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Rim 7.5 x 17
Rim 8.5 x 17
Rim 9.5 x 17
Wheel 7.5 x 17 with 195/40-17
Wheel 8.5 x 17 with 215/35-17
Wheel 9.5 x 17 with 225/35-17
 

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You might consider using the Schmidt's in the 16" size as the 17's all around will shake your fillings loose (if you are part of the younger generations that used fluoride since birth you may not have any fillings to shake loose.) They still fill the wheel well but the ride is more acceptable.
I have found that it is always a compromise between looks and comfort in wheels. If you go too big they look good but ride rough and vice-versa. Compromise a little on the looks and you will be happier in the long run. Remember the short wheel base on the smart makes for a choppy ride even before making the wheels bigger.
 

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KillerBee hit the nail on the head. I'd also suggest trying to get the highest profile tyre you can without rubbing.

I'm running 195/50/15 all the way around and while it's awesome for handling, ride comfort took a total plunge. And that's considering that these aren't the most comfortable rides to begin with. :)

To my untrained eyes, I'd say the red car is running on 17s. It also has a bodykit, so I wouldn't expect your car to look exactly like that.
 

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I have the brabus body kit on mine but like the stance of the red one. I only use the car as a daily commute and to mess around with. I dont mind the ride being ruff, but didnt want the tires to rub. I just wasnt sure what is the best to go with on the 7.5, 8.5 or 9.5 dimmensions.
 

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Any idea what might be on that red smart I really like the look of that stance


The wheels look to be the 17" Schmidt's and it has an aftermarket (I think Kuhl) side valence. I also has been lowered with springs. My '09 cabrio has the Smart Madness lowering springs using the stock shocks and had a similar stance but I used 15" Genius wheels.
Someone has some Schmidt's for sale on this forum a few months ago...I was tempted but I had already bought some Carlsson's while on sale.
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I would go with the 7.5s. Anything larger and you might run into problems. As it is, 195/40/17 tyres will produce a bone jarring ride..
 

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The wheels look to be the 17" Schmidt's and it has an aftermarket (I think Kuhl) side valence. I also has been lowered with springs. My '09 cabrio has the Smart Madness lowering springs using the stock shocks and had a similar stance but I used 15" Genius wheels.
Someone has some Schmidt's for sale on this forum a few months ago...I was tempted but I had already bought some Carlsson's while on sale.
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That looks good Killer Bee. I thought about lowering mine slightly as well using coilover but that might wait till next summer since doing some other mods
 

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Coilovers are expensive and may have a more compliant ride but Smart Madness springs are relatively inexpensive ($269) and you may have to pay for installation. Did you notice how well the 15" wheels with 195/50/15 tires filled the wheel wells? You can actually keep your filling with this setup. The Schmidt wheels are expensive as well.
I put the Brabus suspension on my '13 with the 15" Genius wheels and it did not fill the wheel well as well ad it did not lower the car as much as the Smart Madness springs. See pics. One picture looks great but mostly because the car was weighted toward that side going around a curve.
 

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I run 215/40R16 tires on the 7.5" wide Team Dynamic Smartie wheels. I have a BRABUS suspension and the ride is rougher but not terrible. I would not run less side wall than I have though.

With 17" wheels I would go with the 7.5" wide and mount 205/40R17 tires. No spacers should be needed and plenty of tires to choose from in that size.

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I might have to look into the springs from madenss at that price.

Im kinda kicking myself on the body kit decision made couple weeks ago. When purchasing car used the side brabus skirts were damanged and belly pan as well. Mercedes got me Brabus skirts for $200 a piece prior to me being aware of other skirts out there. I could have gotten the skirts above on the red car if known better.

I plan on painting the car next summer. I have been in the modding scene with my Camaro for some time. A buddy of mine will paint entire car for around $1500.

Most likely will go with 7.5 x 17 all the way around....Not sure but thinking the 8.5 might stick out to far past the fender
 

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17s on a smart... I hope your roads are glass smooth. As others have said here 195/50/15 works great on the smart. My local police would vouch how well it handles on the corners. Thank god no ticket :)
 

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I'm actually not sure which color yet. However with the brabus package in place wouldn't the panels be much much more?? Wasn't sure what panels all come with it. I could also have it wrapped for about $1000 but think painting would be better.

I found another photo of red car showing wheels from rear. Thinking they are the 8.5 but not sure
 

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Also, whatever you do, do not buy Kumho Ecsta AST tyres if you're looking for good treadwear and traction in sloppy conditions.

When new, they'll tackle snow and rain pretty well. But the tyres quickly lose those abilities with some wear. My car is a mess in wet conditions and got stuck several times in inch deep snow earlier this year.
The Contis retained their snow performance, even at 50% tread.

My rears only lasted 30k before they had to be sent to pasture. The fronts are almost still brand new with the same mileage...So, I did the stupid thing and bought two more rears. When the fronts wear out (which, should be around the time the new rears wear out) I'll just go for a different brand.
 

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If you have the Brabus body kit (front and rear Brabus valences, side valences, center exit exhaust and thin rim edge above rear wheels, and Brabus wheels all around) I would keep that as is. It is certainly more attractive and respected by most smartophiles. Body kits are fine if you like them but most smart people think that the Brabus is the ultimate body kit and it is factory. It is your car and you should do what you want to do (I certainly do) but think out your mods slowly so you get exposed to all that is out there. Spend a few days going through the gallery and save the pictures of the cars you like and if there is a reoccurring thread running through your saved pictures then you probably should go that way. I do that and print the pictures and take colored pens to them to determine my mods. I have bought a number of items that I later determined I didn't want to put on my smart. The second car modded usually has fewer but more tastily done mods as a rule...you learn what you like and what doesn't matter that much or doesn't trip your trigger.
Even then you could end up driving a clown car like mine.
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