Jim Killian
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I've been a smart owner since
November 6, 2009
Overland Park Kansas
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Front Wheels

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 4:58pm 2 Comments

I have heard about replacing the front tires and wheels with the larger sized rear wheels. This is supposed to improve the ride dramatically. Has any one had any experience with this change? Did you find the rear wheels new or used?

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At 5:40pm on August 21, 2010, Sanford Blackwell said…
Hi Jim,
I sold my chrome alloys (a bit much for me but looked kind of cool) and replaced them with the rear size stock steel wheels with the 175/55 R 15 tires. Even bought the factory hubcaps from the Pure (really plain but believe it or not, they really look nice on a white/silver Passion). Can't believe the difference on the road. All the "nervousness" is gone and sidewinds are no longer a concern. Corners well, and I corner aggressively, using the gearbox as fully as the gearbox on a smart can be used. It's no Mini but it is much, much better than stock. I grew up on rear engined cars so I'm used to tail happy vehicles but the smart so far hasn't shown that side of it's character. The standard fronts understeered way too much - I guess Mercedes wanted you to run off road front first rather than rear. I try to avoid both extremes. Enjoy the switch and yea, check out my friends at SmartMadness. They're the best!
At 11:55am on November 7, 2009, spicejax said…
Welcome to susai,
I'm glad you're here. Member 10586, but I'll call you Jim, ok?

Let's have some Nice pix of your smartie. and some info in your info box so we can get to know you. What color is your car, details, details. Here's a link for some local groups!
Check out my Friend Billo's itibiti page

Anyways, until next time,
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