minor. I'm ready to order the LP Aventure 2" lift asap but need to figure out my tire situation first. Hope someone else can chime in with KO2's on stock wheels with 2" lift.
 

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I'm ready to order the LP Aventure 2" lift asap but need to figure out my tire situation first.
Just order that lift and put it in while you wait on the tires.

I have been driving on the stock 225 Falkens for almost 3k miles with the LP 2" lift installed.
It is killing me every time I look at it with those wimpy tires. That is why I have not posted any pics of the vehicle to this forum. It looks so lame without aggressive tires.

With the 255's, the area Rawland shows interference is on the aluminium splash guard's side bracket. I had all these parts powder coated orange so tire rub will ruin the fancy powder coat job in that area.

Additionally, when driving in winter, you get snow and ice pack build up in the wheel well area which will cause a condition of even less clearance.

They look so good though!
 

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The owner of the forester you posted is on IG and he recently posted a video showing where the 255/55r18 are rubbing. His KO2's are rubbing in a different area than where Rawland is rubbing.
 

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Video doesn't show what I would call rubbing as much as what appears to be touching at full turning lock.

Tiny exchange for a much more interesting tire.
 

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As much as I like the look, and would love to save the money on buying new wheels, I don’t want to squeeze in a tire that doesn’t fit. If any of those parts that are being rubbed fail, or possibly any suspension parts fail the dealer does not have to cover them under warranty. Which would be more expensive than just buying the proper wheel and tire setup.
 

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Any concern over a tiny bit of tire touching is unwarranted. The same happened on my 4Runner and it affected nothing over the 370,000 miles of use. All touching can be stopped by turning the steering wheel 1/2" less than full lock. Most times at full lock I don't even notice any touching, as I do a lot of U-turns. We all make choices, and I'm comfortable with my choice.
 

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That’s great that your fine with tires that don’t really fit your vehicle. I’m happy for you, however, saying any concern over tires making contact with other parts that are not suppose to be rubbed/touched is “unwarranted” is pretty ridiculous. Your tires are rubbing without even off-roading. If you off road it will only get worse.

Anyway, If anything happens to those suspension components, even if totally unrelated to your tire decision, you will be paying to fix that out of pocket.

Subaru of America just sent out letters to dealerships stating they are not to install off road tires, aftermarket wheels, lift kits,etc.. due to them prematurely wearing out parts and possibly causing problems with eyesight. I just talked to my dealer about this less than a week ago and they are not allowed to install wheels, bigger tires, or lift kits and they are also instructed to note any vehicle modifications during routine service.

Your decision is made and I hope you don’t run into any problems, but for all the people who haven’t decided what to do yet.. it might be more expensive up front to purchase new wheels, but could potentially save you more money in the long run by having proper wheel and tire fitment.
 
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