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Old 09-01-2004, 04:06 PM
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Thanks! I'll give him a call, tho' it may not be until tomorrow. Just thought it odd that the website came up empty!

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Old 09-01-2004, 04:13 PM
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Oh, and I forgot to ask my obvious question: What size tires did you end up getting for snow tires? From reading threads and talking to tire stores, sounds like I should be aiming for 225/50-17's.

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Old 09-01-2004, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kdlunde
Just thought it odd that the website came up empty!

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I think it has to do with the "Auto transmission" selection. As far as I can tell, there are no differences at all between a manual and automatic RX-8 when it comes to wheels, but the web site seems to think there is a problem if you have an automatic. You might get a different result if you select the "manual transmission" option, then just ask Jim about the selection you want just to be safe. I believe Tire Rack guarantees that the wheels will fit if you go through their salespeople... that was a big reason I went with them.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by kdlunde
Oh, and I forgot to ask my obvious question: What size tires did you end up getting for snow tires? From reading threads and talking to tire stores, sounds like I should be aiming for 225/50-17's.

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Yep: 225/50HR-17 Pirelli Winter 210 SnowSport, $1492 from Tire Rack, including cost to drop ship the wheels to a local installer who installed them for $12. If you go with an installer, be sure to ask that they hand tighten the lugs using a torque wrench or have a "torque stick" on the airgun. The impact wrench used on my car destroyed the wrench socket, and I had to purchase a new one. Another thread to read: this one.
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Old 09-02-2004, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by kdlunde
From reading threads and talking to tire stores, sounds like I should be aiming for 225/50-17's.
You should be aiming for 215/55-17, and settling for 225/50-17 if you can't get 215s. For winter use, narrower is better (Tire Rack has an article about exactly this in their tech section). There are several choices available in 215/55-17.

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Old 10-27-2004, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by RX8_Buckeye
18x8 Mille Miglia Evo5 Bright Silver (18) with Dunlop M3 235-45HR
Are you sure about the size? I see 245/40/18, 245/45/18 and 235/50/18...but not the one you have. Where did you get them? I like them, but don't see that size...at least at the TireRack anyways.
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:59 AM
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Are you sure about the size? I see 245/40/18, 245/45/18 and 235/50/18...but not the one you have. Where did you get them? I like them, but don't see that size...at least at the TireRack anyways.
I was just copying and pasting configurations that other people used. Follow the link below to see where this one came from. I believe these were a one-time "special" that TireRack was offering... probably because of the unusual size.

https://www.rx8club.com/showthread.p...+Bright+Silver
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Old 10-28-2004, 10:05 AM
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Panther emt428 wheels, pilot alpine pa2 winters.
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Old 10-28-2004, 10:09 AM
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WOW!!! That was an awsome deal!!!! I wish they'd bring them back this year...those were cheaper than 17" snow tires.
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Old 10-28-2004, 10:19 AM
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My winter wheels are a set of 17" Kazera KZ-R rims with Pirelli Winter Snowsport tires.
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Old 10-30-2004, 09:04 AM
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WinterSnowSport 240s on 18" Kazera KZ-A's
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Old 11-02-2004, 06:26 PM
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Gordon, is this stickied yet?
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:51 AM
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WinterSnowSport 240s on 18" Kazera KZ-A's
Looks nice! I wanted to go with the KZ-A's, but unfortunately they don't come in the 17" size.
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just got these on this weekend- Dunlop wintersport M3s on Motegi FF7's (17x7). had to get creative though.. the Motegis didn't fit over the front calipers at first.
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:27 PM
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Anyone get the Eagle GW3s V rated yet? I orded a set and just wanted to see if they have performed as well as the Dunlop M3s.
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Old 11-09-2004, 02:33 AM
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Here are my wintertires, they are Dunlop Winter Sport M3 on 17" wheels from my local mazda dealer (I have no idea which brand it is)
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Old 11-14-2004, 03:17 PM
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Here are mine

Core Racing 17" rims (I'm not sure which ones exactly)
Hankook W300 Icebears 225/55-17
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Old 11-15-2004, 09:38 PM
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17x7 Momo with 225/50x17 Hankook W300s. Rides really quiet and handles the cold wet stuff pretty good. No snow yet to test them in. $840 at Beggs. Notice the dog nagging me about the rock chips! :p
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Old 11-17-2004, 04:52 AM
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Kazera KZ-T with 225 X 17 Dunlop M3
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Old 12-06-2004, 06:30 AM
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I finally installed these: Blizzak WS-50s (225-50-17) on Sport Edition Fox 5 wheels.




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Old 12-06-2004, 07:02 AM
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A question for everyone with an 18 inch setup who went to 17 inch fro the winter. Didn't you also have to change your brakes? I went to Tire Discounters (who first tried to sell me Blizzacks for $300 per tire...jerks) and they said that if I downgraded to 17 inch wheel I would also need different brakes because the larger brakes that come standard on the manual transmission will not work with a 17 inch wheel.

I ended up getting Pirelli Snow Sports. 225/45/18
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Originally Posted by blue streak
A question for everyone with an 18 inch setup who went to 17 inch fro the winter. Didn't you also have to change your brakes? I went to Tire Discounters (who first tried to sell me Blizzacks for $300 per tire...jerks) and they said that if I downgraded to 17 inch wheel I would also need different brakes because the larger brakes that come standard on the manual transmission will not work with a 17 inch wheel.

I ended up getting Pirelli Snow Sports. 225/45/18
No, but you can't move to ANY 17 inch wheel; this is where TireRack is most helpful. They've preselected 17 inch wheel packages that will clear the 8's brakes. I just changed out to my winter tires this last week and had no problems.

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Old 12-06-2004, 07:42 AM
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Thanks...I'll be sure to remember that next time
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Old 12-07-2004, 09:48 PM
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Put them on Sat, Why when it's going to be 60 (in December!) Tomorrow I don't know. The look with a taller sidewall is beginning to grow on me.

225/50QR17 Dunlop Graspic DS-2
ASA JS1 Rims 17 X 7
NO TPMS
All for Under $1,000 from Tire Rack
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Originally Posted by expo1
The look with a taller sidewall is beginning to grow on me.
Funny, I put mine on Saturday and am starting to feel the same way.
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