Date registered: Dec 2012
Vehicle: 87 560SL, 71 280SL euro, 74 VW Ghia, 78 280Z Black Pearl, 78 280Z, 04 Corolla, 07 Odyssey, 94 Prizm
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we may be able to pull off a lot more with older cars than with new vehicles. Knowing the newer MB product, there are a lot of sensors involved, especially when it comes to Electronic Stability Program. My 87 560SL with 19" does drive very different than with the original 15" wheels. Although there might be replica wheels, if you are carefull, they will hold up. I am always cautious with my wheels on any car. But with most people, I have seen more cracked wheels with replica "MB" "AMG" wheels than with OEM. OEM wheel will bend out a good amount before they crack. I have yet to see a stress fracture on an OEM Mercedes wheel. I have seen many stress fractured wheels and they have been reproduction wheels. I see these cars everyday and have been for a long time. You get a better deal with Amazon or Ebay on the amount you will pay for a set of wheels, but you are really compromising quality. Unless your roads are in really good shape, then it is a good purchase, that is if they fit well. Othewise, stick with OEM wheels. They hold out better when it comes to abuse. I have only seen one set of AMG wheels break, but the impact was so hard on the wheels that the caliper jammed the wheel and split the wheel down the middle part of the rim. And I have seen some pretty bad wheels with major bends, but no cracks under the stress they have suffered. But for that killer look, you have to work hard to find what will fit and it will take some good measuring. My AMG wheels are OEM wheels off a CLS55 AMG Kompressor. Now, I got lucky they fit with no problem on my 560. On my buddy's 380SL, these wheels did not fit well in the front. They would rub on the front lower spoiler while turning.