If your Touareg is like mine, I believe the "noise" you are hearing/feeling is the power steering doing it's thing at low speed and RPM. I was concerned when I noticed this on my vehicle but that was 70k miles ago. Still making the noise and working fine!Actually can someone confirm if the tire noise is normal? So when turning either direction at very low speeds, around 5mph, I cam feel the tires. They’re not rubbing the fender but I can feel them sort of rubbing on the pavement through the wheel. Does anyone know what I’m talking about? Is that normal for AT tires?
Let the community know what size tires you replace the Bridgestones with. Be interesting to know if the ones you have currently are not rubbing because of tread wear.275/55/ 20
2011 TDI Execuline
Long time lurker. Finally pulled the trigger and bought a 2011 TDI Execuline. Had almost new snow tires on 20" Pike Peak rims so I needed tires now. I searched for 17 and 18" OEM rims locally. Nothing available . Had a friend with a set of 275 55 20 Bridgestone Duellers that he was not using. Not alot of tread left, but enough to pass government safety inspection. Perfect set to do a trial fit before buying new.
Would never have attempted this large without having read this entire thread. Big props to @ncburch22 who had reported a fit on the same size.
They fit and no rubbing on full or half lock: forward or reverse. I dont have a baseline reference to compare the drive as it had 275 45 20 snow tires on when I took delivery. The drive is definetely more truck like. Reminds me of my former 2004 4Runner. The truck I never should have sold.
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285/50R20 will fit a 9" rim but the tires will rub your fender liners (there was a post on page 17 about this. If you are planning on doing any off road and will encounter rocks, the profile of tires in the 20" rim size will not afford much protection for your rims as the sidewall is very small. My Touareg came with 20" wheels but I am downsizing to 18" with a 265/60R18 which another poster utilized with great success, no rubbing and plenty of sidewall to protect the rims. I am going with the Toyo Open Country in that size as they are considerably lighter (37lbs) than the competition. Considering the UN-sprung weight (lower the better) of a wheel and tire combination will add to your performance. Larger tires may look appealing, but there are serious downsides to the added weight...I shall. Still on the trial tires and no rubbing yet after two weeks day to day driving.
I need to pull the trigger on new tires. Having doubts on this size and considering a 285 50 20.
Can you run a 285 tire on Pikes Peak 20" wheels? Is the rim wide enough?
There will be photos of the finished product.
Not planning any serious off-road. May travel some back roads and old logging roads. Will not be rock crawling.
May need to rethink the 285 50 20 based on the the rubbing comment. Further investigation is required; however, I note wheel offset on @rrealm20 setup had a 35 mm offset vs the stock Pike Peak 57mm offset. This along with the 285 width would have the wheel sticking out 27 mm further than my current set-up or the stock 20". That is over an inch. There is not that much horizontal room. I suspect the rubbing issue had more to do with the material offset difference.
275 55 20 vs 285 50 20 = 0.7" less diameter and 0.35" less vertical within the fender liner. The 285 width will be 10 mm wider (5 mm inside and 5 mm outside). They shouldn't rub.
Anyone on 285 50 20?
The rubbing was very minimal and only at almost full lock. There was a sweet spot where the outer edge kissed the liner. It was probably the AT tire more so and not the size..