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Aftermarket wheels - how strong are they?

Driven my 2005 E55 for 6+ years, carefully scanning pothole-prone roadways for unfilled holes, successfully avoiding most (but not all) road hazards. Have tried 3 brands of tires and settled with Pirelli All-Seasons - tire pressure religiously maintained at 35-38psi - don't use "repaired/refurbished" wheels - but still break too many wheels.

Most aftermarket wheels are much cheaper than OEM, so are they more prone to break than OEM? After several incidents, roadworthiness seems more important than appearance. Would appreciate feedback from anyone who has verified the durability of aftermarket wheels in the real world of potholes and road hazards.

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don't use "repaired/refurbished" wheels - but still break too many wheels.
Whaaat? I've never seen a wheel broken in my life and you've managed to break more than one? I would hazard a guess that aftermarket wheels are not going to be as strong as OEM wheels but, as always, you get what you pay for.
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Almost all the W211 wheels bigger than 17" from MB or AMG have had bending or breaking problems.
The problem is so bad that MB sells tire and wheel insurance through the dealers.

If they would forge the wheels they would be a lot stronger.
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My 2007 S550V (staggered wheels) original wheels were bent with the crummy roads in California. I replaced them with OZ Racing wheels (Italian); not forged but stronger apparently than the original equipment. I've had them for over two years with no problems. OZ supplies the wheels for the Red Bull F1 team so that should be a good recommendation.
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Very good info. - thanks. Kind of makes me wish the company that makes those steel black "police car wheels" would make them to fit W211 staggered... with a couple spares in the trunk, it would be truly carefree driving.
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As far as OZ Racing Wheels, I see TireRack has a full line. Which one did you get if you don't mind my asking - the 2005 E55 requires 18x8 in the front and 18x9 in the rear. I saw 18x8 1/2 and 18x9 1/2 and wondered if those are close enough...
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Tire Rack should be able to tell what will and will not fit your car with some degree of accuracy. They aren't the final authority, though, so make sure to ask around. I'm sure there's a lot of expertise on this site in what will and will not fit the car.

If you're breaking a lot of wheels you might try anything forged. I have a set of forged WedSport wheels for my RX8 that I really only use on the track. I bounce them off the curbs and into the grass at speeds I never see on the freeway.

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I bought the Superturismo 19" wheels for my Benz from Tire Rack. They cost about $1,800 two years ago. If you get them be sure your installer knows about the centering rings that have to be in place in the wheels. I also looked at forged wheels but they ran in the $4,000 range...too much unless you really abuse your car.
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....you might try anything forged. I have a set of forged WedSport wheels for my RX8 that I really only use on the track. I bounce them off the curbs and into the grass at speeds I never see on the freeway.

Wow - that's pretty impressive. Are those WedSports 18" or bigger? If so, sounds like might be good investment.

When I got my AMG, thought I heard the wheel had a forged rim on a cast spokes/hub - I guess that was not the case... are those WedSports made of aluminum?
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I bought the Superturismo 19" wheels for my Benz from Tire Rack.
Must be a good wheel if 19"ers lasted over 2 years on crummy roads. Maybe because it comes from a manufacturer whose specialty is racing - also I see it's got more spokes than AMG, so less unsupported rim than AMG...
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