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    16 vs 17 inch rims

    I've considering buying a set of 17" Abarth rims for my 500 Abarth.
    I currently have the stock 16" rims and I don't really like the design.
    Any advice, preferences, drawbacks that anyone has experienced with the 17's?
    Thanks for any advice.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I use both 16 and 17 inch wheels on my Abarth, and only noticed a slight difference when I first switched from stock 16 to 17s. Other than price of the wheels and availability of tires in different sizes, and that it might throw your speedometer off a tiny bit, not a big deal either way to me.
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    Do you care about ride comfort? What are you trying to get out of the switch? What tires (brand, type) do you plan to wrap the wheels in?
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    17s give a slightly harsher ride as the tire wall is shorter 205/40R17 instead of 195/45R16. The total diameter of the tire and wheel is not that different, and if you go to a 205/45R17 then there is a chance of the tire rubbing.

    There seems to be a lot more options for upgrades in 17" in the 4x98 bolt pattern, although 4x100 can be made to work with the right hardware (wobble bolts, hub adapters etc).
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    I'm not terribly concerned with harsh ride since the majority of the roads in my area are in good condition.
    I'm in the Orlando, FL area.
    I plan to put Yokohama S drives on them in the near future.
    Currently, the set I'm looking at have Cooper Velozza tires with a lot of tread left on them.
    Tire recommendations are welcome.
    Thanks all.

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    I dig the look of P Zeroes wrapped on 17s but a friend always complained about wear until he went with the S drives. The Azenis look sticky, but I don't know anyone running them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amacento View Post
    I dig the look of P Zeroes wrapped on 17s but a friend always complained about wear until he went with the S drives. The Azenis look sticky, but I don't know anyone running them.
    I ran Azenis and they are sticky. They don't last very long as a consequence. That's still my favorite tire on the Abarth. P Zeroes feel a bit squirrely under load, I don't think the sidewalls are as sturdy as the Falkens. The best balance I've run in terms of grip and wear were the Michelin Pilot Sports, they are a thoroughly sensible tire. I'm going back to the Azenis as I don't have much truck with sensible.
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