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Not a great first post, as I've done a ton of reading about the AT tire choices, but wanted to explain my situation and get some recommendations.

I'll be picking up my 2018 Outback 3.6R Limited in the next few weeks, and have a set of Rota Recce 17x8 wheels ready to go. Ultimately I will be getting a set of winter tires for the OEM wheels when the time comes, so I wanted to get some decent AT tires for daily use. Obviously I'll take a slight hit on fuel economy, but here are the facts:

- I daily drive the vehicle
- Road trips
- Occasional off road (not real off roading/rock crawling, more like farm roads)
- I'm a sucker for the way aggressive AT tires look on the Outback

- BFG KO2's seem like a bit of a stretch due to their weight and bulkyness, and don't seem to make sense for my situation
- Have been considering Falken Wildpeak's, Geolanders (not as aggressive looking), and a few others.

Open to recommendations and feedback. Ultimately it seems that I want the look of an AT tire, but not the performance hinderance, which I'm not sure is possible.

Any advise is much appreciated!
 

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I have falken wildpeaks, also use my car as a daily driver and love the look. Performance has also been great with minor hit to mpg.


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Yep I did go with the 245/65-17s.... the guys at the tire store did not think they would fit but were pleasantly surprised when they did.


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Yep I did go with the 245/65-17s.... the guys at the tire store did not think they would fit but were pleasantly surprised when they did.


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My only thought was that although they don't have an LT designation like the BFG's, they are still 39lbs per tire. Notice any decrease in performance?
 

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Performance..... I kinda have a lead foot every now and then so easily hit 90-100mph with no worries.
I do have the 19mm rear sway bar and front strut mount for added stability


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I just got a 2018 Limited 3.6 also and will wait to see how the stock tires do this winter. I'll try to live with them and get some value out of them if I can.
Regarding replacement tires, two tires I've liked and had some recent experience with are the Hankook Dynapro AT-m which is an AT tire. Top rated, fairly aggressive looking (if that matters) and had the severe snow rating designation which is rare for an AT tire. I have them on a 4x4 truck and they were great, all around. That can be had for a reasonable price if you shop around, especially compared to BFG's or Michelin's.
Another top rated tire that I've become a fan of is the General Altimax RT43. Yes, a General tire. The reviews were all real good or I might not of even looked at them. I had them on a Toyota sedan and also now on my wifes Sante Fe. They look sort of plain, but not bad, and perform big time; super in the rain and snow, better than you'd think. Priced right too and 75k mile warranty. If performance matters I'd look at them, if it's image or looks maybe look elsewhere. Hope this helps.
 

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Got a call from the tire company I was pricing things with, and apparently the Wildpeaks are on backorder for an undetermined amount of time, and likely won't have stock until at least October. I was hoping to have them before I picked up the car so I can pull off the OEM tiles while still new, but looks like that won't be happening.

Any recommendations for a similar tire - budget minded, decent quality? Looking at the Hankook Dynapro ATM.
 

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Got a call from the tire company I was pricing things with, and apparently the Wildpeaks are on backorder for an undetermined amount of time, and likely won't have stock until at least October. I was hoping to have them before I picked up the car so I can pull off the OEM tiles while still new, but looks like that won't be happening.

Any recommendations for a similar tire - budget minded, decent quality? Looking at the Hankook Dynapro ATM.


By any chance are you on the east coast? I got mine at a local tire shop in South New Jersey. These guys seemed to have a good hookup on the wildpeaks a month or so ago.


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Good news - Discount Tire Direct had a really good price on the Wildpeaks, plus free shipping, so even after the exchange it was a good price. Ordered them to my PO Box in Niagara Falls, NY, along with my wheels, and will be picking everything up on Thursday of next week. Preeeetty pumped.

**I'm in Canada, which made everything more challenging.
 

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Got a call from the tire company I was pricing things with, and apparently the Wildpeaks are on backorder for an undetermined amount of time, and likely won't have stock until at least October. I was hoping to have them before I picked up the car so I can pull off the OEM tiles while still new, but looks like that won't be happening.

Any recommendations for a similar tire - budget minded, decent quality? Looking at the Hankook Dynapro ATM.
We have good stock on the Falken Wild Peak A/T3W 245/65R-17 size. As an alternative tire the Yokohama Geolandar G015 is a solid choice. Here is a link to all the tires in the 245/65R-17:

245/65R-17 Tires | Discount tire Direct

Please let us know if we can help.
 

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Have a set on the way, thanks!


Got a call from the tire company I was pricing things with, and apparently the Wildpeaks are on backorder for an undetermined amount of time, and likely won't have stock until at least October. I was hoping to have them before I picked up the car so I can pull off the OEM tiles while still new, but looks like that won't be happening.

Any recommendations for a similar tire - budget minded, decent quality? Looking at the Hankook Dynapro ATM.
We have good stock on the Falken Wild Peak A/T3W 245/65R-17 size. As an alternative tire the Yokohama Geolandar G015 is a solid choice. Here is a link to all the tires in the 245/65R-17:

245/65R-17 Tires | Discount tire Direct

Please let us know if we can help.
 

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How do you like the tire offset/sticking out? I ordered 17x8 with 45 offset Motegi. Curious how much it protrudes?
 

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Reading about all the people all but completely filling their wheel wells with rubber brings a question to my mind. If you are driving in heavy snow does the low clearance between the tire and wheel well cause an issue? That snow has got to go somewhere!
 
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