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Old 01-08-2007, 09:33 AM   #1
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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.

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the bridge stone S-03's are the best for non sub 40 degree weather.
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They don't come in a suitable (funky) size. I don't really want to go 205-50-16 even though they are on closeout at tirerack.

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Ahh come on now. Bigger rolling diameter leads to shorter rear end. Shorter rear end leads to slower acceleration. Slower acceleration leads to more boost. I sense there is much boost in you.
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Ahh come on now. Bigger rolling diameter leads to shorter rear end. Shorter rear end leads to slower acceleration. Slower acceleration leads to more boost. I sense there is much boost in you.
True but tires that rub on your fenders are slower
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True but tires that rub on your fenders are slower
The current stock rears on the stock suspension on the '01 look tiny. There seems to be a cavernous amount of clearance back there. Not that I'll be going for the mullet wearing '68 Chevy Nova look though.

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in the front is the problem
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in the front is the problem
I could stagger them and go 45 in the front, 50 in the back. Still not a fan though.

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I'm doing 45s in the front and 50s in the rear. I burn them off as much as possible just so i can wear them out and have an excuse to buy 45s for the rear. Don't do it.
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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.
Probably the same idiot that decided to put 17x6s on the SRT4.
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