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Question 1" ADF lift with 235 65 17 rubbing

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My '14 Forester is in for a short block replacement and I decided to have the dealer (Flow Subaru in Winston-Salem, NC - really great folks!) install a 1" ADF spacer kit. I just got a call from them saying that the rear wheels are rubbing badly - too much to drive it to the alignment rack. And they say that an alignment won't fix this problem anyway.

Full disclosure: I've got Hankook Dynapro 235 65 17 tires on there and this seems to be the problem. I'm wondering if these tires are a mistake or if I should find a spacer?

I have an inquiry in to ADF but am at a stand still now so would appreciate any input. @Anderson Design & Fab you out there?


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Well, I talked with Patrick at ADF and my suspicions are confirmed. I'll need smaller tires - 225's in order to make this work. decision time...


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Thanks man! And thanks again for your input earlier - very very helpful.

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Is this for your 14 or 06? If it's for the 14 then it's most likely because you didn't buy the rear subframe realignment spacers to re-center the wheels. You can get away without it with only a 1" lift and close to stock tire size, but not with that much larger of a tire. You might already know about this, but just wanted to emphasize in case it helps you or somebody else.

Your options now are either go with a smaller tire size or buy the subframe spacer kit to keep the tires you have.
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@SuBooneru Sorry, I added that it is a '14 up there. Thanks for the input. For the 1" I didn't expect needing a subframe spacer but with these tires apparently it's needed if I want to keep them.
Now I'm weighing my options, like you say - either downsize tire, remove the lift, or add subframe spacer kit (which is more than i want to do).

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Can we talk about the short block replacement part? On a 14? :( Mine is in for that today too, but it is an 06...
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@konaid - yeah that's another story! Basically I bought this at 95k or thereabouts, drove it for a while. Took it to the dealer for an oil change at 99,500 and told them the oil pressure light came on. They ran an oil consumption test and it failed miserably. They said they'd replace it. That's about where I am now. They've been working on it for a few weeks now and I have a loaner Crosstrek and can't wait to get my Forester back.

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was it hopefully under warranty? It scares me that these newer engines seem to not be lasting very long. I really want a new one, but my faith in the subaru engine is shaky...
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Yeah it was replaced under warranty. My understanding is that the problem is solved with the new short block.


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Alright, quick update. After shuffling through the options I ended up deciding to change out the tires. I found a local shop (Mock Tire) that had the Yoko Geolandar 225 65 17 in stock (for a very good price too) and just dropped them off at the Subaru service center and they'll complete the transformation tomorrow. Now I'll be selling my Hankook Dynapro 235 65 17's later this week - any semi-local NC folks interested in them feel free to holler. I'll be listing them soon.
Thanks for everyone's input - I'm relieved to see the light.

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Well, got my Forester back yesterday and I'm very pleased. The engine runs perfectly and the tires roll very well too. The lift is perfect. I drove it up to Virginia for some fishing immediately and tested it out on 60 miles of road each way then some stream crossings and fire roads. Very happy with the outcome.

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Glad it worked out! Cheers. (P.S. My new engine is making me happy as well. A lot more power, and with the new clutch, she feels great!)
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Good to hear! Planning to go the same route with the 1 inch lift and I already have ko2s in 225-65-17 installed so hopefully this size fits well with the 1inch sPacers! Do you have a pic of the finished result with the g015?
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I bet you’re will work and look great! I really like mine like this I can go many more places now and it rides great. I’ll take a picture today.

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