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Been running on my new wheel/tire combo for ~three days now. Got Method Rally 502s in 17x8 5-114.3 and paired them with Pirelli Scorpion AT+ sized 245/70r17. So far I absolutely love the combination. Road noise increased at low speeds, but not enough to be noticeable to someone that doesn't ride in the car every day.

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At high speed, the increase was minimal to negligible. The AT+ has a stiff sidewall compared to other non-LT/XL all-terrains, so I've not noticed any appreciable increase in "mushiness" on various road surfaces, to include winding country roads while driving in what some would call a "spirited fashion." As with Robert's setup, you'll need to have the rim balanced with the weights moved further interior to the wheel. The shop I had mount my setup initially put the weights in the standard location and the second they turned the wheel the brake caliper knocked the weight free. Lastly, in my spirited driving, I managed to elicit a VERY slight rub. I was in a tight corner doing ~25-30, and there was a big bump before the corner straightened out all the way. The initial hit was fine, but when I dropped down on the other side of the bump one of the front wheels rubbed enough to be clearly audible in the cabin. Nothing a lift and slight modification of the wheel well can't fix though.

EDIT: Shout out to Matt with Discount Tire for all the help getting this setup figured out. He's a lifesaver!
Your set up is "a'ight" but that drain across the floor is off the hook. Lets see your garage setup
 

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Your set up is "a'ight" but that drain across the floor is off the hook. Lets see your garage setup

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Can't claim this one as mine, though at our place in TX I did install this same type of channel drain around the house. It's not too difficult if you can get a level surface to work with, and it also helps to get drains that aren't cheap plastic.
 

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Hello everyone,

We traded in our 2017 OB Premium for a 2020 Ascent Premium. I upgraded the OB tire setup to the widest, flushest, wheel and tire that would fit and still keep the stock diameter (255/55R18 on Method MR502 18" x 8" + 38). This setup had zero rubbing under any condition:

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For the Ascent, I would like to have a similar look and remain within the stock diameter. I am ok with minor trimming if needed. My question for you all, has anyone verified the clearance for the 17" x 8" + 38 fifteen52 Traverse MX wheels on the Ascent? They have a load rating of 1834lbs and they look amazing IMO on the Outback and Forester. Hoping to move in this direction:

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Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi, love the load rating, but, I would be very surprised if it cleared our front calipers. If you can manage to have one test fit on the front, that'd be great. Having a fourth option that fit would be wonderful. To date, no one anywhere has mentioned trying them, and, it's not on the list of three dozen I considered or tried.

Please keep us posted.

Hello everyone,

We traded in our 2017 OB Premium for a 2020 Ascent Premium. I upgraded the OB tire setup to the widest, flushest, wheel and tire that would fit and still keep the stock diameter (255/55R18 on Method MR502 18" x 8" + 38). This setup had zero rubbing under any condition:

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For the Ascent, I would like to have a similar look and remain within the stock diameter. I am ok with minor trimming if needed. My question for you all, has anyone verified the clearance for the 17" x 8" + 38 fifteen52 Traverse MX wheels on the Ascent? They have a load rating of 1834lbs and they look amazing IMO on the Outback and Forester. Hoping to move in this direction:

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Thanks in advance.
 

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Hi, love the load rating, but, I would be very surprised if it cleared our front calipers. If you can manage to have one test fit on the front, that'd be great. Having a fourth option that fit would be wonderful. To date, no one anywhere has mentioned trying them, and, it's not on the list of three dozen I considered or tried.

Please keep us posted.
I emailed fifteen52 about fitment and their response was “they should definitely clear the brake system.” Regardless, I will definitely try to do a test fit. I’m going to call the local @Discount Tire and see if they can help me with that process.
 

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I emailed fifteen52 about fitment and their response was “they should definitely clear the brake system.” Regardless, I will definitely try to do a test fit. I’m going to call the local @Discount Tire and see if they can help me with that process.
Excellent to hear about the test fit. Even some that fit over the big STI
Brembos didn't fit. 😉
 

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I emailed fifteen52 about fitment and their response was “they should definitely clear the brake system.” Regardless, I will definitely try to do a test fit. I’m going to call the local @Discount Tire and see if they can help me with that process.
The store should be happy to help with a test fit. Although it sounds like the wheels will clear, if we can be of any assistance on our end please feel free to reach out.
 

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Doug with Discount Tire set me up with a test fit yesterday. Got what I needed and was looking for. Great experience at the Rosenberg,Texas Store by the way.
Liquid Metal Shift 20x8.5 +40
Cooper Discoverer HT Plus 275/45R20

No lift, no rubbing and more aggressive look.
Wider tires, wider stance and the tires have almost an all terrain pattern I really like.
Most of our driving is on pavement, then sand at the beach and hopefully soon back to snow in Colorado.
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Update on the Fifteen52s. After getting an email confirmation from the company that they “should definitely fit” and a confirmation from my local Discount Tire after they spoke Fifteen52 directly about them fitting, we ordered a set.
No one has physically tested the fitment so if they do not fit I was assured that DT would cover a restocking fee. I’m fairly certain that I will be running 245/65 Falken Wildpeaks rather than the K02s I normally would run.
 

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I just put on a set wheels and tires on my Ascent today. Here is the setup.

Black Rhino Sandstorm
Size: 18x8, 5x114.3
Offset: +35
Weight: 28 lbs (Official, but had them on a scale at 26.5)
Load Rating: 2000 lbs.

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
Size: 265/60R18
Weight: 38 lbs.
Load/Speed Rating: 110H

Requires lift kit.

ReadyLIFT SST 2" Lift Kit
SKU: 69-9921
Front/Rear: 1.7"/1.5"

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What are you doing for a Spare tire and where are you putting it? Do you have a spare that is the same size and if so were you able to store it in the usual place for a spare?
 

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Wheel: KMC KM708
Tires: Continental TerrainContact 245/60R18 105H
Offset: 38mm
No lift

Installed matching full-sized spare & provides 9.5" of clearance from bottom of spare to grade.

Super comfortable - much more than the OEM 20" wheels and Falken Tires. Falken Tires wore down to 4/32" after 28,500 miles.

Mountains are calling...
 

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Those look fantastic! Do you perceive any difference in ride or handling?
Thanks! This setup only added a 1lb at each corner, so any changes that I have perceived were due to the change in offset and tire profile. I had only driven the car around 750 miles with the stock setup, so I wasn’t super tuned into how it drove. I haven’t noticed anything significant in steering. As for handling and ride, you can feel the sidewall flex of the tire a bit more on sharp turns and the added profile has a bit more suppression over bumps. Overall, it drives very similar.
 
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