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You wont have any rubbing issues as long as the wheels have the proper offset, should be 40-44. However, 235/45s are much shorter in overall diameter. I put 245/45s on the stock 17"x7" wheels and that is about the max width on those rims. If you go with a wider rim 17x8 you could easily run 245/45s or even 255/45s without any problems.

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Personally I don't care for the Black wheels, Gunmetal looks great in my opinion. I would still caution you over the use of 234/45's though. Go with the 245/45's so you have the same overall diameter and your speedo is not off.
 

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Check out www.TireRack.com and www.edgeracing.com (look under mazda) and check out the rims and tires there. If you purchase them as a package, they have great deals.

As for the tires, it really depends on how you plan to use them ie- summer only, all-season ect. I prefer all-season high performance, but they are the most expensive. Many summer only users get tires that are no good in snow and take them off the in the winter (depending on location). I kept my stock wheels and tires for the winter here as the winters are kinda long and I want to make my purchase last.
 

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That is very true, thanks for the correction info. I looked on edge racing website and they still do not have the fusion listed. Just watch that the offsets are correct. They have some real nice wheels there for under $100 a peice.
 
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