Tire sizes that won't rub.

Asked by Apr 01, 2017 at 10:44 AM about the 2011 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport Hatchback

Question type: Car Customization

I have a 2011 mazda3 sport hatchback. It has on it
205/50/17s on it normally. But i bought some 18
inch rims that fit the lug perfect. My trouble is. I
dunno what size tires i should look for to fit these
18s. And not have to worry about  the tires being to
big and rubbing in the wheel wells. I am guessing
that maybe a 205/215 and 40/45s. So it will be a
little more low profile. But im not having much luck
finding ppl selling tires that are 205 40 or 215 40.
Id like to avoid buying tires that rub all the time.
Thx for any help.

2 Answers

35

I have a 215/45r18 tires on older Mazdaspeed 3 wheels on my skyactiv 2012 Mazda3. They work great and don't rub. If you prefer something wider and lower, you could use 225/40r18. I've also used 235/40r18 tires on Rx8 wheels on my 2012 Mazda 3. They also worked, but I prefer the narrower size. My suspension and fenders are unmodified. wheelsize.com and tirerack.com will help you with other custom sizes.

35

You need to consider the wheel offset to know if your tires will rub using these tire. It's likely that they have a lower offset than Mazda wheels and will be closer to the fenders.

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