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Hi all,

I have a 97 slk 200 (136hp) with Dunlop Sp1 205 55 r16 91V (Year 2009) installed.

I am a newbie for RWD and used to drive FWD cars for many years. I know the driving techniques change when you pass from fwd to rwd. So i try to find out SLK's reaction to my skill. My other car is a VW Passat 1.4 TSI and my business car is a Renault Clio IV DCI.

I bought SLK two months ago and in my test drive I noticed that brakes and tyres are in a bad condition. Grip and breaking were awful. Whenever I press break pedal abs is immediately getting activated. First I changed pads and discs but it didn't affect enough. I dont exactly know the mileage of existing tyres but they are 5 years old, and worn to 5.0mm with many surface cracks.

SLK is not my daily ride. I use it on weekends especially and I think it will only have 3-4k mileage in a year. I will not drive it in winter time. It will be in a garage between December and April.

I have Turanza ER300 on my Renault and Conti DWS on Passat. I still can't imagine both tyres on SLK. So i need your advices. I don't care about sound and comfort issues. I need a safe ride and and short brake distance for both dry and wet conditions. In summer time temperature changes from 25/35 degrees celcius and winter time it changes from -5/10 degrees celcius.

1) What are your tyre advices for 205 55 R16?
2) Is it normal that ABS is quickly activated with existing tyres? Will it change if I buy new shoes? :)

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Simplyslk thanks for info. I checked those links before. And read all the topics in wheels section. An hour ago I was close to a bad crush. Luckyly rescued without a problem.

I will keep on waiting responses till weekend.

Fastdawg1 sure I will give info after purchase. Thanks for your interest.

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I've been extremely happy with the Michelin Pilot SuperSports. I had them on my 997TT and just put them on the SLK55. Excellent grip wet and dry. Much quieter than the Pirelli they replaced and reasonable ride. Not the cheapest, but worth the expense. I put on 235/40-18 and 255/35-18s. They are slightly wide for the size.
 

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Thanks Vnarma.

I heard good things about Michelin Pilot Sport. But in Turkey except highways and main roads, there is no such road for a soft kind of tyre. That's why I am interested in Bridgestones. I will search for Pilot Sports around Turkish forums.

And another question. I quickly searched forum for installing different sizes for rear and front. My current tyres are all 205 55 16. What if I keep size for front but a wider tyre (may be 215 or 225) to rear? What will be effected positive and negative?
 

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Thanks Vnarma.

I heard good things about Michelin Pilot Sport. But in Turkey except highways and main roads, there is no such road for a soft kind of tyre. That's why I am interested in Bridgestones. I will search for Pilot Sports around Turkish forums.

And another question. I quickly searched forum for installing different sizes for rear and front. My current tyres are all 205 55 16. What if I keep size for front but a wider tyre (may be 215 or 225) to rear? What will be effected positive and negative?
Con
Increased understeer at the limit.

Pro
Better grip fir acceleration.
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Thanks for all help.

I've mad my choice and put er300 Turanza's to my SLK.
All 4 is 205 55 R16 (I asked for 225 45 16 for rears but there was a huge difference).

First impressions;
ER300 handling and grip is really good. My ex dunlops were worn too much and I dont know their brand new behaviour so its not a comparison of two brands. All my balancing problems finished even on a 10km drive with new ones. I couldnt try it on wet but It wll rain on weekend and I will have an experience for rain conditions.

ER300 sounds a little more than worn Dunlops :) but I don't mind for it cause SLK is absolutely sounding louder than tyres. I tried some hardbreaking and fast startups. For breaks, I think it will be better if tyres get a little hot on road. Not too much abs locking like those old ones, but still not perfect. For start ups I couldn't slide rear without full kickdown. I will give a detailed info after 1000kms.
 

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After 150km i really found out how tyres change everything for a car.
It's not a brand thing but new tyres regardless of brands makes huge differecence. Braking and control on wet is awesome with turanza er300. I tried hard to activate abs and drive like crazy to the limits (on a wide and empty road at 3am) and no big problems.. It's like gum on shoes.
 

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Hi again after 2k mileage!

I can clearly say that turanza fits well with slk. A little hard but very stable. I tried also in snowy and rainy comditions. Especially braking distance became better. A little sounding but make you feel secured.
 
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