Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Bodega Bay, Ca.
Car Year: 2018
Car Model: Forester XT Touring
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Just saw this thread and my mention in it. Glad my Foresters and pics helped you to go a similar route with yours. Sorry I haven't been as active on the forum as I used to and didn't see/answer your PM in time.
The 235/65 17 would have only given you very minor rubbing on the fender liner with or without a lift. Lift doesn't really affect it. Tires only slightly rub when steering near full lock at slow speeds like mostly in and out of parking spots. Just a minor amount of noise, but not enough for me to even put the effort into getting rid of it by heat gun and massaging the plastic. The rubbing gets less as the tires wear down.
Either way looks like you made a good choice that you are happy with in the Coopers. They definitely look good. I just went with the Hankooks because I wanted maximum lift, weight savings, and snow performance. The Coopers at the time didn't seem as good in the snow, which is very important to me but maybe the new model is comparable to the Hankook. Happy trails!
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