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Not much road noise at all, I’m not seeing much of a hit on mpg’s, I went with 215/60r17’s so the skinnier tire might be helping with mpg’s. I love them, they feel super solid on road i still need to get out on some trails/snow with them
 

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Nice looking tires

Living in Canada, and not a big fan of the Geolander OE tires (fly fisher) and wanted something that was more substantial, I opted for the Nokian Rotiiva's A/T ( Mtn Snowflake) (Kal Tire) love em, mounted on Fast 16" Shibuya "Bronze" winter rated rims. The reason I Down sized rims was to give my ride MORE sidewall, than the 17" OE rims (Too heavy) provided.
Ride is Way better, on and off road, road noise is comparable to Winter only tires.
Sold the OE Geolanders to a neighbour with a late model Outback ( look great on her car), I personally Didn't care for the look or the excess weight / corner of my ride.. Having shed several pounds / corner the car is nimble and quick on the highway/off road LOL
I also live in Canada, and I just bought the same Shibuya "Bronze" 16" wheels for my Crosstrek Lol.....But I'm mounting the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail (Mtn Snowflake) tires 215/65r16 on them....I can't wait. Unfortunately I have to wait another 1-2 weeks before installation because I'm also putting some 15mm spacers for the front and 20mm spacers for the rear, for a more beefy look lol and the spacers are special order.
I will upload some pics once it's done.

But it's so funny because when I decided to get these rims, I was like "Ok these are cool and I've never seen a Crosstrek with these, it'll be unique".....Yeah right :D
 

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What do you guys think of the Falkens? How is road noise? Any impact on fuel economy?
Same review as my fellow Crosstrekker. Granted, I only had the OE tires for about two months but all in all, minor difference in noise/MPG.

Handling feels solid! I’ll be taking her to Baja this weekend and will report back. ;)


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Why are some people going with the Wildpeak A/T Trail in the 215 width? Would the 225/60R17 be a "better" choice (for some definition of better)? I'm using the stock 2018 wheels for now, replacing the Geolandar G91F 225/60R17.
 

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Why are some people going with the Wildpeak A/T Trail in the 215 width? Would the 225/60R17 be a "better" choice (for some definition of better)? I'm using the stock 2018 wheels for now, replacing the Geolandar G91F 225/60R17.
I did it for better gas mileage, and lessening the chances of rubbing when loaded down on trails. skinnier tires also do better cutting through snow/slush in my opinion. To each their own though. I'm sure 225/60R17's would be great also!!
 

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I did it for better gas mileage, and lessening the chances of rubbing when loaded down on trails. skinnier tires also do better cutting through snow/slush in my opinion. To each their own though. I'm sure 225/60R17's would be great also!!
That makes sense for snow. Would a wider tire be better in gravel /sand/rocks? Would you be able to air down the wider tire a bit more?
 

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That makes sense for snow. Would a wider tire be better in gravel /sand/rocks? Would you be able to air down the wider tire a bit more?
I think 215/60r17’s air down just fine and do great in those conditions. I still think the mpg savings is worth it and the difference wouldn’t be noticeable in gravel/sand/rocks. If I’m going on a crazy rugged/sandy/snowy trail I take my V8 4runner.
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I also live in Canada, and I just bought the same Shibuya "Bronze" 16" wheels for my Crosstrek Lol.....But I'm mounting the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail (Mtn Snowflake) tires 215/65r16 on them....I can't wait. Unfortunately I have to wait another 1-2 weeks before installation because I'm also putting some 15mm spacers for the front and 20mm spacers for the rear, for a more beefy look lol and the spacers are special order.
I will upload some pics once it's done.

I'm looking at these Falken tires too! Looking forward to seeing them on your Crosstrek. Trying to get them ordered before the snow season starts here in California.
 

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Here's an interesting article about the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail:
If you don't want to read the whole article skip down to "The Right Way" section.
 

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Here's an interesting article about the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail:
If you don't want to read the whole article skip down to "The Right Way" section.
Sweet article! Very true on all points. Even in the 4runner scene, guys are adding sooooo much weight and not upgrading breaks, that's crazy!!! The first thing i did was upgraded my breaks! I think it's important to remember why we got crosstreks and not ruin those positive things.
 

