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Tire Rubbing

Hey everyone. I have a Mazda 6 2006 Sedan. I usually get rubbing on sharp turns, or, when I have backseat passengers. My current configuration is as follows:

Tire: 225/45 18 inch
Wheel: 18x8.0 with 40 offset

I am thinking of changing to the following configuration:

Tire: 225/45 18 inch
Wheel: 18x7.5 with 45 offset

I guess what I need to know is if reducing the width from 8.0 to 7.5 and increasing the offset from 40 to 45 will eliminate any rubbing I experience on sharp turns and with rear passengers.
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Are you lowered? That's just about OEM setup (215/45/R18 on 18x8et+46) and only a hair bigger than the OEM 17s (215/50/R17 on 17x7et+46). Shouldn't be scraping even with people in the car.

Unless I did the math wrong....

Regardless, going down to 18x7.5 and ET+45 would fit you in a little better, but if you're rubbing bad it's not going to stop it all together.

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I had that exact setup and I rubbed, if only a little bit.

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I had that exact setup and I rubbed, if only a little bit.

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Really? I'm surprised to hear it. I was running 225/45/17x7et40 and thought I had plenty of room - guess not.

.....now that I think about it though - previous owner had cut the fenders (poorly, I might add) so that's probably where I saved just enough space.

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Yeah, just enough to remove a little paint inside the fender well, and we all know what happens then...

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My car has not been lowered. Everything is stock.

Should I consider 215/45 instead of the 225/45 for the tires?

I will point out that my OEM is 215/45 18 inch with 18x7.5 with a 55 offset.

Even with my 18x8 configuration, I only ever noticed rubbing when it was 2 or more in the car, and I was either hitting a large dip in the road or making a sharp turn. I could drive in a straight line with 4 people in my car, and even make really slow turns and never hear any rubbing. It was only major dips and sharp turns that ever brought about the rubbing.
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