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TLV
11-21-2012, 06:12 PM
I purchased my Abarth in Edmonton, AB and I recently purchased 4 new winter wheels & tires (15x6.5 Sport Tuning T6’s with General Altimax Arctics 195/55/R15 - from Tire Rack)

The 15” rims mounted fine, but the back wheels were not big enough due to the sway bar. The sway bar sits just on the edge of the rim instead of just inside of it and will scrape when driven. I have spoken to some people who are running 15” rims on their 500 abarth’s and have seen posts on these forums of people who are as well, so why don't these rims fit?
I saw a post that mentioned if the rim is a generic brand it will be slightly smaller than a normal 15” rim and these will not fit. Is this true? Could this be the case with my wheels or is there another problem. I have found other custom wheels for the Abarth that come in a 15" and guarantee that they will fit.

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do now.

GoFiatGo!
11-21-2012, 07:15 PM
Offset is key...

sk8ace
11-21-2012, 07:18 PM
I'm sure each wheel has it's own thickness on the inside.. The only way to really tell if it fits is to test them out and you happened to buy the ones that are too small. Mine has the stock 16's and it looks extremely tight already..

stealthy1ss
11-21-2012, 07:54 PM
Offset is key...

Sometimes it the spoke design as well.

Crazy Otto
11-22-2012, 01:40 AM
Perhaps you can use a small spacer and push the rims edge away from the sway bar whilst still maintaining proper fitment?

FTY
11-22-2012, 02:47 AM
Id return them and go with 16s....tirerack is pretty decent with returns.

Thomas
11-22-2012, 04:35 PM
I've got the 16'' Borbet LV4. They have the original bolt pattern and look pretty nice too.

Robert Burwood
12-15-2012, 01:25 AM
Hi, I'm also in Edmonton and just ran into the same problem with Sport Edition F12 15" rims. We're you able to resolve?

Berliner
12-16-2012, 04:47 AM
I would love to see 15 inch Wheels on a 2012/13 Ab. or even on a 500T. Bolt on that is...

BigDaddySRT
12-17-2012, 02:43 PM
Find out how much Offset you need and purchase a set of Wheel Spacers.

Machined to your bolt pattern and hub bore.

Juair
08-31-2013, 04:48 PM
I have bought a 2012 Fiat 500 sport and for the winter season a put 15'' Wheel on it....

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Fiat%20500/05-10-111800x600.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Fiat%20500/07-10-115800x600.jpg

This same Wheel setup fit on my new 2013 Abarth!!But very close!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/IMG_2921Copier_zps66a7cc2d.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/IMG_2920Copier_zps60126fc9.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/IMG_2919Copier_zpsa71521ad.jpg

JoeB
08-31-2013, 05:21 PM
Does anyone have a pic of these 15s on an Abarth? I like the small-wheel/tall-tire retro look on these cars (plus less unsprung weight), and am thinking of picking some up from Madness.

http://500madness.com/500madness/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=281&product_id=2114

Juair
10-27-2013, 03:30 PM
New mod on my winter setup!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/1376340_10151910662465971_1907495904_n_zps7c00befc .jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/1395250_10151910662405971_1702793738_n_zpsbb051b7f .jpg

Juair
11-02-2013, 05:32 PM
Winter setup!!
Looks great!


http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/P1040975Copier_zpsc6fa0c25.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/P1040972Copier_zps2bdb3139.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/P1040973Copier_zps2eb4b762.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y84/Juair/Abarth%202013/P1040974Copier_zps3a8f25a7.jpg

racerx
12-04-2013, 10:56 PM
I have 15" wheels from a pop painted white on my 500t looks like diamond racing wheels for cheap plus the wheels are only 14lbs anyways. I dont have the sway bar like the abarths. More offset or spacers

Megatron
10-16-2018, 10:45 PM
I just installed 15x7.5" Konig Hypergrams on my 2015 Abarth, using wobble bolts from Tirerack ($40 + shipping for a set of 16).

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The front wheels bolt up with no modifications. Enough clearance for the front brake rotors.
For the rear, the sway bar mount needs to have part of the outer corner ground down to avoid touching the wheel. I just used my angle grinder to take off enough material, then spray painted it to prevent rust.

