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Need wheel help

Hey I'm going to be buying some new tires and wheels soon for my 09 SLK 350 and needed some help. I am looking for the "classic mesh" look. I know I want 19" wheels with a staggered look, but I can't seem to find any companies that make these for our cars. I really like the look of the VMR V710's but was just told they won't clear. I'm still looking for something similar to these. So, what companies would you suggest? What offsets should I be looking for? Thanks in advance. Here's the VMR's for reference:

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I really like the look of the VMR V710's but was just told they won't clear.
Did Velocity Motoring tell you that or someone else did? Just wondering.
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Check out Alroumi's ride, the rims look almost the same.

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I called VMR and that's what one the sales reps told me. The wheels specs were: 19x8.5 5x112 BP 35 Offset and 19x9.5 5x112 BP 33 Offset. I called again and they said the hub for the Mercedes is too large for the wheels they offer. Again, does anyone know of reputable wheel companies for MB? Sorry, I am new to this scene. Also, does anybody here have Nitto Invo tires? I was looking at getting these and the reviews I have read were all good so far.

http://www.nittotire.com/index.html#index.tire.invo

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Just checked his ride out, looks great. That's exactly what I want. Not to sound cheap, but there's no way I am going to pay those kinds of prices. I am looking to spend under $2k for the tire/wheel setup, if that's possible. Anybody know of a cheaper alternative?

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Check out Alroumi's ride, the rims look almost the same.
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Just checked his ride out, looks great. That's exactly what I want. Not to sound cheap, but there's no way I am going to pay those kinds of prices. I am looking to spend under $2k for the tire/wheel setup, if that's possible. Anybody know of a cheaper alternative?
there are some cheaper routes. TSW makes a "Nurburgring" wheel that looks very similar. If you do some online searching, you should find a good deal, too. However, you'll find some people do not recommend wheels like this as they are cast (opposed to forged) wheels and are not strong enough to handle pot holes or in the unfortunate event that you hit a curb. Getting a bent rim is much more likely in a cheap set. I struggle too. i like brands like HRE (alroumi) but cannot justify spending $5000 on wheels and tires. check out some of the other message boards for good deals on a (slightly) used set. May even get some tires, too. the nice part about the TSW nurburgring is I was told (by a TSW rep) that theyre 19x8.5 rim weighs 21 lbs and they're 19x9.5 rim weighs 22 lbs. thats really nice to have a light weight set of wheels.
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I was just looking at TSW's right before I read your post, they look real nice for the money. I may end up getting a set of these if I can't find anything else.

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there are some cheaper routes. TSW makes a "Nurburgring" wheel that looks very similar. If you do some online searching, you should find a good deal, too. However, you'll find some people do not recommend wheels like this as they are cast (opposed to forged) wheels and are not strong enough to handle pot holes or in the unfortunate event that you hit a curb. Getting a bent rim is much more likely in a cheap set. I struggle too. i like brands like HRE (alroumi) but cannot justify spending $5000 on wheels and tires. check out some of the other message boards for good deals on a (slightly) used set. May even get some tires, too. the nice part about the TSW nurburgring is I was told (by a TSW rep) that theyre 19x8.5 rim weighs 21 lbs and they're 19x9.5 rim weighs 22 lbs. thats really nice to have a light weight set of wheels.
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take special note of the center cap dimensions. you may decide you want to purchase mercedes center caps to fit your new rims. would be a nice touch (better than tsw center caps.
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Check out OZ's on tirerack, they are light, strong, and reasonable price. Forgestar is another customer brand, CCW. There are a few out there.

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I called VMR and that's what one the sales reps told me. The wheels specs were: 19x8.5 5x112 BP 35 Offset and 19x9.5 5x112 BP 33 Offset. I called again and they said the hub for the Mercedes is too large for the wheels they offer. Again, does anyone know of reputable wheel companies for MB? Sorry, I am new to this scene. Also, does anybody here have Nitto Invo tires? I was looking at getting these and the reviews I have read were all good so far.

http://www.nittotire.com/index.html#index.tire.invo
Hmmm, I thought people at the other MB forum had VMRs-maybe I was mistaken.

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Just checked his ride out, looks great. That's exactly what I want. Not to sound cheap, but there's no way I am going to pay those kinds of prices. I am looking to spend under $2k for the tire/wheel setup, if that's possible. Anybody know of a cheaper alternative?
Maybe check out my ride:

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-gen...my-slk350.html

https://www.sonictuning.com/index.ph...ew/album/id/3/

They are ST160s, affordable (less than $1,000 for the wheels-I think my tires were more expensive) and looks great, but I don't see them currently listed on the website. Tell Ray I sent you and ask what's up with that.
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Your SLK looks great! What are the specs of your ST160's?
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Your SLK looks great! What are the specs of your ST160's?
Front 19x8.5 ET35
Rear 19x9.5 ET35

Front wheel center caps and/or grease caps need to be modified in order to fit the wheel center caps
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