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I HAVE AN IMPORTANT QUESTION IF ANYONE CAN ANSWER FOR ME!!
I WANT TO BUY THEM 19" BBS RIMS.THE HAVE A 2" CHROME LIP IN THE FRONT AND 3 " LIP ON THE BACK.THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL RIMS.THE GUY SAID HE CAN GET THE RIMS I WANT WITH A BOLT PATTERN OF 114X 5 FOR MY CAR.EVERYTHING FITS PERFECT EXCEPT IT HAS A 38MM OFFSET.WILL THOSE FIT MY CAR.THE MAZDA6 5- SEDAN V6???
WHAT SIZE TIRES WOULD I NEED FOR THOSE RIMS?[/b]
I'm pretty sure it will, the worst scenario you ill have to roll the fenders

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On your stock wheels? You can't go wider!

215/45R18 or 225/45R18 are your only choices.[/b]

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I'm pretty sure it will, the worst scenario you ill have to roll the fenders[/b]

you just quoted a 2 year old post. and btw, widths would be needed to answer this question, since +38 will rub and with his description of the wheels, probably were 8.5's which would not fit at that offset

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Hi Fellow M6 Owners,

I'm new to the forum and a 2007 Mazda 6 owner. I have a black hatchback,grand touring model with 18" tires. The stock tires I got with the car are Pirelli PZero Neros (215 45R18) and at 12,000 miles, they pretty much suck. They are feathering like mad and of course Pirelli won't do anything about them and so far Mazda hasn't said they would do anything either.

The Manager at Mr. Tire (this is where Mazda sent me to have them send in a claim to Pirelli) said, "I wonder why they put such a high performance and high mileage rated tire on this car?" I wondered that myself since I don't plan on going much faster than 100 or so but they did.

Anyway it seems I have to replace all four tires now and I'm frustrated in finding the right tire size and a tire that will last longer than 12K miles. My questions are as follows:

1 - What sizes will fit on the wheels that I have other than 215 45R18s? I read the first post on this thread and if I'm reading it correctly, I can put the following sizes on my rims:

215/45R18 7.0"-8.0" 35 psi (6s, 6i), 38 psi (Mazdaspeed6) *original equipment size*
225/40R18 7.5"-9.0" 38 psi
225/45R18 7.0"-8.5" 38 psi
235/40R18 8.0"-9.5" 38 psi
245/40R18 8.0"-9.5" 38 psi

If this is correct, no need to answer that question.

2 - I don't want to get Pirelli's again and I've found other brands in my size (I only checked the 215 45R18 sizes so far). They are:

Bridgestone Potenza RE 92 (all season tires)
Bridgestone Potenza RE 050 (summer only)
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDWS (all season tires)
TOYO Proxes T1R (summer only)

Can anyone give me their opinions on these tires or another brand I could look into for my car? I want a comfortable ride, low noise, fairly decent treadware and good handling year round.

I love my car but the ride right now sucks. Any help would be appreciated!
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1 - What sizes will fit on the wheels that I have other than 215 45R18s? I read the first post on this thread and if I'm reading it correctly, I can put the following sizes on my rims:

215/45R18 7.0"-8.0" 35 psi (6s, 6i), 38 psi (Mazdaspeed6) *original equipment size*
225/40R18 7.5"-9.0" 38 psi
225/45R18 7.0"-8.5" 38 psi
235/40R18 8.0"-9.5" 38 psi
245/40R18 8.0"-9.5" 38 psi

If this is correct, no need to answer that question.[/b]
You left out a critical piece of information that was included on the first page. Your original equipment wheel is 18x7. There are only two sizes on that list that will work on an 18x7 wheel.

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2 - I don&#39;t want to get Pirelli&#39;s again and I&#39;ve found other brands in my size (I only checked the 215 45R18 sizes so far). They are:

Bridgestone Potenza RE 92 (all season tires)
Bridgestone Potenza RE 050 (summer only)
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDWS (all season tires)
TOYO Proxes T1R (summer only)

Can anyone give me their opinions on these tires or another brand I could look into for my car? I want a comfortable ride, low noise, fairly decent treadware and good handling year round.

