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    Quote Originally Posted by ronbo10 View Post
    I had suggested in an earlier post ( http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showt...888#post748888 ) that the difference in ride height (comparing AWD vs FWD when fitted with 18 inch wheels) was accounted for by just the different tires (45 series vs 55 series). Fiat500USA (administratore) responded with some interesting info (he's has a wealth of info and is a super resource on this forum) showing the different spring rates, wire diameter (i.e. the diameter of the wire used in making the coil spring), # of coils etc. and you can see that there are significant differences. You can see the toward the bottom of the post.

    It would seem that the FWD 500X is more softly sprung vs the AWD, though I haven't heard one way or another whether there's an appreciable difference in how the two variants ride. The tire differences may also have a greater impact on ride than the differences in suspension specs. The FWD has a bit lighter curb weight (as you might expect), so the suspension differences may be only to account for that fact. I wonder how an AWD would feel with the FWD suspension specs. I speculate that maybe 2017 will see a softer riding variant on at least one of the trim levels to be offered, given the number of reviewers who have mentioned the ride to be stiff/firm on the 500X. It seems folks get used to the ride regardless, and I remember that one of the forum members here has noted the ride to have softened/(improved?) a bit as he's put on the miles.
    i test drove both FWD and AWD. i thought that FWD was more "softly sprung" than AWD.

    whenever i can find a set of 17x7.5 wheels that are lightweight and look decent, when paired with 245/45R17 tires, im really excited to see how my handling improves with wider, shorter tires.
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    ive spoken to various reputable tire stores and all of them are telling me that i cant go wider/shorter on 500X FWD than 215/55R17. that sucks because i want to go a lot wider and shorter at 245/40R17.

    sad day.
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    Fiat 500X FWD 20116

    Hello, I am totally confused now. Is it possible to have 215/55/18 tires for Fiat 500X FWD 6 speed transmission? Would it be any future issue? My Fiat comes with 225/45/18 and would like to have 215/55/18. Is it possible?

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmh7777 View Post
    Hello, I am totally confused now. Is it possible to have 215/55/18 tires for Fiat 500X FWD 6 speed transmission? Would it be any future issue? My Fiat comes with 225/45/18 and would like to have 215/55/18. Is it possible?

    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    215/55/18 is the OEM standard size for the 500X.

    225/45/18 is an aftermarket mod that people did to upgrade the handling. If you bought your car used the previous owner changed the size.
    Last edited by 5port; 02-25-2021 at 11:23 AM.
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    I’m on 235/45/18 and love them. Little wider and barely taller than what you have.
    16 500X Pop, Rosso, 1.4T/M6, 18 O.Z. 45th Anniversary, H&R springs, Momo shift knob, K&N drop in, MPX Throttle Body, Deyeme Racing CDV delete, Magnaflow (Renegade) cat-back with 2.5 B-pipe by http://stagefp.com/, ATP Highflow DP. *finally a beta tune by Bob Bishop

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