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16'' Alloys

Can someone please tell me if the tyres on the 500's come with rim protectors or not as standard?

I have just spent £120 getting the alloys on my current car re-done before I sell it and will buy some of the tyres for my new car if it doesnt come with them as standard.

PS: What dimensions will the 500 tyres be on the 16'' alloys?
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Re: 16'' Alloys

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Can someone please tell me if the tyres on the 500's come with rim protectors or not as standard?

I have just spent 120 getting the alloys on my current car re-done before I sell it and will buy some of the tyres for my new car if it doesnt come with them as standard.

PS: What dimensions will the 500 tyres be on the 16'' alloys?
Don't think the standard tyres have rim protectors on the 16" alloys. The tyres are 195/45.
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What are rim protectors?

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What are rim protectors?

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Rim protectors are a raised bead on the face of the tyre that is supposed stop the alloy getting kerbed. This probably explains it better but in my experience they don't really work. http://www.toyo.co.uk/page.php?identity=tyre_design
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Rim protectors dont work. Makers used to target lady car fans with offers for them - I tried them - waste of money - they dont work - end of.
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I always find not hitting the kerb protects your rims... its not hard
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Offsetting the door mirrors slightly always helps avoid the dreaded crunch when reversing.
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I'm gonna have to be extra careful parking my 500 as my street has virtually no decent lighting at night when I get home...
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Re: 16'' Alloys

Got some 7 x 16, 4 x 100pcd aftermarket alloys, does anyone know what size tyres I can put on.

I assume standard ones would be 195/45/R16 but I want to go a bit wider like say 205 or 210 (would these be ok for the 500?)
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You'll be able to fit 195/40/R17 tyres on no problem. These are what Nigel has fitted to his 500 over at Nuova 500 Shop. They're a bit more expensive than 205/40/R17s though, but we know for definate that the 195/40/17 don't scrub the arches. I don't think anyone's tried 205 width tyres yet, I'm sure they'll be okay -no scrubbing etc- but I guess it's just one of those things... yer gotta try it! The Abarth is fitted with 205/40/17 tyres, but we don't know yet if they've modified the arches or not.
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