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Old 11-11-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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2009 Mazda3 winter tire sizes?

Anyone know if narrower tires than the 205/50/17's will fit on the stock rims? I'm looking at putting a narrower set of snow tires on if possible.
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May I ask why? I've never seen a tire narrower than 205 for a 17" rim? Otherwise you might be able to go 195 assuming you can find a matching profile.

The narrowest OEM size is 195/65R15 and that's assuming you have a non-2.3L engine (those came with larger front brakes that need a 16" rim for clearance). The OEM 16" specs are 205/55R16.

You can check with the people at BCMazda3 for more details.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:27 AM   #3
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A narrower tire does better in snow. Thanks!
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i think it is better if you get a smaller size rim... 16" perhaps and have a taller aspect ratio..195 -17"s are pretty rare.
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Yeah, I'm probably going to have to go to a set of 16" steelies to get the 195's.

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