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#1 Old 10-23-2012
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Tyre advice for UK AMG drivers??

Hi guys, I have been searching for new tyres for my 2005 SLK55 AMG a while now and I really could do with some advice. My rear tyres are reaching their end (Pirelli P-Zero OEM tyres, 245/35/18), and I would like to change brands as I find the grip on them quite poor, it seems far too easy for the traction control light to come on. On my Impreza STI I loved Sessanta UltraC tyres, they were great in wet, dry and winter conditions, but not sure if they would be as good on a rear wheel drive car. Plus the STI was AWD.
With winter fast approaching, I definitely would like a tyre with good wet grip and light ice/snow, but don’t feel it’s necessary to go for winter tyres. I would like to not compromise on dry grip as I will be keeping them on for next summer too. I heard about the all-season tyres but cant find any in the right size.
Basically, I’m after a good all rounder that has high grip in all the conditions a uk winter can bring (South Coast by the way). Is there such a tyre?
I hate to think my lovely AMG has to sit in the garage all winter while I am forced to drive my X-Type (or ‘Grandad’ as me and the missus like to call it )
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I'm a big fan of Toyo. Ive had the R1R and T1R. Not on a SLK I must add. But I'd consider fitting R1R and going up to a 255 on the rear.
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Yeah, back in the days I had toyos for my 200sx, but not sure about them for wet driving.

I think I'm leaning back to the Vredsteins UltraC, but will have to go for 255 instead of 245.
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Hi Mikemac


Your ok to put 255's on the rears no problem with rubbing , I went up to 255's for my last rears 2 years ago with no problems , Have you tryed the web site 'mytires.co.uk' , I picked Goodyear F1's alround last time nice tire good grip wet/dry not too loud & has rim protection & the 255's were £10 cheaper than the 245's

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I had the R1R on my 400 hp Tamora no traction control or abs in the wet they were good in the dry awesome inc some track time as we'll.
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Hi all

Just ordered two new tyres for the rear , No way these will make the next MOT , Checked them today & im right down to the bump in the grooves , Getting them from mytires 255/35/18 goodyears F1 166.50 each delivered , for a good brand i think thats a good price . the back has started moving around alittle in this wet stuff so time to change them + its 3 points & £1000 fine per tyre .

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Hi all

Well tires delivered today & fitted tomorrow not bad as i only ordered them on tues night & they have come from Germany over-land .

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What is the standard tyre size on a SLK 55 AMG (2005)

I have just bought mine and it has
225/40/18 at front
235/35/18 at rear

Have just found a nail in the rear. Hoping to be able fix. But if I can't what tyre size should I go for.

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1 - What is standard
2 - can see above people have gone wider - have they kept same profile of 35? and this must change the rolling circumference, any noticeable differences.

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I would have said 245 rears as standard but I used to run 255's on my 350 before I changed to 17,s I now run on 245's 235 sounds a bit narrow

245 or 255 x 35 is fine That will not affect the rolling circumference as to make any difference. As long as you dont stray more than 3% from standard and 245 x 35 is standard for the rears
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As a rider to that I just fitted two new Avon Z5's on mine and they are really good and not over expensive at £110 each fitted
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I'm in luck, the nail did not go in far, so tyre still good, with lots of tread.

Pity I have too narrow tyres, but will address this when I change, to something wider.

Looking at the wheel rims, that extra width, would certainly have helped previous owner, save some of the scuffing :-)

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Thanks for you help Jon - had fully expected the nail to have written off tyre.

Interesting (and a bit of a pain) that rear tyres have been changed to something smaller than standard, by previous owner.

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I wouldnt worry too much about the size for now. It wont cause you any problems However even 255's wont protect your rims as there is no bulge with 35 profile tyres unless you find a brand with good rim protectors. Its one of the reasons I have gone down to 17's Better protection against a gentle kerb rub. Better ride, and better handling. Much less risk of buckling if you hit a pot hole as the tyre takes more of the shock
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My mistake - which is a positive - I have just double checked. Rear tyre is 245.
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You can go up to 255 when you change them but dont be tempted to go wider. Because low profiles have very stiff walls they wont bulge out as normal tyres do, but will tend to push the centre of the tread up making them wear faster around the middle in the same way that over inflation does
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Hi nike5

Yes to the 255 on the rears im on my second pair lasts about 15k miles & the last pair i brought were £ 10 cheaper than 245's each .

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