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I bought these wheels for my 2003 C320 from The Wheel Exchange. They look great, but the spokes on the front are touching the brackets on the brake calipers. They have a fitment guarantee including return shipping, but for now they shipped me 3 mm spacers for the front and rear (if I am putting them on the front, I want them on the back.) My OE wheels were ET 37 and these are ET 35. Diameter and width are identical, 16 x 7. One post on this website mentioned bolt failure and wheels flying off vehicles and another said it will be impossible to have the wheels balance properly (vibration.) Many others said they have been using spacers with no problems. Any advice appreciated, especially if it is real world (i.e. experience with spacers, good or bad.) Thank you.

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Tim Glad you brought this up. I have 6 MB's, 5 of which where purchased new, and I have never upgraded wheels until now. My newly acquired 500SEC has pitted Lorinser 15" rims that I want to replace. I went to the mbcoupes.com site. Everyone there seems to run AMG monoblocks with et's of 31 and 35, coupled with H&R spacers, so I said fine, I'll do the same. Well I mentioned it to my mechanic who is recognized as a true God in the Chicago area. All German, and works on MB's all day long. He threw an absolute fit. Told me I WAS RISKING LIFE AND LIMB AS WELL AS GIVING ME PRACTICAL BREAKDOWN PROBLEMS, FLATS ETC. So I come back to the 126 MB forum here and a few others. So many opinions. You can use up to this mm etc. Its all a moot point. Do not use spacers, you are putting an exaggerated load on the bolt, wheel etc. Not worth the risk, even though about 80% of the SEC coupe owners that I know use them. Please do yourself a favor and get the right et (offset).
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RE: wheel spacers?

Couldn't agree more with you, i've had spacers and had a rim fly off my 1968 VW Beetle, so I can imagine what the bolt load must be like for a heavier car.

Best thing is to look for something which is a perfect fit out of the box. (Though I have heard that between 5-10mm is supposed to be ok).

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Tim Glad you brought this up. I have 6 MB's, 5 of which where purchased new, and I have never upgraded wheels until now. My newly acquired 500SEC has pitted Lorinser 15" rims that I want to replace. I went to the mbcoupes.com site. Everyone there seems to run AMG monoblocks with et's of 31 and 35, coupled with H&R spacers, so I said fine, I'll do the same. Well I mentioned it to my mechanic who is recognized as a true God in the Chicago area. All German, and works on MB's all day long. He threw an absolute fit. Told me "...I WAS RISKING LIFE AND LIMB AS WELL AS GIVING ME PRACTICAL BREAKDOWN PROBLEMS...", FLATS ETC. So I come back to the 126 MB forum here and a few others. So many opinions. You can use up to this mm etc. Its all a "moot" point. Do not use spacers, you are putting an exaggerated load on the bolt, wheel etc. Not worth the risk, even though about 80% of the SEC coupe owners that I know use them. Please do yourself a favor and get the right et (offset).
Thanks for the info.. very well spoken/understandable for all to know and see...

I had stated on a similar post:

"...I hate to think that I would be [stress] testing the wheels and [rigging] holding them on at a very high rate of speed when they are less than [satisfactory] mounted to the hubs..."

Or something to that effect...

Again thanks for the info and let us know if any new info sprouts up...
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Sorry I have to TOTALLY disagree with you guys. I have been racing, building and modifying cars for over 10years now and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with wheel spacers.

The H&R ones are hubcentric and are the best you can buy. A 3mm spacer is absolutely nothing! You will have no issues with wheels flying off or balancing issues as well.

When I used to track race my car (SCCA), all the Porsche 911 guys, well that's all they run, I have seen 911s run with up to 45mm spacer.

Right now, I own two very powerful cars that both see hard track and street use and they both run 40mm spacers with no issues.

Hope that helps.

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Sorry I have to TOTALLY disagree with you guys. I have been racing, building and modifying cars for over 10years now and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with wheel spacers.

The H&R ones are hubcentric and are the best you can buy. A 3mm spacer is absolutely nothing! You will have no issues with wheels flying off or balancing issues as well.

When I used to track race my car (SCCA), all the Porsche 911 guys, well that's all they run, I have seen 911s run with up to 45mm spacer.

Right now, I own two very powerful cars that both see hard track and street use and they both run 40mm spacers with no issues.

Hope that helps.

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i agree m8 with the right blots on the wheels and the arches chopped/suspention sorted then off you go
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RE: wheel spacers?

I agree... as long as you get the hubcentric wheel spacers with correct lug bolts, you wouldn't have any problems. Just being safe I always check the lugs on my cars once a week for safety. Just a habit.
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