I love my car but the ride right now sucks. Any help would be appreciated!
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I can&#39;t speak for the 18" version...but I would STAY AWAY from the Potenza&#39;s. I had to deal with the RE92&#39;s as the stock tires on my last car, a Scion tC. Some of the optional wheel and tire packages for that car had the 18&#39;s with the potenza summer only but I can&#39;t say for sure that they were the same tires. The people that had those were unhappy as well.

Have you checked tire rack to see what options there are? I don&#39;t see a couple brands that should make the correct size for your car. The "off" brands aren&#39;t mentioned anywhere here like Falken and Hankook. Both make great tires that are still "sporty" but not hard-core sport tires.
Good luck to you...I feel tire shopping is like trying to buy shoes when you have weird sized feet.
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You left out a critical piece of information that was included on the first page. Your original equipment wheel is 18x7. There are only two sizes on that list that will work on an 18x7 wheel.[/b]
I don&#39;t know if my wheels are 18 x 7. I&#39;m assuming they are if that is what they put 215 45R18 tires on. I&#39;m clueless when it comes to tires as you can see. So if I do have 18 x 7 wheels, are these the only two tire sizes I can use?

215/45R18 & 225/45R18

I did go to Tire Rack and other tire sites. I see reviews that say good things about Potenza&#39;s and bad things. I told the Mr. Tire guy I was thinking of getting the Toyo&#39;s but he said, "STAY AWAY FROM THOSE". I was so frustrated because I&#39;ve read good reviews on them. I see they make the Toyo Proxes 4 (all season performance) in the 225/45R18 size. I wonder if they are any good? The Mr. Tire guy said the Potenzas are good but now I&#39;m not so sure.

Any more feedback would be very helpful!
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I don&#39;t know if my wheels are 18 x 7. I&#39;m assuming they are if that is what they put 215 45R18 tires on. I&#39;m clueless when it comes to tires as you can see. So if I do have 18 x 7 wheels, are these the only two tire sizes I can use?

215/45R18 & 225/45R18

I did go to Tire Rack and other tire sites. I see reviews that say good things about Potenza&#39;s and bad things. I told the Mr. Tire guy I was thinking of getting the Toyo&#39;s but he said, "STAY AWAY FROM THOSE". I was so frustrated because I&#39;ve read good reviews on them. I see they make the Toyo Proxes 4 (all season performance) in the 225/45R18 size. I wonder if they are any good? The Mr. Tire guy said the Potenzas are good but now I&#39;m not so sure.

Any more feedback would be very helpful!
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If you have the factory wheels, then you have 18x7, so the two sizes you mentioned are the only ones available. As far as Toyos go, well, I worked for Toyo for 6 years and can attest they are good tires. Maybe Mr. Tire was only trying to sell you what he has in stock.

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Hi Fellow M6 Owners,
I&#39;m new to the forum and a 2007 Mazda 6 owner. I have a black hatchback,grand touring model with 18" tires. The stock tires I got with the car are Pirelli PZero Neros (215 45R18) and at 12,000 miles, they pretty much suck. They are feathering like mad and of course Pirelli won&#39;t do anything about them and so far Mazda hasn&#39;t said they would do anything either.I love my car but the ride right now sucks. Any help would be appreciated!.......
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Going up to 225-45-18, and an SL rated tire like the linked continental, will give a better ride quality and allow lower pressures like 32 psi.

Hi-po all season tire

also handy when winter arrives in baltimore.

to avoid feathering, get alignment done right, and not just in spec:

alignment, in spec not good enough

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Ok I think I&#39;m going to go with the Continental ContiExtremeContact 225/45 R18 91W BSW tires. I found them at tire-easy.com for $128 each and that includes Road Hazard for all four tires. With shipping it comes to about $560. After all is said and done, it should cost me under $800 (tires, installation, road hazard and alignment). Compared to Mr. Tire&#39;s price of $1300 for the Potenza RE050&#39;s, I should be happy. I guess I&#39;ll see how these tires work out.

Thanks for all of your input. I really appreciate it!

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