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No one makes a 13" or 14" wheel to mount to a smart, not that they would clear the front calipers anyways. If you took a few minute to measure clearances at the front and think for yourself, you should have been able to come to this conclusion on your own.


 

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Welcome to sCOA.

No one makes a 13" or 14" wheel to mount to a smart, not that they would clear the front calipers anyways. If you took a few minute to measure clearances at the front and think for yourself, you should have been able to come to this conclusion on your own.
Never heard of adapters huh? It's a fairly decent question to ask considering no one has asked it on here, or anywhere for that matter. So I was looking for a black sheep who may have done it or had exp with it rather then just putting ugly brabus or knock off 3 lug 17s onto it. **** me right?

Now ofcourse I could measure it and do the calculations. But it's raining here, and I didn't feel like pulling wheels off in the rain.
 

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I would think adding adapters would change the wheel offset and could make the tire rub against the fender. Especially going with a smaller size rim, you would cut down how much room is available between the caliper and the rim. Back might not be as much of a problem with the drum brakes but there may be other suspension parts that could get in the way.
 

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I would think adding adapters would change the wheel offset and could make the tire rub against the fender. Especially going with a smaller size rim, you would cut down how much room is available between the caliper and the rim. Back might not be as much of a problem with the drum brakes but there may be other suspension parts that could get in the way.
That's what fender flares are for (or poke) I'm not worried about anything rubbing, when you buy adapters you can get different MM thickness plus you can get pretty much and offset you want with wheels. But I looked up an 08 smart car dimensions 11" in front 8" back. Everything should clear fine.
 

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That's what fender flares are for (or poke) I'm not worried about anything rubbing, when you buy adapters you can get different MM thickness plus you can get pretty much and offset you want with wheels. But I looked up an 08 smart car dimensions 11" in front 8" back. Everything should clear fine.


The issue is, still, that you have to clear the calipers with the barrel of your wheel, so if you went with a 25 mm spacer that allows you to bolt on a 4-hole wheel, but then get a wheel with 25 mm more negative offset to offset the spacer, then the rim is still in the same location and needs to clear the caliper.

There are some alloy wheels that have more clearance for their tire size dimension, but those tend to be really expensive (but also very light). That's due to the fact that having a deeper barrel creates a stronger and/or stiffer wheel just from the shape. A lighter wheel with the same stiffness or strength is going to have to be made using more expensive manufacturing processes or materials.

Steel rims don't have this same problem and it's likely that a 14" steel rim will clear the caliper on the front.

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