Originally Posted by AWDfreak
Personally, I think the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is a good pavement-biased all-terrain tire. I do believe it is available in the factory stock size. If you want to conveniently store the full-size spare in the factory spare tire floor pan, you will have to run the stock tire size if you wish for it to fit with the existing fastening nut.
A lift is necessary if you think you are the type to get VERY adventurous. But if you feel like the car has more capability than you as a driver, you may not quite need the suspension lift.
So far, most lifts for the 3rd generation are spacer lifts, but I do believe spring lifts are quickly being developed by the aftermarket.
Thanks! Then I think that might be right up my alley. I'm not looking for something to go out and carve up the country roads, just a decent ride on the road and trustworthy offroad. Now its just deciding on ordering another 17" xtrek wheel or switch to another set of wheels. I was maybe thinking about just going to a set of smaller steel wheels since they're cheap and occasionally repairable. I also understand that it should give me more options when it comes to tires.
While I expect to get very adventurous with my Xtrek I am also the kind of adventurer that will take to easiest line to make sure I get to the site in one piece. For me its much more about the exploration than it is romping in my car. My primary concern with lifting is reliability and the added wear and tear on the vehicle due to the change in geometry. I think I will need to do a couple trips and see what the vehicle tells me.
As of now, if the car ends up needing a lift I am leaning toward the Primitive lift. I like the idea putting stiffer springs in for those really loaded down trips.
Anyways thanks for the warm welcome,