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Offline Jayc87

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17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« on: January 31, 2008, 04:48:09 PM »
Hello,

I'm fairly unsure as to what alloys would fit best on my Mazda3 (TS, 2005). I am currently looking at the Bellini Lmapo's (17") - http://performancedirect.potn.co.uk/p1021725.htm

- Would these alloys rub at all on the arches?

- If the wheel is turned, would the wheel rub on the inside of the arch?

- What size tyres would I require? Fairly low profile i would persume!?

- Would I go up to 18"'s (http://www.alloywheels.com/product.asp?P_ID=1730)? I was thinking of sticking with the 17"'s as when there are people in the car there could possibly be some problems!?

Any help would be great!  :)

Thanks!

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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008, 06:25:02 PM »
well my car has has mazda 17"s on it and its fine.... quite a bit of room to so i cant see you having any problems with 18"s on your mazda
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008, 06:58:05 PM »
I've Rx-8 18's fitted to mine without any rubbing or the likes.
My tyres are 225/40/18, a 45 profile will cause trouble.
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008, 07:26:49 PM »
if you get 17"s stick to 205/50/17 as this wont affect the speedo accuracy.

as for 18"s just like Irishdoc mentioned.. stick with 225/40/18

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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008, 07:46:43 PM »
Hi welcome to the forum!

Bear in mind that bigger alloys increase 'unsprung mass' for the dampers, and will give your dampers a harder time. Autocar reckon The petrol Sport struggles to contain the 17" (and thats on sports suspension) ???

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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008, 07:49:48 PM »
AH, brill! Thanks for all your help! No doubt I will end up going for the 18"'s  :P

Lovely looking car IrishDoc - where did you purchase your LED tail lights - were they easy to fit?

Oh, and thanks for the welcome!

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008, 07:55:34 PM »

Lovely looking car IrishDoc - where did you purchase your LED tail lights - were they easy to fit?


Aw Thanks,   ;D

Lights came off of Ebay, see here

http://www.mazda3forums.co.uk/index.php?topic=737

Yea, easy to fit too.

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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008, 08:46:10 PM »
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008, 08:56:05 PM »
Hi welcome to the forum!

Bear in mind that bigger alloys increase 'unsprung mass' for the dampers, and will give your dampers a harder time. Autocar reckon The petrol Sport struggles to contain the 17" (and thats on sports suspension) ???

Hmm... i did think that having bigger alloys would cause a problem like this somewhere along the line - thanks for letting me know!
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008, 09:10:06 PM »
What do you guys think of these: http://www.alloywheels.com/product.asp?numPageStartPosition=13&P_ID=870&strPageHistory=cat&strKeywords=&strSearchCriteria=&PT_ID=66

In your opinion - would these look good on a Mazda 3?!
Look very much like the Focus ST wheels, Nice  O0
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2008, 10:11:41 PM »
Hi welcome to the forum!

Bear in mind that bigger alloys increase 'unsprung mass' for the dampers, and will give your dampers a harder time. Autocar reckon The petrol Sport struggles to contain the 17" (and thats on sports suspension) ???

Hmm... i did think that having bigger alloys would cause a problem like this somewhere along the line - thanks for letting me know!

if your interested:

http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Mazda-3-2.0-Sport-6sp/222201/

however, I know for a fact that OZ 'super legra' alloys are lighter than most (like on the old Clio sports). That and the fhact that the Mazda stock 17" are built down to a price, perhaps if you buy a decent brand they will be lighter ??? ???

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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2008, 01:53:47 PM »
IrishDoc - now that you have 18"'s do you find that they rub when there is more weight in the car i.e. an extra 3 or 4 people or more weight in the boot?!
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2008, 11:39:40 PM »
Not found any rubbin as of yet, but then again I don't usually carry a lot of passengers.
There is a trace of some rubbing on the front arch liner, prob from goin full lock when parkin coz it's very little.
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2008, 08:44:33 AM »
Igf 18's fit definately go that route, lower the car a little and hey presto! The car is literally transforemed to look 10000000000 times better. Be aware that 18's will pretty much ruin ride quality and you will feel you car drive over a pin!
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Re: 17" or 18" alloys? - need some help!
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2008, 08:44:33 AM »