Black Cat - 3/23/2005 11:11 AM
Thanks ProChambers! [:)]
Would anyone suggest putting regular side wall rims on this car?
Can this car be changed over to a proper, regular sidewall Benz rim...or would you even consider it?
I guess what I'm saying is: Is this possible on this car with the suspension, fender well size, and the electronics and speedometer questions that may come into play?
Very thoughtful of Prochamber to hook you up with the Tire Rack info. I have bought from them many times and they IMO are the best source. You can buy a tire and wheel set and they arrive mounted and balanced, ready for installation. Tire Rack has arrangements with hundreds of shops where they will ship your tires for installation on the spot.
BUT you say "low profile rims" - your rims are not "low profile" - it's tires that come in various "profiles" as specified by part of the size info. For example, a tire that is 215-45-17 has a lower profile than a 215-50-17. It's that middle two-number combination that defines the profile or height of the tire. A lower profile provides better handling, usually, than the same tire with a higher profile because its sidewall resists flexing better(bending away from the rim) when cornering. The trade-off for better handling is less resistance to bending rims (as you found) because the shorter sidewall has less springiness - I'll call it that - to absorb road shocks.
On Tire Rack you also can see how each tire compares with others for performance, durability, etc. All tires have a Wear Factor on their sidewall. A tire with a 400 factor can be expected to last twice as much as a 200 (to make up one example). High performance tires almost always are much softer than regular tires, so they will have a lower wear factor, obviously. Your 25,000 miles might be normal BECAUSE it depends a whole lot on how you drive and on what kind of tire.
Do you have factory rims on now and what size tires do you have (the size is on the side of the tire and has a number similar to my examples)?
On the questions of wheel well size, suspension, electronics and speedometer (all good questions btw), a search on MBNZ should answer some of that, but I will say that unless you go to a much larger size tire and by that I mean wider(doesn't sound like you want to do that) you should have no problems with clearances or suspension. The speedo readout can be affected but only if you mount tires not sized OEM (Original Equipment by the Manufacturer). Talk to the guys at Tire Rack about all of that.
Also, you'll see on the Tire Rack link Prochamber provided that they offer 45 different rims for your model. The AMG and BBS are top quality and their prices sure do reflect that. There are cheaper rims shown but buy the best you can afford. Bargain rims are no bargain when all is said and done.