Fitment guide

Mazda RX-8 Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide

Originally published | 09/08/2022
Updated | 06/15/2024

If you’re looking for fitment advice for your 2004 - 2011 Mazda RX-8, you’ve come to the right place. Our Mazda RX-8 Fitment Guide contains tailored information for a wide range of wheel and tire setups specific to the RX-8. Featuring popular fitments such as our 18x10” ET40, we’re certain that our RX-8 fitment guide has a solution for you. As enthusiasts ourselves, we’re mindful of the unique needs that each chassis presents when attempting to optimize wheel fitment and this vehicle is no exception. All of our Mazda RX-8 wheels are designed to clear the factory brakes and a variety of aftermarket big brake kits. Our Mazda RX-8 Fitment Guide goes into great detail on exactly what modifications are needed to achieve the exact fitment you’re looking for. We have a wide variety of strong, lightweight wheel designs to choose from. If you’re interested in Forged wheels, check out our VS-5RS and SM-10RS. Flow Formed Wheels? Check out our EC-7 and SM-10. All of our fitments are popular with street and track drivers alike!

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter.

Centering Ring Information

All our wheel offerings for the RX-8 require hubcentric rings to center the wheels properly on the RX-8's 67.1mm hub. Refer to the fitment you are looking at for which centering ring you need.

Available Wheel Designs

Bolt Pattern

5x114.3

Center Bore

67.1mm

Lug Seat

60º Conical

Thread Pitch

M12x1.5mm

Performance Street and Track Wheel Fitment

Wider fitments for enhanced performance

  • Yellow Mazda RX-8 - VS-5RS in Satin Bronze
  • Yellow Mazda RX-8 - EC-7 in Satin Bronze
  • Red Mazda RX-8 - VS-5RS in Anthracite

Whether you enjoy spirited street driving or you are a weekend track warrior chasing lap times, these wheel & tire configurations are ideal for Mazda RX-8 owners looking for a more dramatic improvement in performance and they are typically paired with performance oriented Summer tires or track oriented R-compounds.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35
    • Available in EC-7 & SM-10
    • Popular Fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/35-18
    • Typically a direct fit, but we encourage a little additional negative camber up front
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Nankang NS-2R (180TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compounds: Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)
  • Alternative 1: Front & Rear: 245/40-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (240TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 (180TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo R888R (100TW), Nitto NT01 (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)
  • Alternative 2: Front & Rear: 255/40-18
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
  • Alternative 3: Front & Rear: 265/35-18
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Nankang NS-2R (180TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 19x9" ET34
    • Available in EC-7 & SM-10
    • Popular Fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 245/35-19
    • Typically a direct fit, but we encourage a little additional negative camber up front
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW)
  • Alternative 1: Front & Rear: 255/35-19
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)
  • Alternative 2: Front & Rear: 235/35-19
    • Typically a direct fit, but we encourage additional negative camber up front
    • Max Performance Summer: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (300TW), Yokohama Advan Apex V601 (280TW), Continental Extremecontact Sport (340TW), Bridgestone S-04 PP (280TW), Hankook V12 Evo2 (320TW), Kumho Ecsta PS91 (260TW)
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Hankook Ventus RS-4 (200TW), Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (240TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Nitto NT01 (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)

Hardcore Track Wheel Fitment

Track focused fitments that require significant modifications

These wheel and tire configurations are best suited for hardcore track junkies and club racers competing for a spot on the podium. Everything from Extreme Summer tires to full Racing Slicks are commonly used depending on your experience behind the wheel, class rules, etc.

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 17x10" ET48
    • Available in VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 255/40-17
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Nankang NS-2R (180TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compounds: Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Toyo Proxes RA1 (100TW), Nitto NT01 (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slicks: Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)
  • Alternative 1: Front & Rear: 245/40-17
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier A7 (40TW), Hoosier R7 (40TW), BF Goodrich R1S (40TW), Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)
  • Alternative 2: Front & Rear: 275/35-17
    • A minimum of -3º of front camber and -2.5º of rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: No options currently available
    • R-Compound: Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier A7 (40TW), Hoosier R7 (40TW)
  • Alternative 3: Front & Rear: 275/40-17
    • A minimum of -3º of front camber and -2.5º of rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Toyo Proxes RA1 (100TW), Nitto NT01 (100TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier A7 (40TW), Hoosier R7 (40TW), BF Goodrich R1S (40TW), Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 18x10" ET40
    • Available in EC-7, SM-10, & VS-5RS
    • Popular Fitment

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 265/35-18
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Nankang NS-2R (180TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compounds: Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW), Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R (60TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slicks: No options currently available
  • Alternative 1: Front & Rear: 255/35-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Nexen N Fera SUR4G (200TW), Toyo Proxes R1R (200TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW), Nankang NS-2R (180TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Nankang AR-1 (100 TW), Toyo R888R (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Toyo Proxes RR (40TW), Hoosier A7 (40TW), Hoosier R7 (40TW)
  • Alternative 2: Front & Rear: 255/40-18
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), Yokohama Advan A052 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
    • Semi-Slick: No options currently available
  • Alternative 3: Front & Rear: 275/35-18
    • A minimum of -2.75º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Dunlop Direzza ZIII (200TW), Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW), Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 (220TW), BFGoodrich G-Force Rival S 1.5 (200TW), Maxxis VR-1 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R (100TW), Toyo R888R (100TW), Toyo Proxes RA1 (100TW), Nitto NT01 (100TW), Nankang AR-1 (100TW), Maxxis RC-1 (100TW)
    • Semi-Slick: Hoosier A7 (40TW), Hoosier R7 (40TW), BF Goodrich R1S (40TW), Toyo Proxes RR (40TW)

Wheels

  • Front & Rear: 19x10" ET40
    • Available in EC-7, SM-10, & VS-5RS

Tires

  • APEX Staff Pick: Front & Rear: 265/30-19
    • A minimum of -2.5º of front and rear camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Connect (240TW)
    • R-Compounds: Toyo Proxes R888R (100TW)
    • Semi-Slicks: No options currently available
  • Alternative 1: Front & Rear: 255/35-19
    • A minimum of -2º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW)
    • R-Compound: Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 (180TW)
    • Semi-Slick: No options currently available
  • Alternative 2: Front & Rear: 275/30-19
    • A minimum of -2.75º of front camber is recommended
    • Rear fender rolling may be required
    • Extreme Performance Summer: Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 R (200TW), Falken Azenis RT660 (200TW)
    • R-Compound: No options currently available
    • Semi-Slick:No options currently available

Additional Resources

Brake Clearance Information

In the engineering phase of wheel development we 3D scan factory brakes and review 2D aftermarket brake templates in order to optimize our barrel profiles and spoke curvatures. As a result, our wheels offer massive brake clearance so you can run the smallest possible wheel diameter. The following brakes have been tested and confirmed to clear our wheels.

The following brake setups have been tested and confirmed to clear:

Coming soon!

Should I Dial in Negative Camber, and How Much is Right for me?

Whether you are a casual weekend track warrior that still enjoys your car on the street, or a hardcore racer competing for a spot on the podium, negative camber is a vital part of chassis setup that has many benefits. Not only will adding negative camber create more room for wider wheel and tire configurations, it more importantly improves handling, turn-in and tire longevity. Learn more in our blog article The Positives of Negative Camber.