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Hey, I have a 2015 ForTwo pure (old car to go) model. I currently have a winter set of conti winters on merc steel rims:-

Front (4.5Jx15) 155/60 R15
Rear (5.5Jx15) 175/55 R15

Since sliding around in the snow in Alberta last year i have been looking for some studded options. Based on a lot of research and reading other posts I have come to the conclusion that the following will fit my stock wheels/stock car.

Could anyone confirm as I will be buying online and taking them to a store to be placed on/balanced.

NOKIAN TYRESHAKKAPELIITTA 9 STUDDED - 185/60R15 88T

Can someone confirm if these are ok for my peace of mind? as I am not great with going outside of OEM tire sizes. and don't want a pile of expensive rubber. Thanks!
 

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They will fit, although the fronts might rub. Any rubbing should soon stop, as the spikes will quickly wear down any plastic that comes into contact with them.

A tire fitter might not want to fit them because they are not only a non-standard tyre size but they aren't staggered. Also a 5J rim is officially the narrowest rim you can fit a 185/60 tire to. However, 185/60 is safe fitted to a 4.5J front rim if you can get someone to fit them. Don't try fitting a 185/50 or 185/55 to a 4.5J rim because those sizes really do need at least a 5J rim (due to being lower profile).
 

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Thanks for the response appreciated. Since posting I found other info regarding the front 4.5J being borderline but doable. I was lucky enough to pickup a used set of front/rear rims yesterday. So my plan will be to put rear 5.5J rims on all corners with the 185/60's.

Just another quick question... Are the studs rubbing going to cause a lot of damage when on full lock? Am i better to adapt the mud guard now?
 

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Just another quick question... Are the studs rubbing going to cause a lot of damage when on full lock? Am i better to adapt the mud guard now?
I will pass on that question because I don't know, except to say that 185/60R15 without studs rub only slightly on full lock when new.
 

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My 1st 451 I had 175\65-15 on front and 195\50-15 on back... Uniroyal Tiger Paws with 80lbs of H20 softener under the tonneau cover. Grabs in Wisconsin.
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