Detailed specs: Konig Hypergrams, red opal color, 15x7.5", +35mm offset, 4x100 bolt pattern. Tires are BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2, size 195/55/15.

Southernroadrunner
10-17-2018, 08:46 AM
I just installed 15x7.5" Konig Hypergrams on my 2015 Abarth, using wobble bolts from Tirerack ($40 + shipping for a set of 16).

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The front wheels bolt up with no modifications. Enough clearance for the front brake rotors.
For the rear, the sway bar mount needs to have part of the outer corner ground down to avoid touching the wheel. I just used my angle grinder to take off enough material, then spray painted it to prevent rust.

Detailed specs: Konig Hypergrams, red opal color, 15x7.5", +35mm offset, 4x100 bolt pattern. Tires are BFGoodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2, size 195/55/15.

So why did you go down on size to 15s on the car.

NastyNate
10-17-2018, 11:40 AM
So why did you go down on size to 15s on the car.




I've been considering doing 15's for a while. You get a ton of wheel options in 4x100 because of the Miata as well as excellent tire selection. And of course, depending on wheel, lower unsprung weight. My olny issue is I don't want to grind down the rear torsion bar bracket. Which is probably moot anyway since I've started shopping 124 Abarths...

Southernroadrunner
10-17-2018, 08:33 PM
NastyNate interesting.

Megatron
10-19-2018, 09:45 PM
I've been considering doing 15's for a while. You get a ton of wheel options in 4x100 because of the Miata as well as excellent tire selection. And of course, depending on wheel, lower unsprung weight. My olny issue is I don't want to grind down the rear torsion bar bracket. Which is probably moot anyway since I've started shopping 124 Abarths...

Exactly, the car feels a lot faster with the lighter 15" wheels. Its not just the weight savings (32.6 vs 39 lbs), but the mass for the smaller wheel is closer to the center, so it needs less power to get going. The change feels similar to activating the sport button. The car is quicker off the line and changes direction more eagerly.

I also went to 15" to improve ride comfort since I have the Bilstein coilovers, but I didn't really get much improvement due to my tire selection (the sidewalls are too stiff to begin with, plus its mildly stretched which makes the sidewalls stiffer).

I've always switched all my vehicles to lighter wheels too. The most extreme example is my motorcycle, which is rocking carbon fiber wheels.



NastyNate - if you pick 15x7" wheels with aggressive offsets, you won't have to grind down the sway bar mount. I test fitted my 15x7" Volk TE37 wheels using wheel adapters (effective offset of +20mm, wheel has +43mm offset, -23mm for the wheel adapter), and it cleared the rear sway bar. There are also posts about Rota RB wheels which are 15x7" +15mm offset that also clear it.
I was going to buy a set of Rota Grid Concaves, which were 15x7" with +20mm offset, but I decided I wanted to try some brightly colored wheels instead. Plus, I felt the Rota Grids would only look good if I lowered my car more.

Southernroadrunner
10-19-2018, 10:14 PM
I've been considering doing 15's for a while. You get a ton of wheel options in 4x100 because of the Miata as well as excellent tire selection. And of course, depending on wheel, lower unsprung weight. My olny issue is I don't want to grind down the rear torsion bar bracket. Which is probably moot anyway since I've started shopping 124 Abarths...
So what offset on 15s do you use so it doesnt rub on the rear torsion bar.

NastyNate
10-22-2018, 03:07 PM
That's the question I don't have an answer to. It really depends on the wheel. Some clear the bracket and some don't depending on offset and the barrel of the wheel. GoodWin Racing was testing a few of their Miata wheels on a 500 but for some reason it just didn't go anywhere. I was hopeful with their involvement we'd have some solid options but no luck. I'm looking at trading my car in anyway at the 1st of next year on a 124. Hopefully with winter and a new year prices will have dropped them down a good bit.

bng
11-05-2018, 04:02 PM
From searching around I read 15" steel wheels from a Fiat 500 Pop will fit the Abarth. Can anyone just give me a final confirmation before I make the purchase?

15" steel wheels from a 2013 Fiat 500 Pop will fit a 2013 Abarth without any issues or modifications?

Thanks