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@Jim_in_PA. I didn't intend to use a different size spare, but your comment about mixing tire sizes can never be repeated too often. I was only checking on which is the widest tire size that is close to OEM diam that will fit in spare tire well. With a 255/55-18 I still get a little more sidewall versus OEM size and an additional 10mm in width. But, maybe I'll need to stick with 245/60-18. I plan to use the Primitive Racing lift (lift kit and subframe spacer kit) unless someone says it is a poor choice. I like that Primitive provides progressive King Springs. Comments indicate the springs provide an improvement in ride and handling.
Thanks for the clarification. If you have five "identical" tires, you're good. Slightly smaller (or larger) is going to affect speedo/odo, etc., of course, and "theoretically" could be used against you if that non-OEM tire size can be blamed for some issue, but lots of folks run non-OEM tire sizes.
 
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That's great!!! I went from building engines for my and my friends various muscle cars to just driving 2nd hand cars I could afford really cheaply. My car life was pretty simple, though, starting with my 1963 Chevy Biscayne that was popping spark plugs out the straight six due to a cross threaded plug or number of spark plug changes in 500,000 miles, or something, under the previous owner. Ripped out the straight 6 and Powerglide, and dropped in a 70's small block 350 and a TH350 with a custom driveshaft. Next up was a 1965 Chevy Impala SS with a toasted 283, and a 4 speed manual. Built a nice little 350 sb, got new bell housing and hardware to make things mate, and enjoyed the heck out of it...

From there, it's been 5 dozen boring work and personal cars, and nothing too exciting (the most exciting being a 86 Range Rover that had the plethora of problems people complained about - rotting shock towers, chain getting clankier in the transfer case, fuel pump burning itself out, entire brake channel failing, too many electrical problems to list, you name it - is that fun? lol!)...

So, the most fun for me, in recent years, has been my two Subies... and, in the case of the Ascent, figure out its extreme limits. This May, it'll be doing a 5,000 mile round trip drive to Utah, where we will embark on 1,500 miles of off roading and off road overlanding. By then, I hope to have my lift kit completed and installed. I have one last piece to CNC (well, the last piece is so simple, I could just drill-press it...).

I'm currently back at stock height, so, it will be interesting to see how it handles with a 2.2F/2.4R lift. Using my own frame spacers, and then springs from Eibach and strut spacers from Anderson and Subtle (or maybe one set of my own strut spacers).

Interesting tidbit for those following along on my lift kit project...
(sorry, I know I am late on updates in my thread)
Outback suspension bolts are the perfect size to attach the Ascent's rear subframe to the body, when you're running 1" subframe spacers. The reason being, as I mentioned before, stock Outback runs on 1" frame spacers, since it's kinda a lifted Legacy wagon (and stock Ascents don't). 😉
Do you have any background on the Primitive Racing lift kit and King Springs? It sounds like a great package and I trust companies that make performance parts; tested in the heat of battle.

My own car background is an odd mix of Mazda RX7, Saab 95, 96, 99, 900T, a very early Honda CVCC (blew it's engine like most of them did - only paid $500 for the car and $125 for half a car with the replacement engine -- It was cheaper to buy the Honda then buying snow tires and wheels for the 900T), Subaru Legacy (first model year, great car), Legacy GT wagon (fantastic car), Forester (meh), Impreza Outback Sport (on par with our Audi TT), Land Rover Discovery, LR Defender D90, M-B G-wagon, Volvo 122, Volvo C30 R-design, Volvo XC60 R-design, Volvo XC60 R-design Polestar. Next car: Ascent Limited (no sunroof) so we can get bench seats and I can install the Prinsu rack.
 

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I love Primitive's stuff!!! Tell them Subaru Ambassador Robert said "hi!".
 

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I'll be going with DiscountTire. It's also the only place I can get my Black Rhino Sandstorms with either Yoko Geolandars or Toyo Open Country (probably the latter).

For a lesson in history. I had a Saab 900 Turbo (Stage 3 performance), rally lights, lowered suspension, aero enhancements, intercooler, boost. It was about speed and handling, not off-road. Tires were Phoenix Stahlflex 3011 (195/50-15 when the concept of low profile was unheard of) mounted on Epsilon 3-piece (BBS-style wheels). My unsprung weight was almost non-existent. Those tires would collect junk like cigarette butts the way true racing tires do. You could almost make a 90-deg turn at 60mph without losing traction. Good for all of 20,000 miles, but fun the whole time. Ah yes, the stupid times.
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The count down begins, new shoes for the Ascent ordered and in the queue for the Platinum Matrix 462s. National back order means it'll be some weeks, but what's a few weeks when I've been searching for the right wheels for over 2 years:p
So the wheels finally arrived, I've been running the Wildpeaks since January though. Thanks @Discount Tire
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Thank you. The setup has been great with no issues. Yes, I have aired down to 25 from 35 with no rub. I have only noticed the slightest of scuff rub on passenger front wheel liner from a hard, lock left turn with 30deg lean towards right side with full air. Barely made a sound.

