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So my 2014 OB is out of warrantee and I plan to do some upgrades starting with tires. I think I am going to order a set of Geolander 225/65R17's but I am not sure one will fit in the spare tire area. Is there any permanent damage I could cause if I had to use the smaller tire to get to a place to by a replacement tire? I realize it may not handle as well and could mess with the AWD with mismatched tires...

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Have you checked the current spare? - It isn't even close to 225/60R17, it's a tiny little temporary spare. which is why it needs to be placed on the back. (If you have a flat front, you need to move a tire from the back to the front, and then put the spare in place of the back tire.

Even the stock 225/60R17 doesn't fit in the spare well, not inflated anyway. Supposedly international Outbacks *might* have a larger spare well, but cannot confirm.

The system is designed to allow a smaller tire on the back end for short periods of time. You should be using that spare for speeds over 50, or for distances of 50 miles anyway.
 

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So my 2014 OB is out of warrantee and I plan to do some upgrades starting with tires. I think I am going to order a set of Geolander 225/65R17's but I am not sure one will fit in the spare tire area. Is there any permanent damage I could cause if I had to use the smaller tire to get to a place to by a replacement tire? I realize it may not handle as well and could mess with the AWD with mismatched tires...

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