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What a difference! Tread noise is minimal, and the bump absorption and ride quality is fantastic, night and day difference from the stock tires. Ride is so smooth now that unless I hit a very rough patch of pavement, there's almost zero rattling and squeaking inside the car! The tire is slightly thicker than stock, which looks nicer in my opinion.

I'm happy I was able to get such a huge improvement in ride quality without having to buy smaller wheels.
 

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Do we get to know what they are??? ;-)
 

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Greaseman we have the same color. ;) Are our stock tires also R18? I forget.

Also what would happen if you lowered your car like 1 inch?
 

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It's a nice color, especially in sunlight. I hadn't washed the car though when I took that picture so it looks a little dirty thanks to all the rain and thunderstorms this week.

Yes if you have the GT it is 18. The stock tires are 215/50R18. I think if you're thinking about lowering the car 1-inch, this tire may be a little too big, in that case you may wanna go with 225/45R18 which is a little smaller than the stock tires. Hopefully someone else around here that knows more about this can chime in. I think @Silman lowered his car so he should know.
 

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I have 19 inch, 40 series tyres which are very near to OEM rolling diameter and there's plenty of room between the tyre and the inner guards (yes i'm lowered on eibach's around 1 inch drop)
 

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Hmm, maybe :)

Yeah I got Continental TrueContact in size 225/50R18, they're very well regarded tires.
As daft as it sounds, they look good too. Tyres have definitely become a fashion accessory.
 

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I think the Touring comes with 16-inch wheels, if you look on one of the tires it will tell you what size it is. Check out Silman's build thread (in his signature), he has some nice pics of his lowered car.
 

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I'm wondering WHY you have replaced your tires already. Lots of tread wear, or just too darned noisy? BTW, nice colour on your car. We Canajuns weren't offered that colour choice. Good ol' Mazda Canada provided us with a really dreary colour palette, as usual, unlike some of the rather fetching colours offered in other markets.
 

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I'm really tempted to replace mine for noise alone. My CX-3 with OEM Yokohama Avid S34 tires has far more road noise than my RX-8 with Kumho Solus TA71.
 

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Well, if you're in the US you could start here.

There's also this.
 

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I'm wondering WHY you have replaced your tires already. Lots of tread wear, or just too darned noisy? BTW, nice colour on your car. We Canajuns weren't offered that colour choice. Good ol' Mazda Canada provided us with a really dreary colour palette, as usual, unlike some of the rather fetching colours offered in other markets.
The main reason I replaced them was the noise and comfort levels, but there was also a gash in one of the tires due to hitting a pothole some time ago, and while it wasn't affecting driving I wanted to be safe than sorry. The stock Yokohama tires are horrible, and to add insult to injury, they cost $200 per tire through tirerack.com (probably even more expensive directly through Mazda) so if you truly need to replace the tires for one reason or another, you're getting screwed. The Continental ones I got were one of the more expensive choices at $135. I looked at General AltiMax RT43 tires as well which are also rated very highly, and those were $115 per tire.

Thanks, when I was getting my car it was between this color and the olive colored one (forget what it's called), but decided to go with this.
 

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I'm really tempted to replace mine for noise alone. My CX-3 with OEM Yokohama Avid S34 tires has far more road noise than my RX-8 with Kumho Solus TA71.
Replacing them will really help with the noise, but don't expect any miracles because as a whole the CX-3 cabin lets in plenty of outside noise. I guess we can thanks "SKYACTIV" for that. I would've loved if they used a little insulation to block out noise.
 

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Replacing them will really help with the noise, but don't expect any miracles because as a whole the CX-3 cabin lets in plenty of outside noise. I guess we can thanks "SKYACTIV" for that. I would've loved if they used a little insulation to block out noise.
Yah, it's never going to be the quietest vehicle on the road but the growl from the tires is noticeable over the wind noise even at 70 mph (where I would expect wind noise to dominate).

I've got a track day coming up which means my track tires are going on the '8 for a weekend. I'm going to throw the Kumhos from my '8 onto the '3 at the same time to see how things go.
 

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I believe the oddball tire size and apparent reduction of sound absorption material (which can add weight) were employed to eek out as many MPG as possible.
 

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But aren't all Mazda's like that? I mean I thought SKYACTIV was basically a more lightweight material and the removal of a lot of things that do not affect safety but can otherwise be considered luxury (sound dampening/absorption material, more premium feeling material, etc.) to decrease weight and improve fuel economy.
 

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Perhaps Mazda should look into electronic noise cancelling features that are showing up on some new cars (and even some trucks!) It could be added into the audio circuits and deaden the noise factor by quite a bit. This would not add an ounce (or gram) to the weight of the car and might do wonders for enjoyment of driving it.
 
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