: Glad you expressed concern on this issue because I wouldn't have found this otherwise. 265/60r18 is too big to fit in the spare tire location without modifying the surrounding area of the spare mount location. It can be modified to fit the larger tire if you are capable. If you want a full size spare (always wise on a 4wd vehicle and useful for doing a 5-wheel tire rotation to extend tread life if your spare wheel matches your other four) and want it to fit in the stock location, you can't use 265/60r18.
If your spare wheel is identical to your other four, I do recommend that you consider getting a tire size that will fit in the spare location and buying 5 tires. Then use a 5-tire rotation. Your tires will last 20% longer (time-wise) due to the 5th tire being incorporated in the rotation. You must rotate regularly, however (though you should rotate regularly anyway).
But they are also wider, and at the big end for that rim width. Is it advisable to run a 7.5-9.5" rated tire on a 7.5" wide rim, or will I run into issues, there with treadware or poor handling?
Also, is width a factor for rubbing on these vehicles? I have not looked into it, as I am only about a month into ownership, but on all my sports cars, width was the killer for rubbing.
The width is fine for that wheel, and I even provided an example of someone using this exact size successfully. There are many more out there, but I figured one example would suffice. Width can lead to rubbing, but this size fits without rubbing (unless you count the scuffing of the suspension arms which will stop once a minuscule amount of treadwear from driving has occurred).
If 265/60r18 makes you too nervous, but you're still tempted to get a more aggressive tire, General AT2 (maybe a bit too aggressive for you), Hankook ATM, Nitto Terra Grappler are stupendously good AT tires that come in 255/60r18. That's about 30 x 10"--only 0.5" taller and wider than your stock size and might even fit in the stock spare location (a little extra research needed to confirm/deny). The guy who modified his spare location to accept a larger tire (bytehoven
) did say that he felt the stock location should fit a tire up to 30" in diameter without modification.