Show me your wheels

I want help picking out wheels for my 2018 touring. Looking to downsize to 18”. It’s a silver one. Kinda leaning towards a dark gray wheel or black with machine accents.
 
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20x8.5et45 FLOW ONE Race Spec F5 wheels + Michelin 255/45R20 pilot sport 4S, Eibach springs
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Why these wheels?
I like Japanese motorsport style, 5/6/7-spoke, 2/3-piece designs. But I wanted to go bigger than 19in, and get something lightweight. To do all that was going to be $3-5k. I went for these because they're light (22.4lb each), an easy to clean 5-spoke design, and at $225 each they left room in my budget for nice tires and some brake upgrades (yet to bet installed).

Custom Paint
In a 5x114.3 pattern, these are only available in gloss black, which isn't the look I was after. I decided to try to paint them 2-tone myself. The paint is duplicolor silver and graphite wheel paints, then spraymax 2k clear.

Fit Lessons learned
  • 20 is not much bigger than 19. I was thinking the spokes extending all the way to the rim would make them look really large, but they don't look much bigger than the stock 19s.
  • The additional 1.5in width over stock isn't much. I wish they were a little more aggressive. If they're still available in a few years when my powertrain warranty expires, I might get 10in wide wheels for the rears. In the meantime I'm looking into spacers.
  • These wheels are gonna get rashed mid-spoke. I was hoping the spokes didn't arc much further outboard of the rim, and having wide 255 tires would protect them, but no. Eventually these will get curb rash in a very obvious way.
Finish Lessons Learned
  • Black center caps, chrome lugs, and 2-tone paint do not look good together. Gonna have to paint those caps at least.
  • I put more care into finishing the faces, thinking they'd be more prominently visible than the sides of the spokes. But now I see the spoke sides are just as visible as the faces, and would also benefit from extra clear wet-sanded flat.
  • This was my first time using a 2k clear. It's awesome stuff, way better than the clears I'm used to. But next time I need to budget more for it. I went through 4 $18 cans, and would've used more if I were trying to go thick on the spoke sides also.
  • Duplicolor wheel spray paint works really well for a DIY rattlecan. But, factory coatings with effect layers are definitely better. I know, duh. Mine don't look bad, but they don't have the same depth and glow of wheels I see on nice Nissans and Lexuses. Before starting, I was quoted $250/wheel by a local shop for a hyper silver paint job. I thought that was ridiculous at the time, but now, yeah, that sounds about right.
Your detailed impressions are much appreciated.
 
I’m considering the exact same combo. Are your wheels black or gunmetal? I am hoping for gunmetal because that looks amazing. The tirerack.com visualizer shows the gunmetal as much lighter color. Also, how’s the ride and handling compared to the stock 19” tire and wheel combo? Thanks!!
Thx! The color is Matte Dark Gunmetal. IMO the 245/55/18 Falken Ziex ZE960 tires, which are Ultra Performance All Seasons, feel slightly firmer, more performance oriented with less slop but a tiny bit noisier than the OEM 225/55/19 Toyo A36, which are touring all-seasons. your choice in brand and model of tire will determine the ride comfort and noise and handling.

I stuck to ET45(OEM) so that the scrub radius remains the same and there is no change in suspension geometry, assuming tires of OEM diameter are used.

For 18" upgrade, 245/55/18(28.6") is close enough to OEM diameter 28.7", thus negligible affect on gearing, speedometer and odometer while providing more grip from being 20mm wider. i have not noticed a decrease in fuel economy due to rolling resistance increase. the wider tires make the outer sidewall more flush for appearance.
 
Hi all from OZ, loving my 100th Aniversary CX-5 but knew it could look better.

Fitted these Cast13 RB2 wheels (19x8.5, 45offset) and Pirelli scorpion tires (235/55). Wheels have a nice concave/dish to them, the tires are quite and comfy and fill the wheel arches nicely. Riding on H&R lowered springs and have blacked out the chrome and the roof. Hope Ya's like it!

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Mazda Akera 2.2DE Auto 2015
Painted the center caps silver. Made a bigger impact than I expe
Also added 20mm spacers in the back
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NOW I'm ready to pick up the kids from daycare.
I love this look from the rear mate, thats the stance that i would like. I have the same wheel and tyre setup, but the only difference is that i have a the facelift 2016 with ET50. You have a 5mm negative offset then mine. See pic attached.

