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What is an ideal psi for running winter tires? I like running my summers at 35 all around, but have never run winters before. FWIW, they are the Michelin X-Ice tires, 205/65/16 on a 2009 Forester Premium X.
 

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I keep mine the same in winter. Gas mileage sucks too bad to keep them lower.
 

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Subaru's recommended cold tire pressures for the '09 Forester are:

225/55R17: 32F / 30R
215/65R16: 30F / 29R​

I have my 215/65R16 winter tires set at 32F / 31R... they seem to be working out rather well so far.

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Subaru's recommended cold tire pressures for the '09 Forester are:

225/55R17: 32F / 30R
215/65R16: 30F / 29R​
I'm assuming you know that the term "cold" doesn't refer to cold weather, rather just standing tire pressure, before extended driving. No offence intended, just didn't want people to get confused!
 

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I keep mine at around 36f/34r usually, up to about 38 for a stiffer tire, offroad i'll drop them to about 25.
Yeah, 22 is my preferred offroad pressure, unless I'm dealing with snow (or sand I guess, but we don't really have any here). Then I have dropped it down to as low as 12.
 

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Not sure that I buy into it, but I found this Tire Rack article on winter tire pressure to be interesting.

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Jim / crewzer
 

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Interesting points on tire pressure...it seems each has their own preference.

I have a question: Is the pressures listed in the drivers door jam recommended for the stock tires or for all tires you put on the car? The reason I ask is because tires can be so different, it would seem reasonable that different tires would perform better at different pressures. Anyone know for sure?:icon_question:
 

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I run my winter tires at 37-38 PSI. Anything lower and I found the handling a bit handful. I am running 215/65R16 Gislaved Nordfrost 5 winter tires. The 65 aspect ratio might have something to do with it.
 

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I have a question: Is the pressures listed in the drivers door jam recommended for the stock tires or for all tires you put on the car?
The pressures listed on the B-pillar placard are Subaru's recommendations for the specific tires and conditions listed on the placard. Changing tires and/or conditions may require different pressures.

For example, my car's placard lists the pressure specs for the 225/55R17 tires which were supplied with the car and its trim level. The owner's manual contains the same info, and it also contains different (lower) pressure specs for the 215/65R16 tires fitted to the base model.

You may find this Tire Rack link to be informative.

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Jim / crewzer
 

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I have the same winter tires (215-60-16) and I run 38 psi on all four. The handling seemed a bit soft on 32psi, and with the crazy temp fluctuations in the Mid Atlantic, 38 feels about right for me.

Michael
 
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