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I tried to read the posts about full size spares for the Forester and I really got confused. I have the 17" wheels and I want to get a full size spare wheel and tire.. if I go to Tire Rack.com will they know what I'm talking about and sell me the right thing?
 

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yes. input your year, make and model and select wheels from the drop down menu. If you want a black steel wheel (your cheapest option), pick one in 17", then select any tire you'd like in OEM size.

Also, if you have a discount tire/america's tire near your location, you can pick one up there. I got mine there for the same price (without having to ship it) and they had both the wheel and tire in stock.
 

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oddly, tirerack tells me it does not have tires in stock for a 2012 premium. :icon_frown:
 

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Subelady,

Your avatar indicates you have a 2001 Forester, but you're asking about a full-size spare for a 2012 Forester. Can I ask you to confirm the model year in question? Also, which transmission (manual or automatic)?

For a 2012 Forester, you have a choice between 16" wheels and 17" wheels. My old thread describing a full size spare on a 16" wheel for our 2009 and 2012 Foresters (both are "SH" models) may be helpful:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f72/full-size-spare-09-forester-52279/

Regards,
Jim / crewzer
 

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Subelady, if you have 17" wheels and you're interested, I have a full size spare I never used for my 2011 Limited. It has a steel wheel. I purchased the wheel and tire at Tirerack last summer. PM me if you're interested. I am interested in getting rid of it since it's taking up space in my garage!


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Sorry about that. This is my second Forester. It is a a 2012 with 17" wheels.

Subelady,

Your avatar indicates you have a 2001 Forester, but you're asking about a full-size spare for a 2012 Forester. Can I ask you to confirm the model year in question? Also, which transmission (manual or automatic)?

For a 2012 Forester, you have a choice between 16" wheels and 17" wheels. My old thread describing a full size spare on a 16" wheel for our 2009 and 2012 Foresters (both are "SH" models) may be helpful:

http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f72/full-size-spare-09-forester-52279/

Regards,
Jim / crewzer
 

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We also have a 2012 Forester Premium w/ 17" wheels and a manual transmission.

However, the base trim model was fitted with 16" wheels and 215/65R16 tires. Accordingly, when it comes to a full-size spare, you have a couple of options:

1) A 17" wheel with a 225/55R17 tire, or
2) A 16" wheel with a 215/65R16 tire​

Our f/s spare is the 16" wheel with a 215/65R16 tire; 17" steel wheels were not readily available when I purchased our f/s spare in 2009. Our winter tire set is also 215/65R16 tires on 16" steel wheels.

HTH,
Jim / crewzer
 

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Thanks, that was what was confusing me: people putting 16" wheels on the spare tire when they had 17" wheels on the other tires. I feel goofy for not realizing this was fine.
I may have worked out a deal to get grumpypants' spare tire instead.
The OEM tires have 38k miles on them. I am impressed that they've lasted this long. My 01 Forester OEM tires didn't last very long IIRC.

We also have a 2012 Forester Premium w/ 17" wheels and a manual transmission.

However, the base trim model was fitted with 16" wheels and 215/65R16 tires. Accordingly, when it comes to a full-size spare, you have a couple of options:

1) A 17" wheel with a 225/55R17 tire, or
2) A 16" wheel with a 215/65R16 tire​

Our f/s spare is the 16" wheel with a 215/65R16 tire; 17" steel wheels were not readily available when I purchased our f/s spare in 2009. Our winter tire set is also 215/65R16 tires on 16" steel wheels.

HTH,
Jim / crewzer
 

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I feel goofy for not realizing this was fine.
I don't believe you should be too hard on yourself over this, as it's not intuitively obvious. Besides, exchanging useful info and helping out where we can is what this forum is all about! :icon_cool:

Best of luck with GP's spare. Note that you may have to "flip" the cup washer on the retaining hardware when you secure the full-size spare.

Regards,
Jim / crewzer
 
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