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Hey Guys,

I am looking to throw on a set of Off Roadish tires for the upcoming Summer but I cannot seem to find any info on the max size or recommended size. I am thinking of putting them onto the stock 18inch rim and moving the stock All Seasons to 18inch steel rims I have picked up for Winter use.

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Couple posts in the facebook groups that people went big to the point of rubbing and needed to add a lift. 255/55/18 on Falken Wildpeak A/T Trails I think (29.04" tall). Just barely acceptable on the 7" rim width but that can vary tire to tire so check manufacturer specs.

Are you looking more for width, sidewall to air down, or both? Something aggressive looking like the Wildpeaks? I went with Geolandar G015s (as did Subaru on their wilderness trims). For "recommended" size, if you end up any bigger in circumference you can't use the space savers or the stock tires as a spare without messing with the AWD system.. and potentially won't fit a 5th in the spare spot in the back

245/50/18 is 27.65" tall vs stock 225/55/18 at 27.74". I went with 225/60/17s at 27.63" trying to stay within about 3-4/32" and I can bring one of my winters as a full size spare on longer trips with the cargo tray sitting a bit high. May get a hitch mount/basket one day.
 

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Couple posts in the facebook groups that people went big to the point of rubbing and needed to add a lift. 255/55/18 on Falken Wildpeak A/T Trails I think (29.04" tall). Just barely acceptable on the 7" rim width but that can vary tire to tire so check manufacturer specs.

Are you looking more for width, sidewall to air down, or both? Something aggressive looking like the Wildpeaks? I went with Geolandar G015s (as did Subaru on their wilderness trims). For "recommended" size, if you end up any bigger in circumference you can't use the space savers or the stock tires as a spare without messing with the AWD system.. and potentially won't fit a 5th in the spare spot in the back

245/50/18 is 27.65" tall vs stock 225/55/18 at 27.74". I went with 225/60/17s at 27.63" trying to stay within about 3-4/32" and I can bring one of my winters as a full size spare on longer trips with the cargo tray sitting a bit high. May get a hitch mount/basket one day.

Thanks for the info, was looking to go just a bit wider and a bit taller to fill some of the tire/fender gap.
 

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Fitting larger tires on the Cross, unfortunately, will likely affect your acceleration. I've come to the conclusion that, since there's not enough usable torque coming out of the drivetrain (thanks, CVT), that messing too much with wheel specs will definitely hinder fun.

I would always consult Tirerack reviews and comparisons for the best options. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Michelins, with Contis a close second. The new CrossClimate 2s are awesome - and a lot of people think so, too. Though in my recent search for a replacement all-weather/all-season tire, I'm deciding to stick with Conti DWS06s, since Michelins tend to run a tad bit heavier than the A/S Contis. The reason for this: we did a cross-country drive up the mountains this winter, and I opted to go with run-flat Michelin Alpin ZPs. Fantastic traction - but HEAVY as fuck.

Result: I averaged 16.x mpg. NOT fun.
And so therefore, since it's Spring anyway, I'm switching both tires --- and opting to replace wheels to a lighter one. Because, it's not fun dealing with a sluggish, gas-guzzing Cross. (I maintain - this engine an absolute horrible match with the transmission it's mated to.

So - in summary, you don't want to get larger tires as there are negative consequences to doing so that will make the vehicle otherwise less fun. Get good tires to match your intended purpose. In your case, most A/S UHP tires rated M+S, or if you're in cold-weather clime, and are looking for a recreational tire to take to the rocks or mud - something with 3PMSF will do just as well (soft compound, very pliable, and depending on the tire, can double as decent rock-climbers).
 
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