fornetti14 Dork
5/21/14 8:44 a.m.

What do you guys think about using a stiff sidewall winter tire for limited 2-track or off-roading? My Forester will run 2-3 RallyX a year and I also like to hit the ORV trails and public sand dunes here in Michigan. I don't think the 225/70R16 BFG's are necessary and I don't want a super tall sidewall since it throws my speedo off. I'd like to go 225/65R16 (stock size is 215/60R16).

The tire I have my eye on is the Cooper Wintermaster S/T2. They have a really rigid sidewall & seems to do well at the local rallyX events. Should I just go with the nice white lettered BFG's? I have the budget for either one.

Opinions or suggestions are welcome.

5/21/14 8:52 a.m.

What about these? Closer to your stock size and still have offroad capability.

ridinwitcj73 None
5/21/14 2:31 p.m.

Good topic. i kinda of like these, Weather-Master

apparently an improvement from the Cooper Wintermaster S/T2.

pilotbraden SuperDork
5/21/14 2:55 p.m.

I have Cooper light truck Weathermasters size 235/75 r15 on my Nissan pickup. They are great in the sand dunes and on two tracks. They are ok in gooey clay based mud

Brett_Murphy UberDork
5/21/14 3:39 p.m.

I've been considering this same question.

Yokohama makes a multi-track tire in the stock size.

Geolandar A/T-S

Finding a tire that will fit a Forester that also has really square shoulders and an agressive off-road tire pattern is hard with a 16" rim, but if you drop to 15 many more sizes open up. I think some Legacy wheels in 15" size will fit fairly well, then it is just a matter of playing with the tire size to get proper fitment.

ValuePack SuperDork
5/27/14 1:23 p.m.

Be wary: it's rumored stock 15" Subaru wheels won't clear the front calipers on '03+ Foresters. You may also need mild spacers to clear the struts with a 225 on the rear.

I had great luck with 205/75/15 Dueler ATs on a stock '01 Forester L, absolute hoot in the bush.

Brett_Murphy UberDork
5/30/14 9:11 p.m.

The Geolandar A/T-S also comes in 215/60R17 and 225/60R17. I'm wondering if the 225s would work (I have 225/50s on there now) but I'm pretty sure these will be my next rallcross tire.

I am just hoping they don't bump me into the rally tire class we use here.

Kenny_McCormic UberDork
5/30/14 9:27 p.m.

The General Grabber linked would be a solid option.

Strizzo UberDork
6/3/14 9:46 p.m.

The general at2 should work well for what you are wanting to do. When I was looking at outbacks there was a guy on the forums that had a set of bfg ATs that worked well offroad.

The nice thing about the bfgs is that they wear like iron, and they usually dry rot before they wear out.

Edit: the 215/70-16 grabber should be the same 27.5" height as the 225/65-16 you wanted.

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