Yes, a number of people have used that size and it is has cleared. The minimum clearance spot is at the top of the tire right where the inside corner of the tread clears the curved underside of the suspension strut. You can see that it is pretty tight there, but there is some clearance, about 1/4 inch, give or take a bit. The only thought I would add, is that if you were ever to consider using cable chains, and thats another discussion in itself with lots of opinions, as some of us do on an occasional ski trip or such, there will probably no longer be sufficient clearance. Probably not an issue, but you asked for thoughts.bowtie said:any thoughts on going w/ this size? i see alot available in this size but not in the oem 255/60/18. the 265 would be taller right? it seems i would have enough clearance. any thoughts on this???
well that is something i failed to think about, as i am definitely in the snow belt. i have an 09 civic that is absolutely horrible in this catagory.jwhjr said:If you're anywhere there is snow I would consider not going to a bigger size, as you need all the clearance you can get when the snow builds up in the wheel wells.
Actually when it comes to spinning tires and traction in wet and snowy conditions, (other tire factors being equal), narrower is better than wider. A longer, narrower patch pushes down longer to clear water and bites better in the forward plane in snow. At a given tire pressure and load, the overall square inch area of a narrow tire and a wide tire's patch are the same. One is just long and narrow and the other shorter and wider, depending on the aspect ratio of the tire. On slippery surfaces it is better for the tire to have the longer patch which gives it more time to clear water or push deeper through snow. The wider patch more easily goes over the top resulting in hydroplaning or skid. It is not the same as a dragster on pavement....Bayner66 said:That will probably be the way I go when it is time to install new ones. I like the idea of a wider tread too since I'm always spinning the OEM ones.