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I wanted to update the factory wheel weights in the stickied thread titled "FAQ: Stock wheel/tire info & Aftermarket wheel essentials (04/09/07 with pics!)". The poll is for fun.

I currently have about 3 different sets of Mazda 3 factory alloy wheels. I took a digital scale and measured them all within the span of 20 minutes. All the wheels had center caps, rubber valve stems, and some lead weights.


First up, the 2007-2009 17" wheels that came with my car:

In the stickied thread it stated 22.1 lbs. I measured it at 21.8 lbs. Pretty close.


Second, the 2004-2006 17" wheels:

In the stickied thread it stated two different weights; 22 lbs and 19.4 lbs. I got a reading of 19.2 lbs.


Third, the 2004-2006 16" wheels:

In the stickied thread it stated 18.4 lbs. I got a reading of 15.8 lbs.
 

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damn 15.8 lbs for the 16s. No wonder my gf's sedan feels like it picks up so much quicker at lower RPMs.

if you could, grab the weight of the 16" wheels+tires, and the 17" (04-06) wheels+tires. I know it'll differ slightly depending on tires, but I'm interested.
 

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[quote author=cali_axela link=topic=131558.msg2823116#msg2823116 date=1230104766]
You weighed a 16" at 15.8!? That's pretty impressive... too bad they're so narrow. How did you weigh the wheels?
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Yeah there's a very noticeable difference in static weight when picking up the 17" snowflakes then picking up the 16" five spokes. Although there is a half inch difference, the Mazda 16" 5 spoke is similar in weight to the aftermarket 16x7" Kosei K-1 (15 lbs) & Rota Grid (16 lbs) wheels.

The 16" wheels aren't very wide. But they're the same width as the 17" wheels. The great thing is the 16" wheels accept both 205/55/16 and 225/50/16 tires, yet still have the same exact overall diameter of 23.9". And there seems to be a better summer tire selection for the 16" sizes vs the 205/50/17. :p

I used a Salter digital scale and measured the wheels on my kitchen floor. I weighed the lightest wheel first. When I was done, I weighed all the wheels again two more times. Then I weighed myself.
 

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[quote author=Badgerspeed link=topic=131558.msg2823207#msg2823207 date=1230120954]
[quote author=WildFrisco link=topic=131558.msg2823164#msg2823164 date=1230109092]
Then I weighed myself.
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AND?!?! :lol:
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A boy never reveals his weight! *limp wrist*
 

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did you just throw the wheels on the scale, or did you weigh yourself, then yourself and the wheel.. and then subtract your original weight? I think that would be a more accurate way to do it.
 

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[quote author=sdemo45 link=topic=131558.msg2825280#msg2825280 date=1230252310]
did you just throw the wheels on the scale, or did you weigh yourself, then yourself and the wheel.. and then subtract your original weight? I think that would be a more accurate way to do it.
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First method. I could try the second method if I have more time.

Regarding the 16's, I could try weighing them all again if I end up buying tires for it.
 

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[quote author=sdemo45 link=topic=131558.msg2823125#msg2823125 date=1230105319]
damn 15.8 lbs for the 16s. No wonder my gf's sedan feels like it picks up so much quicker at lower RPMs.

if you could, grab the weight of the 16" wheels+tires, and the 17" (04-06) wheels+tires. I know it'll differ slightly depending on tires, but I'm interested.
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Okay a year after buying the '04-06 16" factory alloys I've finally mounted them on Continental ExtremeContact DW tires with TPMS. They're pretty much brand new and have full tread depth so maybe I'll wait til they wear down before I weigh them.

But yeah, going from the slighty lighter '04-06 17" to the even lighter '04-06 16" wheel was a noticeable difference in acceleration, part and full throttle. I would say it's somewhat close to changing out your flywheel for a 13 lbs Mazdaspeed or Exedy flywheel.
 

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Hello everyone (a decade later)! Who are the moderators/admins here now? Still need to update the weight of the 16x6.5" OEM alloy wheel from the prefacelift 1st gen 3's (2004-2006) that is listed on this sticky:

https://www.mazda3forums.com/63-wheels-tires/363998-faq-stock-wheel-tire-info-aftermarket-wheel-essentials-updated-10-20-11-a.html

10 years ago that five spoke 16" wheel was measured on a digital home scale (Salter) meant to weigh people. Got 15.8 lbs. Then two years ago I weighed that same style OEM wheel on another digital business scale (Dymo) and go the same exact result, 15.8 lbs. Attached a picture.
 

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Hello everyone (a decade later)! Who are the moderators/admins here now? Still need to update the weight of the 16x6.5" OEM alloy wheel from the prefacelift 1st gen 3's (2004-2006) that is listed on this sticky:

https://www.mazda3forums.com/63-wheels-tires/363998-faq-stock-wheel-tire-info-aftermarket-wheel-essentials-updated-10-20-11-a.html

10 years ago that five spoke 16" wheel was measured on a digital home scale (Salter) meant to weigh people. Got 15.8 lbs. Then two years ago I weighed that same style OEM wheel on another digital business scale (Dymo) and go the same exact result, 15.8 lbs. Attached a picture.
So what I think you're asking is for me to update the post to show the weight as 15.8 pounds versus 18.4 pounds. Yes, no?
 

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So what I think you're asking is for me to update the post to show the weight as 15.8 pounds versus 18.4 pounds. Yes, no?
Yes sir. The "2004-2006 OEM Mazda3 16-inch" one.
 

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