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Question Deciding rims for SLK 200

Hi friends,

I have decided to change the wheels to my black SLK200 R171. So far I have these two affordable options for rims, which one you like more, if any?

1. Wheelworld WH12 18" 225 / 245

2. itWheels Gabriella 18" 225 / 245

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Hi Jeff,

Sorry, yes I updated my profile with car info.

I joined this in 2008, and I thought I already did that intro, excuses if it's not the case, but it is so long time ago.

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Done! I hope I can finally receive some feedback to my question from other members

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How much do they weigh? And is that more than the weight of the factory wheel? Any additional kilograms added by the wheels is unsprung weight, the enemy of good handling, braking, and acceleration. Since your SLK200 is the most power-limited of the breed, I would advise tossing style considerations into the rubbish tip and finding the lightest wheel possible which meets the TUV quality standards.
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Of the two , the one on the left , but personally , I prefer something with a deep throat ...


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Thanks. I have no idea about the weight, that's something to find out. I searched and nothing so far...

But respect the style tip, I can understand from your words that the SLK200 is so power-limited car that does not deserve nice rims? All those rims meet the TUV.

Sure if I really wanted a fast car I would buy another car. But a SLK, whatever the model, is pure style, so I would not buy ugly light rims to go faster.

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How much do they weigh? And is that more than the weight of the factory wheel? Any additional kilograms added by the wheels is unsprung weight, the enemy of good handling, braking, and acceleration. Since your SLK200 is the most power-limited of the breed, I would advise tossing style considerations into the rubbish tip and finding the lightest wheel possible which meets the TUV quality standards.
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In normal use I think the difference in weight you're going to encounter , isn't going to affect performance considerably ....


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Ok, what is your example of deep throat?

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Of the two , the one on the left , but personally , I prefer something with a deep throat ...
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Here's an original set , in case you're interested ..

MERCEDES CLK SLK 18" AMG 5 SPOKE GENUINE SET 18x7.5 & 8.5 SILVER ALLOY WHEELS | eBay
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Or something with a bit of throat ..

18" ALLOY WHEELS FITS MERCEDES C E S CLASS CL SL CLC CLK SLK ML W202 W203 W208 | eBay

Or multi spoke ..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18-CRUIZE-...item27f96fc3fc

Concave ( I think last months ride of the month had something similar and it looked greeeeeat !

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18-STAGGER...item5d4f02af24

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18-MS007-A...item2c9a087263


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Nice. I see what you mean, thanks for the idea. Well that's a bit more extreme than I wish, it must be more discreet... haha

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Nice. I see what you mean, thanks for the idea. Well that's a bit more extreme than I wish, it must be more discreet... haha

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[QUOTE=Raiky;2067889

But respect the style tip, I can understand from your words that the SLK200 is so power-limited car that does not deserve nice rims? All those rims meet the TUV.

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No, was not implying that at all. Merely that if you add unsprung weight, you will feel that the car is more sluggish in it's response. with wider rubber, it may have higher ultimate grip in corners, so you can take those slightly faster but the additional mass affects how quickly you accelerate and brake from that speed. And lower-power cars are more obvious about that since you can't just pin the accelerator to overcome the greater rolling inertia. I love the color-matched 17s on my '04 Jetta TDI, but the difference in acceleration is dramatic with those rims on instead of the factory 15s...because they are significantly heavier. I'll accept the tradeoff on my daily driver, but not on my SLK.
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The MB OEM wheels are always quite tasteful, and I'd choose a used set assuming they fit. BTW, fit is a long story in itself. Don't buy anything unless you are really sure it fits. In the case of used, I'd drive to the seller and check the fit in person.

Weight is another issue. I wouldn't buy any wheel heavier than the OEM. Also I wouldn't go any bigger than 18". Wheels are easily damaged with a short shoulder height and tires get expensive when you plus 1 or 2.

There are an awful lot of junk wheels on the market, but you can find a lot of used quality ones too.
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