I am looking for a second set of wheels for the 55 and the more I read, the less I think that I will ever be able to make a choice.......
The problem is that I didn't find any set yet that will fit my car properly.
First my requirements.
- I need a second set of wheels for winter tires. I will use the original wheels in summer, this second set is for winter.
- I don't need to use my current tires. I will but new winter tires for the new wheels.
- I prefer a 'conservative' OEM look.
- I prefer a darker wheel for my black 55. So mat black, gun metal or titan.
- I want to try to find a set with wider weels in the rear because that is like original.
- I think I can choose less wide tires as I will use them in winter. Winter tires can be smaller than summer tires.
- I live in the Netherlands, so buying in the US is a bit difficult. In Germany there are a lot of shops that sell wheels for Mercedes. Buying from the UK would also be possible.
So, now the 'issues' that I face (until now)
- Which width to choose...... Original is 7,5x18 in the front and 8,5x18 in the rear. Many wheel designs only have one or two widths available in 18". E.g. only 8,0x18 or 8,0x18 and 9,5x18 etc.
Or they have a correct size for one of the sides of the car but nothing for the other side.
This means that you always have to compromise (although front and rear design different is no option).
So, with 8,0x18 in the front and in the rear, the front becomes wirder, the rear less wide. Which tire do you choose then? Like original, wider in the rear?
With 8,0x18 in the front and 9,5x18 in the rear, both become wider. Will this fit and is it suitable for winter use?
- Which ET-value to choose? I have found 8,5x18 wheels with ET-30 (so equal to our rear wheels), but nothing that comes close as a replacement for the front.
- I found this
document (in German) that belongs to the Sofia wheel
On page 7 our car is mentioned together with some do's and don'ts (5th column).
Don't B60 is (translated from German) "Due to lack of free movement to the brake system, the use of special wheels is not permissible for vehicle models with a brake disk diameter of 360 mm axis 1."
For what I have found does this apply to the first gen. R171 AMG's.
This means that I cannot be sure that every replacement wheel will phisically fit my car.
Some time ago a set of original AMG wheels came by on Ebay Germany. I feel that I just should have bought that set.......
Including shipping they were just over $1000 for the set.
[url=https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-general-discussion/228297-aftermarket-alloy-question.html]This thread[/url already gave me some info and good links, but still I feel that I'm not even close to finding 'my' set of wheels.
So, what I need is just some directions and advice from people who have been there and done that before.