Replace stock size wheels with stock size aftermarket?

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2003 Protege5
Hi. I've got the stock 2003 chrome wheels and (new) tires. The chrome wheels are in poor shape, but haven't found any stock size replacements -- found plenty aftermarket other sizes that would require buying new tires, which I don't want to do.

So any recommendations for aftermarket wheels to fit my stock size tires? Open to whatever style or material is available. Thanks for your time.
 
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Natey

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Your stock wheels are 16x6 with an offset of +45. There are a lot of choices that will fit and look great on a Protege5. The Mazdaspeed Protege, for instance, came on 17x 7s from the factory.

The tires that came on the P5 have a 50 series sidewall. If you don't mind going down to 45, which is a little bit thinner (and also came stock on the MSP), then your speedometer will be perfect and a ton of 17" wheel choices open up for you.

If you wanna stay stock no matter what 16x6 with a +45 offset is your number. :)

photo whore opportunity: here's my old P5 on 18x7.5s.
 

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2003 Protege5
Thanks. I'm finding the bolt pattern is not common, so between that and the wheel size in general I'm having a tough time finding replacements.
 

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114.3 x 5 sorry I forgot that. Enkei RPF1 is one choice,
Bang for the buck, RPF1s are some of the best wheels you can get for the price. If those aren't nice enough, Volk Racing/RAYS makes more than one style of wheel that'll fit. If the Enkeis are too expensive there's always ebay stuff, but the wheels that came on the Protege aren't bad wheels. Pretty lightweight for what they are. I have a feeling you won't want to make you car slower, so you may want to pay attention to weight. The stock wheels are well under 18 pounds, more like 16 apiece if I remember correctly. I wouldn't want anything over 20.

The old rule of thumb when buying wheels:
Lightweight, cheap, strong. Pick two. 👍
 
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