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Winter Tire and Wheel Questions
I bought my SLK to drive year round and am planning ahead for winter. I’ve done what I think is a reasonably thorough search of various forums but haven’t quite found the answers I looking for.
I will be buying a new set of rims and fitting them with a winter tire. I want to buy Michelin X-ice Xi3s. Unfortunately, they do not come in the 225/45R17 size that my 2005 SLK with AMG Sport package currently wears on the front.
My questions are:
1) Would a 215/45R17 tire (like those worn by the R172) fit my R171 SLK?
2) If yes, any ideas on which rim size would be most appropriate? I guess I’m a little confused how the same tire can fit on wheels of different widths.
3) Any predictions on how the different tire size would ride? Any rubbing? My understanding is that they are a thinner tire than the ones my car currently wears which would be a good thing for snow traction.
4) If all else fails, Dunlop sells the WinterMaxx tire in a 225/45R17. Am I thinking correctly that the front and back tires should match in size for snow tires (instead of the staggered tires my car is wearing now)?
I Appreciate all comments.