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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2008, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, new Mazda6 owner and looking for input on snow tires. Can you use a 16" rim instead of the 17" on a 2004 Mzda6 GT?
Its being recommended to me but I am unsure.

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16s fit just fine. Just make sure the offset is above 40mm.


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Why not? I use 15" wheels all winter. Downsizing in the winter is good for a few reasons.

1) A smaller size tires will be cheeper. So why spend more than you have to? Downsize and put your money towards a better quality winter tire.

2) If you get snow packed inside or on the wheels in the winter your car can get some severe shakes at highway speeds. This will happen if you have to drive in deep snow. Simple solution is to let it melt or use a car wash to remove it. BUT if you have smaller wheels there is less free space for that to happen.

The only thing is that you need to keep the overall circumfrence of the tire and wheel the same as the factory setting so you dont throw off the spedometer and odometer. If you trust the source that is recomending the wheels (like a Mazda dealership) Than you should be fine.

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Don&#39;t worry about the speedometer and odometer for your winter setup. It&#39;s such a small amount that it never equates to anything important. Hell, most stock speedometers are off anyways.

205/60/16 is the stock size for the 6&#39;s that came with 16s. That also just happens to be a pretty damn good winter size for this car.


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