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#1 of 436 Mazda 3 wheels and snow tires help
Jan 17, 2007 (6:25 am)
Im trying to check and see if anyone has any ideas on what other wheels we can use on our 2005 Mazda 3. There must be a narrower steel wheel that would be usable. It just makes more sense to me to have 2 sets of wheels and tires,one being much narrower and snow worthy than the factory 17s. Any help on this issue would be great.. My email is borgymchsi.com
#2 of 436 Re: Mazda 3 wheels and snow tires help [borgy]
Jan 17, 2007 (9:19 am)
My wife and I both have '05 Mazda 3's. Mine's the sedan and her's is the Sport model. We both put steel rims and Bridgstone Blizzaks on our cars. Makes a huge difference in winter driving as the original Goodyear RSA's were useless in snow. We downsized the factory 17's for winter '16's
#3 of 436 Re: Mazda 3 wheels and snow tires help [borgy]
Jan 17, 2007 (9:32 am)
I ride on 205-55-16 Dunlop M3's in the winter and they are nice and sticky on snow and ice. I also have them on steel rims.
#4 of 436 The Toyo Proxes 405
Jan 30, 2007 (7:49 am)
I just moved my son's '05 Mazda 3 with 20,000 miles on the above tires to snow blow the driveway. backing up or pulling forward the Toyo's are USELESS!!! They look like they have plenty of tread but even after snowblowing they can't go up the slight incline of my driveway. My '06 Impala and '05 Ford 500 have no problem at all even when there is 5-6" of snow on the driveway. Does anyone else have this problem with the Toyo's?
#5 of 436 Re: Mazda 3 wheels and snow tires help [dride]
Jan 31, 2007 (5:00 pm)
Can I use 16' tires on my Mazda 3s GT hatchback ? The guys over at tirerack insist that it can only take 17" rims? Thanks in advance
#6 of 436 Re: Mazda 3 wheels and snow tires help [visajet]
Feb 01, 2007 (12:14 am)
Tirerack says that cause that's all that's available on that car stock from the factory.
You shouldn't have any trouble putting 16's on as long as the tire diameter is similar to the 17's. This will keep the speedometer fairly accurate and not cause any problems with ABS.
I guess there's an outside chance the brakes could be too large for 16's, but I would really doubt it. The brakes are probably all the same size, except maybe for the MazdaSpeed3.
#7 of 436 tire sizes
Feb 02, 2007 (2:36 am)
I was curious & wanted to know if there is a difference w/ride, performance, etc... between the 16" and 17" tires (S sedans)?
#8 of 436 Re: tire sizes [mazdrvr]
Feb 02, 2007 (2:50 am)
I'm sure the 17's have a rougher ride, but should handle better.
Feb 05, 2007 (3:08 am)
I was reading about the tmps & as helpful it will be, it also seems like a pain in the a**. It says that you should go to your Mazda dealer for tire issues so the sensor can be connected, programmed properly (something like that...). Is that true? Would other places like Costco, Discount Tire, etc know how to do that? Plus getting tires or tire repairs through the dealership would take too long & be overpriced!
#10 of 436 Re: tpms [mazdrvr]
Feb 05, 2007 (5:12 am)
I'm not sure if places like that would be able to reprogram the computer. You'd have to ask them. The computer is programmed for the stock tire size, it would need to be reprogrammed for a new size.
IMO, it would be easier to just find a tire of similar diameter, give or take an inch. then your speedo and ABS should still work fine.
PS: I have run a 27.4 inch tire on the front, and a 28 inch on the back with no ill effects.