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Hi All,

I have a 2011 3.6 Outback running standard 225-60/17s.

My all-season OEM tires are shot and my winter Blizzaks still have plenty of life. We're in Colorado and have been getting into driving forest service & BLM roads to camp. Some of these roads are pretty rough, and although the all season tires have been surprisingly decent but still prone to slipping. We're now towing a small teardrop camper so some extra traction would be comforting.

I've been looking at the Yokohama Geolandar G015s but would have to step up a size from the 4th gen stock 225-60/17 to the available 225-65/17. It seems from reading a bunch of threads here that the '65 size will work, but no bigger.

The Geolandars are also a decent snow tire (unlike the OEM all seasons!), but I already have snow tires.

The question is, should I get the Geolandars for 3 seasons with trail useage, and use the Blizzaks in winter, or just use the Blizzaks all year? Or the Geolandars all year? Or something else?

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Toby.
 

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tpd15, as you mention the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a solid all-terrain plus it is snow flake approved which means it is rated for severe winter conditions. I would suggest putting on the Geolandar G015 tires and giving them a try in the winter weather. If you feel the Blizzaks do better for you in winter conditions you can always switch them out.

Here is a link to the Geolandar tires on our web site:

Geolandar A/T G015 | Discount Tire Direct

Let us know your thoughts.
 

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Thanks also for your PM.

Is the Geolandar any better suited to summer conditions than the Blizzak? I had assumed since the Blizzak is intended (solely?) as a winter tire it may have a softer compound and be more inclined to wear out in warmer weather. But then the Geolandar is also listed as a snow tire. Any tendency for one or the other to suffer in summer conditions?
 

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The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is absolutely well suited for summer conditions. I live in Phoenix AZ where we regularity have temperatures of 110 plus for many days in the summer and I have had this tire on my FJ cruiser for 2 years with minimal wear. The Blizzak tires would not fair well in that type of heat.
 

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The Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is absolutely well suited for summer conditions. I live in Phoenix AZ where we regularity have temperatures of 110 plus for many days in the summer and I have had this tire on my FJ cruiser for 2 years with minimal wear. The Blizzak tires would not fair well in that type of heat.
Perfect, that's what I was wanting to hear. OK, so the 225-65/17 is not a standard fitment for the '11 Outback, and I am intending to buy them from the Discount Tire store in Longmont or Boulder CO. So will they fit them to my rims, and still offer a warranty for the tire?

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Perfect, that's what I was wanting to hear. OK, so the 225-65/17 is not a standard fitment for the '11 Outback, and I am intending to buy them from the Discount Tire store in Longmont or Boulder CO. So will they fit them to my rims, and still offer a warranty for the tire?

Thanks,
Toby.
Toby, Thank you for your business. Your local Discount Tire store will install the Geolandar G015 225/65R-17 and check fitment for you. You can also buy the Certificate for Refund or Replacement from them.

Please post some photos when you get them mounted.
 

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Toby, Thank you for your business. Your local Discount Tire store will install the Geolandar G015 225/65R-17 and check fitment for you. You can also buy the Certificate for Refund or Replacement from them.

Please post some photos when you get them mounted.
Roger that, thanks!
 

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Roger that, thanks!
typical snow tires will melt when the air temps get up past 50.

I am starting to see discussion on here and locally of people buying "all weather" tires = snows designed to run year round and not melt,

however, the I have yet to read of the real world longevity of these as good snow tires,

vs. running real snows (studded coopers) and some all seasons (michelins primacy) each on their own rims as I have done for a long long time.

(my next set of all seasons is going to be michelin premiers).
 

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Toby, Thank you for your business. Your local Discount Tire store will install the Geolandar G015 225/65R-17 and check fitment for you. You can also buy the Certificate for Refund or Replacement from them.
What is the "Certificate for Refund or Replacement". I know that winter tires have no tread wear warranty. I bought a set of wheels and Hankook I-PIKE(?) which came studded from Discount Tire several years ago. I had to order the tires and the store which is located in the south called to tell me there was a problem because they came studded and were illegal in that state. We were moving to Alaska and glad they came studded so no problem:smile2:. I swapped out wheels/tires in North Dakota.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Thanks for that. Since we were moving to Alaska at the time and there are no Discount Tire stores, I wasn't especially concerned about the tire warranty. You guys sold me with your sales and service in the lower 48 and spoiled me. I bought 5 sets of tires and 2 sets of wheels. I mentioned in a different thread that we might buy our Subaru in Seattle and was please to find that you guys have stores there.
 

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Thanks for that. Since we were moving to Alaska at the time and there are no Discount Tire stores, I wasn't especially concerned about the tire warranty. You guys sold me with your sales and service in the lower 48 and spoiled me. I bought 5 sets of tires and 2 sets of wheels. I mentioned in a different thread that we might buy our Subaru in Seattle and was please to find that you guys have stores there.
Thank you for your long time business, we also appreciate your kind words. Alaska sounds pretty good to me right now as I am in Phoenix AZ. Ready for summer to be over.

Be safe in Alaska. That was one of our best cruises although it left me wanting to stay for a while in Ketchikan.

If we can do anything on our end please let us know.
 
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