First post! Been a lurker on the forum for awhile. Just upgraded fro
2015 Mazda3 GT hatch to 19 GT Reserve a few weeks ago. Even though it doesn’t drive quite as much like a go cart at the 3, loving the extra cargo space and the torque!
First off, thank you to everyone for your posts. Really gave me a good idea of what direction to go in terms of fitment for the look I was going for.
Just got winter shoes put on. Bremmer Kraft BR18 18x8 ET 35 with 235/60r18 Blizzak DM-V2’s.. Steering inputs definitely a bit delayed with the fatter higher profile winter tires compared to stock rubber on 19s. Also feels like a bigger magnitude response to same steering input. I would guess this is because the wheels are a good bit further out from the strut with lower offset and the width increase on the wheel and tire. Longer lever = more movement from same steering wheel input.
That being said, they look great and I’ll get used to the handling characteristics like I did going from 18s with summer tires to 17s with wider wheels and blizzaks on the Mazda3.
I would probably go with 19x8 with 40-45 ET and 235 or 245 if I could go back. I think they would be a bit more responsive with lower profile and look a bit more premium as well. They would also be slightly more conservative in terms in terms of stance. They’re pretty much 100% flush with the 18x8 et 35 with 235/60R18. That being said, the 18s will perform better in the snow and potholes in the Colorado mountains. I’m a powder hound so drive through some pretty gnarly blizzards to get to the best skiing conditions - in the end, safety in those situations is the top priority. Save the risk taking for when I’m on the mountain!
Just happened to have a nice sunset on my drive back from getting them mounted, so here she is! A few different exposures for your viewing pleasure.