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2019 CX-3 Touring with 18" wheels, planning on switching to the Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail. I know I can put the 225/55R18 on - folks here have done it, and folks on the FB group have done it. That'd increase my overall tire diameter about 1.2"/4.5% - over the 3% generally considered "safe". Alternatively, I can go for new wheels and tires and get 215/65R16 - a modest 1/2" / 1.9% change. Would cost a little more, but the cheaper tires and ability to sell the old wheel/tire combo might offset that a bit. I'm leaning toward the 225, but the biggest factor stopping me is how the size difference might mess with the automatic trans shift points. That was easy enough to adjust on my Jeep, but not so much on the CX-3.

What do you guys think? Make my decision for me!

225/55R18 + Stock Wheels
Pros:
-Don't need new wheels
-Ground clearance
-Will look bad ass with a lift (and oh yes, I will lift)
-Proven combo for mild trails (Thanks, richyboycaldo)
Cons:
-Greater than 3% change (speedo/shifting)
-Less sidewall
-More expensive tire to replace eventually

215/65R16 + New Wheels
Pros:
-Sidewall
-Can sell stock wheels/tires to offset cost
-Look bigger/meaner due to big tire/small wheel
-Cheaper tire
-Closer to stock size
-More faux-flex once lifted (though I'm pretty sure that's a non-issue)
Cons:
-Less ground clearance
-Have to buy new wheels, so...
-Will be more expensive regardless
-Limited on wheel selection due to offset and bolt pattern
 

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Personally I would go for 16+new tire combo and not just because I already did so lol. The regular bigger sidewall difference and then going even bigger tire is a feast for the eyes and also comfort(as comfortable as a/t tires can be anyways) on trails/ingeneral etc. It does cost a bit more to start but the worst thing will be getting something for the 18(which is pricier depending on brand) and then realizing you want to try something else or wish the sidewall looked/was bigger etc. Also you could find a larger size than mine(which I think I have the same you listed) to match the same diameter as the 18's so you have that elevated ground clearancr as the 18s diameter.

The main thing will be the wheels you buy. I went with a cheap set that looked decent because I had to downsize anyway but I can see people going for brands like sparco terras adding another 800+ easily to the bill. I think mine were like 300 on clearance. This is going to be your own doing on how much the bill will run in the end. Do you go for fancy brand name or just something to use thats not a steelie and doesnt look like something a honda boy has on their 94 civic in a city.

Also if you look at my tire thread, I caught a nail randomly within 7months lol. Just bad luck on my end probably but already had to replace one tire. Gotta love random unexpected expenses :/

Edit: Also when getting new wheels you can get smaller than 50mm offset (i think yours is still 50mm oem ?) so it sticks out a bit more for a better visual package.
 

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Personally I would go for 16+new tire combo and not just because I already did so lol. The regular bigger sidewall difference and then going even bigger tire is a feast for the eyes and also comfort(as comfortable as a/t tires can be anyways) on trails/ingeneral etc. It does cost a bit more to start but the worst thing will be getting something for the 18(which is pricier depending on brand) and then realizing you want to try something else or wish the sidewall looked/was bigger etc. Also you could find a larger size than mine(which I think I have the same you listed) to match the same diameter as the 18's so you have that elevated ground clearancr as the 18s diameter.

The main thing will be the wheels you buy. I went with a cheap set that looked decent because I had to downsize anyway but I can see people going for brands like sparco terras adding another 800+ easily to the bill. I think mine were like 300 on clearance. This is going to be your own doing on how much the bill will run in the end. Do you go for fancy brand name or just something to use thats not a steelie and doesnt look like something a honda boy has on their 94 civic in a city.

Also if you look at my tire thread, I caught a nail randomly within 7months lol. Just bad luck on my end probably but already had to replace one tire. Gotta love random unexpected expenses :/

Edit: Also when getting new wheels you can get smaller than 50mm offset (i think yours is still 50mm oem ?) so it sticks out a bit more for a better visual package.
Yeah, they're 18x7 + 50. I like the look of the 16x7 +45 RTX Force that Drake has. There don't seem to be a lot of 16x7 +45 out there - there are always those Sparcos, like you said, if I want to pretend to be a Subaru. I'll have to look and see what other taller options there are in the 16" Falken (or KO2) but big tires AND small rims start getting out of the realm of what I am really willing to pay. I like richyboycaldo's look with the Yokos on the stock 18s... very subdued... which is why I think I'd be okay with the "look" on the stocks. Honestly I have to remember that this is not a Jeep anymore and I won't be off-roading, I just want the dang thing not to get hung up on my friend's dirt driveway and be able to clear a couple of inches of snow. My biggest worry about going taller is the affect on the shiftpoints.
 

