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Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

I have bought a Chrysler Ypsilon (diesel), which clearly has very similar running gear to a Fiat 500/new Panda/Mito. (There doesn't yet appear to be a forum for Ypsilons.) For better ride quality, I want to change the 16" alloy wheels (with 195/45R16 tyres) for steel ones. The handbook says I can use either 14" with 175/65 tyres or 15" with 185/55. I would be grateful for any guidance on the likely advantages and disadvantages of each.

And, if I buy steel wheels from a non-Fiat source, do I have to worry about any other other characteristics than the stated rim specification? Offset, for instance?

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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Also look into the new Ford Ka which is also using fiat running gear.

Should be 4x98 too
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

it might not be the wheels giving bad ride quality, has it got the 500 suspension or the ford one?
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

The obvious disadvantage will be a smaller tyre footprint, so handling and braking will suffer to some extent.

Look at FIAT/Alfa/lancia, as both the PCD and centre bore are pretty specific to these marques. Dunno about the KA.

Offset (will be expressed as ET) should be as close as possible to the original.

PCD is 98cm, centre bore is 58 (sometimes given as 58.1.
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Is it branded "Chrysler Ypsilon" in the UK..??
Overhere in Holland it is still "Lancia" and is basically a re-badged Fiat in luxury disghuise...!!
(btw, Ford Ka=Fiat 500 same factory and production lines))
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Thanks. Yes, in UK it's a Chrysler, but all over the car there are bits saying "Fiat" or "Lancia". I like the car.
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

OK, thanks.
Strange move from Fiat UK, I would say "Lancia" sounds much better and has a far more "sporty Italian" image than Chrysler...??
Anyway, you can use Fiat parts for your car without problems!
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Are you sure about switching to steel wheels..??
It'll ruin the appearance of the car imo...!
What brand of tyres are currently on?
Changing to another brand might improve ride quality..!
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

My thanks to PAN366E, dave, Peter Pick Up and fingers99. I had no idea that offset was expressed as ET, and I'm afraid I still don't know whether the Ypsilon has the Ford or the Fiat suspension. It's really that my experience accords with the point constantly made by Honest John in the Daily Telegraph that with low profile tyres you feel every drain cover and you increase the risk of damaging expensive alloy wheels because there simply isn't enough depth to the tyre. The 16" tyres specified in the Ypsilon handbook have a height/width ratio of 45. For 15" wheels it is 40 or 55, and for 14" wheels it is 65. So it appears to me that bump absorption must be better with 14" than 15", but that directness/responsiveness in the steering is probably not as good.

With the present 16" wheels and tyres the handling seems to me to be pretty sharp - sharper than I need. The Ypsilon is marketed as being at the luxury end of Fiat's small car range, and I bought it for long distances on the Continent. So I would be happy to trade some sharpness for a more comfortable ride. Appearance is not a concern.

Thanks again to those who have responded.
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

I've done nearly 11k miles in my Twinair Ypsilon now on 16" wheels and would say the ride overall is very good (living in Dorset it spends most of its time on bumpy country roads so a decent test) - it certainly rides better than our 2010 Eco active Panda on 13" wheels so personally I wouldn't bother changing them. The only time they are an issue is potholes due to the very low profile of the tyre.
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Every year I switch twice from 17 to 16 inch on my Alfa and from 15 to 14 inch on our Fiat summerwheel/tyres to winterwheels/tyres.
I don't feel much difference in ride quality/comfort at all...!!
Keep the 16 inch on your Ypsilon, and save a lot of money, maybe try different tyre pressures to your taste.
Again, a another brand tyre, same size, will make a huge difference in comfort sometimes...
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Btw, did you buy the car new, if so, how many miles yet?
If it is new, everything has to "settle" and you have to get comfortable with the car as well, it will take some time....!!
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Quote Originally Posted by fingers99 View Post

PCD is 98cm, centre bore is 58 (sometimes given as 58.1.
58 hub 58.1 wheel i think, so there is a .1 to stop wheel cracking due to heat expansion

not sure i agree with Honest John, used to have very low profile tyres on my punto and mrs dave higher profile on her punto. we drove the same roads with same pot holes, mrs dave broke 3 alloys i broke none. i checked my tyres presures every week, mrs dave never checked hers, if i hit a pot hole i would roll out the other side, if mrs dave hit a pot hole she would hit the brake so a stopped wheel would hit the other side of the pot hole
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Thanks, Peter Pick-up, for your advice. The car has done just under 6000 miles and I have done about 300 in it so, yes, it's perhaps early days to be making judgements.
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Re: Chrysler Ypsilon wheels

Thanks, dave, that does put a different light on things, but I'd still be interested in anybody else's experience of changing tyre size, either way.
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