Yes, it handles the size. The drive is more stable and is noticeably improved in a cross wind. The only thing I removed was the TPMS, because I just installed the Genius Darwin rims(15x5.5) as well. So now I have the factory rims-all the same size with snows on them and the Genius rims with summer tires. No more messing around when the season changes. I love the looks of the Genius rims on my car now( gunmetal with the silver lip) and I get a lot of compliments. :)
where did you find the bigger rims cheap, Ive only seen them for $130+ each.
Sounds a little high. I bought two of them (175/55R15 Conti's) from my local repair shop (so I have the same size on the front and back) and it cost me $236.00 mounted, balanced and tax included. The two other rims (15x5.5) I got cheap!
When it comes to owning a "smart" get ready to bend over. I SOLD the factory tires and wheels and bought 5 tires (175 x55R x 15 Continental) and 3 spoke custom rims with color inserts. Tires were $79.95 each and rims were $79.95 each, mounted and balanced. So, 5 custom Conti. tires and rims 175 x 55 R x 15 = $800. plus $100 shipping. Move passenger seat one click forward and you can carry a spare, and all 5 tires are the same size. YOU will never be at their MERCY, on the side of the road again, forced to BUY their SERVICE,,,,WWW.TIRERACK.com. We only get 40 MPG, but we have the comfort of carrying a SPARE. How stupid do they think are ??? WAIT til you need to buy a set of KEYS.
Two weeks ago, I made a 750 mile trip, NYC to SC. In Richmond, VA, a ladder blew off a van in front of me and blew out the tires of 4 cars that ran over it at 10pm on a Saturday night. Without a spare and with a large hole in my front tire, and with the nearest Smart center over 100 miles away, I had to be towed by AAA to a motel and stay overnight 2 nights until tire stores opened on Monday morning. Firestone found a 155/60/15 - the only one in town - and replaced it for a total cost of $100.83. Today, a rear tire punctured while crawling through a highway construction site in Connecticut. I took out the Smart repair kit and put sealant into it and pumped it up. I drove to the Smart Center in Fairfield at the Mercedes repair shop. They were useless. They had a 175/55/15 in stock for $125 plus $45 for mounting, a total of $170 plus tax for a grand total of over $185, but I sat waiting for an hour and a half while the man next to me had been waiting for 2 1/2 hours for a Mercedes tire repair. I gave up and left and drove home to NYC with the tire holding 36 pounds of pressure perfectly. I will to to Town Fair Tire on Monday for a new tire for $84 and about $15 for mounting, total of about $100. The tire problem is the worst part of owning a Smart car. I appreciate the comments about replacing the tires with 4 tires of the same size, and carrying a spare behind the passenger seat. That might solve the problem.
We have OEM "Take off" Tires in stock.
We sell many aftermarket wheels and tires for the smart and take stocks in for trade. We inspect the tires and if they have the majority of the tread left (80%+) we then offer them for sale as take offs.
If we can help give us a call at 562-981-6800