Sounds sketchy. I thought you had probably gone too far on tire size back when you first posted it, and with all my willpower I held my tongue to let people be happy with whatever they were happy with... can't do it today.
Its not just the size of the tire at rest you are dealing with either, once you get those babies whipped up to highway speed the (centrifugal?) force should cause the tire to grow taller yet, and rub even more. I realize you are getting away with it for the moment but... I'd have gone out for spacers a long time ago. Or just got one size shorter tire. Performance has got to be dogsh!t with those giant heavy things being cranked on by that tiny motor, actually I know it is because you complained about it in the original post, probably added 3+ seconds to the 0-60 time and 30 yards (or more) to the emergency braking distance... and no, you aren't doing a diff/ring & pinion change or turbo. You just aren't. Nobody has and nobody ever will on one of these things.
I have a 2017 billet silver Limited trim as well and you've answered the burning question I've had since I got it... "can I make mine look more brawny like the Trailhawks with big tires and a roof rack and stuff?" After examining your pictures, subjectively
, I'd have to say the answer is no
. It doesn't look brawny off-road good like the Trailhawks. It looks like a crossover car
thats been taken too far, just like so many people do with their Subarus too. Ruined the drivability and did not gain the believability that its some kind of genuine off-road machine. Just another mall crawler for instagram
Sorry to be harsh, but its pure honesty. I just have to call it like I see it. I'm not emotionally and financially attached like you are to your mods (because I haven't done them on mine). Once you spend those dollars the brain releases dopamine and does other weird stuff to help you convince yourself what you've gone is good. From over here, its not looking/sounding too good. Tires that big are not convincing to the eye, and with the report of the rubbing/cutting a GROOVE into the tire... yeah, just no good.
Thank you for sharing the honest experience with us though, so we can all learn.