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Like it says...

I'm looking at a new Outback (to replace our '08 XT), and I'm trying to figure out wheel/tire options.

We drive 99% on pavement, and less than 1% in the snow or pavement, but it does rain a lot here.

I have Conti DSWs on the '08 now (235/55-17s on the OEM rims), and I like them.

Looking at the OEM tires/wheels on new Outbacks, and Conti DSWs don't even come in 225/65-17 (nevermind the oddball 225/60-18), and neither does any other "ultra high performance" all-season tire.


Options:

1. Run the most aggressive tires that would fit on OEM rims... So, maybe 235/60-17 or something. I don't want less sidewall, just grippier tires.

Are there decent all-season performance tires that fit OEM rims?


2. Buy a set of aftermarket rims so that I could run more lower-profile tires... Maybe 18x8s and 235/55-18s or 255/55-18s. I don't want to go bigger than 18s, because it looks stupid, IMHO. (Dinky brakes, you know?)


Advice?
 

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look on tirerack and select plus 1 upsize?
 

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look on tirerack and select plus 1 upsize?
I hesitate to admit this on Discount Tire's forum, but yes, I've been to TireRack and looked at options...

The options in OEM sizes don't look good at all.

A variation of option 2:

Keep the OEM wheels/tires for snow (once/twice per year), and otherwise run aftermarket 18s with 235/55-18s or even 255/55-18s.
 

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quick look - maybe consider the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 ?
 

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I'm still scratching my head wondering why someone would need performance tires on an OB.
 

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quick look - maybe consider the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02 ?
Nice, but not available in any size that fits the OEM Outback rims...

This is the problem, exactly.

There are any number of "grand touring" tires that fit the Outback, but good luck finding anything performance oriented.
 

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all the 17 inch sizes for that s'tomo tire;

SRV70 225/50R16/XL 96V 7. 0 6.0 8.0 50 1565 24.9 9.2 8.0 11.4 845 10 24.4
SRH76 225/65R17 102H 6.5 6.0 8.0 51 1874 28.5 9.0 7. 2 12.9 742 10 27.8
SRV77 235/65R17/XL 108V 7. 0 6.5 8.5 50 2205 29.1 9.4 7. 5 13.1 732 10 32.5
SRW71 215/55R17 94W 7. 0 6.0 7. 5 51 1477 26.3 8.9 7. 4 12.0 800 10 22.8
SRW88 225/55R17/XL 101W 7. 0 6.0 8.0 50 1819 26.8 9.2 7. 8 12.2 788 10 25.1
SRW89 235/55R17 99W 7. 5 6.5 8.5 51 1709 27.2 9.6 8.1 12.4 778 10 28.7
SRW90 205/50R17/XL 93W 6.5 5.5 7. 5 50 1433 25.1 8.4 7. 3 11.6 837 10 23.1
SRW58 215/50R17 91W 7. 0 6.0 7. 5 51 1356 25.5 8.9 7. 7 11.7 823 10 26.9
SRW66 225/50R17 94W 7. 0 6.0 8.0 51 1477 25.9 9.2 8.0 11.9 8 11 10 23.1
SRW69 235/50R17 96W 7. 5 6.5 8.5 51 1565 26.3 9.6 8.4 12.0 800 10 26.5
SRW95 245/50R17 99W 7. 5 7. 0 8.5 51 1709 26.7 10.0 8.7 12.2 790 10 28.7
SRW51 205/45R17/XL 88W 7. 0 6.5 7. 5 50 1235 24.3 8.1 7. 1 11.3 856 10 21.9
SRW53 215/45R17/XL 91W 7. 0 7. 0 8.0 50 1356 24.6 8.4 7. 4 11.4 842 10 21.6
SRW72 225/45R17/XL 94W 7. 5 7. 0 8.5 50 1477 25.0 8.9 7. 8 11.5 834 10 22.7
SRW83 235/45R17 94W 8.0 7. 5 9.0 51 1477 25.4 9.3 8.1 11.7 821 10 23.1
SRW79 245/45R17/XL 99W 8.0 7. 5 9.0 50 1709 25.7 9.6 8.5 11.8 813 10 25.6
SRW50 245/40R17/XL 95W 8.5 8.0 9.5 50 1521 24.7 9.8 8.7 11.4 842 10 24.4
SRW63 275/40R17 98W 9.5 9.0 11.0 51 1653 25.7 11.1 9.8 11.8 813 10 28.7

very well may need to have something special ordered - might just not be commonly stocked?
 

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Grippier tires stop faster and corner better.
OB's don't go fast enough or handle well enough to need performance tires. They neither perform or handle like a BMW. Ideal car for boring, mundane tasks like schlepping to the grocery store, but as I said in an earlier post.....still waiting to see my first OB on a track at track day.
 

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what is the oem size?

I looked at the Sumitomo website, those tires come in a LOT of sizes.
OEM is 225/65-17, and the better trim ranges get 225/60-18s. There's nothing even close...


OB's don't go fast enough or handle well enough to need performance tires. They neither perform or handle like a BMW...
Not quite... My wife's '08 Outback handles like a pig, it's true, but it got a lot better with a thick rear sway bar and a set of sticky tires (the OEM Bridgestones howled at a brisk pace on a curvy road).

I don't expect an Outback to handle like my Miata (!), but I am wondering what kind of increased performance I might cost-effectively squeeze out of one.

Sidenote: I'm cross-shopping VW Golf Sportwagens, and even the base wheel/tires come in sizes for which there are performance tires.
 

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ahem;

SRH76 225/65R17 102H

look at Yokohama Advan,... and Falken tires too. I'm not looking anymore so, dunno what Kumho or P Zero or Nitto or Toyo, Cooper, etc. might offer.

if you take a slight hit on diameter and go a 235 width, you might find more.

they spec'd suv/xover tires for the Outback because that's what it is, no wonder the choices are limited.
 

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if you take a slight hit on diameter and go a 235 width, you might find more.
Yeah, I'm willing to lose a 1/4" inch in circumference, but beyond that I think it'll look stupid — too much dead cat space, and it'll look like it's on stilts.


they spec'd suv/xover tires for the Outback because that's what it is, no wonder the choices are limited.
Well, obviously, but many crossovers are basically station wagons (like the Outback), and many can fit performance tires.

Even my 10 year old XT can fit top-shelf "ultra high" or "max" performance tires (at 235/55-17).


This isn't a deal breaker, but it's definitely a big negative...
 
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