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FXT Touring '18 here.

I want to change the stock tires to G015 225/65/r17 with +48offset wheels (stock offset)... what kind of performance differences should I see when driving on-road?

Going higher means a higher roll risk... but would the difference in the tire composition from the stocks actually make it grip better? Also, just to be 1000% sure, these will NOT rub at all on stock vehicle, correct?

Also, will chains fit on the tires for snow? Some national parks require chains even if the tires are snow-rated. I don't want to shoot myself in the foot (or tire :grin2:).
 

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Sure have, and the threads said it should work. Just want to know about performance specifically.
 

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Kool - I had Geos a long time ago and can't say that I noticed any real difference but the compounds have changed since then.

For snow chains the limiting factor is the clearance with the front spring perch. Using larger tires usually means that chains will not fit so most have a second "winter" set of wheels and tires.
 

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Why not stay with the stock size? The G015 is available for the 18".

At for performance the G015 225/55/18 performs well compared to the stock Bridgestone. Slightly less cornering and a bit more roll. Wet traction is better and snow is night and day. I'm at +2 Psi in all 4, feels better to me. Can't speak on off roading.

I consider it a 4 season tire for my location. Wish the tread lasted a few thousand more miles but thats mostly on me.
 

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Well, I know that going down to 17in will probably give my ride a bit more cushion (less of the stereotypical subie "bumpy ride" syndrome), but I'd imagine that would come at the cost of more roll as well.

I guess a viable option is to just stay with 18inchers as you said. Did you feel like the ride on road become a bit more comfortable when you switched from the Bridgestones?
 
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