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Old 03-05-2004, 11:16 AM
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What size tires should a 85 300D use--195 R14 or 205 R14's...

Well I guess i will be fiddling with my 300D now that my 240D is dead--can I use the 195 R14's on my 300D which now has 205 R14's? The 300D always looked too "HIGH" with those giant 205's...I always did think it needed 195's?

Reason--i hope to convert the 300D to Manual and mount an intercooler on The Diesel...

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Old 03-05-2004, 11:19 AM
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The 300D calls for 195/r14s. But I also have 205's on the 300TD and the 240D

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Old 03-05-2004, 09:24 PM
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For a 300D/CD/TD, W123, use 195-70-14 tires on the stock "bundt cake" wheel. The larger 205 tire on the stock wheel will "swim" around and make the handling sloppier, although a 205/65 might work OK but I still don't recommend it. If you want bigger/fatter tires the wheel needs to be larger too. The 240D uses a smaller tire, I think, I forget the exact size though...
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Old 03-05-2004, 09:29 PM
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I think the spec tires (195's) look a lot better, but there are several threads around here on the two. It's personal preference from what I remember reading...BTW, I feel bad about your 240D...what a bummer...it's good that you're marching on with the 300D...
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Speaking of wheels on W123s, has anyone here ever swapped the bundt cake wheels on their 300D turbodiesel for some steel wheels and hubcaps off of a 240D? I like the look of the hubcaps that are the same color as the car. If I ever get a 300D turbodiesel, I would like to do that.
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Speaking of wheels on W123s, has anyone here ever swapped the bundt cake wheels on their 300D turbodiesel for some steel wheels and hubcaps off of a 240D? I like the look of the hubcaps that are the same color as the car. If I ever get a 300D turbodiesel, I would like to do that.
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Yes I like that look too h-town I have A 240 and it already has the hubcaps so can't say I have done it before. The hubcaps look alot cleaner plus the girlfriend likes cause it's color cordanated sorry about the spelling to lazy to get dictanary damm it cant even spell that word either, pretty sad, can't even spell the word that helps you spell words, oh well,hey I know how to spell beer which Iam going to get right now. To all english teachers sorry I have let you down
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Switching to the steel wheels and the color coordinated hub caps is simple and easy to do. However there is one caveat! You must use the correct wheel bolts for the steel ones or the bundt cakes, they are not interchangeable.
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When you say wheel bolts, do you mean the same thing as lug bolts?
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Bolts...

You cant reuse the Lug Nuts from the Aluminum wheels with the steel rims that you are going to put the hubcaps on.

Those steel rims require a different Lug Nut, so when you pick up the rims from a junkyard or whatever, make sure you get the correct bolts.


I found this out the hard way, because I used to pack a steel rim tire as a spare and I couldnt us ethe lugnuts from my aluminum tires..
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Old 03-06-2004, 01:59 AM
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Re: What size tires should a 85 300D use--195 R14 or 205 R14's...

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To answer some of the off topic stuff on the this thread, there was a masking tool for sale at one of the well-known sites (Samstagsales?) some time ago but it was very expensive. We discussed it over on the vintage forum and someone there said they don't really work that well anyway.

And for those of you who want to switch wheels, be aware that there are two styles that accept wheel covers. The style with 4 slots are steel, and the style with holes around the circumference are actually aluminum alloy. Those would be preffered, if they are straight. I have a set of 4 that are all bent.

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