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    195/40 or 205/40 17" Wheels and Tires

    I know the moderator is using the 195/40 17's on his Prima, but any others feel free. What kind of ride are you getting compared to the stock 195/45 16" Sport wheels and tires? This will probably be the next basket of money which I will probably throw at Tirerack.

    Who said owning a Cadillac was expensive???
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaDawg View Post
    I know the moderator is using the 195/40 17's on his Prima, but any others feel free. What kind of ride are you getting compared to the stock 195/45 16" Sport wheels and tires? This will probably be the next basket of money which I will probably throw at Tirerack.

    Who said owning a Cadillac was expensive???
    I used the tire size recommended by Tire Rack for my wheel combo,however I see other wheels have 205 tires. Personally, I didn't notice any appreciable difference in the ride, which surprised me. However there is a clearance issue in the right rear. The inside can rub on the plastic inner liner on huge bumps. I never heard it rub and have just seen some marks on the plastic, and it might have clearanced itself by now.

    The Abarth will have a new liner to accommodate this. By the way, the black Abarth showcar has the stock 500 sedan's inner liner.


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    The problem with the rear liner is the offset on the wheels. The stock offset is et37 and theres about 3-5mm worth of clearance on the back side of the wheel with a 195 tire. With a lower offset maybe even only et 35 it would give you some more space back there and the wheels would be poking out from the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiat for life View Post
    The problem with the rear liner is the offset on the wheels. The stock offset is et37 and theres about 3-5mm worth of clearance on the back side of the wheel with a 195 tire. With a lower offset maybe even only et 35 it would give you some more space back there and the wheels would be poking out from the body.
    The Ciao 'Milano' wheels have a 35mm offset and backspacing of 5.39 inches; the Ciao 'Roma' wheels also have a 35mm offset, but have backspacing of 5.35 inches. I now understand the 'offset'; what does 'backspacing' refer to?

    A couple of people on another forum say the 205/40's won't rub. There's also the availability problem. The 195/40 x 17 only shows two choices on Tirerack, a Pirelli at $136 per tire and the Yokohama S Drive at around $93 per tire. And of course, the Yokohama's are on 'Backorder'....hmmmm, I wonder why? The 205/40 x 17 shows multiple brands and prices (many more than 2) and all of them were 'in stock'. The Discount Tire chain has a store less than a mile from my house. Their website (tires.com) shows only the Yokohama S Drive in 195/40 x 17.

    The biggest problem I have is the Pirelli's that are on the stock 16" wheels still have the 'nubbies' on them. That seems like such a waste of money to purchase new rims and tires and let the stock tires and rims deteriorate sitting in the garage not being used. Another consideration is the 'spare', of which I have one, would become useless with the 17" wheels. That being said, perhaps after the H&R's are installed I'll switch to the inside and do the 'short shifter', tint, and leather upholstery.
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    I'm running 215/35/17 Hankook's on mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by phattbam View Post
    I'm running 215/35/17 Hankook's on mine
    The BBS wheels are the only ones that Tirerack recommends running that wide a tire on. Again it has to do with the offset. I think the BBS wheels are only a 30 offset whereas the Ciao's are 35 and the stock Fiat wheels are 37 or 38 offset.

    I LOVE the BBS wheels, just not the price.
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    That looks hot. What springs are you running?

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    first pic (night shot) is sitting on coilovers. The 2nd and 3rd are factory sport suspension.

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