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Help me out: my W124, his R107 and two sets of W211 wheels!

So, as some of you probably already know, I've been having some slight rubbing issues with my setup: 215/55R16 tires on W211 wheels; 7x16 ET33 (vs. my OE offset's ET44 with 15" rims); part number A 211 401 42 02.

So, I ran into this dude who was offering for sale a set of similar wheels, but his are part number A 211 401 12 02, i.e. 7.5x16 ET42. He's selling them because they wouldn't fit his 1989 R107 560SL.

Now, if I'm not mistaken, the R107's OE wheels of that vintage were 15x7 ET25. We've been Whatsapping the living daylights over this this afternoon (he's in another city some 800 miles away), and I figured that we might be better off swapping wheels: his set would work better on my car, and my set would work better on his car... probably. Read on.

Using RimsnTires' size comparison tool for his R107 rendered this:

205/65R15 7x15 ET25 ===> 225/55R16 7x16 ET33 ===> "Package 2 is 18 mm (0.7'') closer to suspension/brakes components. Make sure that you have enough room for that. If not, consider lower offset, narrower tires or using spacers."

205/65R15 7x15 ET25 ===> 205/60R16 7x16 ET33 ===> "Package 2 is 8 mm (0.3'') closer to suspension/brakes components. Acceptable for most cars." (But is it acceptable for the R107?)

So, what do you guys think? Should we trade wheels?

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