Xplore thanks for the info. I just purchased 17" Canyon Wheels so I am looking to get the most tire for off road use. If I can fit a 265/70/17 that would be my preference. When looking at the specs however it seems most the tires im looking at are around 31.6-31.7 OD so im just curious if those will fit without rubbing. I saw Ssato was running a 31.6 tire so im wondering if the 31.7 will fit ok or if its really maxxed out. I cant find anyone that will test fit.
The 265/70 is 31.7 and the 265/65 is 30.6 which is a large difference. So im just trying to get some confirmation that it will fit.
2 Members run 265/70/17's with no issues, which is a good sign, but all vehicles are different. A test fit is your best bet for sure, but I think 265/70/17's are safe.
31.6/31.7 is the same thing,
And as for the 265/70 vs 265/65, you are only gaining a 1/2 inch more clearance, which isn't the end of the world.
stock tires are ~ 29". A 265/65 is ~31" so only 1 extra inch of ground clearance, pushing the touareg from 8" -> 9".
A 265/70/17 will go up to 9.5" of clearance.
You also need to factor in the loss of MPG you will see for a bigger heavier tire, your speedo will be off a little, and you will be down a bit on power. Power shouldn't be an issue on the TDI people, but if you are a V6 gas owner it will be a BIG loss in power.