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Old 04-01-2014, 09:31 PM
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When did the ML spare tire go inside the car rather than under ?

When did the ML spare tire go inside the car rather than under?

From ~ 99 to ? the spare was under , I did see a picture of a 12 ish ML with the spare in the floor and one on the left side cargo area.

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Old 04-02-2014, 12:12 PM
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Beginning in 2006 for the M164 gas powered ML's. No spare for the diesels.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:00 PM
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Thanks. At some point the goal is to build wide ( 10 or 11" ) 18" wheels so I can burn take off racing slicks on my other SL R129 and I need non rusted centers.

The aluminum wheel route has few options unless I go with custom builds that will be more $ than I've spent on my last few race cars. Steel wheels will be just fine as I can also set my offset to the car, it is going to be a tight squeeze.

The R129 has come with a few 18" options

Front 8 , rear 9 ( 97 SL Sport AMG monoblock thick spokes )

Front 8.5 rear 9.5 ( 98 SL Sport AMG monoblock thin spoke )

Front 8.5 rear 10 ( 01-02 SL600 AMG 2 piece monoblock thick spoke )

It is a toss up between widening R class spares ( 6.5 x 18 " ) or cutting centers from the more common ML ( 4 x 18" ) and using shells that have already been widened.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:51 PM
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My '02 ML55 AMGs spare tire is mounted inside due to the AMG exhaust. It sure eats up cargo space.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:55 PM
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Beginning in 2006 for the M164 gas powered ML's. No spare for the diesels.
2007 and 2008 ML Diesels have the spare inside. From 2009, the Bluetec Diesels have run-flat tires due to the DEF tank, so no spare tire.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:00 PM
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2007 and 2008 ML Diesels have the spare inside. From 2009, the Bluetec Diesels have run-flat tires due to the DEF tank, so no spare tire.
Correct, 07/08 ML CDIs have the spare inside beneath the cargo area floor. However it is a "donut" spare not a full size tire.

Once they went to AdBlue in 09, this is where they put the pee tank, so they got run flat tires. What a joke on so many levels. Pee tank = one of the dumbest government induced ideas ever, and run flats are 2-3x the price and 1/2 to 1/3 the lifetime of normal tires.

Hence the reason I got an 08 last summer, and not a newer one.
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Yep- 05 M we just bought has spare underneath. The 2006 and 2009 gas M's we looked at had crappy donuts and were told the ad blue diesels (2009 up) had crap run flats.
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