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I have a 99 legacy outback I purchased about a week ago and I knew it needed tires which isn't the problem. The question is, why do I only need new front tires if it is awd?
 

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I has wagons.
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Someone has done something wrong. You should never just replace 2 tires.
 

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subarus need 4 tires that mach.

make slow figure 8s with the car, and if you feel or see any grabbing / growling, this is torque bind, a fixable condition caused by the mis matched / worn tires.

get a alignment and 4 new matching tires, (the front tire wear: caused by a bad alignment or someone not rotating at all for a long long time).

save the remaining 2 and give or sell them to 2wd people.
 

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the front tires bear more weight, do about 70% of the stopping, and also must steer - they wear faster.

that's why the manual recommends rotating the tires.
 

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the front tires bear more weight, do about 70% of the stopping, and also must steer - they wear faster.

that's why the manual recommends rotating the tires.
previous owner may have thought the tires rotate plenty just driving down the road.

(I wonder if anyone can remember where that was referenced in a 1980s cartooon)
 

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oh eagleeye, up is the direction you crack me!
 

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oh eagleeye, up is the direction you crack me!
Its a cartoon I can guarantee MANY of the regular posters watched and loved,...on from 86-91 (kind of crappy kiddie in the late years).
 

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I have a 99 legacy outback I purchased about a week ago and I knew it needed tires which isn't the problem. The question is, why do I only need new front tires if it is awd?
Are you looking for the stock size for your Legacy Outback? If so we have a good selection depending on what you are looking for in your next tires. We will also be having a Labor day sale soon that will save you some money on a set of 4. Here is a link to the tires we have for you to review:

Subaru Tires | Discount Tire Direct

We would hbe happy to help you choose the right tire for your needs if you like. Just send us a PM.
 
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