Regarding the spare, it does not fit in the hole. I found it hung to low and the diameter is frustratingly close, but no cigar. I carry the spare in the back on long of road adventures and road trips. It helps to only have 2 other passengers.
Update, I found a skinny spare that is the same diameter and fits in the spare location. My full size spare does not fit mainly because of the wheel. The skinny spare I found is from a 2018 Infiniti Qx70, matches lug pattern, offset and diameter (175/90r18) of my 265/60r18 Yokis. Fits in the spare location perfectly. And it was $127 shipped and never been used. So I will carry it all of the time and throe the full size in the back only when hitting the trails.
 

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The skinny spare I found is from a 2018 Infiniti Qx70, matches lug pattern, offset and diameter (175/90r18) of my 265/60r18 Yokis.
Does it have the minimum weight rating for the Ascent?
 
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The OEM spare has a load index of 107m (2149 lbs) and the upsize replacement from the Qx70 has an index of 110m (2337 lbs). View attachment 12407
This is great news. I’m looking to do the same. I had not found the T175/90R18 with the same bolt pattern on any vehicle. My plan was to find a compact spare off a Jeep grand Cherokee or Durango. I’ll ask around for the QX70. Was this model discontinued?
In your searches did you find any other vehicles that may work?
 

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This is great news. I’m looking to do the same. I had not found the T175/90R18 with the same bolt pattern on any vehicle. My plan was to find a compact spare off a Jeep grand Cherokee or Durango. I’ll ask around for the QX70. Was this model discontinued?
In your searches did you find any other vehicles that may work?
The 2018 was the newest I could find. I couldn't any other ones that were oem size matched with bolt pattern, bore diameter, etc. This was the best fit. I am pretty happy with it.
 

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yup pretty much sits the same as the rear which is nice. there is a slight negative camber to the stock alignment which makes it look as if it's less poke. it looks exactly the same on the other side as well.
Just ordered the exact rims xm6 20 x 9.5 I was wondering where you u got lug nuts from and there size? I'm not trying to use the factory crap with some good looking rims. Also just double checking absolutely no rubbing correct just the minor stretch since the rim is 9.5 wide instead of stock width?
 

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Hello All! New to the forum.

Just yesterday day I purchased a 2021 Ascent limited.
Looking to get 18'' rims with A/T tires .
Want more of a simple design choosing the rims, any ideas?
Thanks for the info in advance.
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@Discount Tire has a load of choices to browse and a tool to let you see them on the vehicle. Selecting your trim as Premium makes it easier. I went with some Liquid Metal rims with Falken Wildpeak A/T to get as close to stock diameter and weight as I could. Others speak highly of the Yokohama Geolander A/T which come as OEM on the new Wilderness Outback. As @Robert.Mauro would point out, when selecting pay attention to load ratings. Just because a wheel fits doesn't mean it was designed to handle the weight of the Ascent.
 

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I went with the BFG Advantage TA Sport....three peak winter rated, but excellent all-weather (different than all-season) tires. I originally wanted to get back to Michelin Defender LTX, but no joy on OEM size at the time. Costco did the deed (pretty much the only place I buy tires) and I'm very, very happy with these shoes so far in our shared general geography.
How's the ride noise with the BFG compare to stock? I'm leaning toward it bc Costco offer them. Planning to get 245/60/18 (stock tire size).
 

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How's the ride noise with the BFG compare to stock? I'm leaning toward it bc Costco offer them. Planning to get 245/60/18 (stock tire size).
At this point with just a little more wear, albeit very little (!), I'm somewhat noticing a little more road noise than with the OEM tires as well as the Defenders I ran on my Grand Cherokee that I owned previously. I'm not actually surprised about that, however, since the Advantage T/A Sport does have a slightly more aggressive tread design than those other tires I mentioned. What I'm noticing is NOT objectionable, however. I'm VERY pleased with the almost undetectable wear on them so far at not quite 10K miles since installation.

If I had 18" wheels, I would most likely have purchased the Defenders because of my great experience with them previously. That wasn't an option for me with 20" wheels without "upsizing" to a 255/50R-20 which I was not inclined to do. Those Michelin CrossClimates are supposedly awesome tires and "today" they'd also be on my short list.
 
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I think you and this vid sold me on the CrossClimates. I didn't realize tires cost so much these days. Gonna have to fork out $850 for the set
 

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I didn't realize tires cost so much these days.
Yet another reason why I'm really keen about tread wear life higher than noise and some "comfort" factors. I do not like replacing them frequently and typically don't like running tires below about 5/32, too.
 
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