I want to add either a 15mm or 20mm hub centric spacers in the rear only. I also use spigot rings as the centre bore is 73.1mm instead of the 67.1mmm. I was thinking of converting it also from a 67.1mm to 73.1mm conversion spacer and then removing the spigot rings at the rear.

Anyone have a setup with 20" 8.5J rim with 255x45x20 rims and added a 15mm or 20mm spacer at the rear. Also by putting spacers only in the rear have any affect on the AWD system and daily driving or emergency braking.

Would appreciate your input and pics guys.
 

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I have a 21 CX-5 GTR with the stock 19” wheels but during washing/waxing it I noticed that the lug nut holes were not fully spray painted and there were some blemishing to it. Seems to me its poor/bad paint job. Also I heard it was hand polished or something like that, is this normal?
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I have a 21 CX-5 GTR with the stock 19” wheels but during washing/waxing it I noticed that the lug nut holes were not fully spray painted and there were some blemishing to it. Seems to me its poor/bad paint job. Also I heard it was hand polished or something like that, is this normal?

Normal IMO. The blemish on the spoke might be a minor manufacturing defect, but it could also be from normal driving. I haven't heard anything about any special finishing process, as far as I know it's just your run-of-the-mill wheel paint and clearcoat.

I wouldn't call that a poor paint job at all, but if you're concerned, take it to your local Mazda dealer and voice your concerns while you're still under warranty. Best case scenario, they swap a wheel from one of the other cars on the lot for your wheel.
 
Normal IMO. The blemish on the spoke might be a minor manufacturing defect, but it could also be from normal driving. I haven't heard anything about any special finishing process, as far as I know it's just your run-of-the-mill wheel paint and clearcoat.

I wouldn't call that a poor paint job at all, but if you're concerned, take it to your local Mazda dealer and voice your concerns while you're still under warranty. Best case scenario, they swap a wheel from one of the other cars on the lot for your wheel.
I got the 2021 cx-5 GRR new on June 2021 but anyways its no biggy but just curious if other people has same paint job on the wheels. If others people’s 19” wheels have same paint job then I guess its normal lol.
 
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Yes, the paint on the wheels have some spots where the paint is very thin where you can see through to the primer. Lug nut area especially on mine.
 
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Mazda Akera 2.2DE Auto 2015
SSW Ultimate 20” 8.5J et45 with 255/45/20 RADAR DIMAX R8+ tyres

Just got washed today

Wheels still looks abit narrow for me, I see 275/40/20 is in line with the speedo by 1.5%, but the real issue is
1) will a 275 fit on a 8.5j
2) will it rub
3) has anyone fit it on 8.5j rim
Hi Guys

Just wanted some opinions on adding hub centric spacers to my current setup. I would like to add a 5mm spacer in front and 20mm in the rear.

Anyone think it either to little or too much in front on rear. For me i think it would sit just right
 
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Mazda Akera 2.2DE Auto 2015
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Hi Guys

Just wanted some opinions on adding hub centric spacers to my current setup. I would like to add a 5mm spacer in front and 20mm in the rear.

Anyone think it either to little or too much in front on rear. For me i think it would sit just right

Only thing I would note is that it might change the way the car handles around turns slightly. Aside from that, if you think it would look good, go for it!
 
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Only thing I would note is that it might change the way the car handles around turns slightly. Aside from that, if you think it would look good, go for it!
Thanks for your input sm1ke. Are you saying it will not be safe turning at higher speeds or will it be not that noticeable since its an AWD.

If it's not that much of an issue and it's more for the look then I'm more than happy to do it.
 

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Thanks for your input sm1ke. Are you saying it will not be safe turning at higher speeds or will it be not that noticeable since its an AWD.

If it's not that much of an issue and it's more for the look then I'm more than happy to do it.

Oh it will still be safe for sure. Just wanted to mention that it might slightly affect the way the car feels around a turn. 20mm on either side may be minimal enough to not notice a difference.

Of course, you'd want to really pay attention when turning, at least for the first little while, to the curbs.
 
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Oh it will still be safe for sure. Just wanted to mention that it might slightly affect the way the car feels around a turn. 20mm on either side may be minimal enough to not notice a difference.

Of course, you'd want to really pay attention when turning, at least for the first little while, to the curbs.
Thank you sir!

Will post pics once it's on.
 
21 GTR
Went from stock
to 20 x 8.5 and now 17 x8.

Current set up is 17x8 et 38 245/65/17
 

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