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Hey All,

I've been living out in LA for awhile... basically the whole time I've had my Crosstrek... but now I'm back and am totally stoked for the snow!

I have a set of Blizzak 205/60r16's on steelies from my legacy (only used them one season) that I was thinking about putting on the crosstrek this winter. Can someone give me the cliffnotes on whether or not this is ok? I saw a couple other threads where people had done it and it seemed to be fine...what's the big difference between the 205's and the 215's that tirerack reccommends? I'll admit to not knowing much about tires. :confused::confused::confused:

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Tire sizes can seem confusing at first. 205 and 215 are the tire widths.

For snow, believe it or not, narrower is better as it digs into the snow better than a wider tire.


The stock (factory) 2nd generation Subaru XV tires in 225/55R17 have 775 rotations per mile and 26.8 inch diameter.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...HR7GEOHT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

The Birdgestone Blizzak in 205/60R16 have 812 rotations per mile and a diameter of 25.7 inches. Not exactly near the stock XV tire size.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...6HR6WS80&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes


I personally would not recommend running the Blizzak tires you currently have due to the size difference. My personal preference is to get as close to stock specifications as possible. But it is up to you to ultimately decide what you want. It really comes down to clarifying your wants and needs based upon many factors.
 

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Tire sizes can seem confusing at first. 205 and 215 are the tire widths.

For snow, believe it or not, narrower is better as it digs into the snow better than a wider tire.


The stock (factory) 2nd generation Subaru XV tires in 225/55R17 have 775 rotations per mile and 26.8 inch diameter.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...HR7GEOHT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

The Birdgestone Blizzak in 205/60R16 have 812 rotations per mile and a diameter of 25.7 inches. Not exactly near the stock XV tire size.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...6HR6WS80&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes


I personally would not recommend running the Blizzak tires you currently have due to the size difference. My personal preference is to get as close to stock specifications as possible. But it is up to you to ultimately decide what you want. It really comes down to clarifying your wants and needs based upon many factors.

Thanks for the input! I'm so on the fence, half the people I talk to say yes it's fine and half say no. I can see how the additional rotations could cause unnecessary wear, but the original post that I read said that the smaller snow tire did make a significant difference in traction.

My driveway is a 150 foot beast, with a significant dropoff from the road to the house, so I need the best traction possible in winter (which lasts almost 6 months here)...but I commute 35 miles each way to work on a rural highway (60mph) so I'm gonna put a lot of miles on whatever tires I do choose...

plus, we all know snow tires are expensive AF.
 

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Another thing to consider is that a smaller tire reduces ground clearance, increasing the chances of getting stuck under deep snow.
 
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