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NA Mazda Miata Wheel Fitment Guide

September 21, 2021

 

The NA Miata is arguably one of the most influential cars in the enthusiast community.

It doesn't have a lot of power, but it's simply styled, stupid light (just over 2K lbs!), AND has pop-up headlights. What's not to love?

This car is hands-down one of the easiest platforms to get into with its low cost, and it's one of the most customizable cars available due to its HUGE aftermarket. 

You literally can't hate on a Miata (kinda). 

 

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Quick Links: 

- NA Miata Basic Wheel Fitment Information

- Brief NA Miata History

-  NA Miata 15-inch Wheels

- NA Miata 16-inch Wheels

- Final Thoughts on NA Miata Fitment

 

A roller of a blue 1990 Miata running the F1R F07 15x8.5 +25mm wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires and raceland coilovers

@mxgokart's 1990 Miata | F1R F07 15x8.5 +25 | Continental ExtremeContact Sport 205/55

 

NA Mazda Miata Wheel Fitment Information

NA Miata Basic Wheel Fitment Information

NA Miata Wheel Fitment Information | Click the image to space travel...

With wheel diameters ranging from 14" to 17", the amount of build variations that the Miata has is absolutely insane. However, most people are running 15-inch or 16-inch wheels since they fill the wheel well best. 

 

 

Almost everyone goes with a square setup because it's easy and looks really good, but you can run an aggressive staggered setup if it makes sense for your application—maybe you're doing some super competitive autocross, or you just like the staggered look. 

This guide will break down the most common sizes for both 15-inch and 16-inch wheel diameters to help narrow down all the options out there. 

 

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Lowered Miata

@endlessdonut97's 1995 Mazda Miata | 949 Racing 6ul 15x8 +36mm | Kumho Ecsta Pa31 205/50

 

 

 

Brief NA Miata History

Woah, slow your roll there. Let's first give the NA Miata a little love. 

As the first generation of this legendary roadster, the NA Miata is arguably the most loved and special Miata for that reason. 

Wait, who am I kidding—it's definitely because of the pop-up headlights. No, I won't get over them. 

 

 

In all seriousness, the NA Miata is loved for its petite body style, stupid light chassis, and its general reliability. 

Plus, they look happy all the time (and kinda confused). Who doesn't like being happy?

 

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A happy red 1990 Miata running Sparco wheels and Dunlop tires!

@20hp_miata's 1990 NA Miata | Sparco FF-1 15x7 +35mm | Dunlop Direzza DX102 195/50 (lol @ this guy's Insta handle) 

Mada produced the MX-5 NA Miata from 1989 to 1997 (Ha, I bet you weren't even born yet), so they're well past what you could consider a classic—according to the DMV at least. 

Over by our buddies in Japan, Mazda released the Miata equivalent, the Eunos Roadster. It was basically the same car with minor variations in its length, width, and height to comply with the Japanese compact car regulations. 

 

The Eunos Roadster aka the Japan version of the NA Miata!

A 1992 Mazda Eunos Roadster | Photo from JDM Sport Classics

The NA Miata, without ANY options (bare-bones Miata), weighs only 2,160 lbs! That's crazy light. Hence why it's too easy to throw these cars around on the street or autocross track. 

The first engine option for the NA Miata with a standard manual transmission was a lil' guy—1.6 L DOHC inline-four (B6ZE(RS) engine code) making an impressive 115HP and 100 lb-ft of torque

 

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The hood of a green 1993 Mazda Miata running Advanti Racing Storm SI wheels wrapped in Federal 595 RS-RR tires and BC Racing coilovers

@daniel_mraz_'s 1993 Miata LE | Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x9 +35 | Federal 595 RS-RR 225/45

Okay, yeah, it's slow. But, the Miata wasn't made for power—It was made for FUN. It's fun-sized for a reason. 

That's also why they only offered an automatic transmission as an option, not the standard. Automatics just aren't as much fun in a car like this. Bet. 

 

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A green 1993 Mazda Miata in the fall leaves running Advanti Racing Storm SI wheels wrapped in Federal 595 RS-RR tires and BC Racing coilovers

@daniel_mraz_'s 1993 Miata LE | Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x9 +35 | Federal 595 RS-RR 225/45

The NA Miata was freshened up with a slightly bigger engine in 1994, a 1.8L inline-four (BP-ZE engine code), making an extra 14HP at 129HP and 110 lb-ft of torque. 

Again, it wasn't supposed to be fast, it was supposed to be fun. Mazda knew exactly what they were doing, otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this. 

Throughout the years, Mazda also released a number of special edition models, including the Steet Touring Option (STO), the R-Package, the M-Edition, and more, between the US, Japan, and Canada. 

Okay, let's get to the real good stuff now.

 

A black Mazda Miata M-Edition running JNC JNC030 wheels, Kenda tires, and BC Racing coilovers

@khajits's 1995 Mazda Miata M-Edition | Jnc JNC030 Front: 16x8.25 +25mm Rear: 15x9 -10mm | Kenda 195/45 | BC Racing Coilovers

 

NA Miata 15-inch Wheels

A set of 15" wheels on the Miata is by far the most common wheel diameter. This is a little bump up from the stock 14" wheels without filling out the wheel well too much. 

The sweet spot with a 15-inch wheel is 15x8 with a +25mm offset. You'll also see 15x8 +0mm if you want some aggressive concavity. 

With this size, you're going to get a flush fitment, which is what most enthusiast drivers are going for. 

So, not only are you going to get a perfectly flush fitment, you're going to have absolutely zero trimming/fender modifications and rubbing issues. Yay!

 

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A yellow NA MX-5 Miata rocking some Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25mm wheels wrapped in Kumho Ecsta V720 tires and V-Maxx coilovers!

