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#2720816 - 08/21/12 06:28 AM Re: tires for 2013 subaru outback [Re: faramir9]
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Registered: 03/16/04
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Originally Posted By: faramir9


BTW, I have heard that Subaru's AWD system is very sensitive to changes in tire size/diameter. I would not upsize the width without lowering the ratio. One of the Subie fans on here can expound, maybe.



A Subaru could care less what tires/diameters are put on four wheels. However it is very(beyond) important that the four tires installed are with 1/4" rolling circumference of each other. Basically rolling circumference means you run a tape around the centerline of tire and measure how much touches the road.
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#2720933 - 08/21/12 09:15 AM Re: tires for 2013 subaru outback [Re: Rand]
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Why not go Michelin Primacy MXM4? Amongst the best out there and will be fine going over grass, IMO.

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#2721062 - 08/21/12 12:14 PM Re: tires for 2013 subaru outback [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 05/27/08
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Why not go Michelin Primacy MXM4? Amongst the best out there and will be fine going over grass, IMO.


Because it's not available in that size

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#2721258 - 08/21/12 03:27 PM Re: tires for 2013 subaru outback [Re: Rand]
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Basically I'm not pushing tires on him. He knows I'm picky about tires and wanted to ditch them all on his own (lol). Its not time sensitive.

It will probably wait till mid/end of september when everyone does their pre-winter sales.

There are limited tires available.. Believe me I have a few goto tires I would buy/highly recommend.. and exactly 0 are available in that size.

some are available in the 225/55r17 but thats too small.

235/55r17 is an odd size so that doesnt help even if its fairly close to the stock size.

235/60R17 has 1 additional tire the cooper AT3

not sure if hes going to opt for an AT tire, or a more carlike tire. 95% of the time hes on highway 5% is gravel/chip or grass.

Good snow/ice traction is a plus he wont be buying snowtires.

The goodyears may be an option but he doesnt like goodyear much.

Finally, I'm not really keen on nokian all year winter tires.

I do love their snow tires. They also seem to cost about 30% more and are hard to get here. No one local sells them and DTD/TR dont sell them (at least in my size)

so that kinda kills that.


Nondirectional is a plus, as is higher than H speed rating.. H-minimum.


Edited by Rand (08/21/12 03:39 PM)
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#2721299 - 08/21/12 04:17 PM Re: tires for 2013 subaru outback [Re: JHZR2]
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Why not go Michelin Primacy MXM4? Amongst the best out there and will be fine going over grass, IMO.


not available. nor the mxv4
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