First off, what idiot at Mazda decided to put a nice looking 16 inch wheels on the 01 IN A 6.5 width??? They must have had a deal with tire manufacturers to introduce a ridiculous 205-45-16.
Anyway, that said I've got a couple options. I like the look of the 01 OEM 16 incher, but I'm pretty much limited to the 205-45-16. I could do the Kook RS2 Z212s or the Toyo T1-Rs. The car won't be tracked or autoxed, but it will be driven hard on the street. I doubt I'll drive it much under 40 degrees or so, but anything above will probably happen.
Back when I had my '90 with about 220 whp and 215-40-16s, traction was decent running the Goodyear F1s and Toyo T1-S. I'll probably eventually pick up some of emilios 6ULs but I need to hold off on a $1K+ purchase.
The car currently has 27K miles and still has the ES100s which IMHO are a big bag of suck. I don't know if it's the tires or the mileage, but they're squirrelly and not to grippy and I'm only running wastegate boost until I get the car registered and get legal plates on it. I can't see them improving with MORE boost.
Anyone here happy with 205-45-16 Kooks or T1-Rs (or other) running a decent amount of whp?
Car will probably get Tein Basics eventually too.