Join Date: Dec 2015
Vehicle: 1999 SLK230, Recently acquired at 49k miles. Great condition, but still 17 years old.
Other Toys: A motorcycle and hopefully soon a small 4x4 truck for utility purposes.
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Help identify these newer Mercedes rims
Can anyone identify the model of the rims in the picture or their width? I'll be taking the rims off shortly to get the tires replaced if there is a model number visible without removing the tire, but I want to order the tires first. If 225/50/17 winter tires rub slightly do you think 225/45/17s will be okay?
These rims, along with the shown Michelin 225/50/17 snow tires were on my 1999 SLK230 when I received it. The tires are obviously a bit too big and the fronts rub what I think is the inside wheel well during moderate to sharp turns. There are also a few gouges in outer edges of the tires where I presume the car bottomed out. After replacing the original worn out shocks with a pair of Bilstein B6's I haven't noticed any more bottoming out. I also plan to replace some of the suspension bushings and motor and transmission mounts very soon which should help too. A few clips on the trim of the wheel wells are also broken and that can be tightened up slightly.
The car also came with a fairly beat up pair of 16" rims (I presume the original ones) with worn out summer tires. I already have a nice pair of snow tires in the proper size that will fit these rims and the beat up 16"s seem much more appropriate for winter. The car won't likely see many winter miles, but it's nice to have a backup.
The pictured rims are rather nice and it seems appropriate to replace the oversized winter tires with a nice set of performance all seasons (I'm leaning towards the Continental DWS 06 in 225/45/17 on all 4 corners. They are asymmetrical and I would like to be able to rotate them). I've read that 225/45/17's should fit this car (the diameter is almost 1" less than the current tire, but the width is very close), but if the rims are 8" or wider I might still have problems. I could also go 215/45/17 which is very close to the front tire size, but I a fair amount narrower in the rear. Thoughts? Other warnings or suggestions?
Also, before someone suggests a true summer tire I feel the weather in the the Ohio and Michigan area is too volatile. I recently saw 80F days (I stayed off the road with the snow tires) and days later drove through frost and hail near Lansing, Mi. The storm hit quick and hard and with summer tires I would likely have had no choice but to pull off the road and wait out the worst of it. You might be able to convince me, but I value safety and comfort more than a little extra performance. I would probably feel different if I owned an SLK55 AMG or something similar.