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Old 02-18-2004, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default What works so far? (Tire/Rim)

After hearing so much about rim size, tire width and offset numbers, the only thing we are certain is that 16/17 X 6.5 Offset 52.5mm works (BECAUSE IT IS STOCK! )

SO, Has anyone actually put aftermarket wheel packages on yet? If so please specify the following so that we know what fit and what does not.

Rim size: 17 X 7.0, etc
Offset: 43 mm etc
Tire Size: 205/40/17 etc

IF YOU TRIED SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT FIT, PLEASE ALSO LET US KNOW SO NO ONE MAKES THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN!
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Old 02-18-2004, 12:47 PM   #2
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excellent idea!
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Old 02-18-2004, 08:29 PM   #3
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Great idea!

Would save me a lot of time, tylenol and money :P
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Now all we need is people posting in this thread instead of all around
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Default What works so far? (Tire/Rim)

well, what offset of 17" wheels would i need upgrading from the factory 16", I was thinkin some lightweight 17s with toyo proxes t1-s tires. Let me know what would work whether it would be 17x7 or 17x7.5 and i was thinkin 17x7.5 with 205/40-17
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:02 AM   #6
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As good info for the beginning of the thread, what's the stock 16" and 17" rim size, tire size and offset numbers?
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I would love to know if anyone has fitted 18's on their 3??? What they had to do to get them on there....oh and some pics!!!!
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M3-GT: the specs are in the first msg
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:13 AM   #9
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In terms of 18" tires, one store said that 225r40/18 would fit nicely on 18"x7.5" (I believe they were 7.5" wide) rims. I didn't ask about the offset.
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:34 AM   #10
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Default What works so far? (Tire/Rim)

I tried 17x7 wheels with the stock tires (RS-A's) and an offset of 40 and it fitted like a glove, pushing the wheels out just a bit. I strongly recommend deep dish wheels (with the machined lip). IMO, these wheels give the car kind of a bulldog stance, especially for the hatch, even if the car is not lowered yet.

By the way, I noticed at the dealer last week that the mazda 3's with the 17" wheels are now factory equipped with toyo tires. Has anyone heard anything about this?
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