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I'm still confused re: stock rims (2018 premium) and tire size. The stock tires are 225/60R17 tire. Can the same rim accept a 215/65R17? What is the best choice?

The difference between sizes seems miniscule.
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I'm still confused re: stock rims (2018 premium) and tire size. The stock tires are 225/60R17 tire. Can the same rim accept a 215/65R17? What is the best choice?

The difference between sizes seems miniscule.
Hi, SpaceRoo!

Your factory wheels are 7-inches wide and tire size 215/65R-17 is safely run on a 7-inch wide wheel (y)

Which one is best really boils down to your expectations and needs from the tire/size. As you've found through the calculator, the 215/65R-17 size is slightly narrower and taller over the O.E. size. This means you may see performance increases and decreases in certain areas, but really, the typical driver won't notice much (if any) difference between these two sizes .
 

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Hi, SpaceRoo!

Your factory wheels are 7-inches wide and tire size 215/65R-17 is safely run on a 7-inch wide wheel (y)

Which one is best really boils down to your expectations and needs from the tire/size. As you've found through the calculator, the 215/65R-17 size is slightly narrower and taller over the O.E. size. This means you may see performance increases and decreases in certain areas, but really, the typical driver won't notice much (if any) difference between these two sizes .

Interesting. I was trying to find what the differences would be for the two tire sizes. Can you go into a little more detail in the performance increases and decreases of going to that 215/65R-17?
 

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I'm on day 2 with my new Wildpeak A/T trail 225/60R17, with stock 17" rims. Observations so far:

  • Acceleration with the stock Geolandar G91F tires felt almost zippy. Well, as expected, the Wildpeaks slowed things down, but not by much. At 29.3 lbs per tire, they are 4.3 lbs heavier than the G91F. Mileage went down about 2MPG. Still way lighter than a KO2 (38.9 lbs for the same size!!)
  • They look awesome. I was initially going for the Geolandar G015 (2lbs lighter than WIldpeak), but the side knobs looked less substantial. Overall I gladly took the 2 lbs hit for a more agressive tread pattern.

Next up, replacing the stock air filter with a K&N Air filter. Maybe that will get my 2MPG back :D
 

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With 215/60r17 I’ve got the same mpg’s so far. They don't look skinny at all, I feel like it’s a good compromise going slightly skinnier to preserve mpg but obviously still having a very capable A/T tire.
 

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I'm looking at these Falken tires too! Looking forward to seeing them on your Crosstrek. Trying to get them ordered before the snow season starts here in California.
Hopefully I'll be mounting them on this week... Finally the spacers arrived just a few days ago, so I'm good to go?
I'll be posting the pics as soon as they're on.
 

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How do I find the recommended tire pressure for the 225/60r17 wildpeak trails? The table on the inside door jamb says 32/33 psi rear/front but that's for the stock tires and load. I was driving along the highway on the new Falkens when the TPMS warning light came on. I checked the pressure and it was 45/46 psi (51 rated). The tire place I went definitely over inflated, but I've read that I should be aiming for 2-3 psi above the spec.
 

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Interesting. I was trying to find what the differences would be for the two tire sizes. Can you go into a little more detail in the performance increases and decreases of going to that 215/65R-17?
Absolutely, mmmikeyt and to clarify, when we mention performance - we are referring to the performance attributes a tire, or in this case tire size, may deliver such as ride quality, handling, etc.

Generally speaking, a taller tire may give up some handling/responsiveness because the sidewall has more flex, whereas a lower profile tire tends to handle and respond better to steering input. On the flip side of that, a taller tire may deliver a "cushier" ride if you will, whereas a lower profile tire may give up some ride quality due to less sidewall flex. There are more variables of course such as tire construction, tread depth, etc.

As noted earlier, the minor change in width and height likely would not be noticed by the typical driver.


How do I find the recommended tire pressure for the 225/60r17 wildpeak trails? The table on the inside door jamb says 32/33 psi rear/front but that's for the stock tires and load. I was driving along the highway on the new Falkens when the TPMS warning light came on. I checked the pressure and it was 45/46 psi (51 rated). The tire place I went definitely over inflated, but I've read that I should be aiming for 2-3 psi above the spec.
We're happy to help with this - we'll just need the year and model vehicle so that we can reference the O.E. tires (y)
 
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