Monthly Archives: August 2018

Lifted Subaru Tires

So you have outfitted your Subaru with an awesome RalliTEK lift and you absolutely love how it looks but something seems a little off. You keep looking at your car and then notice that the stock tires and wheels just don’t compliment the new aggressive, ready for anything stance. You start looking around online at new tires and there are so many choices and so many questions that you just can’t decide what would be right for your Subaru. Here at RalliTEK we are more than happy to help with this tough decision.

One of the questions that we get asked a lot about lifting Subarus is what tire to run. For us at RalliTEK, the answer is fairly simple; a good all-terrain tire is hard to beat but selecting which All-Terrain tire can be confusing. A lot of the big name tire manufacturers are having their All-Terrain tires rated with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake rating which is a measure of the tire’s performance in the snow. Typically, cars and trucks with this tire rating are not required to chain up during winter conditions on mountain passes; very important for the Subaru community as tire chains are not recommended for use. The majority of the big-name tire manufacturers do have tire sizes that will fit on a Subaru but since they are made to fit trucks and SUVs, the selection is small as most lifted Subarus can clear a 28” tall tire but not much taller.

When we are asked about tire selection for a lifted Subaru, the tires that we recommend the most are: BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, Falken WildPeak A/T3W, General Grabber AT2, Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac, or the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. These tires are all considered All-Terrain tires which mean that they are not an overly aggressive tread pattern; they will be quieter on the road than a Mud-Terrain, handle great in year-round driving and are suitable for most terrain that you will want to tackle with your Subaru.

The BFGoodrich KO2 is amongst the most popular All-Terrain tire due to the great reviews, long tread life, on-road manners and the available traction in on and off-road conditions. We have the Falken WildPeak tires on the RalliTEK 2018 Outback and they have been really good to us. They have driven great on the highway, handle gravel roads and light trails with ease and provide a lot of traction in the snow and ice. The General Grabber AT2 tires are a similar tread pattern to the BFG KO2 and many have given the tire positive reviews stating similar impressions to the BFG KO2. Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs are the most aggressive tread pattern on the list and are a very good all around tire with a little more road noise coming from the more aggressive tread pattern. Goodyear only offers a 29” tall tire so installation on a Subaru offers limited applications. The last tire on the list is the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015, it is also the least aggressive tread design on the list. This tire has a tread pattern that is more geared towards a user that mostly uses their car on-road and light off-road conditions while the other tires offer a good balance of on and off-road driving.

Installing a good set of All-Terrain tires if you’re thinking of doing any kind of off-road driving is a must; tires like what we have recommended are able to withstand the harsher off-road conditions. Passenger car tires do not have the right construction to handle a weekend of driving forest service roads; the carcass is too thin and they will puncture easily.  Installing a set of any of the tires in this article on your Subaru will give you the confidence to get out in the wilderness and make it back without worrying about getting a flat in the middle of nowhere.

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-Scott

RalliTEK Steel Lift Kit Spacers

Hello everyone!

Brett from RalliTEK here with an update on our newest lift kits. With this new batch of releases, we’ve been focusing on the newer models in the Subaru realm. Here’s a list below of our new applications with the following features:

Applications:

Features:

  • 3/16” MIG Welded Steel Construction
  • Alignment Corrections Designed Into the Front Spacers
  • Hammered Blue Powdercoat
  • Multi-Link Spacers Included (except for 1″)
  • All Hardware Included

Unsure if you need spacers, springs or both? Read our article to find out for yourself!

Lift Spacers vs. Off-road Springs?

Lift Spacers vs. Off-road Springs?

Hello everyone, Brett from RalliTEK here again. When the question between choosing lift spacers and springs comes up (which is daily), I always begin by asking the following questions:

  • How do you plan to use the car?
  • Do you have future plans for the car?
  • Do you want to lift the car?
  • Do you tow/haul gear with the car?
  • What is your budget?

These are important questions to ask when deciding which method (if not both) you are going to need to accomplish the goals you have in mind. Some just want to remove vehicle sag, others want to tow, and some want the ground clearance.

So let me a explain a situation where spacers are ideal, where springs are ideal, and where both are ideal.

Here is an ideal situation to only use spacers. You need the clearance, you aren’t sagging, and you enjoy the OEM ride quality. This is usually the most ideal setup for light weight off-roading scenarios to tackle more complex terrain. The OEM springs are going to be softer than RalliTEK or King springs. This is for situations that need the most strut articulation to get over an obstacle and maintain grip (tires on the ground). A stiffer spring here can still work, but if you aren’t hauling a lot of gear or noticing any vehicle sag/instability, then it’s a cheaper and more effective option to stay with the OEM strut and simply use spacers to increase ground clearance.

Here’s an ideal situation to only use springs. Let’s say the back of your vehicle is sagging under load, and you only want to fix that. In this case, I would suggest to this individual to get a set of RalliTEK overload springs. A lift spacer kit on all 4 corners of the car will simply raise the car up, and you’ll see the same sag, only higher up! Now, you may ask, “Can I run just spacers in the rear to offset the sag?” Sure, but this isn’t ideal since the strut itself is still sagging meaning you’re likely that much closer to hitting the strut’s bump stop. This is where the overload spring with a higher spring rate is needed. It’s important to make note to check the health of your struts. You may need new struts and springs. RalliTEK strut assemblies are a great fix for this.

Here is an ideal situation to use both. You do everything! You load your vehicle down often, and see a lot of sagging in the rear. Even street stability seems wonky, and you want it improved. At the same time, you offroad and need the clearance to get to your next location with all of your gear. This is the most costly option, but it comes at the advantage of being able to do it all. Equipped with RalliTEK springs that are designed to improve street stability and handle heavier loads off-road, you’ll notice how the car feels stable in every situation. Even with the higher center of gravity after installing spacers.

Here’s a quick chart showcasing the benefits of each method.

Options (Front & Rear) Spacers Only Springs Only Both
Light Cargo X
Moderate Cargo X
Heavy Cargo X
Ground Clearance X
Increased Street Stability X
Comfort
Sag Prevention X
Estimated Cost $110-$589 $400-$440 $400-$1029

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