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    Default 2004 Forester Tyre Size Increase

    Hi Guys

    Good to be back on this section of the forum.

    Recently found a 2004 2.5X Forester Manual with only 98 000 km and full Subaru service history including a R 18 000 ď100 000kmĒ service completed last year where all of the recommended items and some good preventatives like thermostat, radiator cap and top hose and all belts were replaced.

    Picked the old girl up for R 83 000.

    Interior is is pretty immaculate and the engine bay looks new.

    Needs a new back bumper as itís a bit buggered and 4 new tyres as well as a new spare.

    Weíve had a 2006 2.5X and a similar era XT before - incredible vehicles if looked after correctly.

    Standard tyre size is 205/65R16 and the last 2.5X we had always had 215/65R16 Geolandar ATís on it.

    Power wise the car can definitely handle a slightly bigger piece of rubber.

    Has anyone fitted 235/60R16 on the steel rims on a 2004-2009 Forester?

    Height wise itíll definitely be fine, just wonder if it might rub on the shock turret or elsewhere although itís only 10mm wider each side.

    Reason for wanting to go either 215/65 or 235/60 is that the range of tyres in those sizes is far broader and offers more 50/50 on / off-road options.

    I especially like the 235 as they mostly have a higher load rating so should be a bit tougher.

    Looking either at the Geolandars, Cooper ATT if anyone has tried them or General Grabbers.
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    Default Re: 2004 Forester Tyre Size Increase

    I went for a bigger circumference and fitted 215x70x16 on my 2010 2.5x.
    No rubbing what so ever.
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