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Before I bought the Nokian AT's, I had a look at the Maxxis AT's and the Wildpeaks AT's. The Maxxis had a good review but are quite "old" and more sand/desert oriented. The Wildpeaks also had a good review here in European weather conditions but not very snow friendly. So I opted for the Nokians and am very happy so far (1 year)
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The Ko2s exceptional strength makes them very safe on rock but the Wildpeaks have better traction on rock

Neither is as good in mud as a true hybrid tire like the Nitto Ridge Grappler.

The chief reason I am advocating the Wildpeaks though is their combination of grip, strength, and P-metric construction. LT tires really are too much tire for a daily on a Subaru and I am very happy to be running P-metric Falkens on the 4Runner as well.
I checked the Falken distributor and they can only do 215/70 R16 for both the Wildpeaks and the Landairs. They have 205/70 R15, though, with both models. I have a set of +55 offset 15" Impreza wheels but the offset may be too high. The brakes cleared when I mounted them, but it seemed like the vehicle sucked the wheels inside because of that offset.

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Before I bought the Nokian AT's, I had a look at the Maxxis AT's and the Wildpeaks AT's. The Maxxis had a good review but are quite "old" and more sand/desert oriented. The Wildpeaks also had a good review here in European weather conditions but not very snow friendly. So I opted for the Nokians and am very happy so far (1 year)
Good to know that Maxxis ones are doing well even there in Europe. Regarding being old, I just found out that the AT 771s were released in 2010, so they may actually be due for a successor. I was told by the local tyre shop that the compounds and designs are usually upgraded every 4 to 5 years on average.
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Yeah, tire size is an issue with Subies. The corporate sibling of the Wildpeak is the Sumitomo Encounter AT. It looks a little different but has the same characteristics and is made in the same factory.

I think the Pirelli Scorpion AT had a run of over 10 years before the replacement came out. The old Geolander ATS also had a very long run in the US.


EDIT: the Sumitomo AT is not available in your size.
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I have a set of +55 offset 15" Impreza wheels but the offset may be too high. The brakes cleared when I mounted them, but it seemed like the vehicle sucked the wheels inside because of that offset.
A set of +55 15" Impreza wheels cleared the brakes on a SG Forester? I can't see how that is possible without fitting smaller brakes on the front. No one has ever been able to do that. The only 15" rims that fit a SG are Audi Pepperpots or rally style rims like Methods, Team Dynamics, or very low offset rims like Bassets
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A set of +55 15" Impreza wheels cleared the brakes on a SG Forester? I can't see how that is possible without fitting smaller brakes on the front. No one has ever been able to do that. The only 15" rims that fit a SG are Audi Pepperpots or rally style rims like Methods, Team Dynamics, or very low offset rims like Bassets
Yes, I was skeptical about that when my brother asked me to try them on the SG. I used his 1998 JDM SRX (non-turbo DOHC GC8 that is just below the JDM WRX trim) stock wheels. They clear the brakes by just a few mm. Other 15s won't clear, though. I am not sure if I am going this route as the wheels look like they are sucked inside the wheel well.

EDIT: I checked and I believe that the JDM SRX wheels are similar to the 15s of the NZDM and AUDM Impreza RXi.

^The photo is from a site in OZ. The model is similar to the NZ new ones here.

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I would check with a mechanic to ensure I am not compromising something if going that route.
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I would check with a mechanic to ensure I am not compromising something if going that route.
Yes. I am not sure though if I will go that route. I will check if I can tolerate the tucked-in wheels. For now, I am happy with my 2.7% larger circumference wheels.
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