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Hello i need help with wheels

My son has a 2004 mazda 3 and i want to put some wheels on it but i dont want them to rub or stick out pass the fender will these fit good
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My son has a 2004 mazda 3 and i want to put some wheels on it but i dont want them to rub or stick out pass the fender will these fit good
The ad you showed includes a spec for offset of 38mm for a 7.5" width wheel; my understanding is these cars need more like a 50mm offset. Using a smaller offset will move the wheel face further in, so if anything, they'll look a bit silly as they'll be hiding in the wheel wells. That and they may rub on the inner fender when the front wheel is turned to full lock.

If you want to find wheels to fit, you might want to look at the selection over on TireRack.com.

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The ad you showed includes a spec for offset of 38mm for a 7.5" width wheel; my understanding is these cars need more like a 50mm offset. Using a smaller offset will move the wheel face further in, so if anything, they'll look a bit silly as they'll be hiding in the wheel wells. That and they may rub on the inner fender when the front wheel is turned to full lock.

If you want to find wheels to fit, you might want to look at the selection over on TireRack.com.
Can i use a small spacer to push the wheel out to help with the offset? And what tire would work best with a 17x7.5 wheel on a 04 mazda3
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Not a fan of spacers; I recommend buying wheels which fit properly without them. In the case of the wheels you're looking at, a spacer of ~12mm would be called for; that's about a half of an inch, which in my book is a very large spacer.

As for tires, 205/50 R17 is the correct tire for your car on a 17x7 or 17x7.5 rim.

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The ad you showed includes a spec for offset of 38mm for a 7.5" width wheel; my understanding is these cars need more like a 50mm offset. Using a smaller offset will move the wheel face further in, so if anything, they'll look a bit silly as they'll be hiding in the wheel wells. That and they may rub on the inner fender when the front wheel is turned to full lock.
Um, actually its the opposite. Offset denotes the hub flange position relative to the center of the rim. A 0 offset means the hub flange mounting surface is in the center of the rim. A positive offset like +38 moves the flange 38mm closer to the outside edge of the rim which in turn moves the rim closer to the car. A wheel with a negative offset of course does the opposite. This also means that the offset required for proper fitment changes depending on the wheel width.

This will tell you how much of a difference there is between your current wheels and new ones.
Wheel Offset Calculator | 1010Tires.com Discount Online Tire and Wheel Store
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Um, actually its the opposite. Offset denotes the hub flange position relative to the center of the rim. A 0 offset means the hub flange mounting surface is in the center of the rim. A positive offset like +38 moves the flange 38mm closer to the outside edge of the rim which in turn moves the rim closer to the car. A wheel with a negative offset of course does the opposite. This also means that the offset required for proper fitment changes depending on the wheel width.[/URL]
Hmmm, I think we said the same thing; a smaller positive offset will move the wheel further inboard.

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Hmmm, I think we said the same thing; a smaller positive offset will move the wheel further inboard.
Not in the least. A smaller positive offset moves the wheel outboard, not inboard.
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Not in the least. A smaller positive offset moves the wheel outboard, not inboard.
Geez, you are correct, must be my dyslexic day, my brain is working backwards.

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