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#42 of 51 Widest Tires That Will Fit My Protege 5?
Mar 15, 2009 (3:40 pm)
I currently have tires that measure 205/50 R16 87H. Can I safely go wider than that? And if so, how wide? Thanks.
#43 of 51 Crap tires on the Mazda 5
Mar 28, 2009 (3:04 pm)
I leased a 2006 Mazda 5 - at 43,000km I was told by the dealer I needed a new set of tires. That is simply crazy - 43,000km on a set of new factory tires!!!
Just thought I share this fact.
#44 of 51 Re: different size tires [billm6]
Aug 02, 2009 (6:20 pm)
Hi. I am having a problem w/ my tires and rims. The rims are all bent and I can not rotate my new tires anymore. Replaced stock tires at 19,000 miles (ridiculous!) Now have new tires and can't rotate them anymore because I was told it will create worse steering wheel vibration than I already have. Don't know what to do. Was told rims could be fixed at $120 each but why do that if it will just happen again? Was thinking of getting rid of the car and getting one with regular tires NOT these awful low profile ones. Read your thread and noticed you seemed to have gotton rid of the low profile and got 205/60...is 60 low profile? Why did you get those tires? Same reason as me? Please help! Thank you!
#45 of 51 Re: different size tires [nlhjacob]
by vg33e power
Aug 03, 2009 (7:08 am)
If you are going to pay $120 per wheel to fix, you may as well pick up a clean un bent used set of Mazda5 wheels on eBay for a lot cheaper or buy aftermaket brand new wheels. 60 series tires is not considered a "low profile" tire, therefore, if you go with a 205 60R17 tire you will have a much supple ride plus less chances of bending a rim on a pothole because the sidewall of the tire has 10% more surface area (205mm wide X 50% of 205mm = 102.50mm as opposed to 205mm wide X 60% of 205mm = 123mm) you get a gain of 20.5mm more sidewall.
#46 of 51 Re: different size tires [vg33e power]
Aug 03, 2009 (7:29 am)
Thank you for getting back to me. Great ideas! One more question. Do you think the car can handle 205/60/17 tires/rims? Meaning, will there be rubbing? Is the car made to take on 60's or do you think 55's would be better? Again, thank you!
#47 of 51 Re: different size tires [nlhjacob]
by vg33e power
Aug 03, 2009 (10:03 am)
I am running 225 50R17 Michelin Pilot HX on stock Mazda3 17" 5-spoke wheels with an offset of 52.5 and I dont ever get any rubbing. I wanted a wider tire so I went with 20mm wider (hence the 225) and I kept it low pro with a 50 series tire which makes it 112.5mm of sidewall. This is 10mm taller then stock but 10.5mm less then what a 205 60R17 will yield of sidewall. My reccomendation is to go with a 205 55R17 if you want to stay in the 205 wide tire. Also, instead of going with a Z speed rated tire go with an H speed rated tire, the softer compound used on the H rated tire will serve to cushion road imperfections, however, I will leave the speed rating to your discretion and preference. Hope this helps.
#48 of 51 215/50-17 Works
Sep 07, 2009 (8:06 pm)
The change in looks is probably way too subtle for many enthusiast owners, but I went with 215/50-17 Contis for my first set of replacement tires. These are slightly too large in circumference, making the odometer under-record by 1% or so, but have the advantage of making the speedometer ABSOLUTELY accurate, compared to Garmin GPS just taken on 8800 mile road trip back east from Seattle. Plus, they give a slight clearance improvement for driveway nose-scraping, and slightly improve the "economy" aspects of gearing (our is manual, and 2800 rpm 60 in 5th is plenty high for me)
#49 of 51 Re: different size tires [billm6]
Sep 18, 2009 (6:38 pm)
I would like to see a pic of your vehicle w/the 205/60r/16 tires and rims. Where did u get the rims and tires and what type are they. Are they good for snow?
#50 of 51 new Bridgestone G109 grid
Nov 03, 2011 (12:56 pm)
Hello, My original tires were out (bold on the inside) at 23K. I was set on having an alignment done and shocks changed. The alignment was done, so time for new tires.
Costco runs a $70 off four tires at different times. This time there was a promo on Bridgestones - good enough.
I was very surprised to see that the depth of the nobins was much deeper (or greater) then the original tires had when new. That may be the primary reason for the premature wear - they are pre-worn .
The maximum inflation pressure on the original was 40PSI (or at least that's what I thought). These ones are 56PSI.
The alignment guy told me he would inflate to 38PSI. The minimum is 34 (per label on B pillar).
I think I have them at 37 now and the car does not feel as stiff as the old tires felt at 36.
I gave up on swapping shocks. I have no signs of wear, yet.
#51 of 51 Re: High pitched tire noise @ highway speeds [nissmazlover]
Dec 20, 2011 (5:35 pm)
I got this problem now when i took it to the dealer they tell me im not rotateing my tires, which i was. mines make a noise like a helicopter while im riding down the road. I dont know why I got this problem for a while I got my car in 09 I been having prolems since then 12,000 miles when it started.