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Forester Tires Choices


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#1 howards11

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Posted 30 September 2003 - 10:59 PM

Here are my choices for replacement tires for my 2000 Subaru Forester L: (stock size is 205/70R15)

(In no particular order)
1. Cooper Lifeliner STE

2. Kelly Navigator TE (upgraded to 215/65R15)

3. Yokohoma Geolander I/T (not sure if this is just a winter tire or not).

4. Yokohoma Avid S/T (upgraded to 215/65R15)

5. Yokohama Avid T4

I'm leaning toward the Avid T4 or the Kelly Navigator TE.

Comments please. Thanks !


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#2 Crashton

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 04:11 PM

I'm running the Yokohama Avid Tourings on my 2000 Forester L. I also went with a 215/65/15. I like these tires a lot. They are worlds ahead of those cheap Bridgestone duelers that it came with. Very good dry road & rain traction. Don't know how they'll be in the snow. That really doesn't matter to me, because I put Blizzak's on when the snow flies.

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 05:27 PM

I think the Geolandar is the stock tire now.

I bought my Forester used and it's got 215/65s on it now. Are those close enough to the stock size to use the spare? I think I checked once and the diameter wasn't too far off, but I can't remember what the limit is. Is it 1/4"?

#4 howards11

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 05:37 PM

The Geolander is the stock tire now but in a 16 inch variety. The S model for 2000 had the 16 inch tires.

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Originally posted by lothar34
I think the Geolandar is the stock tire now.

I bought my Forester used and it's got 215/65s on it now. Are those close enough to the stock size to use the spare? I think I checked once and the diameter wasn't too far off, but I can't remember what the limit is. Is it 1/4"?



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Posted 01 October 2003 - 06:22 PM

I'm running the Yoko Avid T4's. GREAT Wet/Dry Tire. Lousy in the snow. So I have a set of 15" Steel rims with "snow" tires on them.
I live in Northern NJ and travel to upstate NY, Mass, Ct and Pa a lot. The Avid are great from spring to fall. 1st snow, they come off. They are not an agressive tread design and "float" on the snow. (my $.02)

#6 howards11

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Posted 01 October 2003 - 06:53 PM

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ANY all season tire is a compromise. What do you suggest that would be good in the snow too ? I don't have the room to store tires so snows are a no go.

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Originally posted by ferret
I'm running the Yoko Avid T4's. GREAT Wet/Dry Tire. Lousy in the snow. So I have a set of 15" Steel rims with "snow" tires on them.
I live in Northern NJ and travel to upstate NY, Mass, Ct and Pa a lot. The Avid are great from spring to fall. 1st snow, they come off. They are not an agressive tread design and "float" on the snow. (my $.02)



#7 ferret

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Posted 02 October 2003 - 06:37 AM

Howard, the decision is yours. The Avid T4 is not good in the snow at all.
On another vehicle (96 Caravan AWD), we ran Sears Weatherwise for a few years. These are Michelins and were Very Good year round. We then replaced them with Michelin Xone's. These also have been a very good all season tire.
I can't comment on your other choices, never tried them.




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