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What wheels will fit my [DSM]?
What tires will fit my [DSM]?
 

For answers to these questions, refer to Ed Hahn's Wheels & Tires FAQ.  2G owners can check out the newer 2G DSM Wheel & Tire Fitment FAQ. Also search the archives for information on what wheels and/or tires members are currently using.

Discount Tire provides their Wheel Machine, allows you to pick aftermarket wheels and actually see them on the vehicle.  The Tire Rack has the Wheel Rack available, which does the same thing. Both of these Java-based utilities have recently been updated to include correct pictures of both 1G and 2G DSMs, although a few details and colors may be missing.  Both utilities give a decent preview of the wheel appearance, and only provide wheels that will fit the chosen auto.  The Tire Rack also provided a list of wheels guaranteed to fit DSMs.

One recent addition are 18" wheels from the Chrysler 300M, which are reported to be a direct fit for some DSMs, including 1Gs. As always, YMMV.

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My wheels are [this size]. How big of a tire can I fit on them?

According to Paul Bratina, rim width should be 70-100% of the tread width. That is, the wheels are generally narrower than the tires fit to them. The optimal ratio is to have the rim about 90% as wide as the tire.

Fitting tires that are too wide for the wheels will pinch the tires too much, resulting in the tire having a poor shape. It might also slip off of the wheel, not to mention being almost impossible for the poor tire tech to get mounted. Narrow tires on wider wheels will tend to slip around. For more information, consult a good tire shop.

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Can I mount 18" wheels on my [DSM]?

At least one member, Allen Lau, has successfuly mounted 18" wheels on his 1G, using Racing Hart Tracer 18 x 8.5 wheels with a 41mm offset. Allen described the wheel offset as being a key point in fitting the wheels; any more than a 41mm offset and the tires will hit the strut towers. Less than 39mm offset may result in suspension problems, as the stock offset is 46mm. Tires used were 235/40/R18. 18 x 8 wheels with 225/40/R18 tires were reported to be equally good.

Several members have mounted 18" wheels on 2Gs; it is easier, since 2Gs were designed with factory 17" wheels. Jeff Mitchell reported that 18x8 wheels and 245 tires fit, but stuck out a little. See the Wheel Rack or Wheel Machine for information.

For more info on offset, see the Wheel Offset FAQ, which also has a fitment guide for 2G DSMs.

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Can I use the wheels from a [non-DSM] on a [DSM]?
Will the wheels from a [non-DSM] fit my [DSM]?

As a quick reference, the following wheels from other models have been reported to fit on DSMs:

Year/make/model
1G
2G
Comments
1995-97 Eclipse GSX / Talon AWD 16"
Y
Y
picture available (1)
1997 Eclipse GSX / Spyder / Talon AWD 17"
Y
Y
pictures avail. (1,2)
1993/94 Ford Probe GT 16"
Y
Y
pictures available (1,2)
Ford Mustang Cobra
Y
 
stick out
1993 Mazda RX-7 16"
 
Y
may interfere with rear control arms (1,2)
Mitsu 3000GT / Dodge Stealth 16"
Y
 
pictures available (1)
1994 Mitsu 3000GT / Dodge Stealth 17"
 
Y
235/45/17 tires work; 245/45/17 do not. Rear wheels may hit trailing arms. pictures available (1)
1990-91 Nissan 300ZX 16"
Y
 
centerbore wrong ( 1, 2)
1992 Nissan 300ZX 16"
Y
Y
Tight fit (1,2)
1993 Nissan 300ZX 16"
Y
 
centerbore wrong, stick out
Dodge Avenger
Y
 
pictures available (1)
Mazda 626 15" steel
Y
?
Will fit big brakes - see here for details
Dodge Caravan 15" steel
Y
?
Will fit big brakes - a popular winter wheel.

Note that some of these wheels do not fit inside the stock wheelwells and will stick out a bit.  Some others require modifications to either the car or the wheels, so are not ideal bolt-ons.

As an example, Scott Willard mounted 93-95 stock RX-7 wheels on his 93 Talon. Here's his December 31, 1998 post on the subject.

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My stock wheels are bashed up! Is there a fix?
How can I refinish my stock wheels?
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Some shops will refinish wheels. If you want to do it yourself, you can do what Dennis Camacho of Canada DSM did:

" I just refinished my stock rims and very much pleased with the result. Here's what I did:

- I used a rotating wire brush to loosen that old flaky dull grey finish then I repeatedly soaked them with that automotive paint remover from CT [Canadian Tire] that Scharok mentioned. The old finish is so tough that further sanding is required to expose the aluminum totally.

- I purchased three spray cans of VHT rims paint at Performance Improvements at $11. each. Do not use the MM rims paint from CT. They 're so thin that you'll need at least 6 cans to get the right coating thickness. VHT covered well in just one coat. Follow the instructions on the can for best result.

-If you want to keep the ouside part of the rims in natural aluminum, use a 320 sand paper to remove the oxidized surface then buff to shine with a red rubbing compound using a 4" cloth buffer attached to an electric drill. To preserve the shine, spray a good coat of VHT rims clear coat. As it says on the directions, DO NOT use clear coat on the painted surface as flaking and yellowing will result and it will be most obvious on a white finish. Good luck! "

Jeff Brinkerhoff has also refinished his wheels (with excellent results) and has written an invaluable VFAQ on the subject that shows exactly how to restore wheels to like-new condition. The method is similar to that described above. (Netscape users may find the pages a bit hard to read.)

The Last Word: Last known working link for the wheel finishing FAQ is here.

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Where can I get wheel spacers for my [DSM]?
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Most people seem to have them manufactured. Rick Roeske has a simple recipie - cut the outer rim off of an old pair of stock brake rotors. Any machine shop should be able to do this, in addition to machining the remaining spacer down to the required thickness. You can also read Scott Willards description of his wheel spacers.

Using wheel spacers usually requires using longer wheel studs, which may be hard to find. Go here for more information.

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Where can I get [longer/replacement] wheel studs for my [DSM]?
I broke a wheel stud! Is there a fix? Where do I get the studs?
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Using wheel spacers usually requires using longer wheel studs, which may be hard to find. Read about Shannon Knoepflein's quest for wheel studs here. Those interested only in stock replacements should read Shannon's post, and this post by Sean Glazar.

Replacing the stud is fairly easy; Sean Samblanet describes the process here. Owners with ABS cars will be interested in the details of this owners description of how the ABS system may make wheel stud replacement more difficult.

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Last edited 09/01/06

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