@92funburst's 1992 Mazda Miata | Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25 | Kumho Ecsta V720 225/45

As far as a good tire size with a 15x8" wheel, Most people are running either a 195/45 or a 205/50 tire. 

You can actually run a 225 on an 8" wide wheel, but the Miata is small, so you'll have to roll your fenders for sure. It'll fill that wheel-well pretty tight.

 

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 A front shot of a yellow NA MX-5 Miata rocking some Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25mm wheels wrapped in Kumho Ecsta V720 tires and V-Maxx coilovers!

@92funburst's 1992 Mazda Miata | Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25 | Kumho Ecsta V720 225/45

Going with a 225 tire is only really necessary if you're participating in something like autocross where the bigger wheel will provide more grip. Some enthusiasts like the bigger tire look, too. 

Otherwise, a 195 or 205 tire is perfect for daily driving and some car shows. 

Take a look in the gallery and see more examples of what this fitment looks like! 

 

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A rear shot of a bright yellow NA MX-5 Miata rocking some Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25mm wheels wrapped in Kumho Ecsta V720 tires and V-Maxx coilovers!

@92funburst's 1992 Mazda Miata | Advanti Racing Storm S1 15x8 +25 | Kumho Ecsta V720 225/45

The other common 15-inch wheel setups are a little less wide with a 15x7 (or 7.5)+35mm and a 205/35 tire, or a little wider with a 15x9 +35mm and a 225/45 tire. 

If you go as wide a 9" wide wheel AND run a 225/45, you'll get a little tire stretch going on, and you'll need to get your fenders rolled. You'll also have a slight poke. 

Make sure you consider what your application is (autocross, daily driving, stance, etc.) when picking out your wheel and tire size so it works best for the type of driving you'll be doing. 

 

4 DIFFERENT STYLES OF FITMENT

 

A red 1990 Mazda Miata running 15x7 +35mm Sparco FF-1 wheels wrapped in Dunlop Direzza DZ102 tires, and stock suspension

@20hp_miata's 1990 NA Miata | Sparco FF-1 15x7 +35mm | Dunlop Direzza DX102 195/50 

 

NA Miata 16-inch Wheels

The second most popular wheel diameter for the NA Miata is a 16-inch wheel.

The sweet spot here is going to be between a 16x8 +20mm and a 16x9 +15mm. Generally, these wheel sizes are going to be geared towards the stance-style of fitment. 

With the lower offset, you're going to get more deep-dish wheels with a significant wheel lip poke. 

 

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A blue 1990 Miata with white strips running XXR 531 16x8 +20 wheels wrapped in Nitto Neo Gen 205/40 and flyin Miata lowering springs

@mike-desilva's 1990 Mazda Miata | XXR 531 16x8 +20mm | Nitto Neo Gen 205/40 | Flyin Miata Lowering Springs

A 16x8 +15mm to +20mm is going to give you a nearly flush fitment, but you'll probably experience some rubbing, even with rolled fenders (and you'll definitely need rolled fenders).

Your tire size will matter significantly here as well. If you go with a 195/45, you may not have rubbing, but it also depends on how low you are. If you're slammed on your nutz, well, you already know. 

If you're at stock ride height or slightly lower, you might get away with no rubbing. The wider setup (16x9) is going to be different. 

 

@issacar.fi's 1996 Mazda Miata M-Edition | Klutch Sl2 16x8 +15mm | Federal Evolution ST-1 195/40 | Fortune Auto Coilovers

For the widest setup, a 16x9 +15mm, you'll definitely want to run a 195/45 tire so it fits, but this is pretty stretched.

If this is not your style, I'd go with the safer 16x8 +20mm option. 

 

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A black stanced 1997 Mazda Miata running ESM 009R 16x9+15mm wheels wrapped in Achilles AT Sport tires, and coilovers

@armanditou_'s 1997 Miata | ESM 009R 16x9 +15mm | Achilles AT Sport 195/45

 

 

Final Thoughts on Miata Fitment

The Miata has a lot of fitment options depending on the style of fitment you're looking for and your application.

To quickly recap, here are the most common wheel and tire sizes for a NA MX-5 Miata:

- 15x8 +25mm (flush) + 195/45 or 205/50 tire

- 15x8 +0mm (aggressive/stance) + 195/50 or 205/45

- 16x8 +20mm + 195/45 (a little stretch)

- 16x9 +15mm (aggressive/stance) + 195/45 (stretchy boi)

 

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Front shot of a NA miata with pop up headlights

@endlessdonut97's 1995 Mazda Miata | 949 Racing 6ul 15x8 +36mm | Kumho Ecsta Pa31 205/50

Like I mentioned before, make sure you're taking into account how lowered you are AND what type of driving you're going to do.

If you want a solid setup to daily drive with, cruise around with your buddies on the weekends, and go to car shows, a 15x8 +25mm is going to work best for yah. 

If you want a more aggressive stance to make a statement, you're going to want a lower offset with a wider wheel.

With these types of setups comes more maintenance as far as alignments and camber adjustments go. 

 

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A white NA Miata overlooking a city

@endlessdonut97's 1995 Mazda Miata | 949 Racing 6ul 15x8 +36mm | Kumho Ecsta Pa31 205/50

I hope this NA Miata wheel fitment guide gave you a better idea of what type of fitment you want to run on your go-kart! 

If you want a guilt-free bragging session, tell me about your NA Miata build in the comments below! 

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A black Mazda Miata M-Edition in the rain running JNC JNC030 wheels, Kenda tires, and BC Racing coilovers

@khajits's 1995 Mazda Miata M-Edition | Jnc JNC030 Front: 16x8.25 +25mm Rear: 15x9 -10mm | Kenda 195/45 | BC Racing Coilovers

 

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