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Need opinions on proposed winter setup.....

I have my OEM 17" wheels from the XV Crosstrek I traded for the FXT. Am considering using the wheels for my winter tires. Lined them up to get an idea of what they'd look like but you really don't know until they're mounted. Current tires are a bit small (225/55-17) so looking to sell them (only 1700 miles) and replace with larger size tires. What do you think? Opinions?

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Nice Crosstrek =P

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Seems like a solid plan to me. Though of you really thrash your car in the winter steels may be a cheaper solution if you slide into curbs or race etc.

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You're lucky to be able to change tires sizes, in Maine where I live we can only deviate one tire size either way from the tire size that came stock on the new vehicle. This is to protect us from ourselves, you know. I believe it was the result of homemade monster trucks being driven on the roads and causing issues.
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I think you should create custom axles/hubs and run dually's! haha. I dig the look
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Nice Crosstrek =P
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Seems like a solid plan to me. Though of you really thrash your car in the winter steels may be a cheaper solution if you slide into curbs or race etc.
I don't intend to slide into any curbs LOL! Not a racer, especially in slick/snowy conditions.

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You're lucky to be able to change tires sizes, in Maine where I live we can only deviate one tire size either way from the tire size that came stock on the new vehicle. This is to protect us from ourselves, you know. I believe it was the result of homemade monster trucks being driven on the roads and causing issues.
The tire diameter on the XV wheels are a full 1 inch smaller than the FXT OEM tire. Looking to probably go with 235/60-17 which would be slightly larger (0.36") than the FXT OEM.

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I think you should create custom axles/hubs and run dually's! haha. I dig the look
You forgot to mention a two inch lift!

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No reason not to use them since you already have them! They look better than steelies.

235/60/17 is a great size on stock FXTs... which tires are you planning?

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No reason not to use them since you already have them! They look better than steelies.

235/60/17 is a great size on stock FXTs... which tires are you planning?
I'm leaning towards the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 since they come with a 40,000 mile warranty. The others out there don't come with any tread-life warranty at all.

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Are there any issues going w/ a 17" rim when you have EyeSight? I'm having a tough time finding 18" steel wheels.

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May not be as much of a consideration in Oregon as it is here - but you'll get much better snow performance with a narrower tire, not wider. I go down to a 195 width on my winter wheels/tires. Cuts through the snow/slush/crap to get to something it can grip.

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Are there any issues going w/ a 17" rim when you have EyeSight? I'm having a tough time finding 18" steel wheels.
No, rim size and even wheel size for that matter don't affect EyeSight in a significant manner. Different diameter setups will change your speedometer accuracy slightly, which in turn would technically impact the EyeSight, but noting you would notice as the driver.

If you are concerned about keeping the same wheel diameter as stock, go with a 17" wheel and 225/60/17 tires. That is the closest setup to stock diameter you will get and it is what I use as my full-size spare.

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May not be as much of a consideration in Oregon as it is here - but you'll get much better snow performance with a narrower tire, not wider. I go down to a 195 width on my winter wheels/tires. Cuts through the snow/slush/crap to get to something it can grip.
Wide/narrow depends a lot on the exact circumstances.

Narrow is great to "cut through," but if what's underneath that surface layer of snow/slush does not afford good traction - i.e. ice/hardpack - then the narrowness of the tire offers no net benefit.

Those who argue only for the narrow side of the equation often points to narrow winter rally or ice-racing tires - but there's a big difference there: the aggressive studding of those tires, which offers traction from the underlying surface of ice/hardpack regardless.

In terms of street driving, it's very, very hard to say whether if a narrower or wider fitment will offer more benefit:

https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...74-post14.html
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Overall, it's much more important to select the right tire sub-genre for the anticipated conditions - as well as to then bias your exact tire selection towards your compromises - rather than to focus to much on tire width for traction.

That all said, if you drive/use the tires in a very specific manner - then definitely, you'll want to tailor the fitment to your needs.

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While shopping for my winters setup, I tried to find the closest overall diameter in 17" compared to the factory 18". Rather than go to a marginally smaller diameter 225 section width, I opted for an even smaller increase in diameter 215 65 17 Nokian R2 SUV. Traditional thinking was narrower winter is better, new justification for maintaining the same section width are out now. Really, going one size narrower for a street driven vehicle won't make thanks much difference... Dropping down to 17 steels saves a bit of $$, increases sidewall height that *may* be a benefit to turn in on slick surfaces...
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