Many Crosstrek owners enjoy taking their car out into the back country and have noticed the possible need for a more capable, bigger tire. But the question is, how big of a tire can you fit on it? The folks over at RalliTek in Portland have been kind enough to share first hand information on tire fitment on their site. They’ve test fitted larger tires on 1st gen and 2nd gen Subaru Crosstreks and we’ve laid out some things to consider before trying it yourself.
First & Second Gen Subaru CrossTrek Max Tire Sizes:
What Does This Mean?
Worry-free tire fitment:
The worry-free fitment is suggested for anyone who doesn’t want to make permanent changes to their car or add a lift kit. It can be added to Crosstreks that are still at stock ride height.
Use this size to get extra off-road capability without worrying about rubbing, or having to modify your Crosstrek.
Things to keep in mind with the worry-free fitment:
- First Gen Crosstreks have a slightly smaller wheel well than newer models. Be prepared to do more trimming if you own a 2013-2017 Crosstrek.
- You might need to remove your stock mudflaps and use a Rally Armor style flap to prevent severe rubbing.
Advanced tire fitment:
This fitment was tested by RalliTek with a 2 inch lift kit and Method Racing MR502 wheels. Using this tire size may involve minor trimming or heat gun massaging of fender liners.
We have heard from a few people that they are running a 235/75/15 BFGoodrich KO2 tire on 2nd gen Crosstreks with no lift, no modification to the body, and only slight rubbing at full lock. You can test fit this set up, but we definitely recommend a lift kit before putting a tire this big on your Crosstrek.
Things to keep in mind with the advanced tire fitment:
- Your speedometer will read 2.9% lower than your actual speed.
- 1st Gen Crosstreks have a smaller wheel well. Be prepared to do more trimming to fit a tire of this size on XV’s from 2013-2017.
- Removal of your stock mudflaps may be necessary. A flexible Rally Armor style mudflap may be substituted to prevent ripping.
Popular Wheel/Tire Combo For Off-Road Crosstreks
(TIP: Tire Rack is very serious about customer service and making sure they help you select the right tire/wheel combo for your vehicle. Since many of the off-road options aren’t listed as OEM products, you’ll want to contact them via phone or email to purchase Methods or the Toyo’s above for your Crosstrek. Their sales staff is very helpful.)
What Do Bigger Tires On A Crosstrek Look Like?
Big Tires With No Lift Kit Installed:
It is possible to fit a large tire without a body lift. We can’t guarantee the best fit with this set up, but you can see Jesse’s Crosstrek on big tires before he had a lift kit installed.
The only thing to keep in mind with this fitment is that you don’t have much room for suspension travel. Doing a 235/75 is doable at stock height, but we only recommend doing it if you have future plans to lift it.
You can follow Jesse on Instagram @iamabanana1984 to see how he builds his Crosstrek. Go find him and hit that follow button!
Big Tires On A Crosstrek With A Lift Kit:
We recently did a build feature with our friend Chad and his 2018 Crosstrek. This should help give you an idea of what a new tire set up will look like. His Trek has a 2 inch lift kit which provides slightly more clearance and fitment room. You can see his full build feature here.
You can follow Chad on Instagram @azcrosstrek to follow his build. Go find him and say hi!
Should You Buy Tires Online?
Buying tires online might seem a bit daunting. However, it has become our favorite way to purchase them.
Many of the concerns people used to have about getting wheels or tires on the internet are now a non-issue.
Main benefits of using an online tire dealer:
- Shipping is almost always fast and free
- No guessing games with price – shopping around for the right deal is simple
- No pressure to buy as you educate yourself and research your next set of tires
- Prices are usually lower with online dealers
- Many tire dealers offer affordable deals with local installers
- Most of the tires people upgrade to on their Subaru have to be special ordered anyway. Ordering online allows you to save a trip and get exactly what you want
Some of our favorite online tire dealers are Tire Rack, Tire America, Discount Tire Direct, and Priority Tire. We’ve purchased tires from all of them and have had nothing but good, hassle-free experiences. In fact, we reached out to them and set up affiliate programs with them so that we can recommend their products to our readers. By shopping with them through our links, it helps us continue bringing helpful reviews and content.
Our Picks For Bigger Tires That Fit Crosstreks:
(When checking prices, we found that Amazon and Tire Rack usually have the most competitive prices and quickest shipping. Compare prices before making your selection.)
Recommendation From A Reader:
This article has focused mainly on 15 inch options. However, we recieved an email from Joel who’s running a 16″ inch wheel and tire combo on his Crosstrek. Here’s what he had to say:
“Hey guys, I was just reading over your article regarding biggest tire size you can fit on a crosstrek and figured I’d give my two cents. I’m currently running a 215/65/R16 K02 on a 16” Motegi rally rim (MR 139). I couldn’t be happier with the fit, and I find it has a good balance between highway driving and off roading. Yes, the tire is slightly narrower, but I actually prefer it that way. Anwyho, thanks for the quality material! I’ll be checking your stuff out more often. Cheers!”
We really appreciate getting input like this from you guys and girls! Thanks again, Joel!
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