Author Topic: Tyre advise on 225/60/17 woes  (Read 567 times)

July 21, 2019, 09:30:07 PM
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oopvlaktez

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Hi All

I have upgraded my 2007(SG) X in for a 2013(SJ) XS. On my previous forester I had 2 sets of Geolander AT/S (GO12's I think) and a set on my Terios before that and was very happy with them.
I do a fair amount of bad dirt roads, I found them reliable in their the ability to take knocks when going fast on dirt and grip on rocky or muddy terrain. (I have never needed to do sand driving.) Reading through some of the posts on here it seems quite a bit of love for the Geolander AT GO12s (discontinued?) and GO15s.


It seems it is much harder to get an AT tyre for the SJ with the 225/60/17 tyres. I will have to change from the stock size. TWT suggested going to 225/65/17 to get more AT options, but it seems 235/60/17 size is the closest to the stock size. (According to https://tire-calc.com/#)

Option 235/60/17
only gives me Conti4x4Contact, Dunlop AT3 or, the one that peaked my interest: Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S (they are pricey!). Has anyone had experience with these before?

Option 225/65/17
(TWT's recommendation) has more options, e.g. Geolander GO15, BF Goodrich AT KO2 and Pirelli Scorpion ATs

Option 225/60/17
Don't change. My local Subaru PE says to stay with a road tyre. If I stay with the stock size 225/60/17 what is the best option?


I am hoping there are some on here that can give their experiences and advice.

« Last Edit: July 21, 2019, 09:47:59 PM by oopvlaktez »
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July 22, 2019, 12:14:37 PM
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Bravofox

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My first 2 scoobies (A 2,5 Legacy and a 2.0R Impreza) I went from the stock 215/50R16 to a higher profile 215/55R16 and had no problems. Speedometers ended up being almost true speed.
On both my Foresters I had the 215/65R16 GO12's and they were great tyres. Could take a hammering.

The 235/60R17 will be the safer choice to stay close to stock size, but I would personally go the 225/65R17 route as I would also prefer the GO15's on the Forester.
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July 23, 2019, 09:18:32 AM
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I run G015's on my SH. Fantastic on gravel and sand. Not for fast driving on tar.
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July 24, 2019, 09:41:06 AM
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The only problem I have with the Geo's is that they don't like the Tankwa roads. ::) ::)
We drove a short stretch is December last year: bam!, hole in the sidewall.
2 weeks ago, and not really on the "Tankwa" roads, bam! again - sidewall.

But, we drove 4500km gravel in Nam last year without punctures.

It's a game of luck: you have a 23.75%( :D it just looked like a nice number) chance for punctures.......
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July 31, 2019, 08:52:51 AM
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I had the same issues on my Outback. Stock size was also 225/60/17. The tire options in that range is very limited. I also had the G012ís on and, their performance on road is a bit marshmellowy but, good in sand. Didnít get much mileage out of them though.
I decided to source a set of 16 inch Forester rims and, stuck a set of Goodyear Wrangler Adventures on in 215/70/16. Proper tires those.

August 01, 2019, 05:02:08 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. Actually have a friend in exactly the same predicament.

It looks like I will have to choose between Conti4x4Contact or Dunlop AT3s as I want the smallest of increases in circumference. Unfortunately I am not familier with either of them. I have read a few not-so-great things about Dunlop so leaning towards the Conti4x4Contact.
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August 02, 2019, 08:58:30 AM
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I had the same issues on my Outback. Stock size was also 225/60/17. The tire options in that range is very limited.

Yeah my 2018 Outback had 225/60R18 Size and almost impossible sourcing tyres. Only thing I could find the 2 times I changed tyres, were PACE AZURA. They were also the cheapest tyres available in that size.
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August 21, 2019, 08:33:21 AM
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https://www.sa4x4.co.za/sa4x4s-giant-all-terrain-tyre-test/ gives the Dunlop AT3 a reasonably good ranking.

The General Grabber GT (on-road) has got some interest, available in the original 225/60/17.

The 3 General Grabber tyre face-off: https://www.leisurewheels.co.za/roadtests-vehicle-guide/tyre-test-highway-terrain-vs-all-terrain-vs-mud-terrain/
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September 15, 2019, 03:43:37 PM
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I wanted to go slightly bigger, but spare would no longer fit in wheel well. Ended up with the gt grabbers, seem to be fine.