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Unread 6th March 2019, 08:33 AM
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Default Biggest possible A/T on 2007 outback

Hi I'm new here,
I'm about to pick up a 2007 outback (here in Australia if there's any difference in models).
I'm wanting to fit the biggest possible A/T probably a geolanders or similar, don't want to go down the path of lift (at least just yet), going to spend that available money on skid plate armour first.
I've heard about a 225/70/16 would be the limit?
Definitely going to run a 16x7" Steelie which I'll be buying as well, any recommendations there and what offset to get to avoid rubbing issues? Any help much appreciated.
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It seems reasonable that 225/75/16 are the biggest tires you should be able to fit on your Outback without further modifications, but I'm no Outback specialist, sorry !
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Unread 6th March 2019, 05:16 PM
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I can't confirm size either but if, as per your intro post, you want to use for mainly sand you're better off with the least aggressive AT; normal road tyres are fine on sand.
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I've also been looking for 16X7 steel rims but haven't been able to find any that fit. New aftermarket rims don't come in suitable offset for Subaru. You can get aftermarket mags with 40mm offset for about $250 each. Some VW wheels have the right PCD but not sure about the offset. If you find a set of steelies, please let me know. I'm looking at an offset between 35 and 40mm but I have a Forester.
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I can't confirm size either but if, as per your intro post, you want to use for mainly sand you're better off with the least aggressive AT; normal road tyres are fine on sand.
I forgot to mention that I will also do some mud /gravel hills sort of thing, my idea behind big tyres is that I'll get more contact patch for grip and also a little bit extra clearance, is that somewhat right?

Definitely not interested in something like BFG KO2 because the car needs to be comfortable and fuel efficient on road, are geolanders what most people run? Are there some alternatives at that price point?
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Personally, I recommend installing in the order of:
1. Underbody protection. Cheapest thing to add and coveres the most expensive bit to break.
2. Lift for clearance (if going mostly sand with some gravel, mud)
3. Tyres for offroad grip if you're slipping too much
Alternative to 3: improved driveline locking/limited slip diffs etc. Out of the price range of most, but best improvement for off road. then 4. tyres.

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Thanks for the recommendation, the only reason I haven't looked into lift much yet is I thought the stock clearance was ok enough? And doesn't it cause pretty major problems to suspension and handling?

Where can I look to buy some underbody protection? Was considering getting a friend's shop to custom make but would probably still be cheaper to buy off the shelf.
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Thanks for the recommendation, the only reason I haven't looked into lift much yet is I thought the stock clearance was ok enough? And doesn't it cause pretty major problems to suspension and handling?
SubiliftOz will help you out, not sure how high you can go with your outback but is about the same as a new set of tyres.
His kits don't seem to cause any problems at all with suspension or handling i'm running a 2" (that's what I tell people anyway, what's another half an inch or so..) on my MY05 forester and it handles fine.

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Where can I look to buy some underbody protection? Was considering getting a friend's shop to custom make but would probably still be cheaper to buy off the shelf.
Just about everything is custom made when it comes to offroading a subaru. I got mine from a feller in Victoria "are we there yet" is the brand. was $450 or thereabouts. very nice. Suba Extreme is another Aussie company making them I believe.
If you know a metal worker, get them to knock one up for you, especially if they'll do it for a carton, would be a fair bit cheaper assuming beauty isn't important. I've seen some made out of street signs that seem just as effective as a bought one.
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Ok lift sounds like the go then, i'll hit up subi lift oz and for underbody sounds like a custom job would be cheaper then as I really don't care how it looks.
I'll probably keep the stock 17" alloys and see how the stock tyres go.
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Start with the bash plate, you might not find a lift is needed unless you're bashing the bash plate all the time.

Main reason for me getting a lift was to give me more confidence on the tracks up here. lots of ruts & a reasonable amount of water.
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