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tire rack says the original size was the smaller 205/70/15 on a 15" rim.

but then it says alternatively with a 16" rim a 215/60/16 would be OK.

so a 215/60/15 should be fine too on the 15" rim
 
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Great, good to know as I just bought 2 new rear tires in this size to match what was on the front put on by previous owner of my car.
if the fronts were wore down some then you will be putting tires on of different overall diameters, which is also bad.

hence the need to replace all subaru tires at once. or to get 2 used to match what you got.

or you get torque bind trouble in the trans. (like your car may have had).

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Ok, so I should probably get new ones for the front too then.. Getting my transmission replaced this weekend. It was trashed due to incorrect tire size in the 1st place. Front and center differential were totally burned.
if it were my new to me car with all that work put into it,

I would personally start out with 4 new tires. to make sure the same thing will not happen again.

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what was the 2 sizes again, the sizes that did all this damage in their difference?
 

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Yes, I agree!


Getting 2 new tires for the front before I put in the new tranny. I bought the rear ones only 2 weeks ago and haven't driven the car much so should be still new enough?



The previous owner had 3 different sized tires on! The smallest one in the back was 195, then another one in 205 and 215 in the front.
seems like they were pulling tires of multple cars at the pick and pull. like one Forester, one Legacy, one outback. the rims are actually all the same bolt pattern but the OEM spec on the tire sizes are all different.

do you have a set of rims that are all the same? (I guess they could weigh a little different and make the car ride odd).



one of those subaru garages probably be able to get you a set of matching aluminum alloy rims for $25-30 each
for 15" like you got. and be happy to sell a whole set, as rare does anyone want 15" for anything on the road today.

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I had a front wheel drive ford a while back, I tried running 2 steel and 2 aluminum,...and that SUCKED,...really odd behind the wheel.
 
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