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Hi all,

I'm considering swapping out my OEM multispoke for some affordable 19's. Doing more city driving now and I want to keep the originals intact! Roads are nasty around here. I'm very lucky I didn't wreck the originals already.

Wanted to know what the 'pros' thought about the Sport Edition ST4's?
I know I've seen some SLK's on this forum with these on and they looked really good..
I haven't been able to find any good reviews of this wheel or brand online though. I've seen written stay away from Chinese built wheels but seems most are.
Anyone have good/bad experiences with these?
I don't want to open a can of worms with vibration etc.

http://wheelandtirepros.com/SportEdition/SportEditionST4BrightSatin.jpg

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Hi all,

I'm considering swapping out my OEM multispoke for some affordable 19's. Doing more city driving now and I want to keep the originals intact! Roads are nasty around here. I'm very lucky I didn't wreck the originals already.
If the roads are that bad, I'd stick to 18's.
 

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Yea I know but I really like that satin finish, and it's not available in 18.
I guess I would have to be a little more careful, but I wouldn't feel as sick to my stomach if a $150 rim got scuffed vs a $1000+
 

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If the roads are that bad, I'd stick to 18's.
:)Woolly's right and wise. Depending on the roads and what you hit, no wheel or tire is safe. I recently ran over something on the interstate at night with my Lexus with 19" wheels. Wheel was OK, but damaged the tire beyond repair. Chances are, the same result with 17" or 18" wheels. I'm a bigger wheel fan and I'll take my chances. The wheels you mention are a knockoff of the MB 030 performance package wheels. I had the same style aftermarket wheels on my former SLK 55. They were TSW Bremmas made in Korea. Initially I had my concerns. The wheels were well made and the fit and finish was excellent, no issues. Kept them for several years. Only complaint, they looked heavy and outdated compared to newer wheels on the market.
 

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Thanks for the replies! Yea I really like the 030 wheels. Original AMG set over 6k at the dealer!
I was looking at the the knock offs here:
http://www.usarim.com/mercedes-wheels-sku-480-18-inch-silver-rims-p-1124.html

I like the darker finish though that the ST4's have though.
I actually called USARIM and they told me I'd need 10mm spacers for the fronts to put those knock off 18's on an SLK55. I want to try and avoid spacers if I can. I'm concerned with vibration.

Strange I haven't really been able to find any reviews on the Sport Edition or USARIM's either way. My main concern is balancing issues primarily.
 

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Perhaps it doesnt apply in America but swapping wheel sizes in the UK would probably invalidate your insurance unless you declared them to the insurers. I wonder how many do ?
 

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Perhaps it doesnt apply in America but swapping wheel sizes in the UK would probably invalidate your insurance unless you declared them to the insurers. I wonder how many do ?
i have always thought how would the insurance company know what was on your car anyway?

if you bought it new i guess they could check with the supplying dealer,but if second hand it could of come with many many mods :tu: my lord

that you just thought where standard :biglaugh:
 

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anything that is not a manufacturer standard equipment or is not an optional extra is an excuse for insurers to pull your cover if your involved in a shunt. Even a second hand car its up to the owner to know whats original and what isnt. One of the questions on an insurance proposal form is has any part of the vehicle been altered or modified.
 

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Hmmm, not sure what happened to my last post?! ;-) Was saying the mom-in-law got a load of hassle over a "spoiler" on her Hyundai this year on her renewal - it's not factory, but is identical to OEM - and is a 1 inch wide piece of plastic at the top of the hatch that supposedly helps keep rain off?! ;-)

Stateside, never had a second though about modding my car, other than keeping it street legal from an inspection point of view - sorta like a MOT that we pretend to have in Louisiana! :)
 

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I rang my broker about my 18 wheels as the car came on 17's from new. He said as long as they were on the option list from MB then no probs. On the other hand I spoke to them about lowering my MX5 and was met with a loud NO :(
 

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i should be ok then as everything on it is from merc benz little book of wallet busting mods :biglaugh:

well apart from my new disco lights ! might show them off at a meet this year
 

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I like the darker finish though that the ST4's have though.
I actually called USARIM and they told me I'd need 10mm spacers for the fronts to put those knock off 18's on an SLK55. I want to try and avoid spacers if I can. I'm concerned with vibration.

Strange I haven't really been able to find any reviews on the Sport Edition or USARIM's either way. My main concern is balancing issues primarily.
:)What's the offset on the 18" wheels that require 10mm spacers? Offset for 18" wheels front and rear for the SLK 55 are 37mm and 30mm. For 19" wheels, 32-35mm front and 35mm rear will work without issues. I'd avoid wheels that require spacers. Too many available in the right specs to go with spacers. Can't imagine you'd have balancing problems with new wheels. If so, return them. Good luck.
 

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Hi-
They said the USARIM offset for the 18's would be 30 for the front and 35 for the rear.
This time when I called the guy said I didn't need spacers for the 18's but it might be close to the calipers.
So getting a different answer from the same company.
Does anyone know if that 30 / 35 offset would clear the AMG brakes?
 

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Offset and clearing calipers are not always one to one. The more convex the spokes are, the bigger problem you'll have.

If you are going to do it, I'd make sure you had an option to return if they didn't work. I'm not sure (Don?) what the offsets are on the replica's I have on the '55 stateside, but the spokes clear the calipers by less than 1/2 inch at the closest point.
 

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Thanks for the info!
Also still wondering about my original question if anyone has any experience with those Sport Edition ST4's..
 

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offset is quite important. In theory the centreline of the wheel should be within the tolerance specified. It can place additional strain on the hubs etc
 

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Hmm, correct me here - but the offset is the measure of the centerline of the hub relative to the center line of the rim. If you have concave or convex spokes, this really isn't taken into account except as above?

I saw a set of what were called "deep dish" rims in Houston on a GTI - don't ask - and they were bizarre - the spokes were almost at a 30 degree angle coming off the center hub.
 

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I spent $1500 replacing near new sharp but totally dysfunctional 19" wheels (no idea what the previous owner was thinking adding 32lb wheels) with quality 18" wheels (18lbs each). Ride is horrible with 19" wheels even on good roads. Please save your money. Not only that, handling will suffer on rough surfaces and acceleration will also likely decrease as 19" wheels tend to be heavier. Say no to bling, yes to performance. Bigger is not always better.
 
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