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I am curious to see who has the smallest rims on their 3.

Please include pics and specs and mention if any modifications had to be made to fit your wheels... :eek:pen:
 

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the smallest you can go on the s is 16". the brakes get in the way.
 

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has anybody replaced their brakes to put smaller wheels than 16's? I know miata people do it
 

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why do you want to put smaller wheels on?
 

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[quote author=HouRman link=topic=69589.msg1210331#msg1210331 date=1171576860]
Small Rims are light weight good, for drag racing.
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Light weight yes and i have a theory that big rims have had their glory, the new fad will be small rims. I think small rims and chubby tires look bad ass. I am building a suzuki swift gt - might have 13's or 14's - AWESOME - and there is a miata out there with 13 inch rims and lowered - looks AWESOME - too bad the 3S has huge brakes
 

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[quote author=HouRman link=topic=69589.msg1210331#msg1210331 date=1171576860]
Small Rims are light weight good, for drag racing.
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i am more than aware of that but you dont need to make huge efforts to go smaller than possible.

[quote author=smoothdemon link=topic=69589.msg1211415#msg1211415 date=1171611745]
[quote author=HouRman link=topic=69589.msg1210331#msg1210331 date=1171576860]
Small Rims are light weight good, for drag racing.
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Light weight yes and i have a theory that big rims have had their glory, the new fad will be small rims. I think small rims and chubby tires look bad ass. I am building a suzuki swift gt - might have 13's or 14's - AWESOME - and there is a miata out there with 13 inch rims and lowered - looks AWESOME - too bad the 3S has huge brakes
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you're theory isn't going to be a reality. hahahaha. you must dig fat chicks too. lol.

anyway, the problem you run into with going with smaller wheels is width. if you go too small you won't be able to get a wide enough tire to get enough traction nor will you meet the load rating requirements of the car. there is no performance reason to go any lower than 16's on the s or 15's on the i. our brakes aren't huge either. the size is just right. anything less and you're decreasing performance.
 

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[quote author=smoothdemon link=topic=69589.msg1211415#msg1211415 date=1171611745]
[quote author=HouRman link=topic=69589.msg1210331#msg1210331 date=1171576860]
Small Rims are light weight good, for drag racing.
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Light weight yes and i have a theory that big rims have had their glory, the new fad will be small rims. I think small rims and chubby tires look bad ass. I am building a suzuki swift gt - might have 13's or 14's - AWESOME - and there is a miata out there with 13 inch rims and lowered - looks AWESOME - too bad the 3S has huge brakes
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What's wrong with "huge" brakes?
 

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I woulnd go lower then 15s...The car is too massive to have less then 15s.

Just look at the pic, 15's Watanabe's, nice rims, but not on a mazda3



It looks damn hot on some small cars with some fender flares tho :p
 

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[quote author=Depou link=topic=69589.msg1211576#msg1211576 date=1171635558]
I woulnd go lower then 15s...The car is too massive to have less then 15s.

Just look at the pic, 15's Watanabe's, nice rims, but not on a mazda3



It looks damn hot on some small cars with some fender flares tho :p
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You make a good point - I guess the swift and miata can stick to small rims - i'll try 16's or 17's and make sure they are wide





PS - people referring to fat chicks and mexicans = ignorant. if i was a moderator they'd be banned :arrow: :nono:
 

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I have 16" 2.0 Sedan OEM rims on my 2.3 Hatch. Look is about the same. Some think it would be crazy to do this, but for me I like more sidewall cushion for rough city driving, and in the 205/55/16 tire size it is easier to find something with better all-season capabilities in winter without bothering with winter tires. Also, with 16's it is less likely to get curb damage when parallel parking. Sure the handling is less crisp, and 17's look better, but it's more realistic for my commute and the conditions and I don't regret the switch.

I had 14" winters (Nokian NRW 195/65/14) for my Protege5 when I had it. Original 3 season tire size was 195-50-16.
 

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[quote author=smoothdemon link=topic=69589.msg1212141#msg1212141 date=1171651012]

PS - people referring to fat chicks and mexicans = ignorant. if i was a moderator they'd be banned :arrow: :nono:

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i fail to see where making a joke referring to fat chicks when small and chubby is mentioned makes me ignorant. get your panties unbunched and go fuck yourself. :)
 
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