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I have found some wheels that resemble the mazdaspeed wheels, but are much cheaper.
they are 18x7.5 with +45 offset. Will they fit withouth having to roll the fenders on 215/45R18 tires?
or should i stick to picking wheels with an offset around +50

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I have found some wheels that resemble the mazdaspeed wheels, but are much cheaper.
they are 18x7.5 with +45 offset. Will they fit withouth having to roll the fenders on 215/45R18 tires?
or should i stick to picking wheels with an offset around +50

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You should probably be ok - there are a number of people with +45 and 215s with no rubbing. How much they weigh?
 

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If you're going with 7.5's you might want to think about 225s....
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I'm just fearaful of rubbing. I've searched the topic but i find people rolling their fenders.
My car has the stock ride height and I will not be rolling the fenders.
 

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I'm just fearaful of rubbing. I've searched the topic but i find people rolling their fenders.
My car has the stock ride height and I will not be rolling the fenders.
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I've got 225s on mine and no rubbing, but I do have a +50 offset and 7" wheels, though I can't see 1/2 inch and a 5mm difference in offset being that big of a diffference, but you never know.

Best to find someone with similar wheels, I don't want to be responsible if you listen to me and they do rub, heh :)
 

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I've got 225s on mine and no rubbing, but I do have a +50 offset and 7" wheels, though I can't see 1/2 inch and a 5mm difference in offset being that big of a diffference, but you never know.

Best to find someone with similar wheels, I don't want to be responsible if you listen to me and they do rub, heh :)
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i would't blame anyone on the board if I made a purchase that didn't fit. That would be my error in not doing sufficient research.
 

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I have found some wheels that resemble the mazdaspeed wheels, but are much cheaper.
they are 18x7.5 with +45 offset. Will they fit withouth having to roll the fenders on 215/45R18 tires?
or should i stick to picking wheels with an offset around +50

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Are you into looks or are you into weight?
The Mazdaspeed wheels are 7.7kg 18x7.5, here's a picture of mine.
 

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I have 18x7.5's 45mm offset with the original tires on them. Just finished the AutoExe spring install bout an hour ago.

That wheel and tire combo will rub... Currently have about 1.5" of clearance in the back. I have not rubbed (during some pretty agressive driving), but it will rub with enough weight back there. I am waiting on my fender roller, hopefully will be here by the beginning of next week.

I will try to snap some pics so you can put a visual to what I am talking about.
 

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I have 18x7.5's 45mm offset with the original tires on them. Just finished the AutoExe spring install bout an hour ago.

That wheel and tire combo will rub... Currently have about 1.5" of clearance in the back. I have not rubbed (during some pretty agressive driving), but it will rub with enough weight back there. I am waiting on my fender roller, hopefully will be here by the beginning of next week.

I will try to snap some pics so you can put a visual to what I am talking about.
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i'd appreciate it if you are able to snap some pics. I guess i should stick to a higher offset, no?

Runningriot, thanks for the pic of your wheels.
i'm talking about the other mazda wheels. the "rays" ones.
 

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Runningriot, thanks for the pic of your wheels.
i'm talking about the other mazda wheels. the "rays" ones.
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Yep, that's what I've got. Mine say "MAZDASPEED - RAYS ENG." on them.

Super strong, they're forged aluminium. Only 7.7kg and they look really nice!
 

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Yep, that's what I've got. Mine say "MAZDASPEED - RAYS ENG." on them.

Super strong, they're forged aluminium. Only 7.7kg and they look really nice!
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what are these refered to then? both of the mazda wheels are nice, but they are expensive.
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The other mazdaspeed wheels. They are cast aluminum and weigh approx 23.5 lbs a piece.
The ones runningriot has are forged aluminum and weigh approx 16.94 lbs a piece.
 

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I have a set of 18x 7.5 40 offset TE-37 with stock tire on my car right now. The wheel stick out and aligned with fender at the top. However, no rubbing even with 1 person in the back. Not sure if I get more people in the back though, although 90% of the time only front seats will be used. I think you will be fine as long as you don't lower your car.
 

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thanks for all the info guys. still not sure if i wanna take a gamble or not.
Seems like theres alot more wheels to choose from that have a +45 offset.
I don't really like many of the wheels i come across that are 48 and higher.
 

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I have found some wheels that resemble the mazdaspeed wheels, but are much cheaper.
they are 18x7.5 with +45 offset. Will they fit withouth having to roll the fenders on 215/45R18 tires?
or should i stick to picking wheels with an offset around +50

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I have 18x7.5 with +45 offset with 225/40/18 ... not rolled and no rubbing with all seats full!

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/f...&vid=009766
 

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Does anyone know if plus sizing the tires on the OEM wheels will create any rubbing? The plus size would be 235/40/18. So many more options in that size.
 

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Does anyone know if plus sizing the tires on the OEM wheels will create any rubbing? The plus size would be 235/40/18. So many more options in that size.
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On a 7" rim??? Don't think so - rim is too narrow - sidewall would be mushy as hell and performance would go out the door. I just checked a couple 235's and they specify 8-9.5" rims
 

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On a 7" rim??? Don't think so - rim is too narrow - sidewall would be mushy as hell and performance would go out the door. I just checked a couple 235's and they specify 8-9.5" rims
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our 18 inch rims are narrower than the 17 inch rims on the 6s? I put 235s on there and the ride is sudper sweet.
 

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I put 235 on a 7.5 inch rim and noticed a difference in performance. My wife even noticed a difference. However I do think the tires are crap so that's probably where the difference is. I'll know when I feel like I can afford to buy different tires.
 
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