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    500e Wheel Offsets

    Have searched countless hours on this, but does anyone know if the 500e uses the same wheel offsets (ET35) as on the other 500s? I know the fronts and rears are 5.5x15 and 6.5x15 respectively. I am taking the approach that anything could be different such as offsets/clearances/etc.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I do not know the answer to your question however someone here should be able to answer sometime soon.

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    Welcome to the forum. I've been checking but haven't found anything in my archives. The offset specs may be behind the center cap or somewhere on the backside of the wheel.
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    Thanks all. I'm sure it's cast on the inside of the wheels, but I don't have the car yet. I am already scoping out something like the Abarth wheels (HOT) or maybe sticking with 15" as there's more selection of (no pun intended) sticky rubber in 205/50R15. Would really love to fit some 225/45R15 on there. Maybe even 6.5 front and rear. I guess I'll have to be patient until I get the car and check all the clearances!

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    I don't want to sound like a party pooper here, but...

    The whole point of the 500e rim design is to make them as aerodynamically neutral as possible to conserve energy. Same goes for the low rolling resistance tires.

    Adding wide sticky tires and trowing off balance the aerodynamic harmony may not be the best idea when you have an already limited range.

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    You assumed I care about range, and I don't.

    I care about fun, and the more fun I can make this car, the more it will get driven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini Cord View Post
    I don't want to sound like a party pooper here, but...

    The whole point of the 500e rim design is to make them as aerodynamically neutral as possible to conserve energy. Same goes for the low rolling resistance tires.

    Adding wide sticky tires and trowing off balance the aerodynamic harmony may not be the best idea when you have an already limited range.
    All you say is true.

    But I too would love some sticker tires and less plasticky rims. And if one is replacing the rims, why not go wider for even more traction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenared View Post
    You assumed I care about range, and I don't.

    I care about fun, and the more fun I can make this car, the more it will get driven.
    Please continue to share what you do and try. I agree that sacrificing a bit of range for fun factor is worthwhile.

    Slight wheel spin might be mitigated by more stickiness. (Or slower acceleration but what's the fun in that.)

    I'm just getting used to cornering and suspect that's really the aspect to tackle, until someone hacks the firmware, allowing us to adjust the power response in the 45mph to 60mph range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan_h View Post
    Please continue to share what you do and try. I agree that sacrificing a bit of range for fun factor is worthwhile.
    Will do! If all I wanted was a soulless commuter transportation appliance, I wouldn't have picked the 500e

    If I can make this a blast to drive like other hot hatches, then the more I will enjoy it. The suspension is quite soft, so I think first things first, is to ditch the low-rolling resistance "skinny" tires. I don't think the suspension can properly handle 17" Abarth wheels and low-profile tires. The first thing I did with our Volt was put on some sticky rubber and tweak the suspension. I'm really tempted for R-compounds, but I think that will be overkill, and I will just opt for some RE-11As or Yoko AD08Rs as a good "compromise".

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    One of the guys at Fiat USA has a 500e and autocrosses the car and does well with it. He figures with a set of coilovers the car would really clean up.
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