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I was a few thousand miles away from getting new tires and then I got a flat today so I've decided to go ahead and get the new tires now. My question is whether or not it is absolutely necessary to put H rated tires back on the Forester?
 

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How fast you drive ? H is rated for up to 130MPH if you dont drive 130 anywhere then Id say no
 

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How fast you drive ? H is rated for up to 130MPH if you dont drive 130 anywhere then Id say no
LOL The fastest I've ever had the Forester is 100 on the interstate...then my wife woke up and yelled at me!! LOL I don't think I'd ever even come close to the 118 of the T rating.
 

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Dont think of it as a speed rating ...think of it as a performance rating ... H is a mild performance tire , if you run an S or T rating you will have more tire squirm and more lean in the corners .... It all depends on how you drive ...If you like going through the corners you will hate S or T rated tires .... I just went from H to Z and will never go back ... I never drive over 80 MPH ..but to me it has nothing to do with Speed ....all to do with how the car handles ...Z's have a much stiffer sidewall than H , so they work much better in the corners .... same as H will have a stiffer sidewall than S or T , so they will work better in the corners .... S and T may work better in wet or snow conditions so you have to factor that in also .... all depends on how and where you drive !!!
 

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I appreciate the info folks :Banane35:
I'm gonna go ahead and get Geolander A/T S tonight. So it looks like I'm staying with H rated tires after all:shrug:
 

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Dont think of it as a speed rating ...think of it as a performance rating ... H is a mild performance tire , if you run an S or T rating you will have more tire squirm and more lean in the corners .... It all depends on how you drive ...If you like going through the corners you will hate S or T rated tires .... I just went from H to Z and will never go back ... I never drive over 80 MPH ..but to me it has nothing to do with Speed ....all to do with how the car handles ...Z's have a much stiffer sidewall than H , so they work much better in the corners .... same as H will have a stiffer sidewall than S or T , so they will work better in the corners .... S and T may work better in wet or snow conditions so you have to factor that in also .... all depends on how and where you drive !!!
^This is a very good response. I will only add one thing for the OP...

There is give and take for every feature in a tire. The correct tire for you depends on your vehicles requirements and your wants. When possible, try to stay with, at least, a speed rating of equal to or higher than your OE tire.
 
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