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Hi,

I still remember when we were looking for these things for you in the past. I am sorry you haven't been successful in finding them yet.

As I recall the style you were looking for was basically a nice smooth dome shape wheel or wheel cover. (I honestly didn't know what a half moon wheel was back when I first read you were looking for them and had to figure it out).

I've had experience with wheel covers in the past and some had a lock that held them in place in the middle. Others just clipped onto the very edge of the steel wheel where there is a little lip that holds this metal spring like structure onto it.

I am guessing with the more bulky/heavy nature of the half moon style they have designed them to clamp onto the bolts that hold the wheel onto the hub/car. This may help prevent them from falling off. Now if that is the case then there are many different bolt patterns that various vehicles use. The 4-100 pattern on the iQ is not very common and the covers may not match up with this part.

Maybe you can try to send a private message to the person who posted a picture of the wheels you are looking for. He may no longer come onto iq-forums.com but may see the email notice and respond...

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Things have been very busy here for me so my memory is failing me, lack of sleep....

Yes me and another user, @nis350, have noticed cracking in our (Good4aYear) tires. We also don't drive ours much, I think nis350 the least but now that my wife's other car has become stable I am catching up. I have been living with the cracks just diligently checking the tire pressures...

It does seem costly to keep the way you calculated the cost. BUT my sister-in-law just arrived in LAX last night and the midnight UBER ride from LAX to Arcadia (about 38.5 mi) cost a whopping $150. So no, keep the car. I won't dare make any suggestions to get rid of it. I did come across insurance companies that offer insurance by the mile. I used their calculator and it wouldn't have been cheaper for me but likely because I have an at fault accident within the last 3 years. It may be something that may benefit you...

About the wheels I'll look into it some more. Hopefully I can find something. Please let us know how the Coopers in the size you mention work out if you do change your tires. (I would honestly just live with them until they really look bad but then again I'm 45 and can deal with a flat).

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Yes wise advice from someone who's had a chance to inspect tires. Even pictures can be deceiving to us here on the forum...

I dug around some then went somewhere "no one has gone before".

To be honest someone I know on the smart car forums did buy a set of wheels direct from China through this site, and I've bought one spoiler from their AliExpress side. So I guess it's technically "where one or two have gone before".


I'll look a little more before going on another break....

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Here's a US based company somewhat near to me:


May be close in price compared to shipping from China...

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Recently my "day job" has been helping my son cope with Sophomore life on a university campus. His whole first year was held online, (and he recently turned 16 early September), so I've been driving him to school and back. Hmm. How about you cover my wages for a week? 40 hrs x $0.00/hr will cost you a whopping nothing. . I'll worry about work when he gets his DL and can take himself to school and back. (Just got his learner's permit yesterday)...

About pricing I find that due to the trade war, or currency exchange, or whatever, the US wheels may likely be cheaper than the ones from China. I find the pricing for the wheels on the Chinese site quite expensive actually, so I'm glad I found that American one. Please let me know if you need help communicating with them I'm not too far away from Corona....

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Yes, I did realize you are very likely to have 16" wheels. While I knew this I also considered two (or so) reasons on why I should post them as an option:
1. You may have not bought the replacement Cooper tires yet, and hence still have the old Goodyear tires that need replacing. If so you could downsize (-1) to 15" wheels and hopefully have more tire choices.
2. If that is the case, then these wheels seem to be a lot more reasonably priced.

Of course you may have already bought the Coopers, (you have no obligation to report that to us). I'm afraid then I've thrown you a bad suggestion, and I apologize.

On the offset/sizing front I'm afraid I don't have enough knowledge of the correct specifications to fit nicely. I hope someone else could chime in...

Sorry to read about your condition! I did not know about it until now. I do have a tendency to shake my legs up and down by pressing down on the front of my foot rapidly as it seems to help when they are sore. I can't help but wonder if this due to RLS or the starting signs. I actually remember doing this as a youngster too. It seems to have come back as I've been riding my bike again (for health) and have sore legs from doing so...
 

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@milligi You post some very pertinent questions that I'm afraid I don't have the answers to a lot of them.

Somewhat recently (for this forum) I found that @SmallerThanMyYugo actually tried a set of 14" 1st generation Prius wheels.:


I did stick my head under my iQ a long time ago and checked the size printed on the aluminum wheel option that came with mine and the size noted seems correct from my memory. So given that the stock/original wheels on our iQs are a measely 5" wide, it is definitely an odd size, considering the 14" wheels noted were 5.5" wide, a whole 10% wider.

While I do have preference forged over cast, that is because I know less weight helps the car perform better, but probably most importantly is that my back will thank me as I try to do most of the work and save on labor, ie tire rotations. I hate going to the tire stores and the salesman notes the tread is almost done while there is still a good amount left in my opinion. In the case of Smoothie wheels for the iQ I was happy to find anything that might fit, more specifically that they came in 4x100 bolt pattern.

I am happy to post what I find and happy to learn on here. Nice people here on iq-forums. Please do not feel like you need to purchase anything due to my effort. That is not my intention at all. I would be just as happy if you said hey I better get my AC fixed for next summer rather than buy replacement wheels, really a cosmetic thing unless your wheels are damaged. I would guess this is unlikely.

It is nice to know that there may be smoothie wheel options for the iQ. I was surprised by your point about snow, you're probably right smooth wheels may protect the brakes from all the damage winter season may cause them. Living here in SoCal (as we like to abbreviate) I think I've seen powder on the ground twice in the 30 or so years I've lived in the area.

About the options I posted since the offset, aka ET, is +45 on our wheels, it may be best to wait for a similar option. The less ET the more they will tend to stick out from the side of the car. While this may not look pleasant to some there may be laws against such as they would tend to kick up dirt/small rocks into traffic. Then there is the spacing concern to the edge of the fender, not just the inside of the wheel well...





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Please do not think this has been a waste of time. I love all car stuff and volunteered to be a moderator here under the condition that it was understood that I don't have a wealth of knowledge about the iQ.

I did promise to be neutral/unbiased, and to keep the forum a friendly place to share what we know.

Please do not sign off. Come back and share your experience with the tire size and model you end up choosing. It will help any others with their iQs... I may bump into other options as well...

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Thank you for coming back! I did not see that site in all my searching I commend your son on finding it.

On a side note I've always had a job at my mother's medical clinic since I graduated college. (It was preferred that I become a doctor in their footsteps but that didn't happen)... Since it was family run I was part of management. (My mom retired due to COVID risk as she's in her 80s just last year). I just applied for a job at a local Toyota dealer to be a used car valet. Simple application BUT I didn't have any professional references as I worked for family since 1998. Crossing my fingers...

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Had to look up facetious not really if I understand the definition. I don't have professional references and I don't have official two years automotive repair experience (otherwise I would prefer service advisor). I will let you know if I can get you a discount.

While we wait Toyota of San Bernardino is super competitive at oempartstoyou.com. I went there to pick up a lot of iQ accessories when I first got mine. (Not sure about shipping costs as I local pick up'ed)...

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