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Old 03-05-2003, 02:34 AM
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That rights,
- its a turbo diesel Pajero 2.5. Thats for the hunting trips,
- the 450 SL is for fun cruising in the summer,
- the MB 300 TE (you only see the front light) is the family car.
all old cars (-88,-72,-92) so plenty of work with them. But I enjoy it.
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Old 03-05-2003, 02:41 AM
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Cool, one of my many favorites. Always liked the Pajero.
A few Mitsu guys here have converted their Montero's to diesel power.
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Old 03-22-2003, 02:37 PM
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Just had Nokian NRV 215/55/16 tires put on my 8 x 16 MB style D wheels and I like the look. They don't stick out much past the fenders and no rubbing. Will try to post some pictures once film is developed.
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Old 03-24-2003, 10:42 AM
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I have the 8x16s on my 400E with 215/55/16s as well. They don't stick out, just fill the wheel wells. I tried to attach a picture but my file is too big. If anyone wants to see what it looks like, shoot me an e-mail and I'll send it directly.
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Old 03-24-2003, 01:43 PM
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I'll be purchasing tires for the Rims below after I finish repainting them. They'll be going onto an '85 380SL (Chassis 107). Luke recommended the 225/55-16

The 16 x 8, 15 hole wheels wheels are from a 1991 SL.

When fitting the new rims up, without tires, I see there is very little room for play. The inner edge of the rim is approx 1 1/6" away from the inner wheel well wall.

I'll also need a full set of lug bolts...any recommendations? Should I go with the original 380 bolts or with the '91 bolts?
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Old 03-24-2003, 01:49 PM
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Since the offset is different, the lugs for the 380 wheel will end up being recessed although they will work fine. The 500SL lugs have a longer shank which will bring the end of the lug out to the edge of the rim.
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Old 03-24-2003, 03:50 PM
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You can use the 380 bolts, you should use the 500 ones in order for them to look right. The offset is printed on the inside of the rim. I think it's a 38 or so, not sure. The offset is printed next to the letters ET.
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Old 03-24-2003, 04:25 PM
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Are you saying I should use the 380sl Lug bolts? Presently the car has Dayton wire wheels which will be up for sale shortly with the bolts. Therefore I'll have to buy new ones.

I believe the offset for the Stock 380sl wheel is 30mm. Any clue what it is for the '91 sl wheels?
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Old 03-24-2003, 04:31 PM
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Thanks for the info...it is greatly appreciated.

I'm surprised to see no one has done this change over.

BTW, the stock 380 sl (107) wheel offset is 30mm
The stock '91 sl (129) offset is 22mm (at least on the 15 hole 16x8 wheel)
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Old 03-24-2003, 04:48 PM
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I have been searching for a narrower tire for my 300e with slk 7 spoke wheels on it. 16x7 et37 in front and 16x8 et30 in back. 225/50/16 tires all around. The tires are too wide and cause rubbing on the fender lip in the back when going over bumps with people in the back seat. i have ben trying to find a replacement tire that is narrower and was wonderig if 215 was narrow enough to fit inside the fender lip of my 89 300e. The other option is 205/55/16 which is a little narrow for a 16x8 inch rim but according to Goodyear, their Eagle RS/A tire in 205/55/16 will fit on rims form 5.5-8 inches wide so I am thinking of getting them for the fronts since those need to be replaced soon anyways and putting the fronts int he back to see if they clear the fenders on bumps when loaded since the difference in offset makes the wheels stick out the exact same distance for the hub. My only question is, I would like to use the widest tire possible which would be 215 (either 50 or 55 depending on how I want my speedo to read) and will it fit inside my fender?
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:00 PM
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go with the 215s, it's about as wide as you can safely do without rubbing problems. The overall tire height is similar to the stock setup so the speedo calibration isn't impacted. I put them on my 400E about a year ago and love them. The wheel wells are full without looking "tricked out", I wanted to maintain the stock appearance.
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:19 PM
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Georige-

What is the offset and style of your wheels? Mine are ET30 7 spoke from slk. Do you have pictures? The overall diameter is about .3 or .4 inches larger so the speedo will read a little lower than actual speed but thats ok (drive faster without knowing). If the 215 work I think I am goign ot have 4 put on instead of just the two I was originally going to get. What brand tires do you have? I have been doig lots of research at tirerack and have found out that most manufacturers says the widest rim for 215 is 7.5 but some like continental say 8.5. Does this mean that all 215 tures should fit an 8 inch rim if one or two fit? Also, do you have any problems with an exposed rim lip and curb rash with the narrower tires?
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:25 PM
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According to http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html with 215/55/16 tires, the speedo reading is 1.3% slow so when it reads 60, you are going 60.8 so about 1pmh difference at 60 mph which is nothing really. I really want these to work so I can keep my 7 spoke rims which go really well with the car.
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7 Spoke 16" staggered wheels (SLK)
215/55/16 Hankook Ventus HRII H405 tires
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:31 PM
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I believe that my offset is 38 (not positive), I got them from a 129 SL. I did a ton of research and spent about 45 minutes on the phone with a guy from the tire rack to find the best size tire. They said that the 225/50 was too wide and would rub with a load in the back (as you have seen). I bought the 215/55/16 Pilot Sport A/S and they're great. I bought the wheels from Ernie's Alloys in Miami, the guy is amazing, he knows off the top of his head what offset each car has and what others will fit. He hipped me to the 129 wheels. I tried to upload a picture but it was too big, I will try to email it to you directly so you can see how they look.
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:42 PM
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ok. Thanks. The only thing I see is, that with your rims having an offset of 38, they sit farther inside your wheel well which makes the tire not sit out as far. Since mien sit out farther, there is still a possibility of a 215 tire rubbing. I think what Ill probably end up doing is getting the 215/55/16 tires for the front done in the next week or so, then switch the front rims to the back and then check for rubbing. If they dont rub, then I can get the rears replaced with 215/55/16 tires.
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215/55/16 Hankook Ventus HRII H405 tires
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