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Spent the afternoon in the garage with my wagon.

I haven't had a garage therapy day in quite a while.

First up, I installed a set of smoked front marker lights. This is super easy to do, taking about five minutes a side.





The next step was quite a bit more involved: Getting rid of the roof rack. I was able to print off the original installation instructions, so it was just a matter of following the bouncing ball.

Remove all of the interior plastics.



The headliner drops down.





The rack is held on by five nuts on each side, so that was simple. From there, I covered the inside of the holes with waterproof tape, then filled the holes with epoxy. Clip the new moldings in, reassemble the interior and, 4 hours later, it was done!



While I was there, I ran the antenna wire for my SiriusXM antenna. I was really hoping to get that whole thing installed, but I got a late start. I'll try to tackle that and my front spoiler install next weekend.

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That's a sharp looking shop you got there. I'm curious why you wanted to delete the rails? I have always preferred them. I think they add to the look. Also, remind me what car those wheels came from? I know you said in another thread but I've already forgotten. They are a really nice look on the wagon.
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That's a sharp looking shop you got there. I'm curious why you wanted to delete the rails? I have always preferred them. I think they add to the look. Also, remind me what car those wheels came from? I know you said in another thread but I've already forgotten. They are a really nice look on the wagon.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. I've always hated roof rails and roof racks on any vehicle.

The wheels were new take-offs from a 2018 Mazda 3 GT. 18x7.

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I have the same color wagon without roof racks. Looking good, the wheels set it off. If they were only 17’s though. I prefer the taller profile tires that a 17 inch rim needs for comfort and lower noise.
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I have the same color wagon without roof racks. Looking good, the wheels set it off. If they were only 17ís though. I prefer the taller profile tires that a 17 inch rim needs for comfort and lower noise.
I went with the ExtremeContact DWS 06 in 225/45ZR18. The tire choice has more of an affect on ride quality than tire size. These tires actually ride much smoother and quieter than the almost new Kumhos that came on the car. I couldn't be happier with the ride.

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I have the same color wagon without roof racks. Looking good, the wheels set it off. If they were only 17’s though. I prefer the taller profile tires that a 17 inch rim needs for comfort and lower noise.
I went with the ExtremeContact DWS 06 in 225/45ZR18. The tire choice has more of an affect on ride quality than tire size. These tires actually ride much smoother and quieter than the almost new Kumhos that came on the car. I couldn't be happier with the ride. <img src="http://forum.mazda6club.com/images/Mazda6Club_2014/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
good to know, I’ve got Michelin Pilot sport a/s 3 235/45/18 on my wife’s gen2. They are loud and don’t ride very well. My gen1 on 17 inch Cooper tires RS3-A are much quieter and ride much better.
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I went with the ExtremeContact DWS 06 in 225/45ZR18. The tire choice has more of an affect on ride quality than tire size. These tires actually ride much smoother and quieter than the almost new Kumhos that came on the car. I couldn't be happier with the ride.

Hey Dave, did you get any contact with those wheels/tires? My RX8 wheels with 225/45 18 BF Goodrich g-force Comp 2 A/S barely rubbed the front bottom part of my rear well. I bent it from 90 degrees to about 60 degrees and it solved my problem.


I would almost choose those if I could have gotten them for the price I paid for mine (and if I knew they fit).


They really do look fantastic.



I'm with @waughoo regarding your shop...nice.


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Hey Dave, did you get any contact with those wheels/tires? My RX8 wheels with 225/45 18 BF Goodrich g-force Comp 2 A/S barely rubbed the front bottom part of my rear well. I bent it from 90 degrees to about 60 degrees and it solved my problem.


I would almost choose those if I could have gotten them for the price I paid for mine (and if I knew they fit).


They really do look fantastic.



I'm with @waughoo regarding your shop...nice.
The issue is probably that the RX8 wheels are 18x8 and M3 wheels are 18x7. They have the same offset, so the extra inch is towards the outside. You'd be hard-pressed to beat the price I got: Free. I sold a customer a set of wheels for her brand new car and she didn't want the originals. She gave them to me.

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The issue is probably that the RX8 wheels are 18x8 and M3 wheels are 18x7. They have the same offset, so the extra inch is towards the outside. You'd be hard-pressed to beat the price I got: Free. I sold a customer a set of wheels for her brand new car and she didn't want the originals. She gave them to me.

Epic man! I would love to have a 7" rim with a 225. The tire on my 8" is stretched a bit more than my liking. Although it feels great at turn-in, the wheels will be obliterated if I misjudge my parking distance (or let the spouse drive it)


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I went with the ExtremeContact DWS 06 in 225/45ZR18. The tire choice has more of an affect on ride quality than tire size. These tires actually ride much smoother and quieter than the almost new Kumhos that came on the car. I couldn't be happier with the ride.
Nice ride! In addition to looks, I think the oem rack may create wind noise on the highway, so on the prior '83 Saab 900, I had a removable rack (that was noisy on highways).

On my similar 04 hatch, I went with the later model side skirts that don't stick out as much ... going to work in bad weather I'd often get mud on calf area of pant legs, getting in & out, and I had a personal preference for the more subtle look.

IMHO, both tire size and brand have an effect on ride quality, to a limit. I would not expect much comfort from a 35 series tire with the typical ~25" OD. regardless of brand. I do have 215-55 DWS's, and for a z rated tire, the sidewalls are VERY flexible, and I agree that helps with ride comfort. I removed my very heavy oem 17" rims (23 lbs!) and installed 16" Mazda3 (16 lbs) rims, that with those tires, gives me some scratchless curb contact ability the oem 17" set-up did not have.

For comfort, in general, tire brand matters, as does type (all season, summer etc), as does aspect ratio. When I switched from 215-50-17 series to 215-55-60, I gained more sidewall height (more sidewall flex when hitting ridges on road surface, for a given tire brand/type), and the tire spec's listed the contact width as narrower. This is typical, but not without exceptions when you get into super low profile tires. The narrower patch helps foul weather traction, and softens the ride a bit.

My 215 mm DWS example: rim -- ratio -- tread width -- OD (~same)

16" -- 55 -- 6.9" -- 25.3"
17" -- 50 -- 7.0" -- 25.5"
18" -- 45 -- 7.3" -- 25.6"

Of course new tires with full tread depth, and the rubber not yet hardened with age, will give a big ride improvement over the same tire that's old & worn. Tread blocks are each springs, the more sipes the softer.

Shocks --- right now my oem shocks are brutal ... hit a speed bump and front end will rise the height of the bump! A friends Volvo S70 with new Bilstein Touring shocks rode very smooth, looking into them.


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