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Old 10-14-2003, 01:05 PM
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Replica Wheels & best tyres

I am replacing the stock 16" wheels on my W140 S500 and I would like views on replica AMG wheels. The W140 seems very sensitive to balance and I wondered if replica wheels are built to a satisfactory degree of accuracy and balance. I'm thinking of going for 18" but what are the widest which will fit with no body mods?

Finally, does anyone have a view on the best tyres - ideally the roundest {!} and the best balanced out of the box.

TIA Andy

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Old 10-15-2003, 10:44 AM
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Here is one option you have.
You could purchase the rims, with an agrrement that you will have the balance and run-out of them checked, before mounting the tires.
Any unacceptable goods will be returned for replacement.

As for tires, I have been told by people who know, that Bridgestones are pretty much the cream of the crop, as far as roundness, etc. goes.
2007 C 230 Sport.
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:47 AM
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If you go to 18's you car will ride real hard 17's with a 225 55 17 tire will give you the same type of ride you have now only with improved handling.
Been there done that.
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:58 PM
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Michelin typically build the roundest and best balance tires of all. Bridgestone is a couple steps behind. I just replaced my 16" S-03 with 18" Pilot Sport Rib on my Porsche and the Pilot is smoother, quieter, much rounder, and only needed 0.25oz to balance even on my 285/30-18. They also do not get flat spotted from parking as the S-03 or AVS Sports do.

I have ES100 on my Mercedes and they are a perfect match for me.
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:36 AM
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good tires to buy

I replaced the wore out Uniroyale Rain tyres (only sold in europe) on my recently imported euro model 600 W140, with these Kumho Tires KH11 ECSTA , 235/70/16.
They handle great, corner/break great, look good, and were well under $300 installed for these big tires. Love'm

Bill & Monika Mercer
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