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17 inch or 18 inch Tires?

I was talking to the tire salesman today. First off everyone knows 17 inch tires and wheels have more selection and cheaper pricing. But what I'm wondering is ride quality on the 93-97 MX-6 V6. He mentioned if I went 18 inch which would be 215/35/18 tires, the tire would have no give which you'd have a very hard ride quality. It would wear out the suspension parts quicker and you'd feel every bump, dip, hole in the road. He did say the 40 series 17 inch has a bit more give which would improve the ride.

Now I'll ask you guys. I know people on here have used both 17 inch and 18 inch tires on this car. What is the ride quality like with your 18 inch setup? Do you feel 17 inch would be a better option? I do both freeway and in town driving, so ride quality has some importance. So what say ye all?
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I was talking to the tire salesman today. First off everyone knows 17 inch tires and wheels have more selection and cheaper pricing. But what I'm wondering is ride quality on the 93-97 MX-6 V6. He mentioned if I went 18 inch which would be 215/35/18 tires, the tire would have no give which you'd have a very hard ride quality. It would wear out the suspension parts quicker and you'd feel every bump, dip, hole in the road. He did say the 40 series 17 inch has a bit more give which would improve the ride.

Now I'll ask you guys. I know people on here have used both 17 inch and 18 inch tires on this car. What is the ride quality like with your 18 inch setup? Do you feel 17 inch would be a better option? I do both freeway and in town driving, so ride quality has some importance. So what say ye all?
I'm going to shoot for 17's this tues.. if you dont get a solid answer by then I'll tell you how mine are.
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Everything the salesman told you is true. The only thing left is for you to choose, looks and price VS. comfort and a clean consiens (However thats spelled). If you have great road conditions, which i doubt cause you`re a fellow canuck, and a stock suspension you dont mind killing, get the 18`s. I`d still go with the 17`s though.

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id go with 17's

look pretty good and the best for performance gains I think.?

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17's will suit you just fine. Won't even be close to the ride quality your used to. But will look great. Check the weights on these wheels and try to go light as possible


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I run 18s, you dont have to get the 215/35s though, I'm about to upgrade to 225/40s or MAYBE 235/40s if I can get a straight answer on if they rub or not. If you go 18s DO NOT get the 215/35s, they're like riding on the rim practically. No give in the tire, and yea, hard as a rock in the ride. If you want any kind of show, I say go with 18s, but if you do any kind of autocross or very much turning while moving fast, go 17s. Performance wise they're just better because you have more tire to stay on the ground. I haven't put my 18s back on since I upgraded suspension but I had dropzone coils with stock struts and it was rough. It's still a rough ride (with my stock m15s) but thats because i have the Ksport suspension thats got really hard coils too.

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I ended up getting 16's today ... they were MAZDA rims .. and look pretty good on my car.. they are modern 16's but I think the car feels strange..

I wanted 17's but they were a gift from my father and well .. .you dont look a gift horse in the mouth. I'm worried my tires might be the wrong size though.

I have 16" mazda rims with these tires.

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I just wanted to add I just looked up the price.. and yeah they are problalby staying... ROFL

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ive got 18s with 225/40's, no rub, ride quality was fine and thats with a dodgey lowering job, of course my suspension is totally screwed now but with a new set of tokicos or osmething im sure itll be fine, i think its more personal preference to looks really, ive been in a 6 with 17s and the difference in ride quality was stuff all

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No real benefit to going with 18s vs 17s besides aesthetic reasons. Play it safe and go for 17s. Just keep in mind the fender well likes to swallow up 17s without beefy tires and even with 2**/45/17s you'll be left wanting a drop.
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