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Seen alot of people put other OEM wheels on E's so Iim posting this here here.

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2007 Mazda3 OEM Wheels
Bolt Pattern - 5x114.3 (5x4.5)
Hub Bore - 67mm
Width - 6.5 inches
Offset - 52.5mm
Weight - 22.1lbs ea.
Lug-nut pitch - 12mm 1.5

17" Snowflakes $200 + S&H
No TPMS - Not Parting Out Wheels







Here is a quick pic on my mazda3, will take more.


And here is a photoshop of what it would look like on an E.
 

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hub bore is slightly different (64.1 on the E vs 67.1 on the 3) but they would fit. I've toyed with the idea of throwing my mazda3's autocross wheels (17x7 lightweight wheels w/ REALLY sticky tires) on my E once just for the hell of it. You might want to get some hub rings just in case (they cost next to nothing though).

These actually look pretty good on an E (at least they look a lot BETTER than they do on the 3).

good luck with your sale.
 

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damn if you were on the east coast i would so steal them phone you
 

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Be careful. I bought some 2006 MX5 ten spoke 17X7 wheels from a guy on the Miata Forum to put on my wife's Mazda 6S which has the same bolt pattern as the Element, 5X114. When they arrived they were so beautiful I decided to put one on the Element to see what it looked like. It was gorgeous but the inside of the spokes came very close to the Element's front caliper. Close enough (less than ¼") that I decided They would be for the wife's car. Maybe with spacers in the future...
 

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If anyone has any questions about the offset of the Mazda3 Wheels feel free to use the calculator - http://www.1010tires.com/WheelOffsetCalculator.asp


The Miata MX5 Wheels have completely different specs. The MX5 wheel is a 17x7 wheel with a 55mm offset. Which means the inner clearance is 16mm LESS.

In contrast the Mazda3 wheels are only 7mm LESS inner clearance.
 

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If anyone has any questions about the offset of the Mazda3 Wheels feel free to use the calculator - http://www.1010tires.com/WheelOffsetCalculator.asp


The Miata MX5 Wheels have completely different specs. The MX5 wheel is a 17x7 wheel with a 55mm offset. Which means the inner clearance is 16mm LESS.

In contrast the Mazda3 wheels are only 7mm LESS inner clearance.
I'm not trying to kill your sale but off set has no effect on the spoke clearance of the caliper. OEM wheels are manufactured to work on a specific vehicle while aftermarket are designed to be "one size fits all". Its_elemental, maybe a photo of one of these wheels actually on an Element would serve to demonstrate that they will fit with no problems.
 

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Be careful. I bought some 2006 MX5 ten spoke 17X7 wheels from a guy on the Miata Forum to put on my wife's Mazda 6S which has the same bolt pattern as the Element, 5X114. When they arrived they were so beautiful I decided to put one on the Element to see what it looked like. It was gorgeous but the inside of the spokes came very close to the Element's front caliper. Close enough (less than ¼") that I decided They would be for the wife's car. Maybe with spacers in the future...
so what's the big deal with throwing 3mm spacers on?
 

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i think spacers are "less safe" . But i used to use 10mm spacers... Now the wheels Im about to order are a fraction of a mm away from the caliper in the front. I just didnt want to use a spacer..
 

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first of all there is absolutly no problem with a wheel spoke being 1/4" away from a caliper. you are fine up until about 2mm clearance. that's when you should start trying to source spacers.

A note about spacers. A 3mm spacer should be no problem with the stock studs. Once you go 5mm and larger you should be looking to extended studs.

In addition for piece of mind you should be using the correct hub centering ring to make the hub bore on the wheels match. It's not a huge deal but the hub centric design of modern wheels is there to ensure the wheel is centered on the hub. If you do not use a centering ring... just make sure you tighten across like you would in the old school days.

What am I getting at. These wheels are a good price and should fit with no problems. :lol:
 

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Are there any bad consequences of having the wheel so close to the caliper? They dont make a hubcentric ring for the wheels im getting. The center bore is 3.30". The only thing i can think of, of having the wheel close to the caliper is when it gets hot, it also heats up the wheel...

Its fine with me since i already ordered my wheels and im ordering the tires soon..
 

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Are there any bad consequences of having the wheel so close to the caliper? They dont make a hubcentric ring for the wheels im getting. The center bore is 3.30". The only thing i can think of, of having the wheel close to the caliper is when it gets hot, it also heats up the wheel...

Its fine with me since i already ordered my wheels and im ordering the tires soon..
No there aren't any bad consequences. I put 06 civic si wheels on my 08 civic lx. I had to sand down the front calipers just a hair to make them fit. As long as your lugs are tight, there isn't any chance the wheel will contact the calipers.
 

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but what about strut clearance with this offset? and dont forget that most calapers move when brakes are applied.some a lot some a little.some slide some dont.some flex some dont. always check.8)
 

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but what about strut clearance with this offset? and dont forget that most calapers move when brakes are applied.some a lot some a little.some slide some dont.some flex some dont. always check.8)
The part on the caliper that would rub, doesn't move.
 

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the wheels have been on my E for a week now, and there arent any problems. I cant get hub centric rings because the center bore of the wheels that I have is 3.3 inches and not in "mm". I like the look that they stick out with the -12mm offset. I just had problems with -19mm offset (so dont get that).

The wheel is about 1-2mm away from the caliper.

marksburg - The wheels/tires clear the struts. I havent had any rubbing issues. I also plan on lowering the E in the future, when the warranty runs out in 30k miles :D
 
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