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    Quote Originally Posted by nyc eng View Post
    I live in NYC (about to move to WA state) and run 15” steel wheels with snow tires during the winter months and 16s the rest of the year. The 15” setup is amazing, a step up from the 16” setup I ran. You just need spacers with longer bolts for the front.
    what size are you 15" tires i would suspect 195/55 15?

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    I run 185/55 Michelin X-Ice and it's the best snow tire setup I've had on this car. Much better than the 16s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
    Hi there,

    First post on the site! I'm gearing up to pull the trigger on a Nero (black) Abarth, but I'm having a tough time deciding what size tires to get. Please weigh in with any opinions, pro or con, about either 17" or 16" rims / tires.

    My Situation

    I live in a suburb of Seattle, WA so I need something that ALWAYS works well in the rain. During the winter, I like to ski and every few years there is a HUGE ice + snow storm where I live, so in the winter I'd like something that will give me a chance to get around in the Abarth in snow and ice.

    The 17" rims come with summer ties, so if I get the 17" rims I'll also need some winter tires. The dealer said I'd get the best results by having a dedicated set of 16" snow tires (he said the smaller tires will be more grippy in snow), but this seems like an expensive option. Can I get reasonably good results if I use 17" winter tires, then switch to summer tires from say April through September?

    Other Pros & Cons

    17" - more expensive option, about $1,300 more
    17" - sportier and better trackhandling
    17" - stiffer, bumpier ride in the city or on rough roads

    The 16's are cheaper and have a smoother ride, but the rim + tire combination isn't nearly as mean looking as the 17's.
    Check Craigslist and local ebay listings. Where I live, there are at least three sets of 17s for sale, and one set of 16s, all for much less than $1300

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    i was told numerous time that 15" wouldn't clear the front brake calipers? I guess this was incorrect. Would you be able to give some detail of the spacers you used please and thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastapower View Post
    i was told numerous time that 15" wouldn't clear the front brake calipers? I guess this was incorrect. Would you be able to give some detail of the spacers you used please and thanks!
    you might want to check out these links.

    https://www.fiat500owners.com/threads/light-wheel-tire-list.137265/page-1

    https://www.fiat500owners.com/threads/light-wheel-tire-project.137033/page-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastapower View Post
    i was told numerous time that 15" wouldn't clear the front brake calipers? I guess this was incorrect. Would you be able to give some detail of the spacers you used please and thanks!
    Depends on the wheel. There's like maybe 2 wheel designs in the world. One is the 15" "Monza" wheel sold by Madness and Allison's Automotive. The 6.5" width rim will fit (just) over the Abarth calipers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastapower View Post
    i was told numerous time that 15" wouldn't clear the front brake calipers? I guess this was incorrect. Would you be able to give some detail of the spacers you used please and thanks!

    Some people shoot from the hip.

    I use 5mm spacers with my 15” steel wheel setup.
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    no issue with the rear sway bar mount with the steelies.

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