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Personally I would go for 16+new tire combo and not just because I already did so lol. The regular bigger sidewall difference and then going even bigger tire is a feast for the eyes and also comfort(as comfortable as a/t tires can be anyways) on trails/ingeneral etc. It does cost a bit more to start but the worst thing will be getting something for the 18(which is pricier depending on brand) and then realizing you want to try something else or wish the sidewall looked/was bigger etc. Also you could find a larger size than mine(which I think I have the same you listed) to match the same diameter as the 18's so you have that elevated ground clearancr as the 18s diameter.

The main thing will be the wheels you buy. I went with a cheap set that looked decent because I had to downsize anyway but I can see people going for brands like sparco terras adding another 800+ easily to the bill. I think mine were like 300 on clearance. This is going to be your own doing on how much the bill will run in the end. Do you go for fancy brand name or just something to use thats not a steelie and doesnt look like something a honda boy has on their 94 civic in a city.

Also if you look at my tire thread, I caught a nail randomly within 7months lol. Just bad luck on my end probably but already had to replace one tire. Gotta love random unexpected expenses 😕

Edit: Also when getting new wheels you can get smaller than 50mm offset (i think yours is still 50mm oem ?) so it sticks out a bit more for a better visual package.
What are your thoughts on 205/60R16? Tall and narrow... Pizza cutters. On 16x6.5 wheels with +35 they'd sit just a hair further out and they're just at that magic 3% mark. Unfortunately the only a/t in that size is the Falken.
 

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Depends how you feel about it really. Personally I feel like my tires are already too narrow. If I could reorder I would try to get them a little wider. Its really noticable once you have the mud flaps on where the flap is like a foot+wide but the tires are hiding on the outer edges of its coverage. Going even narrower would feel like I have nissan versa tires, basically bicycle tires.
 

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Depends how you feel about it really. Personally I feel like my tires are already too narrow. If I could reorder I would try to get them a little wider. Its really noticable once you have the mud flaps on where the flap is like a foot+wide but the tires are hiding on the outer edges of its coverage. Going even narrower would feel like I have nissan versa tires, basically bicycle tires.
I think I found a winner. 235/50R18. Wider (I like wider), Taller - 27.3" tall (exactly 3% taller, same height as 215/65R16), and I won't have to buy new wheels.
 

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I am actually going to try and sell my wheels. Even though I love the looks and the feel of the car, there is not enought side wall for how I would like to drive off-road (which is every other week). I feel that I can cut my off-drive commute from 1 hour to 40 minutes by putting 215/70/16. I will allow me to drive faster. The 225/55/18 are great for 98% of driving condition and great for off-road as well (real off-road), but I am talking serious off-road. My next purchase will be a portable winch.
 

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I am actually going to try and sell my wheels. Even though I love the looks and the feel of the car, there is not enought side wall for how I would like to drive off-road (which is every other week). I feel that I can cut my off-drive commute from 1 hour to 40 minutes by putting 215/70/16. I will allow me to drive faster. The 225/55/18 are great for 98% of driving condition and great for off-road as well (real off-road), but I am talking serious off-road. My next purchase will be a portable winch.
Ah yes another convert to 16" a/t crew

In other news I recently upgraded my 08 saturn sky for a 2011 jeep wrangler and man it makes me really appreciate the mazda cx-3. The jeep was already lifted by the last guy and now I have the lovely experience of figuring out wtf the previous owner did and whether it is missing anything crucial.. Already learned I have to replace the front and rear trackbars since the whole suspension is basically shifted to the side of the body and steering is like directing a paper airplane (those never work for me).
 

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Installed Yokahama Geolander A/T 215/70-16 with stock 16x6.5 rims on my CX3 AWD.

Fits. No rubbing. 1/4" clearance to strut perch.

Bigger diameter than stock 215/60-16 by 1.8". More ground clearance.

Still looking at speedo error issue.
 

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Installed Yokahama Geolander A/T 215/70-16 with stock 16x6.5 rims on my CX3 AWD.

Fits. No rubbing. 1/4" clearance to strut perch.

Bigger diameter than stock 215/60-16 by 1.8". More ground clearance.

Still looking at speedo error issue.
Jeez that's a big jump. Good luck with adjusting the speedo, I'd love to know if you found a solution. I stayed at 3% with 235/50r18 and kept my stock wheels (my touring had 18s already). Got any pics of your setup?
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Installed Yokahama Geolander A/T 215/70-16 with stock 16x6.5 rims on my CX3 AWD.

Fits. No rubbing. 1/4" clearance to strut perch.

Bigger diameter than stock 215/60-16 by 1.8". More ground clearance.

Still looking at speedo error issue.
Oh wow! I was not expecting to see this. Please please post pictures. I've spent hours and hours searching for that setup to see how it looks. And thank you bitting the bullet!
 
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