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17" wheels on CX-3
Would like a larger wheel on the car. Yes we could've bought a GT model but there were options on the GT we didn't want like the moonroof (had it on the Sentra hardly used it and when the car started being parked outside all the time it was a liability with the roof getting baked in the summer and the rubber and seals on the glass getting wrecked), which is why we went with the GS model (non luxury option).
Yes I agree, the 16" wheels that come on the GS do look kinda tiny on this car, the 18's would look better but they are both only 6.5" wide and wouldn't do much for performance and/or handling either way.
So I'm thinking about moving up to just a 17" wheel but going 8" wide. I also want this wheel to work with my SX4 so I could put the wheels on either car and the only difference would be tire size. I wish the same tire size would work on both cars but that won't happen.
So going with my research a 17x8" wheel +40 or +45 will work on both cars with the CX-3 running a 235/50/17 will match perfectly height wise to the factory 215/60/16 size. On the SX4 I would have to run a 225/50/17 to match the factory 205/60/16 tire on that car. The +40 or 45 offset will push the wheel out a bit making it more flush with the fender line (not a bad thing) and still allow decent clearance.
I only have two wheels that I would consider if I do this: Enkei RPF1 17x8" +45 or Motegi MR131 Tracklite 17x8" +40. Both wheels are light (Enkei 15lbs. Motegi 17lbs.). Both cars use same bolt pattern (5x114.3mm), only different hub rings will be needed for them to bolt on properly.
I would stick with silver for the RPF1's but Motegi has a bronze colour for their Tracklite wheel. Wondering how that would work on the Ceramic for the CX-3 or the Black on the SX4?
the links I had posted up on tirerack showing the wheels on the cars doesn't seem to work the way I wanted it to so I removed the links. If you want to see how they look configure a ceramic CX-3 and Black SX4 Crossover 2010 model and add the appropriate 17" wheel to it to see how it looks.
17 CX-3 GS AWD
10 Suzuki SX4 6sp AWD
Last edited by Cman; 11-25-2016 at 01:59 PM.