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Anyone run this size tire on their stock 2nd generation outbacks and have any issues? I’m looking at some Yokohama Geolanders. Or, anyone know of some similar aggressive looking AT tires in the stock size, I dont know of any to exist..

I feel like I’ve asked this before... it’s been a while..
 

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OEM size on a 2000-2004 outback = 225/60/16.

snow tire size = 215.?? ?? (no book at hand)

for a little more articulation with deeper tread without rubbing.

I run 225/60/16 old school cooper studded snows, and only rubbed when the car physically leaves the surface from me going too fast over rippled ice and ruts.
 

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Sand tires maybe

I always wanted the AT tires on the car, they just look so much more aggressive, and I like that. Glad the forum is here to confirm they're ok. I guess if there's to be any rubbing it'll be in the snow over getting airborne over bumps. Sounds good.

Blackwall Yokohama's pictured.
 

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I have been running 225/55R17 on my '02 OB for the last couple years without a problem. The wheels/tires came off a rolled 2006 OB, so they were in my price range :)
 

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@berto wow, didn't know that could be done!
 

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The 5x100 wheel bolt pattern fits both gen subarus, brake calipers fit within the wheel body, and wheel/tire diameter is within a couple percent, so it's a workable fit. The odometer on my '02 OB reads a couple mph faster than it would with stock wheels/tires, which means the wear and tear on some components is greater over time, but I think it is worth the trade-off.
 

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Yep, I used 215/65r16 on our '04 VDC when I bought Hakka R2s about a year and a half ago, as I wanted slightly taller and narrower for the snow tires. I could have gone taller.

When I bought all seasons this spring, I bought the same size for it (General Altimax RT43) as they were cheaper than 225/60.

When the Hakka R2s went on closeout earlier this spring (R3s are coming out), I bought another set for my '00 (the new ones will probably go on the '04, and the ones with 2 years on them on my '00), and again went with that size, as they're cheaper than 215/70s.
 
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