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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 02:45 PM
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Dumb question but, would these tires fit without the lift?

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@RawLand , what do you mean by "The wobble of the suspension remains"?
Do you mean the wobble is the same as on a stock setup? Or did you get wobble after installing the lift?

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@RawLand , what do you mean by "The wobble of the suspension remains"?
Do you mean the wobble is the same as on a stock setup? Or did you get wobble after installing the lift?
The lift and tires had no negative affect on the soft strut spring action of the 2019 Forester Sport.

The soft strut springs make for a rolly-polly ride when pushing the vehicle, meaning driving like I'm in rally mode.

The ATK02s make for better tire grip on wet and rough surfaces because they are wider and have voids to pass water.

The ATK02s absorb speed bumps and potholes much better.

The ATK02s protect the wheels from curbs and rocks.
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The occasional touching of the tire edge to the wheel liner ribs has been so minor that I haven't felt the need to do anything.
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@RawLand , thanks!
I think this might be the setup for me, ReadyLift + 255/55/r18 KO2s on stock wheels.
Looks like more expansive subframe drop lift kits are not necessary and might be even causing the driveline shake while this cheaper lift does not.

If you get a chance can you post a photo of the front and rear CVs to see the angle? I think I'll order the kit if the angle doesn't look too bad.

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The occasional touching of the tire edge to the wheel liner ribs has been so minor that I haven't felt the need to do anything.
Have you had 5 passengers and a full load of cargo in the vehicle since the tires were installed? Does the additional weight squat the suspension down enough to cause additional rub at full turn or going over speed bumps? Thank You
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Have you had 5 passengers and a full load of cargo in the vehicle since the tires were installed? Does the additional weight squat the suspension down enough to cause additional rub at full turn or going over speed bumps? Thank You
No, but will soon have two, luggage and motorcycle trailer.

Will post more as I learn more.
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Had that very same setup on my old '15 Crosstrek with 2" lift. LOVED the look, but at cost of MPG and further acceleration drag. CVT would get hotter than normal as well.

Curious how well this gels with the '19 N/A Forester.

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Updated gas mileage: Indicated 20.9 mpg X 1.046 = 21.86 mpg (Did you take the odometer error into account?)

Acceleration? Well, surely you jest as I came from a similar sized 4X4 with a V8. Feels the same as before the ATK02s were installed, sorta slow but acceptable.
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Updated gas mileage: Indicated 20.9 mpg X 1.046 = 21.86 mpg (Did you take the odometer error into account?)

Acceleration? Well, surely you jest as I came from a similar sized 4X4 with a V8. Feels the same as before the ATK02s were installed, sorta slow but acceptable.
What kind of gas mileage were you getting before the tires? I average 27-31 so 21 seems very low, but sounds like you have a heavy foot.

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What kind of gas mileage were you getting before the tires? I average 27-31 so 21 seems very low, but sounds like you have a heavy foot.
Dash indicated 21.9 mpg.

Ethanol gas, and rather brisk driving. Our paid express lanes through the middle of town have 75 mph speed limit. The freeways in town are 70 mph.
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So no hit on MPG? that's weird with added 20lbs per tire and 30mm of extra road contact which should increase rolling resistance, and essentially regearing which makes acceleration less efficient, I came across a jalopnik article testing an XV with similarly taller and heavier tires on a dyno, that thing lost 10% of wheel hp.
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Driving around town doesn't require a lot of horsepower, unless you want to smoke past everyone.

The stiff LT version of these ATK02s, at 37 psi, may have a reasonable rolling resistance with such a lightweight Forester.

Don't know, but I'm seeing identical mpg.
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Updated gas mileage: Indicated 20.9 mpg X 1.046 = 21.86 mpg (Did you take the odometer error into account?)

Acceleration? Well, surely you jest as I came from a similar sized 4X4 with a V8. Feels the same as before the ATK02s were installed, sorta slow but acceptable.
Yep, circumference/rotation taken into consideration. My commute was 60%HWY/40%Rural. And mind you, much of that is DMV traffic, so, LOTS of crawls the closer to DC you get.

As for accel, mine felt like a death trap in the making heh. My highway ramps are short and along 65 and 70mph stretches, plenty of semis in the right lane for scales. That get-up-and-go was not there when attempting merges with semis screaming in the right lane at 65+. :o

But yeah, of course, that is just my experience, and in a different model. Even so, I do miss that rugged looking snail on occasion. :)

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Looking good man, i also lifted my 2019 Forester. Subielift OZ 2" front and 2.5" rear on Pirelli Scorpion AT Plus 225/65r17. This is how stock supposed to look like

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