Edit - Jump to my conclusion post here: https://www.myjeepcompass.com/forums/140249-post28.html
-------------------------------- Original Post:
We had our first major snowfall, and her and I both drove the Jeep out in it yesterday and declared our stock tires the worst thing we have ever driven in snow. Her civic was driving circles around the Compass, rendered totally helpless by these dumb tires.
Should have gotten those crappy things swapped out for a credit before I had too many miles on them, but they rode OK in the dry and the handling was decent on dry so I didn't expect them to be so bad for winter (although for the record, my father told me on at least two occasions that he could tell by the tread that they were going to be a terrible winter tire).
Live and learn. Anyways, I'm planning to go to the shop soon and spring for some Michelin Defender LTX so my mighty 4x4 can actually get around this winter. Its still mostly going to be driven on the dry highway so rather than deal with the headache of a dedicated snow tire twice a year swapping on and off just going to get one set of tires that are OK in all categories and call it good for 70k miles.
My debate is whether to stick with the stock size 225/55R18, or go up one size to 235/55/R18 ...
We're talking about a half inch wider and a half inch taller, nothing extreme. A fuzz bigger tire is more of a placebo for me, the driver, than anything else.. but I would like to imagine that it will look a tad cooler with an "oversized" tire, and that handling might be improved marginally with the increased width. Obviously the extra height and width doesn't help ice traction but... eh... doesn't help gas mileage either...
Its just one of those dumb things, I know somewhere in the back of my mind the cons outweigh the pros but I don't want to admit it.
I want to look at the side view of the rig with almost imperceptibly larger tires and let my imagination do its thing, you know, the whole:
What everyone else sees:
What I see in my head after adding a half an inch bigger tire:
Can anybody else relate?
I don't care much about gas mileage but I am concerned I will end up buying 5 expensive tires so my full size spare won't be too much smaller than the rest of the tires...
Anyone think I would get away with temporary use of the spare if it had to go on for 50 slow, gentle miles after getting these slightly bigger tires?