Registered 2008 SLK350
Bought some real nice looking secondhand AMG 18" rims yesterday. Rims are 18x8.5J and ET35. Fitted with still good Dunlop 3D 235/40 wintertyres. When I fitted the front wheels I soon found out that won't fly. 235 is too wide. With the car on the jack it is already rubbing the suspension. So I guess I'll have to change the front tyres to 225. That would be no problem,225 is the minimum for 8.5J, but as I can see it also the rims are to wide with an offset of 35. Brabus and Carlsson have 8.5J front rims for the R171 but they have an offset of 28 or 30. So I figured a spacer of 5 mm would solve my problem. The hub that centres the wheel sticks out 25mm, so I think a spacer of 5 mm would be no problem, but I refuse to do any consessions regarding safety. So what do you guys think, do or don't? If not I would have to sell the rims again, which would really be a shame, they are very nice rims and I got them at a very fair price.