Hey bud. Seem to know your wheels. I'm looking at a set of 17" stocks from a Mazda 3 2005. I was thinking 205/40/17's would be good, but how much difference would be it to go to 215/45/17's? Same wheel.
I know they aren't the best but cheap aluminums that get away from the terrible stock 15" flower petals.
My 93 is stock with brand new strut assembly both sides. I'd like to make sure clear them if I buy brand new tires
Im no expert on wheels.. tho I've done some research when I upgraded from 15's to 16's and a comparable tire. Went thru a few sets of 16's...and now still running on GT Radial Champiro 228’s - 215/55/16s. Not a high end tire, nor low profile, but in these everyday conditions, they work for me..
When you change your wheel size and tires of course there is the Speedo issue involved... Ive used this http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
- to see what that difference is, if it's important, while on the road, in relation to what speed you're actually doing , in relation to what You should be doing... Hopefully a cop wont pull you over to doing 5-10kph more than what you should normally be driving at.. - Haven't had that happen yet, .....!
With regards to your considerations.. I dont think there'll be much of a difference between the .205/40/17's vs 215/45/17's on the same wheel. They both should fit. The New wheel set-up/Off Set, may be something to look at, to see if you need 'spacers'.. Like it did..!!
Things to consider...!!
Good luck in your hunt...!!
I hear ya...!
...Nice looking, clean Ride there...! - A stock spoiler on the rear, would bring up to date, imo. - As per the showroom..!! - Just a thought..!!